Tuesday, 22nd of November 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
October 28-29 Dollar Exchange at NV State Museum. Press is running, It’s the 75th anniversary of the Museum and NV Day!. Please join us.
November 22 Coins: The Beginning David Elliott
December 27 Minibourse, Nominations
January 23 Dinner, Election, and Movie
The Last Meeting
25 members were wowed by the Joe Dimaggio autograph ball Rusty brought that he got when he was in junior high. A lot of other people were watching the world series, I guess. Ken and
I saw hundreds of people and kids on NV Day and for the 75th anniversary of the museum. A new medal was struck with the museum, mammoth and basket (see below). Milton Angel and
Jerry Breedlove helped man the table and several other members visited. We all got 75th anniversary cake. There was even a brass band. 600 pencils and rulers with magnifying glass went fast,
and we were able to give class sets to four teachers as well (pictures below). Please bring me your club envelope as I would like the cancelled US Star Trek stamp I especially need the
red and green ones. I have just a few Reagan dollars, no rolls, but still got Johnson, Ford, NA, and Nixon dollars. Fort Moultrie park .25 is out November 14, so iffy if available for November
club meeting. Will try. Bring up to 5 coins for the bid board now. We will have board meetings before regular meeting and vigorously tell people to be quiet so we can conduct
business. Contact me about concerns or suggestions 815-8625 or email@example.com New member Charles Smith makes rings out of coins to order. See them at coinbender.com
Ordered a copper coin club ring for myself for $30. Should have it for November club meeting. Finished the 1784 German book on US revolution. It was great!
Early Bird Prize was set of 2012 Native American dollars won by Laurel Hoggah Teddy Roosevelt Park, Reagan dollar, and Code Talkers are here. 2015 S sets made.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Gary Meckler: set 2013 NA dollars, 1965 mint set,
1927 standing liberty .25
Bart Daniels: 2014S .25 set
Ken Hopple: chocolate coins, 1984 mint set, Mercury .10,
Tom Charleton: 2004 proof .05 mystery box, WWII nickel set
Milton Angel: 1945 .50, 2016 .01 and blank
McKayla Barton: 2009 penny set
Charles Benyak 2015 .25 set, copper RCC medal, key chain and magnet
Rose Moratti prsidential dollar
Jerry Breedlove 1926S .01, coin holders
David Elliott: Jefferson .05 album with some .05
Christine Barton: set of blue books
Gary Dahlke: mint bags
Gary Dahlke won 1784 US history book donated by Robert Rodriguez for $22
Rick DeAvila won silver eagle donated by Larry Demangate for $20
Clayton Brownell (not present) won the quarter pot.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE! (Fred Holabird donated a number of books and coin boxes coming to the raffle soon.)
Upcoming Coin Shows
November 19-20, Marin County Coin Show, 4 Points Sheraton Hotel, 1010 Northgate Dr.,San Rafael Admit:$4,Tables: 28, Scott Griffin, 415 601-8661 firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2-4, Las Vegas Coin, Currency Stamp Show, Gold Coast Hotel, Admit:?, Tables: ?, Israel Bick, 818 997-6496 iibick@sbcglobal,net
December 4, Sacramento Coin Show, Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit:$2,Tables: 66, Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055 email@example.com www.sacramentocoinshow.com
December 9-11, Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show, Westgate Resorts and Hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, Admit:?, Tables: ?, CK Shows, 888 330-5188 firstname.lastname@example.org www.
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 Other Coin: The Beginning
The center of the display case of ancient coins I take to the museum has a selection of shells and cast coins made before the Lydians learned how to purify gold and silver and make
round coins in descending denominations. I also show the stages of manufacturing ancient coins. Recreation of Sardis refining process: production of foils (lower left), cementation in
ovens and cooking pots with salt and urine to separate gold from silver (top), and cupellation, separating silver from other metals at very high temperatures in the ground aided by
bellows (1100 degrees centigrade, bottom) . Denomination of gold and silver in base 12 with ½, 1/3,1/6, 1/24, 1/48,1/96.
Before metal was used for coins, shells were used for small change and strung together for larger denomination; at least, since Sumerian times, 6000 BC. The favorite shell was the
cowrie that came in different sizes and was made from clay, bone and cast bronze as well. Gold and silver was traded as currency in the form of jewelry, but also as lumps, wire, and
bars of metal (see 1200BC Egyptian hoard with mina bar below). The bars were called minas or talents, other denomination like the sheqel, stater, or karsa were measures of weight.
The hoard of silver from the time of Abraham (c.1700BC) in pot below would have been weighed by scales as so much sheqel or talent weight. This is why there are so many verses
about honest weights and measures in the Bible. Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver,
according to the weights current among the merchants. (Genesis 23:16)
The early Romans had little access to gold and silver, so when the Greeks in Sicily and southern Italy were making masterpieces of coinage in all metals, the Romans made lumps and
bars of bronze for currency from the 8th to 4th BC called Aes rude and then cast in shapes Aes formatum from 5th to 3rd BC like a scallop shell or with images on rounds and bars
Aes signatum from the 4th to 3rd BC
Roman coinage recapitulated the evolution of coinage in several societies going from shells (cattle in the case of Romans) to lumps of metal to molded metals. Celts created shapes of
wheels, beads, rings, and bells; Greeks created arrowheads and dolphins; and the Chinese created cast metal cowries, fish, bells, knives and hoes among other shapes before the cash
coin with a square center. Some shaped coins were used as higher denominations, all with holes for stringing together.
The Lydians began minting purified gold and silver coins by weighing out lumps of metal and then using a hammer to smash the lump into an image engraved in an anvil. The Greeks and
Persians added an image to the hammer and struck planchettes made in molds, so a nicer, flatter, more uniform coin was produced with two images instead of an image and a punch
mark. Coins as we know them flooded the world and greatly increased trade and convenience. We have the ancient coins because there were no banks, so the coins were hidden in
pots in the ground that are now dug up.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Nevada Day was spectacular with the press running and minting a new medal (state seal on the reverse), 75th anniversary of the museum with cake and new things to give away. Hundreds of
adults and children were there.
Elsewhere, coins have gone crazy. Canada not satisfied with glass beads on everything is now putting sculptures on a set of wildlife coins and not to be beat Nieu made
volcano coins with a ball of lava or shaped as Mount Vesuvius with engraved Pompeian artwork.
Austria is content with a glow in the dark bat coin for its new animal series. We are making sensible coins like the one for Boys Town, the ATB quarters, and the 2017 and
Jeff Shevlin sold 1 of 9 gold Eire Canal medals for $135,000. I remember when he brought in a silver one. England is commemorating the Battle of Hastings in gold and
Knights' Gold tells the story of how two boys in 1934 Baltimore unearthed a pot filled with 5,000 gold coins. New and startling evidence now links the coins to the Knights of the
Golden Circle, a Confederate secret society hoping to put an end to the Lincoln presidency. Canada’s Sesquicentennial coins above. Favored design for 2017 gold liberty