Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 22nd of March 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)                               
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks

March 22 1792 US Pattern Half-dismes Robert Rodriguez (Exciting new info.)

April 22, 23 National Coin Week at the Nevada State Museum lectures and new coins.

April 26 ANA’s “Portraits of Liberty”

May 24 Coins of Cyprus David Elliott

June 28 My Favorite Coin and Bourse Night

The Last Meeting
35 members heard Doug Larson’s presentation on presidential medals. Thanks to Rusty for leading the club, I was ill. I got Robert Rodriguez to present his half disme pattern coins. This is
rare and special treat.
New coins are here: NA dollar (code talkers), presidential dollar (Nixon) and first quarter (Shawnee). The Gerald Ford dollar just came out, but it’s iffy to get here by the
club meeting and I need to sell some of the Nixon to and NA dollar coins to pay for them.
Cumberland Gap quarter comes out April 4. Free ANA memberships with a free digital subscription
to the Numismatist magazine are still available.
We also offer a small scholarship for the graduating senior off to college who makes a presentation to the club. The coin press is being
repaired in Gardnerville, maybe up and running by Summer now! It has to go through the state’s requisition and billing process.
Dues will stay at $15, but the badge will cost $10 now. Please
wear them if you got them.
We will have National Coin Week at the state museum in Carson City April 22, 23. No coining though. ANA is celebrating Liberty and the 1916 Mercury dime
(liberty of thought originally), standing liberty quarter, and walking liberty half dollar 100th anniversary. I hope to get a role of each to sell at the museum at cost. If they don’t sell, they’ll make
good raffle prizes.  
Don’t forget to bring something for the Bid Board now every month!

Early Bird Prize was one of the last Ike dollars won by Leon Wimbly.    .            Nixon, Code Talkers, and Swanne .25 in the mail to arive2-15. 2015 S sets made.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Robert Rodriguez: 1992 proof set, 2015S quarter set
Ken Hopple: chocolate coins, coin book, mint bag
Thomas Charleston:
mystery box,.10 1999 proof dime,  
2016 PDS Shawnee quarter set
Gerald Breedlove: 1968 proof set, .05 holder
Leo Rossow: 2016 NA code talker dollar
Rick De Avila: .05 set
Faye Allen: 2014S quarter set
Mary Long: 2 Nixon dollars
Rusty King: NV bear
McKalya Barton: Mexican 50 pesos, .05 holder
Cole Allen: 2 presidential dollars, .05 holder
Shannon Holmes: 2 presidential dollars, .05 holder, .25 holder
Conn Davis: Guide to US coins
Gary Meckler: Westward .05 holder
Gary Allen: .05 holder
Clayton Brownell: 2010 Presidential box proof, copper  round
Christine Barton: Westward .05 holder
Bart Daniels: Franklin .50 folder

Don Stamps won Morgan dollar albums for $25, donated by Duke Morin.
Rick DeAvila won 1915S Barber half for $23, donated by Larry Demangate.

  Quarter Pot
Ralph Duchette (not present) won the quarter pot.


Upcoming Coin Shows

March 25,26, Sacramento Coin Show, Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St, McClellan Admit:$3,Table: 66 Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055                       

April 3-5, West’s Token Jamboree, Clarion Inn, 1401 Arden way, Sacramento, Tables: 25, Merle Avila, 707 585-3711,824-4811 pm

April 8-10, Las Vegas Coin,Currency Stamp Show, Orleans Hotel, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Israel Bick, 818 997-6496

April 22-23, National Coin Week at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., lectures, displays, new coins for sale at cost. David Elliott, 775 815-8625,

April 22-25, Santa Clara Coin, Stamp, Collectibles Show, SC convention center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Admit:$6,Tables: 79 Scott Griffin, 415 601-8661

April 29-30, Sacramento Valley Coin Club Show, 4 Points Sheraton Hotel, 4900 Duckhorn Dr., Admit: $3, Tables: 50, Bob Shanks, 916 204-5168

May 13-15, Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show, Riviera Hotel, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Admit:$3, CK Shows, 888 330-5188

RCC Officers
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Gerald Breedlove........Treasurer..............425-2967
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Paul Williams…..........Director….......…720-5395
Joe Wozniak.............…Director…......…853-4223
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Shannon Holmes...........Director..............827–4359
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep.............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625
The RCC Board meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at Denny’s at
6:30 PM. Everyone is invited to attend

Not the Other Coin: Coins in New York City’s Museums

I missed getting to Stacks and went to NYC for the opera, not any coin shows, but I did go to several museums that had coins. The Museum of American Finance on Wall Street had a good
collection of US gold coins and a room full of US currency notes. There were so-called gold dollars from our own
Jeff Shevlin and Sidney Mobell’s gold monopoly set, gold toilet seat, mail
box, mouse trap,  and other creations. There were stocks, Alexander Hamilton, who was from NY, displays. We made it to the nearby
Federal Reserve and got in because we know someone
that works there. Even so, the gold vault was off limits. We scored some shredded $100 bills.
The New York Historical Society Museum not only had colonial coins represented from all their
digs, but also proudly displayed the “only legal” 1933 double eagle.

The NY Historical Society Museum is supposed to have a large collection of commemorative coins, but most of the exhibits were closed for refurbishing. (This was also true of the Brooklyn Art
Museum.). In partnership with the ANA, the huge
Metropolitan Museum of Art had coin displays in their Greek, Cyprus, Roman, and Byzantine art displays. The displays were large,
appropriate, and of the highest quality. They also had a set of late Roman bronze coin mold to make counterfeit coins and correctly raised the question of how tolerated these counterfeit coins
were. They were needed to increase the small change supply like our colonial, hard time, and Civil War tokens. The 12 Caesars in a 19th century bracelet of gold aurei:

                                                                                                                                                      Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Numismatic Potpourri
I got a Mark Twain silver dollar, so I’ll bring that and I got the Coin of the Year Book, which I’ll bring as well. The Austrian Mint continues its niobium ( https://www.muenzeoesterreich.
at/eng/produkte/time )  series with a coin dedicated to time. The new two-tone Time coin contains 9 grams of .900 silver in its outer ring and 6.5 grams of .998 pure niobium in the core.

For their 70th anniversary edition there is a
Mega Red Book, more than three times the size with numerous articles and including values on Civil War, private gold coins, shipwreck coins, error
coins, commemoratives, and much more.
I would like to see it if you’re buying it. $49.95. The US Mint has determined that there is not a market for palladium bullion coins, so they won’t
be made.
The design for the WWI commemorative to be issued in 2018 is an open competition with drawings accepted through April 28, 2016. There are fake 2015-W encapsulated
proof silver eagles out there
. It weighs 30.54 grams vs. 31.23 grams for a genuine one. The diameter is also slightly smaller, 39.77- 40.05 mm vs.  40.55-40.59 mm for the genuine pieces. A
fake did not test positive for containing either silver or copper. The counterfeit’s design is similar enough to fool the average collector or first time buyer. Dealers have picked out the “open”
shape of the “Y” in “Liberty” and the lack of feather detail on the Eagle. The flag is crude and the skirt lines are too bold. Harvey Stack in Coin Week figured out
how much it would cost to buy
one each of all the coins the US Mint produced in 2015
: Total Coins Purchased: 292 at Total Issue Price: $14,915.30 with Face Value: $422.09; Numismatic Coins + Bullion Coins Purchase
Price: $18,714.30 with Total Face Value: $563.09.
The Canadian mint is producing officially licensed Batman vs Superman coins in conjunction with the upcoming movie to include a gold
coin, a 2-ounce silver coin, a 1-ounce silver coin, a special 3D coin and a 1/2-ounce four silver coin set. Also, there is a $20 for $20 silver coin.

There is a bill in Congress to produce a
domed basket-ball coin for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. Almost 5 million silver eagles were sold by the US Mint in February, the best
February ever and the 11th highest sales ever.
The first 1964 Philadelphia Roosevelt dime with a Doubled Die Obverse has been photographed. The doubling is very similar to the 1964- D
and 1953-S and 1955-S dimes that were reported last year. They have become affectionately referred to as “Hot Lips” due to the strong doubling on the lips

Resisting temptation proved impossible for s
taff members working at a Dutch printing company Royal Joh. Enschedé. Over the period of two years, they stole a “substantial amount”
of 50 euro banknotes
, according to Dutch crime blog. Australia is producing a cool set of coins on coins for the 50th anniversary of decimal coinage with the new and old designs. Below
the 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 dollar, 2 dollar.

Good place to mention
Peter Ree's new book, Inside the Vault: The History and Art of Australian Coinage. Zimbabwe of the 100 trillion note fame is making the Chinese yuan its 3rd
official currency
after the South African rand and the US dollar. China was so pleased they remitted about 40 million dollars in Zimbabwe debt. The Brits will be producing a new pound coin
with twelve sides and other security features to thwart counterfeiters in 2017
. 2016 will see the last “round pound.” Tens of millions of pound coins are counterfeited every year.

2016 National Coin Week Trivia Contest

Answer the 20 questions below for a chance to win prizes. Send me any answers you know or find: and I’ll compile them and send them to the ANA. Any prizes won
will be raffled or auctioned off to the club.  
  1st Prize: a 2016 American Eagle tenth-ounce gold five dollar proof coin, a 2016 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set, and a 2016 ANA 125th anniversary Guide Book of United States Coins
       (“Red Book”) signed by editor.
   2nd Prize: a 2016 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set, a Mark Twain 2016 Proof Silver Dollar, and a signed 125th Anniversary Red Book.
   3rd Prize: a 2015 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set and a signed 125th Anniversary Red Book

*All clubs that achieve a perfect score will win a prize

Answers must be received by Friday, May 6

1. Which Republic first used a personification of Liberty on a coin?
2. Two of Julius Caesar's assassins issued coins featuring Liberty. Name the two co-conspirators and the coins’ denomination.
3.Before a female Liberty was introduced on coins, a hat called a “pileus,” a symbol of freedom, was used on ancient Roman coins. What people were symbolically given these caps?
4. Britannia is the female personification of Great Britain and represents of liberty and democracy. What English circulating coin was the first to feature Britannia?
5. A “freedom” or “liberty” cap is often included on depictions of Liberty, either worn or atop a “freedom pole.” What is the other name for the cap, and what event triggered the symbolic use of
the cap and pole together?
6. Mexican money has featured liberty caps since the early 1800s. On what denomination coin did the cap first appear?
7. A famous depiction of Liberty (Marianne) appeared on French coins minted in the early 1900s. What is the nickname for these coins, and what medallic artist designed them?
8. What image did the U.S. Senate want to use on the obverse of coinage before accepting the House proposal to use a representation of Liberty?
9. Name two of the three classic (1892-1954) U.S. commemorative coins that feature a depiction of
10. “Mercury” is a misnomer attributed to dimes from 1916-1945. What is the proper name of this popular U.S. coin?
11. U.S. Liberty Cap coinage was inspired by which famous medal, engraved by Augustin Dupré in Paris in 1782 and based on ideas of Benjamin Franklin?
12. John Reich’s Capped Bust design was the first U.S. coin to include the word “Liberty” on Liberty’s headband. On which two denominations in 1807 did this design first appear?
13. The word “Liberty” was misspelled on two different denomination coins in 1796. Name the denominations and their associated misspellings.
14. The Statue of Liberty (in part or entirety) has been used on how many different types of U.S. coin
15. What was the first U.S. coin to not feature a depiction of Liberty?
16. What is the first issue of U.S. federal paper money to feature a depiction of Liberty?
17. What sculpture served as the main inspiration for Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ design of Liberty on his $20 gold piece?
18. Columbia, a female personification of America, is often depicted wearing a liberty cap. On what U.S. coin is she featured?
19. There is only one U.S. coin denomination that never used Liberty in its design. Name it.
20. What was the last year Liberty (not in the form of the Statue of Liberty) was featured on U.S. circulating coinage?
April2011-1st Spouses in Bronze
Ancient Coins in US History,
In God We Trust
March2011-Cartwheel Goes Digital
2010 Reno Cartwheels
Feb2011- Cupid & Psyche
Jan2011-2 Roman Quinarii
Back Issues
May 2011: Copper Bullion?
July2011-Coins of Cyprus
August 2011-Coins of
Alexander the Great
Sept2011-Late Roman Bronzes
Oct2011-National Park Quarters
Nov2011-Arabic & Ottoman Coins
Dec2011:Snakes on Ancient Coins
Jan2012-Al Shay In memoriam
Feb2012-Republican Coins
March2012-Olympic coins
April2012-Tour of Medallic Arts
May 2012 ANA 2012:
Cowries to
Credit Card, from
Bullion to Fiat Money
June2012-WWII coins
Sept2012-California Gold
Oct2012-US Mint medals
Nov2012-US Inaugural Medals
Dec2012-Electrum Coins
Gold coins
Feb2013-Silk Road Coins
March2013-Great Patriotic
of Wars Russia in Coins
May2013-Elymais Coins
July2013-Origin of Dollar
Aug 2013 Constantine
Adventus Aug
Sept2013-NV & CO Coin Trip
Oct2013-Cleopatra coins
Nov2013-Monstrous coins
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by
him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana).
Call 852-8822
Dec2013-Crusader coins
Jan 2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln Penny
March2014-Leto coin
April2014-So-called Dollars
SF set of all five 2013, 2014, 2015 quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American  D P $1.25
May 2014-Kennedy Halves
June 2014-WWII Coins
July 2014-Ancient Cast coinage
August 2014-E. European coins
Sept 2014-Roman enemies on coins
Oct 2014-Old Coin Press#1
Nov2014-LaVere Redfield
Dec2014-Vietnamese Coins
Jan2015:The Four Wisemen
Feb 2015 Pompei Magnus
March3015 Richard II
& English coins
April2015-Reagan Dollar
205 Nugget Ave. Sparks, NV
by Holiday Inn, across Hwy 80 from
Western Village
May2015-Shapur I & Sparadokos
July 2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug 2015-Persis, Elymais, Parthia
Sept2015-US 20 cent
Oct2015-German Coins
Dec2015-3 Wiseman
Jan2016-N.Black Sea coins
The Roman New Year's lamp has coins
dried fruit and grain often given in the
Festival. The Roman coins chosen depict
Janus, god of the New Year, Nike or
Victory, and friendship with the god of
commerce, Mercury, all New Year themes.
Feb2016-Rape of Persephone