Tuesday, 4th of October 2 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
October US Mint Medals
Bring your favorite medal from the US mint to share.
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
35 members were in attendance for ice-cream and a movie on California gold coins, focusing on the larger denomination gold coins
minted privately and under the auspices of the San Francisco mint when it was still an assay office. Ken Hopple and Dave Elliott
discussed the Nevada State Museum Coin Show and the minting of the new USS Nevada submarine medal in silver and bronze. A
silver medal was giving to the captain and some 400 bronze coins to sailors who served on the USS Nevada. We will be back at the
mint for Nevada Day October 26-27. Paul Williams discussed his trip to the ANA National Coin Show as a rep of RCC. There were
spectacular displays of rare coins and tours of the mint available. ANA is now streaming live and making available on the short internet
videos of the displays and lectures at the ANA site and youtube under National Money Shows. Plan to go to the ANA. Make plans to
go to the ANA National coin show if you’re nearby. The new coins have arrived and will be available at the October meeting:
Acadia, Hawaii P or D or S .50
Cleveland, Harrison D or P $1.25, $30 a roll
Puerto Rico, Chaco S mint .50
Early Bird Prize was 1912 V nickel won by Jeff Allen.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Garret Allen: $1 MGM token, RCC nickel medal and wooden nickels
Bart Daniels: roll of wheat pennies & token from hunting club, Mystery box
Fay Allen: 1945 roll pennies
Bill Gregory: 2 Taylor dollars, 1973 mint set, Henry VIII medal
Jack Gruhler: 2011 penny holder , Idaho store token
Ken Hopple: 1982 proof set
Dan Trabke: 1979 mint set, 2 foreign coins, holder for 2011 pennies, US mint quarter bag
Ron Jahn: WWII military currency book
Ed Hoffman: 2010 Red Book
Ed Scott won a 1962 Franklin half for $12 donated by Larry Demangate.
Ed Scott won the quarter pot of $14.75
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
September 29 Coin Collectors Retreat, 10-4:30
Vallejo, Heritage Theater, 734 Marin Street, Topics: SF Mint, Ancient can be fun, the color of Money, Tales of Gold. Info: www.
solanocoinclub.com 707 246-6327, EMPORI@juno.com
October 5-6 Sacramento Valley Coin Club Show 10-6 Fri, 10-4 Sat. Elk’s Lodge #6, 6446 Riverside Blvd. Admission is $2. Free for
under 18. Door prizes. Info: www.sacvalcc.org
October 13-14 Concord Diablo Numismatic Society Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive. Admission is $3. Info: diablocoinclub.
org Bill Green: 925 351-7605
October 20-21 Stockton Delta Coin Club Coin Show Eagles Hall, 1492 Bourbon St. Info: Ruben Smith III 209 982-5961,
October 27-28 Dollar Exchange at the Nevada State Museum 10AM-3:30PM, Nevada state Museum, 600 North Carson Street,
Carson City. Ken Hopple will be running the 1867 coin Press#1 and David Elliott will have all the new coins including 4 of the San
Francisco mint National Park Coins, Benjamin Harrison dollar, and Hawaii quarter. There will be a display of ancient and obsolete US
coins. Free foreign coins for kids (and kids at heart). Admission is $8. 18 and under Free.
October 27-28 Fresno Numismatic Society Coin Show Las Palmas Masonic Center, 2992 E. Clinton Ave.
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
Not the Other Coin: Medals and Commemoratives of the US Mint
In 2008 William Swoger, a Michigan collector, wrote "National Commemorative Medals of US of America" and John T. Dean, a
Colorado collector, wrote "National Commemorative Medals of US Mint.” Both were self-published and collected the Turner catalog
numbers from the “Numismatist” together. Swoger covers 71 medals in 300 pages. Dean covers 69 medals in 90 pages. Obviously
Swoger contains more text. Dean devotes a full page to each medal. Dean's is modestly priced at $24.95. Swoger's is overpriced at a
Now, we have a similar situation with 2 new books on US Commemorative coins. Dean’s second 2012 edition focuses on coin from
1954 to1983 is 101 pages, sells for $49.95 with the first edition reformatted as a price list for $14.95. Anthony J. Swiatek has
published this year “The Encyclopedia of Commemorative Coins of the United States”for $75 with some 600 illustrations and 712
pages. Beginning with the 1892 Columbian Exposition through the territorial quarters, he details the symbolism, mintage, history, and
designer, and current value of each coin over four pages, complete with glossary, mint errors and counterfeits. It is probably the best
of the bunch, although there is some confusion was what constitutes a commemorative coin or medal.
US commemorative coins are also found in the back of the Red Book. Originally issued under the authority of Congress to
commemorate events or help pay for monuments or celebration, they have been sold at a premium with a portion of the sales going to
promoter. The Citizen Coin Advisory Committee also judges coins designs since 2003. New state and national park quarters as well as
the 2009 Lincoln pennies are considered commemoratives as are now the presidential and Native American dollar coins. So are the
1976 bicentennial issues and 2004 and 2005 nickels.
The first commemorative was a silver half sold for $1 to help pay for the World’s Columbia Exposition (World Trade Fair in Chicago)
although many coins remained unsold are were released into circulation at face value.
A silver Lafayette dollar followed in 1900 with a gold dollar for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis Missouri) in 1902 and
Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1904-45 (Portland, Oregon). The 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (San Francisco) included a silver
dollar, gold dollar, gold 2 ½ dollar, and a round and octagonal $50 gold coin.
Coins were produced for states, cities and counties and other organizations in rather low mintages. A gap between 1954-1983 was
created when the US mint stopped minting commemorative coins. Commemorative medals without denomination or congressional
authorization were made by the US mint as well as private mints under the auspices or by the designers of the US mint, including our
own Medallic Arts. These are the medals that are the focus of John Dean’s and William Swoger’s books. The new era of
commemorative coins began with the a half dollar commemorative of the 250th anniversary of George Washington’s birth, followed
by gold and silver coins for the 1984 Olympics in LA. The US mint is now creating circulation commemorative coins, bullion coins,
and medals such as the bronze medals of the presidential wives and historical medals honoring various people or events. All proceeds
go to the mint now.
The 2012 first spouse coins are still held up with minting problems. U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson said the primary
striking problems have been encountered with the Paul and Cleveland (first term) coins; the Mint has had difficulty in achieving proper
metal flow to fill design devices and achieve proper surface finish quality. Philadelphia Mint production personnel are adjusting striking
pressure on the coinage presses to rectify the fill issues and to avoid creating what Peterson referred to as a “halo effect” around the
devices. Despite the difficulties he assures us the coins in gold and bronze will be minted this year, so look for them in 2015.
Commemorative coins honoring the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., will be issued in 2014. The
United States Mint will strike Proof and Uncirculated versions of three coins for one year beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The law permits the
production of a maximum of 500,000 gold $5 half eagles, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars. The price
of each coin will carry a surcharge, at $35 per $5 coin, $10 for the dollar and $5 for the half dollar. The surcharges will be used to
support the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The 2014 gold $5 half eagle and silver dollar are to be struck using a
technique that would produce coins resembling a baseball with a concave obverse and a convex reverse. The law also requires the
common obverse design for all three denominations to be emblematic of the game and to be selected through a competition. The
winner of the competition would be compensated with at least $5,000, with the amount to be deter-mined by the Treasury secretary.
The reverse of the coins is to depict a baseball similar to those used by Major League Baseball. The designs will be selected by the
Treasury secretary after consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Commission of Fine Arts; and review by the
Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee.
The Langbord family’s attempt to regain control and ownership over 10 double eagle dated 1933 was lost in court. An appellate court
will take up proceedings that goes back almost 80 years ago to the final production of gold coins for circulation at the Philadelphia
Mint. U.S. District Court Judge Legrome Davis on Aug. 29 rejected the request of Joan Langbord and her two adult sons for the
government to return the coins, or pay for them the selling price of $7.59 million apiece. Langbord is the daughter of Switt, who
claimed she found the 1933 double eagles among belongings of her father in a bank vault. Switt died at age 95 in 1990. The jury did
not believe Langbord’s story – and essentially found that the coins were purloined and illegally removed from the Philadelphia Mint.
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.