The Other Coin: Show and Tell

I have a potpourri of topics suitable to June’s Pizza night meeting with a show and
tell and short movie on making medals. First is our wildly successful Dollar
Exchange at the Nevada State Museum, which allows visibility to the club and
displays of obsolete US, foreign animal coins, primitive money, ancient as well as
ancient coin manufacturing and use. Along with Ken Hopple’s running the coin
press, we have very high visibility several times a year. Evidently, we increased
attendance at the museum by 10 fold. We gave out about half our accumulation of
foreign coins. Please bring any foreign loose change you might have to replenish
our supply next coin club meeting—you’ll be brightening the day of many
children.  I am campaigning for the club to be responsible for a rotating
numismatic display of the state museum where Will Robin’s exhibit is. What a cool
opportunity to have your collection professionally displayed at the state museum.
Will Robins is supposed to be putting up a new display for he Fall when he interns
this summer, and we are leaning towards a Civil War display of Doug Larson in
Spring 2009 with the new Lincoln pennies for the 200th anniversary of his birth,
but after that is open.
Recent additions to my collection is a coin of Perseus minted by Mithridates VI.
Now, Mithridates lead the last hurrah of the Greeks against the Roman in 3 wars
uniting with Tigranes the Great and even the elderly Hannibal, until finally defeated
by Pompey the Great. A lover of all things Greek, a lot of his coins bear Greek
mythic heroes—including Perseus and his Pegasus on the reverse.  Perseus is
featured in the movie Clash of the Titans. Just as some collect coins featuring the
labors of Hercules, it is fun to collect coins bearing the adventure of Perseus—
death of the Gorgon, defeat of the sea monster, etc.
Other additions are the new Euros coming out of the expansion to the European
Union. I have received Malta and Cyprus with Slovenia on the way. Several other
countries will be minting euros soon with their national currency becoming
obsolete. It is still undetermined if all the obsolete coinage is heading for the
melting pot or will just be devalued. There is a lot of speculation that if a great melt
down occurs, foreign coins will become much more valuable. Also I tried again to
get euros of Benedict XVI, but they are minted in such small quantity the smallest
cent cells for over $40 and the 1 and 2 euro coins are $75. Italy refuses to grant
the Vatican a sufficient mintage out the Italian quota to meet demand. I guess I’ll
wait until the coins become more affordable.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott