Reno Cartwheel
May 2013
            
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 7th of May 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV

April 26-27 National Coin Week at the NV State Museum: This years theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Buffalo nickel: “Black
Diamond Shines Again.” Ken and I will be there as usual .

May 7: Auction! Bring items to auction by our own Rusty King. 10% to the club, the rest is yours.

June: My Favorite Coin! Bring your recent favorite coin. We actually care about it!  We are looking for a place for a pizza party too.        

July: World War II Medals Doug Larson will bring a collection of WWII medals: US, German, Russian and more! Please bring yours, or your
dad’s or grandfathers.

August: Currency AJ Jacobs, our resident expert, will present topics on US and foreign currency.

At The Last Meeting
34 members met to discuss buffalo nickels. Shannon Holmes presented the basic facts and some of his nickels. David Elliott brought an
example of a Hobo nickels and the displays created by the ANA for National Coin Week. There are many overdates and even a three legged
buffalo variety as dies were punched or polished for reuse. In April, the Native American dollar (23rd), Teddy Roosevelt dollar (11th), and
Perry’s Victory (1st) quarter will be coming out, the last 2 should come in time for the meeting. If you have something you want to get from
the mint and save postage, give me the money and I will put it on our order and save you the postage. We got our first donation for the 30th
RCC anniversary medal to be designed this Summer from Glenn Fruehen.









   
Early Bird Prize won by Frances George, The American Silver Celebration coin set.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Bill Gregory: 1976 ½ , chocolate coins
Jack Gruhler: 1 oz copper buffalo, 1969 proof set
Laural Hoggan: mystery box roll of log cabin cents, 1992 proof set, gold coin type set holder
Dan Trabke:1974 proof set
Jeff Allen: buffalo nickel
Claude Sendon: 1907S barber dime
David Elliott: 1 oz copper buffalo
Briana Baldridge: 2005 buffalo nickel roll,1977D proof quarter, Azerbaijan coin, US mint bag
Ed Scott: coin holders, even more coin holders, error coins book
Ken Hopple:1935 buffalo nickel
Bart Daniels: 1971 Austrian coin
Rick DeAvila: set of steel cents, silver certificate
Gary Dahlke: lots of 2x2
Troy Young:911 Freedom medal, photograde book
Garrett Allen: Silver certificate

Quarter Pot
“Someone” won the quarter pot but was not present, so it rides at about $24.50. (Lost my note)

                           
Auction
Dan Trabke won a 1911Barber ½ for $25 donated by Larry Demangate.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!

Upcoming Coin Shows
April 26-27 Sacramento Valley Coin Show, Elk’s Lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd. Admit $3, under 18 FREE, www.sacvalcc.org   
      
May 5 Vallejo Numismatic Society Show, Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 420 Admiral Callaghan Lane, Harry Davis 707-980-8254
EMPERORI@juno.com  

May 17-18 San Francisco Ancient Coin Bourse,  Holiday Inn, 1500 VanNess, 10-6, Admission $10, with coupon $5, www.SFbourse.com,
650 804-4841

May 18-19 Carson City Downtown Coin Club Show, Carson city Nuggett Casino, 10-5 (4), $2 Admission, Dan Wilson 775 883-4653,
downtowncoin@gmail.com

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
datbbelliotts@prodigy.net  www.renocoinclub.org

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

The Other Coin: Elymais Coins
A hoard of Elymais coins have come on the market, bringing to life another lost kingdom whose history is all but unknown beyond a few
ruins and thousands of coins. The Bible gives account of Elam, a small kingdom at the head of the Persian Gulf. But little is known about Elam
or Elymais which lay in between the ancient superpowers of Mesopotamia and Persia. Its capital and most important overland and shipping
trade center was Susa.  Only coins report the names of some Elymaite kings and give a little insight in their
politics.
Orodes II coins tell us in Greek or Aramaic that he ruled Elymais for about twenty years, from 57 to 37 BC.
The ancient Elamite language is one of the ancient lost languages even though we have cuneiform in Elamite
records older than Sumerian cuneiform. Orodes(also:Herod or Herodes) had the same problem as most of his
contemporary colleague kings: the Romans. But unlike most of his fellow kings, he managed to maintain his
independence. Some time after Orodes' death, Emperor Augustus accepted the Euphrates River as the border
of his Empire. As a consequence, Orodes successors managed to keep their autonomy. The Sassanid Empire
absorbed Elymais only in 227 AD.
The kings of Elymais struck coins for over 370 years – from about 150 BC until the invasion of the Sassanids. The Elymais mint was located
in Susa. Mostly silver tetradrachms were struck as the four-drachm-pieces were the universally accepted currency in the ancient Eastern
world. In the beginning, the Elymaian coins were made from good silver; but after a while, the fineness of silver dropped. Next to the kings’
head is usually a crescent, a star and an anchor can be seen. The moon and a star were the emblems of the Achaemenid dynasty; the anchor,
on the other hand, belonged to the Seleucid dynasty. The Elymais kings probably had married into or descended from these two great
dynasties. It is unclear if the Parthian rulers that have the same names are the same king or  relatives. Perhaps Elymais served as a ladder to
the Parthian just as the Prince of Wales is the future king of England.  Whatever the case, Phraates is often a candidate for being one of the
four wisemen although dating is uncertain. We have coins of the four last kings of Elymais, know only as Kings A, B, C, D as none of their
coins bears inscriptions as the coins become smaller and smaller bronzes.










                                                           Phraates with standing Artemis or eagle        





                         


                                 Unknown King A with Artemis and bow Unknown King C with head of Artemis?        




The earlier kings did mint fine coins
with Greek inscriptions, for example:








Kamnaskires III, with Anzaze, c. 82-75 BC. AR Drachm (3.94 gm). Dated Seleukid era 235 (78/7 BC). Conjoined busts left of Kamnaskires
and Queen Anzaze; anchor symbol behind. Reverse: in Greek: King Kamnaskires and Queen Anzaza, Zeus seated left, holding scepter and
Nike, who crowns him; monogram in inner left field, ELS (date) in exergue

         Of course the ones I can afford, all under $20 instead of $125 or more a few years ago are the later bronzes found on e-bay, Frank
Robinson, A.F. Coins of Canada and Parthia Coins (www.vcoins.com) .












Orodes I/ Bust of Artemis, AE 14mm, early 2nd AD
Phraates II/ Dashes AE 14mm, middle 2nd AD
Orodes III/ Dashes, AE 14mm, late 2nd AD

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Counterfeit American Eagles
A counterfeit 2011 American Eagle silver bullion coin recently passed as genuine at a coin shop in Toronto contains no silver. Andrew
Greenham from Forest City Coins in London, Ontario, Canada, obtained the counterfeit from a second Toronto dealer who had acquired 10
examples from yet a third, unidentified, Toronto dealer, who was duped into purchasing the pieces from an unidentified seller, as genuine
silver Eagles.
Among the general differences, the weight of the counterfeit is 32.608 grams compared with the weight of 31.101 grams for a genuine
American Eagle silver bullion coin. The fake is thicker than the genuine coin, by as much as 20 to 25 percent, but the diameter of the fake is
slightly smaller than the standard 40.6 millimeters. The die orientation of obverse to reverse on the counterfeit is medal turn, not coin turn. For
a U.S. coin, when its obverse is right side up, turning the coin on its vertical axis will reveal an upside-down view of the reverse.
Some differences noted on the obverse of the counterfeit, compared against the genuine coin’s obverse, are these:     
              
➤Liberty’s jawline on the counterfeit American Eagle silver bullion coin is more masculine, almost appearing bearded.
➤On the counterfeit American Eagle, the lettering is thinner and not as defined as on a genuine example.
➤The date digits are larger on the fake American Eagle and spaced farther apart.
➤The length of the first ray to the left of the sun is shorter on the fake silver American Eagle coin.
➤The top of the L in LIBERTY on the fake extends farther left of the third ray.
➤The E in LIBERTY on the counterfeit version is almost completely exposed, while on a genuine American Eagle silver bullion coin the
bottom bar of the E is almost completely covered.
When comparing the reverse of the counterfeit 2011 American Eagle silver bullion coin to a genuine example, note among the differences:
➤The lettering is thinner on the counterfeit; the tail of the U in UNITED is also longer. The tail was added to the genuine American Eagle
design in 2008.
➤The stars above the eagle’s head are slighter smaller and not as sharp in detail on the fake as on the genuine American Eagle silver bullion
coin.
➤The eagle’s beak on the fake American Eagle is larger than on the genuine coin, almost parrotlike in shape.
➤The feathers on the eagle’s head and neck on the counterfeit coin are not clearly defined as they can be found on the genuine silver
American Eagle.













Other counterfeits have been found. Coin World has reported on counterfeit American Prospector 1-ounce silver rounds being offered in the
United States. The latest report is from Cincinnati, of fake 1-ounce Chinese Panda bullion coins. While the attempted sellers of such fake
bullion items often go untouched by authorities, not all do. Police in Denton, Texas, have arrested a local man on eight counts associated with
the sale of fake American Prospector rounds at pawn shops and jewelry stores in that area. Various websites are available to help identify
fakes:
http://theeyeballkid.hubpages.com/hub/Fake-silver-bars-and-coins details and demonstrates how to detect some of the counterfeit pieces.
Listed pieces include fakes of 1-ounce .999 fine silver Pan American bars, Scottsdale bars, Sunshine Mint bars, American Prospector rounds,
Chinese Panda silver coins, Australian Lunar Dragon bullion coins and Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins, as well as generic 1-ounce silver
bars. A listing of varieties on the genuine versions can be found at the “Panda Varieties” link from the Panda America website at www.
pandaamerica.com/  Numismatic Guaranty Corp. has published online articles devoted to what its grading staff has encountered among
questionable bullion pieces submitted for grading, archived at www.ngccoin.com/news/Landing.aspx?SeriesID=7

Baseball Coin Design Contest Open to Public
The U.S. Mint on April 11 will launch an open, public design competition for the shared obverse to be used for three 2014 National Baseball
Hall of Fame coins. The winning design will be used as the common obverse for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative gold
$5 half eagle, silver dollar, and copper nickel clad half dollar. The common obverse is to be “emblematic of the game of baseball,” according
to the act, but not represent any particular player or team. Designs may be submitted under two age level categories — those 13 and under,
and those 14 and over. Compensation to the submitter of the winning design shall be not less than $5,000. The reverse of the coin is convex
to more closely resemble a baseball and the obverse concave, providing a more dramatic display of the obverse design chosen Details can be
found at http://batterup.challenge.gov/
National Park Quarters    P or D or S .50
T. Roosevelt   D or P $1.25, $30 a roll