Tuesday, 24th of October 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
October 24 Happy Birthday Nevada!
October 27-28 Nevada Day at the Museum: New Coins and Displays David Elliott, Rusty King, and Trish Felkner
November 28 Fred Holabird
December 26 Minibourse and Nominations
The Last Meeting
34 members were wowed by the latest additions to Rob Rodriguez’s colonial coins collection. The Jacob Jones medal was huge, over 2 and a half inches. We
also got to see the first two Washington medals. Very slow at the museum in September, no school or bus tours that day. Got to see some of the first have
dollar size silver coins coming off the press. All the dies and the collar have to be redone. They started with the anniversary coin with the mammoth and Washoe
basket, plan to do the pony express and other popular medals. Press should be running for Nevada Day. No decision on price yet. Trish has another surgery, so no
museum in Nov. & Dec. George Rogers Clark .25 out November 13. Only seven silver club medals left at $65, get yours before they’re gone. We have about
10 of the brass and 20 of the copper. Bring up to 5 coins for the bid board now. I noticed a lot more coins on the bid board. 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-
Early Bird Prize was Nixon $1 won by Milton Angel. . 2016 S .25 sets available, NA, Ellis Island .25 are here.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Laurel Hoggan: Russian coins
Charles Prawdzik: Silver Congressional medals
Bill Naylor: PCGS2017P .01, NA $1 set, 2 coin books
Milton Angel: 1991 proof set, 1978 proof set
Dan Waterman:set Heritage auction catalogs, grading books
Ken Hopple: 2006 proof set
Bart Daniels: WWII .01 set
Don Stamp: 1978 mint set
Duke Morin: 2000 coin set
David Elliott: Lincoln .01 set
David Loder: 2014S .25 set
Mary Long: Presidential $1 set
Joseph Drapula:chocolate coins
Heritage US auction catalogs donated by Rob Rodriguez won by Dan Waterman for $25.
Signed 1792:Birth of the Nation’s Coinage donated by Robert Rodriguez won by Fred Holabird for $35.
Cynthia Neufeld of Minnesota (not present) won the quarter pot, about $10.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
October 21-22, Delta Coin Club Show, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 4900 Duckhorn Dr., Admit: $3, Tables: 50, Bob Shanks, 916 204-5168 Robert.Shanks@att.
October 28-29, Marin County Coin, Stamp, Collectibles Show, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 1010 Northgate Dr., Admit: $4, Tables: 28, Scott Griffin, 415 601-
8661 firstname.lastname@example.org www.griffincoin.com
November 3-4, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit: $3, Tables: 66, Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055 email@example.com
November 5, San Jose Coin & Collectibles Show, Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, Admit: ?, Tables: 37, Fred van den Haak, 650 380-4158
November 10,11 Sunnyvale Coin Show, Domain Hotel, 1085 East El Camino Real Montague, Admit: $3, Tables: 34, Bill Green, 925 351-76058
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
Not the Other Coin: National Coin Week on Unity
The 2017 theme for National Coin Week in April is “the role of numismatics in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation.” Not sure what this means,
but coins do tell us where unity can be found. What comes to mind first is the clasped hand coins of the Romans, who promoted their unity with the army (Nerva),
as conspirators (Brutus with Piety), or with other emperors or rulers (Octavian and Marc Anthony) with Concord. More often than not, this was wishful thinking.
More substantially, Alexander the Great appropriated divine symbols of the horn of the Egyptian Ammon and images of Zeus enthroned copied from coins of the
Phoenician Baal on his standard coinage. There are even coins of Alexander with Aramaic inscriptions, but we do not know if they were official or local coinage.
What was without doubt an attempt at bilingual unity appears to have begun with Demetrius I of Bactria flourished 200-190 BC who created bilingual coinage in
Greek and the Indian language kharosthi. Displayed here on a coin of Menander (c.165-130 BC), who was also a big promoter of Buddhism. Below Athena on the
reverse and a dharma wheel with palm branch. The Romans rather than add a divine attribute the reverse. The Romans rather than add a divine attribute to their
portraits, simply appropriated the whole god, feeling that imperial unity demanded the worship of all gods. Below Empress Julia Paula hauls the baetyl, house of the
Phoenician sun god (probably a meteorite), to Rome on a cart and Empress Julia Domna celebrates the Syrian Great Mother brought to Rome with cult statues,
priests, and the whole works. The priest in their colorful robes, twirled, danced, cut themselves, and even castrated themselves. This was much too much for most
Putting strange gods on one’s coins for a show of unity has gone out of fashion, but multilingual coins are popular in Belgium, Israel, and India to name a few.
Belgium 2 euro coin has French, Dutch, German, and English. Israel has Arabic, English, and Hebrew. Indian coins usually win. Here a coin of George VI
written in English, Urdu, Telugu, Bengli and Devnagari legends. India also made coins for the and English. Israel has Arabic, English, and Hebrew. Indian coins
usually win. Here a coin of George VI written in English, Urdu, Telugu, Bengli and Devnagari legends. India also made coins for the illiterate with fingers showing the
denomination. Russia almost 300 years ago put dots on their coins for the illiterate and blind. Below 5 and 25 kopecks.
Nowadays, it seems that unity is based on race rather than religion, language, or ideas. There are coins commemorating minority groups, Australia and the Bushmen,
and our own Black Liberty. We have also been honoring Native Americans with the golden dollar, which is probably the best designed and most artistic of our
circulating coinage. There is also a medal series honoring each of 33 tribe’s contribution as code talkers in WWI and WWII, which is nicely designed. However, unity
here is not really racial, but political. Political and legal decisions were made to treat and honor everyone irrespective of race or sex. Political unity is best
symbolized by the recent return of Hong Kong and Macau to China. Not only was the transition smooth across language, racial, and religious barriers, but the
transitions were also symbolized with a bridge. Bridges are made by ideas. Here contract law won; when the leases were up, the land was returned. We are all equal
before the law. The Greeks believed anyone to be Greek who spoke Greek and contributed to the polis. The Romans thought anyone was Roman who was a citizen
by wealth, served in the army, or was favored by the emperor. The US says anyone born here is American. My relatives felt out-Christianed by the Civil Rights
Movement and accepted the idea we are all created equal before God.
Ideas, not race or sex, bring about reconciliation and unity. One does not choose his race or sex, and they do not change. Just the ideas about them change. We need
to believe we are all good because we chose good ideas like being Greek, Roman, Belgian, Christian, or Jew, and others make other good choices without regard to
race or sex or things we can not change. That is what coins and successful ancient empires taught us.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Kevin Flynn's draft book on the 1804 large cent restrikes by the US mint can be found: http://www.coinzip.com/articlesPage.php?i=59 Mark Hotz has an
interesting article about Civil War banknotes with notes about their owners written on them as they went into battle or prison in October 10, 2017 Numismatic
News. The same issue reports the pending sale of a set of the very rare 1916 Zanzibar banknotes. Roman soldiers hurriedly buried their coins as they were being
overwhelmed by German forces and their German allies, who changed sides. Roman coins found or excavated in the Teutoberg Forest are narrowing down the
location of the battle that saw the destruction of three Roman legions in 9 AD, that ended the Roman’s attempt to conquer and colonize Germany. David J. Ryder
has been nominated as mint director. There has been no director since 2011 as Obama did not appoint one. He was a mint director under Bush in 1992. The Royal
Mint is issuing a 70th anniversary wedding coin for Queen Elizabeth that shows her age. The 2017 limited edition silver proof set at $139.95 sold out in 32
hours. It included an eagle, half, dime and 5 quarters. The 2018 WWI silver dollar design was unveiled 10-9. The first US palladium coin is selling for around
$1700 and obviously reusing old designs. You can take a virtual tour of the US Mint in Philadelphia on utube or on the mint’s website: here The overpriced US
Mint bullion coins are selling poorly. Wonder why? PCGS has certified the third known 2-tailed Washington quarter as Mint State 62. The Washington quarter
was struck with two reverse dies. Production of the two-tailed Washington quarter dollar is believed to have been executed at the San Francisco Mint between 1965
and 1967. So we have our WWI commemorative silver dollar, Canada has been making a bunch of them:
Perth mint is celebrating the Chinese year of the dog, an owl, a sea otter, a Chinese dragon chasing a rotating pearl and a coin celebration the 30th anniversary of
Star Trek Next Generation. I’m going to the San Francisco celebration. Concordia Seminary in Missouri for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a
display of rare medals and books of Martin Luther titled "Pressed into Service by the Word of God." An exhibit catalog is available. The Paris Mint has opened its
doors after a complete renovation. See in English at https://www.monnaiedeparis.fr/en The animal tallow in the new polymer banknotes is giving Vegans,
Hindus, and others a moral dilemma in Britain. It used to be on our postage stamps’ glue too. A new site collecting all recent auction catalog sales of Russian coins
is at https://www.m-dv.ru/en/catalog/ in English. Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity by Jon P. Amato, Ph.
D., edited by James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle, is available from Ivy Press for $29.95 at Heritage Auctions HA.com