Tuesday, 24th of May 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
May 24 Coins of Cyprus David Elliott
June 28 My Favorite Coin and Bourse Night Bring coins to sell or trade and bring something Doug Larson doesn’t have.
The Last Meeting
30 members heard David Elliott’s presentation on the changing idea of liberty. It’s on the website if you missed it. New coins are here: Gerald Ford dollar and Cumberland Gap quarter. June
will have Harper’s Ferry and July the last presidential dollar: Reagan. The Native American series will continue. National Coin Week went well at the museum, although the 120 school children
cancelled on Friday due to storms. I want to thank Rusty King and Grand Gold Coin for Mercury dimes, Gerry Breedlove for dimes and standing liberty quarters. The leftovers will be
appearing in the raffle. I presented participation medals to Robert Rodriguez, Ken Hopple, and David Elliott for their work on National Coin Week. Also, Rusty and Gerry are due medals
for helping with the featured coins. Evidently, dealers scooped up the gold 1/10 oz. gold Mercury dime, they all have them on sale. Get on the wait list if you want one. I also got Mega Red
2017 for under $25 at Amazon. I pre-registered for the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money August 9-13. It is hard to resist a big coin show and Disneyland, etc. We offer a small scholarship
for the graduating senior who makes a presentation to the club. Dues will stay at $15, but the badge will cost $10 now. Please wear them if you got them. Don’t forget to bring something
for the Bid Board now every month!
Early Bird Prize was Gerlad Ford PD set won by Ken Hopple. Gerald Ford, Code Talkers, and Cumberland Gap are here. 2015 S sets made.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Cole Allen:standing liberty .25, 1971 unc. Ike, 2 mint bags
Rick DeAvila: 1925 Mercury dime
Ed Scott: 1978 proof set, Standard Catalog 1901-2000 and 2001- catalog
Milton Angel: Standard Catalog World Coins 1600-1700,
Bart Daniels: 2010 $1 set, mystery box 2010 roll of pennies
Jeff Allen: 1989 proof set
McKayla Barton: FDR/Truman $1 set, 2015S .25 set, ancient coins book
Ken Hopple: chocolate coins
Gery Meckler: 2014S .25 set
Faye Allen: Buffalo .05 book marker
Mary Long: Cumberland Gap PDS .25
Bob Estey (not present) won the quarter pot.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
May 13-15, Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show, Riviera Hotel, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Admit:$3, CK Shows, 888 330-5188 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ckshows.com
June 5, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St. (McClellan), Admit: $2, Tables: 66, P McIntosh,916 317-9055 email@example.com www.sacromentocoinshow.
June 9-11, Long Beach Coin Show, Long Beach Convention Center,100 S. Pine Ave.Admit:$8, Tables:huge, T Warrecker, 805 680-0294, www.longbeachexpo.com
June 18-19, Stanislaus County Coin Show, Clarion Inn Conference Centetr, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto, Admit: FREE, Tables: ?, Dan Brown,800 471-2319 ex1
June 24-25, Concord Coin Show, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave., Admit: $3, Tables: 39, Bill Green, 925 351-76055 firstname.lastname@example.org www.norcalcoinshows.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 4th Tuesday of the month at Denny’s at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited to attend
The Other Coin: Coins of Cypress
Cyprus was a crossroads of the ancient world and its coinage spans the whole history of numismatics from the earliest Persian times through Greek, Ptolemaic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman,
Venetian, British colonial, independence, and occupation by Turkey in 1974. Cyprus, Kypros (KUPROS), Kibris gave us the name “copper.” Cyprus has been a major source of copper from
Neolithic times to the present. Bronze age shipwrecks have yielded the famous oxhide copper plates, weighing from 44 to 64 pounds.
Cyprus’ other claim to fame is being the place where Aphrodite came ashore on her seashell. A great temple is dedicated to her, depicted on a Roman coin of Caracalla and her cult statue can be
found on coins of Ptolemy III. The mother goddess in neolithic times is depicted on Cypriot euro coins.
Cyprus was an early adopter of the Lydian invention of coinage in the late 7th BC century, doubtless receiving silver and gold coins for their copper. The Persians under Cyrus adopted coinage
after conquering Lydia in 546BC, defeating Croesus, the inventor of modern coinage. Cyrus defeated the Egyptians in Cyprus about 20 years later. The Egyptians had ended a century of freedom
from the Assyrians in 570BC. Greek settlers in Cyprus from the Bronze Age had struggled against the Assyrians and Persians, briefly gaining independence under King Evagoras (411-374 BC)
only to lose independence again when Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire. The Persians and Greeks both allowed city-states to mint their own coins and 8 or more cities did so
(see a selection on line). The first coins found in quantity depict a seated ram and are blank or with an ankh reverse. The Persian coins can be spectacular as the one below of Baalmelek II, 425-
400BC with Heracles and a lion attacking a stag.
Alexander’s general Ptolemy conquered Cyprus for Egypt, and Cyprus became a major source of wealth and copper for the Ptolemies, until wrested from Egypt by Caesar Augustus when he
defeated Anthony and Cleopatra in 30BC. Caesar Augustus made Cyprus and Egypt an imperial fief ruled by the emperors and not the Senate through governors. Cypriot Roman coins often had
CA for Ceasar August rather than SC, Senatus Consulto, “by decree of the senate.”
Roman provincial coinage continued at least until Caracalla (often with the temple of Aphrodite, see left). Coinage was revived with the Heraclii 608-641 AD and Isaac Comnenos 1184-1194 until
deposed by the Richard the Lionheart. Below a coin of Heraclius with wife Martina left and son Heraclius Constantine right. Isaac’s coin shows Christ enthroned and the Virgin Mary crowning
Cyprus was ruled by Crusaders from 1194-1489 as a French Colony. The coins usually bear a cross or Jerusalem cross and lion. Below coins of Hugh III (1267-1284) and Janus (1398-1432).
The last French ruler Caterina Cornaro allied with the Genoese was forced to sell to the Venetians, who ruled the island from 1489-1571 making Cyprus an even richer trading port. They did not
change the coinage: Lion S. Marcus Venetus and cross +Hieron Prioli Dux (1559-1567). In 1571, it is said that the besotted Selim II (1566-1574) “the drunkard,” briefly left the harem to order
the invasion of Cyprus to secure the source of his favorite wine. Whole cities were massacred. Catholics were given the choice of converting or being tortured to death. The united fleets of
Venice, Spain, and the Papacy destroyed the Ottoman fleet at Lepanto, but Cyprus was lost. The Orthodox population saw themselves as liberated from serfdom and the Papacy. The Orthodox
survived only to be slaughtered in 1821when Greece revolted. The richest medieval kingdom became a wasteland as had much of the rest of the Eastern Roman Empire. Only 3 sultans minted
coins: Mehmed III (1595-1603), Ahmed I (1603-1617), and Murad IV (1623-1640) in very limited quantity. The coin of Murad IV above reads Sultan Murad, son of Ahmed and on reverse: May
his victory be glorious, minted Kibris(Cyprus) year 1032.
The expanding British Empire set its sights on the Suez Canal and Egypt, acquiring Cyprus in 1878 almost as an afterthought. After WWII, Britain reluctantly granted Cyprus independence in
1960. Queen Victoria on a 4 and ½ piastres coin and a copy of an ancient coin with Apollo and Europa on a coin of independent Cyprus. Some Cypriots say Europa landed there first.
In 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus and has occupied the northern part of the island ever since. They minted coins of Northern Cyprus, one of which features Selim II. This did not prevent Cyprus
from entering the European Union in 2004 and issuing euros in 2008with goats, galley, and mother goddess .
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
The two big stories are the 2016W Mercury dime centennial 1/10 Ounce gold coin. A little more than 122,000 of the mintage of 125,000 sold in 40 minutes on April 21. More may become
available so get on the wait list. Even more exciting to me was the 100,000 Roman coins found in Spain or 1300 pounds in 19 amphorae. The coins are in mint condition and mostly of
Constantine the Great and Maximian. Maximian was Constantine’s father-in-law, whom Constantine compelled to commit suicide when he vied for the throne against him. Canada is doing a
rose gold coin before we are with a rose commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday and a blue bird.
Breast cancer coins including in pink gold are slated for 2018. No designs yet, but will include up to 50,000 $5 pink gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad halves. Robert
Rodriguez had a brief article in the Numismatic News saying, Coins should absolutely be used as a teaching aids, but from the point of view of what their stories convey about what was
unfolding at that time. The story of the Continental dollar, 1792 pattern coins and early Massachusetts coinage all relate to the circumstances and issues that led to our nation’s founding. I find
that when I use actual coins to convey this information, the kids’ eyes light-up. I have also introduced and given away a fabulous volume, 1700s in America by professor C.M. Sprengel,
published in 1783 for the Leipzig World’s Fair of 1784. It is virtually a first-person account of our 1776 revolution. I know several kids are enthralled with the WWII pennies from Ed Hoffman I
hand out. I have asked Robert to bring some of the books for sale. Canada is doing a series of Star Trek stamps and coins, much better and cheaper than Australia. Scotty and Kirk are
Canadian. The US is issuing a set of stamps with the planets. Kind of dorky.