1st of September 7:30 p.m.
NEW Meeting location:
605 N. Wells Avenue
Ice-cream Social. Please order ice-cream or malt, float or pie ala mode from Carrow’s
menu. Please reimburse the club for any drinks.
There will be a presentation of “Atlantis, Europa, and the First Coins of Europe” by
David Elliott with a short DVD showing the physical and numismatic origins of Europe.
October: Treasures of the Mint by Ken Hopple
November: Afghan Gold by David Elliott
December: minibourse, bring your coins to sell
At The Last Meeting
The August meeting featured “History in Your Hands,” a movie by James Earl Jones.
Several members also brought coins to sell and trade.
Two new members joined, Jeff and Jack Gruhler. There was also 2 new visitors.
Treasurer Ralph Marrone was absent..
The Design for the new club 25th anniversary medallion was shown combining the
designs for the 10th and 20th anniversaries. The State of Nevada with a star at Reno
was overlaid by the Reno arch. The reverse will have either the press or state seal and
be made in silver and several base metals. Hope to have it minted by Thanksgiving.
Coin Show at the State Museum:
The annual coin show at the State Museum is back on Friday, August 21 and
Saturday, August 22 8:30-4:30PM. Ken Hopple will be minting coins, David Elliott will
be manning the Club table and a raffle featuring 1876 $20 CC gold. Be there or be
Raffle prizes winners were:
Rudy Prisco, mystery box
Steve Podhurst: 3 pence George III
Duke Morin 81 mint set
Jack Gruhler 2009 proof pennies and dollars
Bonnie Trimmer 1971 mint set
Ken Hopple Wheat pennies, 2003 $2 bimetal Canada
Bob Wagner roll 2009 pennies
Dan Waterman 1978 Canada mint set, 1938 BU mickel, Iceland mint set
Rick DeAvila 2009 penny roll, Susan B. Anthony mint set
Karen Sanquinetti Susan B. Anthony mint set
Andre Azzam: coin tubes
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
A silver eagle and 2 silver rounds were auctioned off.
The Early Bird prize was won by Larry Demangate—roll of 1995 pennies.
The quarter pot was won by Andre Azzam, about $25.
A large donation of books was made by Lynn White. They will be sorted for the
library, auction, and raffle prizes.
Upcoming Coin Shows
2009 Carson City Mint Coin Show
Nevada State Museum
600 N. Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada
Hours: Fri. 8:30-4:30, Sat 8:30-4:30
Nor-Cal Coin Show VIII, Vallejo
Elk's Lodge, 2800 Redwood Parkway
(off Admiral Callaghan, on the east side of the Redwood Street overpass at Interstate
80, in east Vallejo
Free admission, 50+ tables
Sat : 10-5, Sun 10-4
Doug Larson…. President……843-0162
David Elliott…Vice Pres…..…746-2180
Shannon Holmes ..Secretary….827-4359
Paul Williams…ANA Rep...…720-5395
The RCC Board meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Carrow’s at 7:30PM. All
members are invited to attend.
The Other Coin: Atlantis, Europa, and the First coins of Europe
The creation of Europe is usually dated to the end of the last Ice Age, depending on
where you were in Europe sometime between 10,000 and 8,000BC. Before this time
much of Eurasia, Scandinavia, and the British Isles were covered in a glacier as were
the Alps and Balkans. Most of the rest of Europe was tundra, only southern Greece
having a warm climate. In addition, the Mediterranean Sea was merely a few separated
fresh water lakes; the Black Sea an even smaller fresh water lake. The Caspian and
Aral Seas were much swollen by run off from the glaciers, however.
The reshaping of Europe as we know it today gave rise to several flood legends of
Noah, Gilgamish, and Atlantis. It is proposed that the city of Atlantis on land now
underwater in the Eastern Mediterranean was destroyed as the Atlantic poured through
the pillars of Heracles to form the Mediterranean around 10,000BC. 2,500 years later
the Mediterranean poured into the Black Sea destroying early farms and urban areas
that may have been the source of dispersal of a common culture from Europe to the
Middle East to Egypt. Lastly rising waters as the glaciers retreated separated England
from France, Ireland from England and overflowed a large island in the North Sea.
Added to this was the great tsunami of Thera in 1450BC that destroyed much of the
coastal areas in Greece, Asia Minor, Crete and Cyprus. The tsunami may have parted
the Red Sea for Moses as well as Thera providing the pillar of smoke and fire. A great
many floods are attributed to Zeus the Bull of the Sea.
The Egyptians claim to have been a kingdom before and after the formation of the
Mediterranean, but the Greeks claimed variously to have traveled from the Pillars of
Heracles and the Black Sea. Thus, the Bull of the Sea may claim the Atlantic, Black,
and Mediterranean Sea. The famous bull roar was doubtless from the rush of wind
head throughout the ancient Greek and Minoan world from Mount Thera eruption.
The Origin of Europe in myth tells the tale Zeus the Bull of the Sea and the Phoenician
princess Europa. Her lineage is also variously traced to Oceanus, Tethys, and Poseidon
i.e the same three seas. Zeus took the form of a great white bull and behaved tamely
with Europa and her maidens. She dared bestrode him and he immediately dashed to
the sea, swimming to Crete. He then ravished her as both bull and eagle under a plane
tree She bore three sons: Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon, who besides being
Minoan kings became judges of the underworld after they died.
Europa appears on several coins both ancient and modern. The Minoan kings she bore
are generally regarded as the founders of the first European civilization. The
Phoenicians invented writing and deep sea sailing to Britain, around Africa, to Ceylon.
Coins were first minted in Lydia and spread to Persia, Ionian Greeks, Cyprus, then the
Island of Aegina off Greece, which can be considered the first European coins. Staters
with a turtle, replace by the Athenian tetradrachm when Athens destroyed its
commercial rival in 458BC.
With the European Union, the image of Europa has proliferated on modern coinage,
first on ecus then euros. Cyprus, of course, was happy to depict their heroine.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Carson City Coin Show Returns
The Nevada State Museum will host a two day coin show on August 21 & 22.
Last year’s show was cancelled due to construction at the building which housed the
Carson City Mint during the 19th century.
The show will feature 30 coin dealers, free appraisals, fabulous raffle prizes, gold
panning and activities for children.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and under 18 are admitted free.
For more information, call 775-687-4810, ext. 237.
A Note: Where are the new Pennies and Quarters?
The new coins have become unavailable to the banks and hence are not available to
distribute at the dollar exchange at the museum. David Elliott would appreciate you
buying any new pennies or quarters: Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, etc. you come
across, so he will have them to distribute at the museum.
2009 American Samoa Quarters enjoy the distinction of having the lowest mintages of
any quarter for many, many years, new US Mint production figures released Monday
reveal. Coin collectors will revel in the news.
2009 Quarter Mintage Figures
2009 Quarters Denver Philadelphia Total
District of Columbia 88,800,000 83,600,000 172,400,000
Puerto Rico 86,000,000 53,000,000 139,200,000
Guam 42,600,000 45,000,000 87,600,000
American Samoa 39,600,000 42,600,000 82,200,000
U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0 0 0
2009 Total Quarter Production: 481,400,000
Surprisingly, the figures are not as low as perhaps expected. They nearly mirror the
extremely low Guam levels. 82,200,000 American Samoa quarters were produced,
with 42.6 million of those struck in Philadelphia and 39.6 million at Denver.
That accounts for nearly 94 percent of the Guam production. But for the starkest
contrast, it represents just 47.7 percent of the mintage totals for the District of
Columbia quarter. And comparing the total against any single state quarter is laughable.