Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 23rd of May 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)                               
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks

May 23 Big Auctions and Big Deals Robert Rodriguez will review his participation at some great American auctions and bring in a few wins.

June 27 My Favorite Coin

July 27 Bicentennial Coinage Rusty King


The Last Meeting
As predicted, 38 were wowed by Doug Larson’s collection of medals from the Spanish American War through WWII and how they were used and awarded. I
brought The Russian WWII coins and coins of Pyrrhus that were displayed at the museum.
The press is still down. I ordered 10 more rolls of the 2017 P penny, if
you missed out.
Yours for .05 or roll for $2.50 first come. I got the binders from Fred Holabird for the next meeting and over 200 mint and proof sets from
Steven Olson with Canadian sets to come.
Missouri’s Ozark .25 due out 6-5. I did get all the photos of Redfield’s house and will put them on the website
eventually.
Only eight silver club medals left at $65, get yours before they’re gone. Bring up to 5 coins for the bid board now. We will have board meetings
before the regular meeting and vigorously tell people to be quiet so we can conduct business
. Contact me with suggestions, concerns, or topics you would like
to see: 815-8625 datbbelliotts@prodigy.net










Early Bird Prize was a 2017 P penny roll won by Gary Dahlke                     2016 S .25 sets available, NA, 2017P penny, Frederick Douglas Park .25 are here.
                                                                                                                    
Raffle prizes winners were:

Joe Drapula: sterling silve CC Morgan, 2009 penny set
Doug Cummings:Canadian silver dollar
mystery box, chocolate coins
Jerry Breelove:1927 standing liberty .25
Sam Dibitonto:1973 proof set
Mikaela Barton:1990 proof set
Dan Waterman:2013S .25 set
Milton Angel: NV ghost towns book
Ed Cranch:1944 Mercury .10
Rick DeAvila: Indian penny
Joe Wozniak: $2 bill
Don Stamps: 3 Heritage catalogs
Clayton Brownell: framed 50 state quarter map
Ken Hopple: 2008 World Coin Catalog
Kristine Barton: 1960 au .05, $5 1st men on moon
Charles Prawdzik: mint bag
Mary Long: Coin grading book

Auctions
No auctions

Quarter Pot
Cole Allen WON the quarter pot. $50+                          

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!

Upcoming Coin Shows

May 21, Vallejo Numismatic Society’s Show, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador, Admit:FREE, Tables:40+, Ed Hoffmark, 707 642-8754
Paper4Coin@yahoo.com  www.solanocoinclub.com

May 19-21, Las Vegas Numismatic Society Show, Westgate Resort and Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, Admit:$3, Tables:?, CK Shows, 800 208-1810 info@ckshows.
com  www.ckshows.com

June 4, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit: $2, Tables: 66, Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055 peter@mcintoshcoins.com  www.
sacramentocoinshow.com

June 8-10, Long Beach Coin, Stamps, Sports Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Admit: $8, Tables: huge, Taryn Warrecker, 805 351-7605
info@norcalcoinshows.com  www.norcalcoinshows.com

June 23,24, Concord Coin Show, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave.., Admit: $3, Tables: 39, Bill Green, 925 317-9055 peter@mcintoshcoins.com  www.
sacramentocoinshow.com

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

datbbelliotts@prodigy.net  www.renocoinclub.org

The Other Coin: Pyrrhus, Greatest Commander of them All


















Pyrrhus (319 - 272 BC) was the king of Epirus with victories against the armies of Macedon, Carthage, and Rome. As Plutarch stated, "the general opinion of him
was that for warlike experience, daring, and personal valor, he had no equal among the kings of his time" (Pyrrhus, 414). He is considered one of the finest military
commanders in history. Due to the large losses suffered during his battles he has famously given his name to the expression a “Pyrrhic victory” which refers to any
military success which comes at a high cost to the victor.  Plutarch has Pyrrhus retort to a friend’s congratulations on his victory, "One more victory like that over
the Romans will destroy us completely!" (Pyrrhus, 409)












As king of Epirus, located in the Western Balkans, Pyrrhus had to hone his Greek credentials and his coinage featured Heracles, Nike, Thetis, the mother of Achilles,
and above all Athena. He sought to make the army of Epirus with best trained fighting forces of his day, much like our special forces.
Pyrrhus learned his commander skills alongside Demetrios I Poliocretes (“city besieger”) of Macedon in the Successor Wars of Alexander the Great. Later, with his
ally Lysimachus of Macedon, he campaigned against Demetrios, gaining the loyalty of the Macedonian army and so established himself as the ruler of Macedon in 288
BC. This situation only lasted a few years when Lysimachus drove Pyrrhus out of Macedon in 284 BC. Pyrrhus’ Macedonian coins show the PYR (
PUR) monogram
on a Macedonian shield and a Macedonian helmet within oak wreath with star dividing the first four letters of king in Greek
BASILEWS.
After leaving Macedonia, Pyrrhus planned to build an empire from Magna Graecia, the old Greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. Pyrrhus responded to a call for
help from the Greek city Tarentum (Taras) located in the heel of the Italian peninsula. The city was threatened by Roman attack; and so, Pyrrhus came with his army
of 20,000 infantry, 3,000 cavalry, 2,000 archers, 500 slingers, and 20 war elephants to subdue the Romans in 280 BC. Pyrrhus won victories at Heraclea in 280 BC
and Ausculum in 279 BC. Pyrrhus kept the traditional coinage of Taras of a nude mounted warrior and Taras on a dolphin (the legendary founder of Taras was
brought ashore after a shipwreck by a dolphin). He added an elephant here to note his new war machine.
























After defeating Rome, Pyrrhus’ continued to Sicily where he was made king to free the Greeks from the Carthaginian Empire. He defeated them in another “Pyrrhic
victory” that caused hardships on the Sicilian Greeks and provoked rebellion against Pyrrhus, who returned to Italy. He met the Romans, once again, and this time he
lost at the Battle of Maleventum in 275 BC. With the loss of most of his elephants and another enemy able to withstand enormous losses and still take the field again, it
was time for Pyrrhus to leave Italy for Greece. There he died fighting in the Successor Wars in 272BC when an old lady dropped a roof tile on his head.
Pyrrhus’ coins of Sicily emphasize his Greekness again with Apollo and his tripod, Zeus and his thunder-bolt, and Kore (Persephone) with her enthroned mother
Demeter alluding to initiation into the Eleusinian mysteries. On these coins are not only his monogram but also his proud proclamation of
BASILEWS PURROU, King
Pyrrhus. He did create the finest ancient army, surpassing even that of Alexander the Great, but unable to make replacements equally well trained, his great victories
indeed became Pyrrhic.



































Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Numismatic Potpourri
Canada has just come out with a second set of Star trek stamps and a coin that bears all five captains and a glow in the dark Enterprise. Doug Cummings notice
that
the other franchise continues to be commemorated in coins by New Zealand. I already got the Star Trek stamps, letters, and postcards. The coin is about
$142. The
ANA has launched a web page for grading the Morgan dollar set. The interactive grading set includes Poor through Mint State 67 with






























definitions and high resolution images. https://www.money.org/morgan-dollar-coin-grading  
Daniel Frank Sedwick’s recent auctions includes bank notes from
various shipwrecks
. I wasn’t aware paper money survived. A Numismatic Guaranty Corporation MS-63 1892-S Morgan dollar brought $76,375. Heritage
catalogers noted that this silver dollar is a seldom available condition rarity in the MS-63 grade.
The Swiss 50-franc note won bank note of the year and is designed
with the theme of wind and depicts a dandelion, mountains and a paraglider. Introduced last April, the note is first in a new series that features nature rather than
portraits of famous men and women. And, for those not inclined for Star Trek or Star Wars,
Perth Mint has the Guardians of the Galaxy in 5 half ounce silver
coins in a lunch box for a little over $300.
























A piano tuner in Shropshire found his work to be unexpectedly exciting. In December of 2016 he discovered 633 sovereigns and 280 half
sovereigns
struck between 1847 and 1915 in a piano. As no owner has come forward, the coins are declared treasure and proceeds will go to the piano
owner and tuner.
Portraits – 500 Years of Roman Coin Portraits by Andreas Pangerl has 722 portraits on 233 pages, including a complete series of the
Roman rulers from Caesar until Julius Nepos. There are also spouses, sisters, mothers and Caesars. The objects were selected according to their beauty. 59
euros from Numismatiks Lanz Munich.
An Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force has been formed by the Industry Council for Tangible Assets  naming
an 11-member Steering Committee and eight Work Groups.
Cook Islands on the 100th anniversary of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's death has
minted silver coins that include a piece of fabric from the original Graf Zeppelin, which was scrapped in 1940. The silver coin is presented in a see-through
display case and features an impressively high relief.

















A special moment occurred a little over halfway through the sale when the announcement was made that t
he Pogue collection had surpassed the $100
million mark. All told, the fifth part of the collection totaled a bit over $21.4 million for a grand total of $106.72 million
. The American
Numismatic Association
(ANA) Road Show will make its next stop at the Las Vegas Numismatic Society Diamond Jubilee Coin Show, May 18-
20
, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, located at 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas. Items to be displayed at the Diamond Jubilee Coin Show
include: 1804 dollar, the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, and the Famous Errors exhibit with the 1955 doubled-die Lincoln cent, the classic 1937 D
"three legged" buffalo nickel, the 2004 Wisconsin "extra leaf" quarter and the 2007-2009 "godless" dollars
. All of these coins feature errors that
are easily visible to the naked eye, making them popular collector items and curiosity pieces.
April2011-1st Spouses in
BronzeAncient 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?
June2011-Notgeld
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
July2012-CarsonCoinPress
Aug2012-CanadianCoins
Sept2012-California
Gold
Oct2012-US Mint
medals
Nov2012-US Inaugural
Medals
Dec2012-Electrum
Coins
Jan2013-Counterfeit
Gold coins
Feb2013-Silk Road
Coins
March2013-Great
Patriotic
of Wars Russia in Coins
April2013-NCW2013buffalos
May2013-Elymais
Coins
June2013-Philoktetes
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 851-1859
Dec2013-Crusader
coins
Jan
2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln
Penny
March2014-Leto
coin
April2014-So-called
Dollars
SF set of all five 2013-2016S 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 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
June2015-CCAC
July 2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug
2015-Persis,Elymais,Parthia
Sept2015-US 20
cent
Oct2015-German
Coins
Nov2015-HolyRomanEmperors
Dec2015-3
Wiseman
Jan2016-N.Black Sea
coins
Feb2016-Rape of
Persephone
March2016-Coins at NY
museums
April2016-Liberty on
coins
May2016-Cyprus
Coins
June 2016-Olympia
bronze
July
2016-Medals
August2016-Anaheim
World
Fairof Money review
Sept2016-Treasures found
at World Fair of Money
Oct2016-Presidential
dollars
Nov2016-Barter to
Coins
Jan2017-So-Called
dollars
Dec2016-Egyptian temple
& Scipio Africanus
Feb2017-Russian coins1
March2017-Russian coins2
April2017-Augustus,Son of god