Tuesday, 6th of May l 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
April 25,26: Nat’l Coin Week at NV Museum Minting our new medal, lectures, new coins. Help us “celebrate civic service” and the 50th of the Kennedy
half, 30th of the club, and 150th of the State.
May: Kennedy, His Call to Service, and the Half Dollar A round table to reminisce about Kennedy. The 1964 and 2014 half dollars will be up for bid, and
we will look at the ANA Coin Week material.
June: My Favorite Coin and Auction Bring your current favorite coin and coins to auction. !0% to club. Probably have finger foods again.
August Modern East European Coinage Paul Williams will share coins and his experiences traveling in Eastern Europe
The Last Meeting
39 people were present to listen to Jeff Shevlin tell us about so-called dollars: souvenir tokens, world fairs, city and state anniversaries, American battles,
completion of public works medals, excluding advertising, political, and military medals. An expert in the field, he is helping produce a new two volume
catalog of the medals up to 1964. We will be making our new medal at the Nevada State Museum April 25, 26, joins us, watch your medal made. There’s
room for more coins. Bring one coin at a time. 10% of sale price to club.
Early Bird Prize was 1971D unc. Ike dollar won by Pete Plath.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Milton Angel:copper round,foreign currency,mint bag
Leo Rossow: foreign coins
Claude Sendon: Ike unc. 1971D, foreign coins
Ken Hopple:2013 S quarter set,new & old buffalo .05
Bart Daniels: PCGS 1995, proof .05
Quint Aninao: Cambridge coin binder
Clayton Brownell: 2088 dollar set, Coin book
David Elliott: 1976 half unc, Roosevelt dime.
Rick DeAvila: roll Canadian pennies
Dan Trabke: Coin Encyclopedia
Jerry Breedlove: chocolate coins
Clay Thomas: 1941 .05
1997 silver eagle donated by Larry Demangate won for $26 by Rick DeAvila.
Doug Larson won the 2 museum tickets for $20. Returned them.
Doug Larson won the quarter pot about $65.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Shenandoah quarter , Native America $1 are here!
Coolidge should be here, also 2014 and 1964
Kennedy halves with several choices of holders.
Upcoming Coin Shows
April 25,26: Nat’l Coin Week at NV Museum Minting our new medal, lectures, all the new coins. “Celebrate civic service” and the 50th of the Kennedy
half, 30th of the club, and 150th of the State.
April 25-27: Santa Clara Coin, Stamp, Collectibles Show, Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Admit:$6, Scott Griffin 415-
601-8661 www.griffincoin.com , email@example.com
May 2,3: Sacramento Valley Coin Show, four Points Sheraton Hotel, 4900 Duckhorn Dr., Admit:$3, Bob Shanks 916-204-5168 www.sacvalcc.org
May 4: Vallejo Numismatic Society’s Coin Show, Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 420 Callaghan Ln., Ed Hoffmark 707-642-8754 www.solanocoinclub.com
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep.............720-5395
The RCC Board meets the 1st Tuesday of the month
at Carrow’s at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
Not the Other Coin: Kennedy Halves
Few moments in the 20th Century have been examined and probed in greater detail than the events that occurred in Dallas, Texas, on the morning of
November 22, 1963. When three shots were fired in rapid succession from an open sixth floor window above Dealey Plaza, the course of our Nation’s
history was irrevocably changed. The youthful and eloquent President of the United States, the standard bearer of a new and passionate generation, was dead.
In the terrible sadness of the days and weeks that followed the sudden, tragic death of President John F. Kennedy officials at the United States Mint received
numerous letters and telegrams suggesting a "coin of the United States be struck in honor of our late President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy."
President Lyndon Johnson quickly acknowledged the importance of honoring the life of his predecessor with a new United States coin. A White House Press
Release from Press Secretary Pierre Salinger dated December 10, 1963, conveyed a statement from President Lyndon Johnson to the Congress of the United
States proposing the "coinage of 50-cent pieces with the likeness of the late John Fitzgerald Kennedy."The final vote count in the House of Representatives
was overwhelmingly in favor of producing the new Kennedy half-dollar; 352-6. With little opposition, the legislation passed through Congress becoming
Public Law 88-256, signed into law by President Johnson on December 30, 1963. Simultaneous striking ceremonies were held in Philadelphia and Denver on
February 11, 1964, beginning the production of what Mint Director Eva Adams stated would be "90 million of the new half-dollars in 1964." Public demand
for the new coin was unprecedented and the actual total mintage was much higher, with nearly 430 million coins carrying a 1964 date. It should be noted,
though, that more than half of these were actually struck in 1965 and 1966.
The last days of 1963 required the Chief Engraver to accompany Mint Director Adams and Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon as the trial strikes were
examined by Mrs. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in Washington on December 17, 1963. Roberts' recollection of this meeting also reveals
that both Mrs. Kennedy as well as the Attorney General had in mind a design showing a full figure or half figure of the late President for the coin's obverse.
Lacking the time necessary to prepare new designs and models, Roberts "strongly advocated the simplicity and directness of a profile portrait as being the
best possible arrangement for a handsome, outstanding coin whose beauty would endure and there could be no doubt as to the identity of the subject."
Mint engraver Frank Gasparro notes the only modification made in adapting the Presidential Seal for the reverse design of the new Kennedy half-dollar; "The
E Pluribus Unum was greatly enlarged in comparison to the official Presidential Seal so that it could be easily read by the naked eye."
Since its debut, the Kennedy half-dollar has been a favorite among collectors. Since its debut in 1964, more than 4.1 billion have been struck by the artisans
of the United States Mint. The only significant change to the original design came as a result of our Nation's Bicentennial celebration in 1976 when an image
of Philadelphia's Independence Hall temporarily replaced the Seal of the President on the coin's reverse, and a dual date (1776-1976) was placed under the
portrait of President Kennedy on the obverse. Each of these coins are a tangible piece of American history, igniting the memories of a frozen moment for
millions of people and, with each new year of mintage, carrying the promise of that moment into the future. The legacy of President John F. Kennedy lives in
this coin, and the history of this coin lives at the United States Mint.
We are pleased to be part of National Coin Week’s celebration of President’s Kennedy’s call to civil service and the half dollar that honored him. Hope you
can come to the Nevada State Museum to see our medal made, the Kennedy display, and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the State of Nevada
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
The baseball coin sold out on the first day of issue in gold, and now silver is unavailable as well. Still some silver clad half dollars, although those won’t ship
until July and the clad in June. They have also shut down for a week to do inventory, so the Coolidge coin might not make it. Home Land Security has
expanded its war on American ancient coin collectors by announcing new import restrictions on all Celtic, Greek, Roman Provincial, Bulgarian, and
Byzantine Imperial and Ottoman coins minted in Bulgaria at any time through 1750. Along with Cyprus, Italy, Egypt, China, Spain and Turkey the growing
list of import restrictions and seizures apply only to Americans. The Golden Age of ancient coin collecting may be lost.
A Carson City cancelled die used as a door stop by a Virginia City family was sold for $18,975 in a Dec-ember 2003 Holabird Americana Auction to David
Sundman, President of the Littleton Coin Company and Treasurer of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. David Sundman asked David Bowers to
authenticate the die: The Carson City half dollar die is the same die that was used to mint 1870-CC half dollars. It is not currently known to have been used
to coin any half dollars in another year.
A new Morgan variety book is out. The book sells for $25 and can be purchased from Franklin directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is also
available at www.vamsandmore.com The “WOW” list is a group of sixty varieties of Morgan dollars that were originally put together for the beginning
collector and contains coins that are easily identified. Exposed by a recent tsunami, a hoard of gold coins were found scatted near a rural village in
Sumatra. The Bali Post reported it is “not yet known exactly how many gold coins that was in the box. Some residents suspect there are hundreds,” adding
that the find was “gold coins the size of shirt buttons (about 1 centimeter in diameter) and reads the Arabic alphabet and writing Jawi God.” The coins were
struck between 1200 and 1600 AD.
American Gold Eagles are produced in 1 oz., 1/2 oz., 1/4 oz. and 1/10 oz. sizes that are denominated in $50, $25, $10 and $5. Minted for collectors and
unlike the bullion Gold Eagles that launched on Jan. 2, these proof coins carry the "W" mint mark from the West Point Mint and feature frosted images on
mirror-like backgrounds. There will also be 15,000 four coin sets, opening at $2,982.50. 20,000 1oz.($1610), 10,000 ½ oz. ($820), 10,000 1/4 oz. ($422.50)
and 20,000 1/10 oz.($180). Whitman Publishing has recently published an updated and revised third edition of “Carson City Morgan Dollars”, by Adam
Crum, Selby Ungar, and Jeff Oxman. Full color, hardcover, 6 x 9 inches. ISBN 079484227-5. 136 pages. Retail $24.95. The third edition has been updated
with new historical photographs; revisions from on-going research; current coin values and certified-coin populations; and fresh market commentary. A new
appendix gives current certification populations of Carson City Morgan dollars as graded by NGC. “This gives the collector and investor a real-world
snapshot of the relative rarities of different dates and more than a dozen VAM varieties,” said co-author Adam Crum.
Proposed new eagle design for the 1 oz. silver bullion coin
in 2016. Are they really going to put the Marshal Service motto on it?
SF set of all five 2013 quarters in case $4
National Park Quarters PDS .50
Presidential, Native American 2013 D P $1.25
2014PD Kennedy $1,1964 silver $12
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by
him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana).