Tuesday, 3rd of September 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
September: Auction! Bring coins to auction, 10% to club or donate the whole thing. We need to raise money for our new coin medal.
October: The Coin Making Process Roger Vugteveen of Medallic Arts in Dayton will present the coin making process.
November: Happy Birthday Nevada! Rusty King will present a topic on Nevada coinage and updates for our new coin medal.
December: Coin Bourse Bring coins to sell, trade and money to buy yourself or someone else coins for Christmas.
Great Basin roll $17, set PDS $50
National Park Quarters P or D or S .50
T. Roosevelt D or P $1.25, $30 a roll
Native American 2013 D P $1.25, $30 a roll
2012S quarter in case $5
At The Last Meeting
39 members got a great introduction to currency from “AJ” Jacobs, which included national notes, broken bank notes, and an Emperor Norton
note. Artwork on a piece of paper is almost unlimited. The coin show at the Mint had several hundred people despite the smoke, we got some new
members, their were more than a dozen different lectures and the press sold silver rounds as fast as they could mint them. The new coins at cheap
prices made a lot of people happy, especially a group of Russians that bought a bunch of the gold dollar coins. I’ll have the artist renderings of our
new medal for the meeting. Still have 6 of the 3 roll sets PDS of the Nevada quarter. Will order the Fort McHenry quarter on 8-26, but it is
unlikely to arrive in time for the meeting. Drop in on the National Token Show at the Atlantis this weekend. There will be 50 or more dealers there
and we want them to come back.
Early Bird Prize won by Doug Cummings was a 2009 uncirculated Lincoln penny set.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Dan Trabke: Mystery box 2009 .01 and planchettes
Rick DeAvila: Barber dime, silver certificate
Troy Young: Trade dollars book, lighted magnifier, coin coasters, Sacagawea dollar album
Garrett Allen : Barber .25
Clay Thomas: Bronze medal, 1971 proof set, unc 1976 ½
Bart Daniels: 2012S quarter set, 1 oz copper Indian head medal
Laurel Hoggan: silver certificate
David Elliott: 1 oz copper seated Liberty
Thomas Charleston buffalo .05, chocolate coins
Joe Tchao: buffalo .05
William Gregory: Bicentennial half
Quint Aninao: Hearst castle medal
Kindra Amunson: roll Canadian pennies, 2006 Red Book
Elli Montgomery: 1978 proof set, mint bag, coin coasters
Michael Murphy (not present) won the quarter pot.
Laurel Hoggan won a 1998 silver eagle for $25 donated by Larry Demangate
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
August 30-31: National Token Show and Auction, Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Reno. Bourse: Fred Holabird, Andy or Joe 775 825-1624.
Displays, 50+ dealers. Auction of 900 lots of American tokens. Admission$5, under 12 free.
August 30-Sept 1: Coin,Currency , Stamp Show, Circus Circus Las Vegas. Bourse: Israel Bick, 818 997-6496, email@example.com
Sept 22: Livermore Valley Coin Club Show, Elks Lodge, 940 Larkspur. Bourse: Robert Belleau, 707 644-6232
Sept 28: CSNA Northern California Educational Symposium, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum 734 Marin St.. All day FREE event Robert
Luna: Many Horns and Legs of the Buffalo Nickel; James O’Dea: Saint Gaudens and His Coins and Art; Fred Holabird: California’s First coin
Designer; Lawrence Cassagrande Seated Liberty coinage; Taylor Webb: Gobrecht and His Works.
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: My Numismatic Vacation
My Colorado vacation took me to the ANA museum in Colorado Springs, the Federal Reserve in Denver, but the Mint was closed in August and
requires reservations 2 months in advance. The Fed requires at least a party of ten to reserve a tour of the printing facilities, but has some displays
and a short film in the lobby that may be entered after presenting ID and going through a metal detector. (They kept my little pocket knife until I
left). The had 30 million dollars in $100 bills stacked up, a $100,000 note, a history of the reserve (it was robbed of a truck load of $5 in 1915). A
nice assortment of US notes and lots of stuff for kids. They also gave you bags of shredded bills (Trish’s will be in the raffle).
The ANA Museum was much more impressive. They had their Civil War Display on the first floor, which consisted of dozens of cases with coins
and artifacts from the Civil War, including letters, uniforms, autographs, etc. Several of the coins were copies, which surprised me, one would
think they had originals. Even more impressive was the Bass Collection of Gold coins worth some $30 million. Several ancient coins including a
Croesus stater. The Stars however was a completed run of US gold coins and patterns artfully displayed, so one could see both the obverse and
reverses, and all in high grade. Down stairs was a history of coinage in artful displays from primitive to modern coins and currency. There was a
44 lb. Swedish Plate coin of 1644 stamped with a $10 daler value, a yap stone, a run of currency from Ming note to modern US and foreign
currency, and complete type sets of US coins and currency after a run of ancient and medieval coins. They also demonstrated the production of
coins, making ANA coins with the buffalo from the nickel. (I got some extra’s for the raffle.) Best fun fact: The clay used to make pots was
known as pygg from which we got the word piggy bank when most people kept their cash buried in the ground before there were banks.
Finally we stopped at Great Basin State Park (well worth the visit to Lehman Caves alone) and picked up some of the specially packaged quarters
that will be in the raffle as well. There is also the bristle cone pines, Johnson’s old Tungsten mine, and more. The Ichthyosaurus museum at Berlin
was great, but get-ting there is on a gravel road. You can get ammonites if you have an off road vehicle and if you are there Friday through
Sunday there is a tour of the Berlin gold/silver mine with a quite intact mill and miners’ houses, a little ghost town. We also did Glenwood Springs,
hit several rock shops, the cave there that has rides, a hot springs, and a nice Vaudeville show. Aspen was shut down for a bicycle race,
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is house by him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana). Call
Baseball Coin Again
The design chosen for the reverse was my least favorite catchers mitt, but it does take advantage of the concave design nicely.
The coin will be curved or concave and in $5 gold, $1 silver, and silver plated half. I still plan to get one.
Odyssey Makes Another Haul
Odyssey Marine Exploration discovered the SS Gairsoppa in nearly 3 miles of water in 2011. A 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in
February 1941. During the summer of 2012, Odyssey recovered 1,218 silver ingots from the Gairsoppa weighing nearly 48 tons. In late May,
Odyssey commenced the 2013 North Atlantic recovery, which resulted in this latest recovery of 1,574 silver ingots weighing over 61 tons.
Including the silver recovered in 2012, Odyssey has now recovered 2,792 silver ingots or more than 99% of the silver. Under the terms of
Odyssey’s contract with the UK Department for Transport, Odyssey will retain 80% of the net salved value of the cargo.
2013 1st Spouse Designs Out (finally!)
The first spouse designs are done for 2013 finally. They include 5 coins as President Wilson’s first wife Ellen died while he was in office, and he
married Edith while in office. Ida McKinley’s coin depicts two hands crocheting, representing her work making thousands of slippers that were
auctioned for charity. Edith Roosevelt’s reverse depicts the White House with a column and compass, representing her work in restoration of the
White House in 1902. Helen Taft’s coin depicts a branch of Japanese cherry blossoms, noting her role in brining the cherry trees to Washington,
DC. Ellen Wilson’s coins depicts rose commemorating her creation of the White House rose garden. Edith Wilson’s coin depicts supporting her
husband, who had suffered a massive stroke. His right hand holds a cane, while her left hand rests warmly on his.
2nd Carson Error Coin Found
This remarkable error coin was discovered by intern named Will Robins while sorting through file folders at the Nevada State Museum in Carson
City in 2008. Prominent error coin specialist Fred Weinberg collaborated with PCGS in 2009 and determined that the museum specimen is an 1873-
CC with arrows half dollar broadstrike, with a brockage obverse and a cupped reverse. This led to the examination of the piece featured here,
which prior to the discovery of the Nevada State Museum brockage half dollar had not been designated as a Carson City Mint product. However,
when the experts viewed it side by side with the Museum specimen, they concluded that it had been struck in sequence with the Museum piece,
possibly right after or within two stampings of it.
Something chaotic happened during the coining of these odd-looking half dollars at the CC Mint. The coining department at that plant had a solitary
press employed at the time. It was the original press installed at the Nevada facility in 1869, and the one that workers used to stamp all of the coins
since the mint had started production in February 1870 (by the mid 1870s, the government put two more presses into service). The utilization of
new dies (for the With Arrows coins and the trade dollars introduced in spring 1873), and increased production challenged the Carson City Mint’s
coining as never before. Additionally, an unexpected change in the position of chief coiner took place midway through the year.
Of further interest is the following clip from an article that appeared Carson City’s Daily Appeal on June 19, 1873:
“Yesterday and the day before, the coiner of the Mint was busily at work coining half dollar pieces to the extent of several thousand dollars [6,000
pieces]. A breakage in some of the machinery used in the coining process suspended operations.”
"Torter further stated that the mint’s master machinist, George Fleming, would repair the press and coinage would resume subsequently. He did
not mention if any of the half dollars produced during the two-day malfunction in the system looked disfigured, but given the existence of the
brockage-capped die pieces, we can make reasonable assumptions.
Error coin experts agree that full brockage coins from the 19th century with cupped sides that show full detail are among the most desirable of all
specimens. Combine this notion with the fascinating story involving the Carson City Mint and here, indeed, is an extraordinary collectible to
Adapted from Coin Week by Q. David Bowers