Tuesday, 6th of November 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
November: Presidential Inaugural Medals
Doug Larson will bring his medals to share. Please bring yours if you have some
Bring your duplicates and extra coins to sell or trade. The new dollars and quarters will be available.
At The Last Meeting
38 members were in attendance for US medals, but only Glenn Fruehenn and David Elliott brought medals–both bringing the
First wives bronze medals. Please bring yours if your inaugural medals for the next meeting. This allows me
to include a map to our library at Holabird Americana:
Early Bird Prize was 1909 V nickle won by Allen Judson.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Glenn Fruehen: roll AZ quarters, Coin clinic book
Rick Avila: Confederate coin copies, roll 1939 pennies, 2 V nickels
Ed Lifur: 1971 proof set
Steve Prodhurst: Coins of the Comstock
Bill Gregory: 2 Garfield dollars, 20th Type album
Karen Sanguinetti: roll 1947 pennies
Jack Gruhler: Coin club medal & wooden nickels
Bart Daniels: set of penny blanks
Ken Hopple: Mystery box 1995 bank set, 1957 silver certificate $1
Thomas Charleton: Garfield dollars in holder
Dan Trabke: Peru coin
Rick Avila won a 1907 Barber half for $26 donated by Larry Demangate.
No one won the quarter pot of $7.25
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
October 20-21 Stockton Delta Coin Club Coin Show Eagles Hall, 1492 Bourbon St. Info: Ruben Smith III 209 982-5961,
October 26-27 Nevada Day at the Nevada State Museum Ken will be minting a new Nevada Day medal with a military
them and David will have displays of coins ancient and US , along with all the new coins for sale. Join us 10AM-3PM, Friday
and Saturday. Admission $8, 18 and under free. Info: email@example.com David: 775 815-8625
October 27-28 Fresno Numismatic Society Coin Show Las Palmas Masonic Center, 2992 E. Clinton Ave. Admission $2.
November 4 San Jose Peninsula Coin Club Coins and Collectible Show, Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway,
Doubletree Hotel. Info: Fred van den Haak firstname.lastname@example.org 650 498-4158
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 673-6745
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 3rd Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
If there is a topic you would like to see please let a board member know. Someone in the club knows all
The Other Coin: Inaugural Medals
The official inaugural medal began in 1901 with William McKinley’s second inauguration. The practice of inaugural medals
begins with the didachoi or successors of Alexander the Great, who minted coins with their images upon succession to their
thrones. Indeed, the dies of Hellenistic kings were often made by the finest Greek sculptures and are some of the finest works
of art to come down to us. They spread this custom to India from the Bactrian Kingdom and Rome adopted inaugural coins
with Caesar Augustus, continuing through the Byzantine Empire. In the West various medieval kings imitated Roman coins
including Charlemagne and the Crusaders, but the artistry of the ancients was not reached until the Renaissance when Pisanello
(c.1395-1455) made medals for various rulers and was soon imitated in France, Germany and England. Coronation medals
became all the rage throughout Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
Ptolemy I Augustus
Charlemagne Bohemund III
Sigismondo Malatesta (1417-18) by Pisanello
In some ways, it is surprising that some kind of an official medal was not issued for the first inauguration of George Washington.
Well before this event, the American Congress had authorized a number of medals struck to honor various Revolutionary War
generals for their victories over the British. Indeed, the first such medal was for General Washington himself, to honor his
victory at Boston on March 7, 1776. Moreover, the young American republic quickly adopted the English practice of awarding
silver Indian peace medals to the chiefs of friendly tribes, as tokens of peace and friendship. The earliest of these fine hand
engraved medals dates to Washington's first administration.
That is not to say, however, that the first Washington inauguration did not have any mementoes at all. Among the most
cherished of American political items is the Washington inauguration button. It is recorded that Washington wore a set of
specially made metal buttons inscribed with an eagle on them for his inaugural ceremony. He was not the only one wearing such
special buttons. The button manufacturers of New York and Connecticut seized this opportunity to sell to the public sets of
buttons with various designs, all intended to commemorate the inauguration. A.A. Albert, the foremost authority on Washington
buttons, listed 27 varieties which he believed dated from Washington's first inauguration, or from his first term. Some of these
also have an eagle motif, while others are inscribed with Washington's initials, or such legends as, "Long Live the President" and
March the Fourth Memorable Era."
The inaugurations of Presidents Adams, Madison and Monroe were without any recorded medallic commemoratives, but
Jefferson and John Q. Adams had fine medals struck privately, followed by Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James K. Polk and
Zachary Taylor who minted a curious series of four similar medals, all struck by the U.S. Mint. All used for the obverse, the
medium size Indian peace medal die for the respective President.
James Polk’s Inaugural Medal
Subsequent inaugurations through that of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877 are represented by a variety of private medallic
commemoratives struck in different sizes and metals. The Garfield inauguration of 1881 is important in that it was the occasion
for the issuance of the first official souvenir; a colorful silk ribbon on which was gilt stamped a handsome eagle seal, an inaugural
inscription and the name of the committee on which the wearer served. Past committees had used plain colored ribbons as a
means of identification, but this was the first time that the ribbon was also suitable as a souvenir of the occasion
The inauguration of Benjamin Harrison in 1889 had added significance because it was also the 100th anniversary of the
inauguration of George Washington. For this special occasion, the committee not only ordered a ribbon badge identifying the
wearer's committee assignment, but it also attached a medal to that badge. The obverse of the medal portrayed the busts of
President Harrison and Vice President Morton and the date 1889, while the reverse bore a bust of Washington and the date,
1789. This was the first inaugural medal issued with the official sanction of the Official Inaugural Committee. In both 1893 and
1897, even more elaborate and high quality committee badges with suspended medals were authorized. The medals, in fact,
were so large and heavy that their suspension ribbons are seldom found intact.
In 1901, for the first time, The Inaugural Committee appointed a Committee on Medals and Badges to replace the old
Committee on Badges. The Inaugural Committee designated the medal as the "official medal" of the inauguration. This was the
first Official Inaugural Medal! An example was struck in gold and presented to President McKinley. Thus began the tradition,
followed ever since, of presenting the new President with his own gold inaugural medal.
The designation of the chosen medal as "official" was a significant act in the history of the inaugural medal. It created an
atmosphere where talented sculptors and the most capable of our mints wished to compete for the honor of being associated
with the official medal. See http://www.inauguralmedals.com for more information.
Gold Hoard in Carson City
Over $7 million in gold coins and was found when 69 year old Walter Samasko, Jr. died. The boxes of double eagles,
Mexican, South African, Austrian, and British gold coins will go to a first cousin in LA as Mr. Samansko left no will. The coin
collection was started by Mr. Samansko mothers and many are 19th coins. The $7 million figure is only the bullion value of the
gold, the numismatic value is being appraised by Howard Herz of Herz Jewelry and will likely bring the value of the hoard over
Acadia, Hawaii P or D or S .50
Cleveland, Harrison D or P $1.25, $30 a roll
Puerto Rico, Chaco S mint .50