Reno Cartwheel
November 2011

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, 1st of November 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV  

November  Happy Birthday Nevada
Rusty King, Coins and Medal  of Nevada

December  Mini-bourse
Bring coins to trade and sell.

January  Large Cents
Dan Waterman presents large cents.

February   Medals and Their Making
We will watch “The Medal Maker.” Please bring an interesting  medal of your own.

At The Last Meeting
34 members were in attendance for the Deep Mirror Proof Like(DMPL) Morgan dollars, including a complete set of Carson City
dollars! Mostly collected from bags of silver dollars at the bank in his youth, the coins are spectacularly beautiful. Some dates are
relatively common, but all are a treasure when found, coming from the first few hundred of  new polished dies. Both dies have to
be new, so that both sides are perfect. Hope you were there.

Let a club officer know if there is a topic you would like to hear. Someone in the club knows all.

Early Bird Prize was American bicentennial commemorative medal won by Ed Waselewski.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Bill Gregory: Jefferson dollars
Galen Gilbert: World Coin catalog
Rick de Avila: Presidential dollars, copy roman coin
Art Bonnel: 1854-O half dime, 1990 mint set
Breanna Balerege: Grant dollars, buffalo nickle, 1972 mint set, set of blue books
David Kasper: US Red Book
Ken Hopple: roll of Australian pennies
Shannon Holmes: World paper money set
Ed Scott: coin holders
David Elliott: Alexander the Great drachm replica

(some prizes were not recorded. do not forget to let Andre know what you won)


Larry Demangate donated an early Harrah's Casino $7 silver round won by Galen Gilbert for $46.

Rick de Avila won the
quarter pot of about $12 and gave back $5


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

Upcoming Coin Shows

Oct. 28-29 Nevada Day at the Museum
The coin press will be making a special Nevada Day medal, and we will have our dollar exchange at eh museum. Admission is free
on Saturday after the parade. $8 adults on Friday. 8:30-4:30, press 10-3.

Nov. 6 San Jose Peninsula Coin Club Show
Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway. Info: Fred van den Haak 650 498-4158, 10-5

Nov 11-12  The Sacramento Coin Show
Red Lion Inn, 1401 Arden Way. Hrs: Fri: 10Am-6PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM. Info: Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055. Email: Website:, Admission $3

Nov 18-20 Santa Clara Convention Show
5001 Great America Parkway, Hrs: Fri: 10Am-6PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM. Info: Taryn Warecker, 803 962-0827. Email: Website:  Admission $6/$3 s/y

We are planning to co-host AJ’s and Dan Water-man’s Fall 2012 coin show and will be getting the raffle together this November.

RCC Officers
David Elliott…. President….…815-8625
Rusty King..Vice President...... 673-6745
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
Paul Williams….Director…....720-5395
Paul Williams….ANA Rep.....720-5395
David Elliott........Editor...........815-8625,

The RCC Board meets the third Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Other Coin: Muslim Coins and Coins of the Ottoman Empire     
Arabic coins are often considered too strange and uninteresting to collect. However, the early Islamic coins first imitated Byzantine
coins in the 630’s-700 AD and accepted iconography on their coins in the beginning and at other times until they mostly acceded to
the no graven image commandment. Earliest Muslim coins imitates Byzantine coins of Constans II and Heraclius. Arabic writing
surrounds the Byzantine emperor and denomination M, naming the mint. Crosses, even the bust of Christ is often left on the coin.

Caliph Abd al-Malik 685-705AD replaced Constans II with himself on coins with a sword, rather than cross of numeral on the
reverse. The

caliph also began making coins without images, which became the standard for Arabic coins.

Now aniconigraphic, coins with just a lot of strange script can be daunting. fortunately, Arabic coins generally had both the mint
and date on the reverse with a prayer, toughra, or titles on the obverse. Furthermore, the date was almost always the year of
ascension of a particular ruler and he maintained that date on all of his coins.


So on this coin of Suleiman I, we read on the obverse: "Sultan Suleiman Shah, son of Selim Shah." On the reverse  "May his victory
be glorious” followed by the mint and date. Now a list of mints can be found on-line or in Krause’s world coins (especially 1600's
volume), but all of that is relatively unimportant. You just need to find the numerals at the bottom that look like 9-something-4 and
you will have the ascension date and know the ruler. Here are the Arabic numerals:

Our date is 926. Now that’s 926 AH and the ruler could be looked up with the Muslim date, referring to Anno Hegira when
Mohammed fled from Mecca to Medina in 622AD, which marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar. Krause and the internet offer
conversion tables year by year, which makes Suleiman’s ascension date 1520. Knowing the size and flan of the various Muslim
kingdoms and empires, all you need to do is find the date to figure out the ruler. You can get pretty good identifying coins this way,
and even better with Richard Plant’s
Arabic Coins and How to Read Them.
Ottoman Empire coins have become accessible not only as they pour into the US from Bulgaria, the Middle East, and North Africa,
but also
Coins of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic by Jem Sultan has become readily available.

The Ottoman Empire (1287-1923) is the heir of the Roman Empire, wresting North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe
from the Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire. One can watch the development, actually devastation, as orchards and grain fields
become deserts, irrigation fails, a true Dark Age smothers the heart of Western Civilization. The death of the Empire, including the
first genocide in modern history of Armenian and Orthodox Christians by Muslims, also created the nation states that we are
contending with today from North Africa, through the Middle East to Kosovo. It is almost obligatory to learn about the coins and
history of the Ottoman Empire. For Further reading:
Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross and  Osman's Dream: The History of the
Ottoman Empir
e by Caroline Finkel.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Note the toughra on this 10 para coin (see the 1● for 10?) The rest means para. The tughra or toughra is the cartouche of the ruling
sultan, here Abdul Azziz 1861-1878.

COINS Act Would Eliminate Dollar Bill, Replace with $1 Coin
HR2977 “Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings Act” has been introduced to remove the dollar bill in favor of the
dollar coin. First the Susan B. Anthony dollar would be recalled and declared obsolete. Then, it would have to be determined when
600,000,000 gold dollars are available for circulation at which time or in 4 years, whichever happens first banks would no longer be
able to replace dollar bills or order them. Both Susan B. Anthony dollars and dollar bills would remain legal tender.
About time I say-
editors note

25th Anniversary Silver Eagles Debut October 27th

Only 100,000 of the five coin set will be minted and available to the public. Proof coins from Phila-delphia and West Point along
with uncirculated coins from San Francisco and West Point as well as a bullion coin without mint mark. The coins will be
assembled in San Francisco. Price will be $299.95. How can you resist?

Legends Coin Market’s Laura Sperber Declares “The Generic Gold Coin Market was Crashed!”
Looking at several wholesale bids for 1932 $10 NGC MS65 Indians, PCGS MS64 Saints, and MS64 $2.5 Indians, she found having
trouble selling for almost melt prices. She concluded there are no premiums on even nice generic US gold coins. She concludes
either the spot gold price is too high, the market is glutted, or maybe people are missing great deals.

.....on the other hand

Top Commodities Says Silver is Poised for as much as 40% Rise in 2011-2012
Silver is expected to rise to $50-55 in November 2011. Many small purchases in gold and silver are predicted as anything over $599
will have to be reported to the IRS in 2012.

Garfield Dollar Debuts November 17th
The James Garfield dollar will be released November 17th. He served only 200 days after being shot and is one of the shortest
serving presidents. Good looking bearded guy though.