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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
June 4, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit: $2, Tables: 66, Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055 email@example.com www.
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
June 23,24, Concord Coin Show, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave.., Admit: $3, Tables: 39, Bill Green, 925 317-9055 firstname.lastname@example.org www.
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
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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
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 the 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.