Reno Cartwheel
June 2012

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, 5th of June 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV

June My Favorite Coin and Pizza
Bring an old or new favorite coin to share. Rusty suggests to bring something Doug might not have. We will have pizza! Drinks from

July Mini-Bourse
Bring coins to sell or trade. (I know I've a bunch of duplicate ancients.)

August History of Coin Press #1 at the Old Carson Mint & Its Modern Medal Production
Ken Hopple will give us the history of the 1876 press still minting at the Nevada State Museum and bring a selection of the medals
produced there. Also a good time to start planning our 30th anniversary medal (which is also Nevada's 150th anniversary, 2014).  

At The Last Meeting
32  members were in attendance for ANA’s Change in Money: Cowries to credit cars. Everything from cowries (shell, bone, and bronze)
through the standard bullion coins of the ancients were available along with discussion of romans oving to fiat money and destroying their
economy with fiat money, a temptation on which many governments have fallen since, including out own. Lots of scouts and fourth
graders at the museum in April. Ken and I plan to be back Friday, June 29th. Chester Arthur dollars sold like hotcakes and are gone except
for individual coins. I will have the new Native American Dollar at the June meeting in P and D. It’s great. On a sad note, long time
member Ray Brown passed away on April 12.

Early Bird Prize was a Garfield P and D in holder won by Thomas Charleton.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Douglas Cummings: Ike key chain, Santa Cruz coin club coin
David Elliott: 6 buffalo nickels
Ed Scott: National Historic mint presidential coin, 1973 D unc. half
Jou Tchao: 1983 proof set
George Wells 1978 mint set
Bart Daniels: bicentennial half
Rick DeAvilla: 1942 dime
Thomas Charleton: 1938D nickle, Zachary Taylor dollars
Dan Watterman: Jefferson medal
Leo Rossow: 2007P proof John Adams dollar
Tom Sumpter NV commemorative medal
Ken Hopple: a yoyo from the mint, a copper medal
Ron Jahn: Chester Arthur dollars, Coins of the Comstock by Fred Holabird.
mystery box was there, but not noted

Rick DeAvilla won a 1945D half for $22.

Quarter Pot
Ed Waselevski won the quarter pot, about $5.50, and he was there to collect.


Upcoming Coin Shows

May 19-20 Carson City Downtown Coin Club Annual Coin Show
10-5 Sat, 10-4 Sun, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson, Admission $2.  
Bourse Chair: Dan Wilson, 775-883-4653,

June 10 Sacramento Coin Show $2
Red Lion Inn, 1401 Arden Way, Bourse Chair: Peter McIntosh, 916-317-9055

June 29 Dollar Exchange & Coin Press at Nevada State Museum
600 N. Carson Street, Friday 10AM-3PM. All the new coins at cost or face
and Ken Hopple running the press! $8 adult, under 18 Free.

RCC Officers
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 673-6745
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Gerald Breedlove........Treasurer..............425-2967
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Dan Waterman…..........Director…......…747-4380
Ed Waselewski.........…Director…......…354-0287
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Bob Wagner..................Director..............3781022
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep.............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625,

The RCC Board meets the 3rd  Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

If there is a topic you would like to see please let a board member know. Someone in the club knows all

Fred Holabird wanted to remind everyone that the club’s large library is house by him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as
Holabird Americana). Call ahead 852-8822.

The Other Coin: Coins of World War Two
One of the most fun collections I put together several years ago was a collection of World War II coins. I included a coin from each
country minted at the time, focusing on the odd metals of iron, zinc, aluminum, and out own steel penny and silver nickel.

Japan used a lot of aluminum and Germany used zinc for coinage to leave other metals for the war effort.
They both minted specials coins when they occupied countries as did Italy (Albania) and Germany(Vichy France), which also used

I have always thought King Vittorio Emanuele looked like a mustached Snoopy in his helmet. Italy in particular used Roman images on its
coins during WWII and Germany reached back to the Aryan invasion of India and Europe, taking the swastika from India where it was
and still is a good luck symbol.

Shilaharas square bronze 9th-12th AD                                                    Kuninda Kingdom 3rd-2nd BC

There is an even greater variety of paper currency for WWII with occupation currency and special military currency for most countries.
We printed special notes in Hawaii in case we lost it to Japan among other things. The winner for WWII coins is far and away Russia that
makes coins every 5 years, sets of coins for each battle, every region and city that fought or produced war material. It is a wonderful
detailed collection of dozens of coins.  

The nicest things about WWII coins is that none of them are pricey. For a dime or a quarter you can get a nice example of all these coins.
Even the large Russian commemoratives should be under $5.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott

ANA Trivia Answers
1.  Which famous mathematician is credited with first designing coins with both incuse and relief devices? Pythagoras
2.  Paper money was invented in China circa 950. What nickname (in English) did the Chinese give these first paper notes? Flying money
3. What is the name of the process where master dies are produced from master hubs? Hubbing
4. Which famous Italian made sketches with his ideas for a coin-making press in 1500? Leonardo da Vinci
5. What was the location of the first mint established in mainland North America? Mexico City (1535)
6.  The application of edge lettering on coins originated in the late middle ages, but was made easier by a machine invented in the late 17th
century. What Frenchman is credited with this invention?
Jean Castaing
7. What state’s bank made the first deposit of silver to the United States Mint? Maryland, 1794
8. What X-shaped traditional currency shares its name with a short-lived African state that featured the currency on its flag and the only
two coins it ever minted?
Katanga Cross (State of Katanga, 1960-1963)
9. What small island in the South Pacific is famous for its stone currency, sometimes exceeded 12 feet in diameter? Yap
10. What is the term for a coin that is produced at twice its normal thickness? Piedfort (also piedforte or piefort)
11. The U.S. Mint’s first steam coin press began minting coins in Philadelphia in 1836. What company produced this press? Merrick
Agnew & Tyler
12. In what year did “In God We Trust” become a feature of every coin produced by the United States? 1938 and 1939 were accepted
(Buffalo nickels were produced in the beginning of 1938 w/o the motto)
13. What Gilded Age novel, published in 1887, predicted the widespread use of the “Credit Card”? Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by
Edward Bellamy
14. What is the largest denomination of paper money ever produced? 100 million b.-pengo, Hungary, 1946. (American: 100 quintillion)
15. Which coin is considered the world’s first modern bi-metallic coin? Bimetallic: a coin made of more than one metal, arranged with an
outer ring around a contrasting center.
1982 Italian 500 lire
16. What year saw the addition of polyester threads woven into U.S. paper money to deter counterfeiting? 1990 and 1991 were accepted
(authorized in 1990 for Series 1990; first notes issued in 1991)
17. What African ethnic group’s “penny” adopted its odd shape to showcase the quality of its iron material? Kissi people
18. What numismatic innovation was introduced to the United States in 1969? Two answers were accepted. 1. The first ATM was
installed in New York. 2. Special Drawing Rights are created by the International Monetary Fund.
19. What is the significance of Australia’s 1988 $10 commemorative banknote? World's first circulating polymer note
20. What mathematical discipline has played a crucial role in the development (and delay) of digital currency? Cryptography or cryptology
: Which former ANA President in 1920 called for a coin that celebrated peace following World War I, and was a driving
force behind the creation of the Peace Dollar in 1921?
Farran Zerbe

Numismatic Potpourri

Trying to keep a roll of all the new dollars and quarters has pushed coin holdings to over $2000, so we are not going to replace coins as
they run out. We will buy an initial 500 of each dollar in rolls and 100 of each quarter in bags. So get them while they are hot. In case your
holding: I am running out of DC, Guam, and Samoa quarters, 2009 Native America $1-corn maiden, Washington and John Adams $1. If
anyone can sell me rolls for say $5 over face or so, please let me know. The first Grover Cleveland comes out May 26 and the next park
quarter is Acadia, Maine in June 11 or so.

It was too hard to ignore Canada’s latest offering including bumblebee of Venetian glass, maple leaf with crystal, a dinosaur with glow in
the dark skeleton, sports, history, and mintages in gold, silver, and platinum.  At least it looks like we will be getting a Mark Twain coin in
2016 of gold and silver, passed the house and moved on  to the Senate. Proof-W eagles are selling like hot cakes and more Chester Arthur
dollars had to be minted as they sold out. A little over 6 million minted so far. The designs for the presidential spouse gold and bronze
coins have been approved, but no release dates yet.
Chester Arthur P or D $1.25 (a few left)
Chaco  P or D $ .50
Native American 2012 P or D 1.25, $30 a roll