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Volume 6, Number 9

September 1993

September Membership Meeting
Wed., September 1, 1993 Central Lutheran Church

7:30 PM Meeting



In my three years of ACC membership I Can't recall a smaller assemblage of Anchorage Coin Club faithful. This on a day that was somewhat rainy/gloomy unlike a strongly attended July meeting which occurred during a typical Summer-of-'Ninety-three gorgeous summer evening. Go figure. Maybe the gorgeous assemblage of auction material had something to do with it.


As an inducement to get the casual member to show his face, the Anchorage Coin Club gives out prizes at regular meetings. Most of these are giveaways costing nothing to attenders:


The raffle prize was (is) a 1834 half cent graded ANACS EF-40. This coin is beautiful in the way that only old copper can be. Feeling a desire to break it out of its plastic coffin, yours truly bought five one-dollar tickets. Unfortunately only twenty five others were sold. In accordance with the new raffle policy (namely: "Raffles Shall Make Money") the raffle prize was held over to the September meeting. This makes sense since this particular half cent is worth roughly fifty somolians. For one, I'm thankful for the policy which allows the raffle prizes to be a little nicer (or at least more costly).


The door prize is given to anyone (guests included) who attends a meeting. This month's door prize (an uncirculated 1973 Ike) went to a guest, Fred P. Mersinger. Before the meeting was done, Fred joined the club! We don't know too much about Fred yet, except that he has just arrived in Anchorage, but I will say the car he drove out of the lot bore Virginia plates. Welcome, Fred!


Members who are present at the meeting are eligible for this prize, Mike Nourse won the 1984 Mint Set.


The luckiest father/son combo I've ever seen are Bill and Billy McGinnis who have seemingly defied the odds ever since I've known them. This pair seems always to be winning one or another of our prizes. Well, it happened again. Bill McGinnis won the membership interest prize, or would have had he shown up! Unusually for them the McGinnis's didn't happen to be in attendance (I told you this was a poorly attended meeting). The pot was bumped to $25, thanks to the generous contribution of Rod Meade, noted ACC philosopher, humorist, and shopkeeper (and not necessarily in that order).


We got a report that Robert Hall, who attended the annual ANA convention in Baltimore, contacted U.S. commemorative expert, Anthony Swiatek, who may be available to visit in 1994 and conduct a seminar. This got Messers D'Atri and Wheeler arguing over what the curriculum should be. Good. By the time they get done we'll have no lack of ideas as to the possibilities.


Two more ACC-sponsored coin shows are planned this year. The first, to be held at the Sears Mall, will be held the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd. The second will be held at the Northway Mall November 12th-14th.


Last March, with the help of Robert Hall, we assembled the ACCent issues spanning from January 1992 to January '93 and sent them to be entered in the newsletter contest for ANA member clubs. Well, sonuvagun, we won!! The other day Robert gave me a call and said he'd heard the good news from ANA's Kim Dixon. Modest ol' me said "I guess that makes it official." I was less than impressed with the newsletter when I first joined the club so when Robert Hall proposed that I take it over I figured I could put up or shut up1. My bride tells me the Daily Worker calls itself "Award Winning" at the head of its editorial column. Well now so do we. It ain't a PULITZER PRIZE. But Mr. Pulitzer (whoever that is} probably never collected coins.


D'Atri Descends on Portland

Former ACC President, Bill D'Atri, is back to these august pages (I know it's September, look it up) after an all too long absence. When Bill first recounted this story I found it more than a little incredulous, but certainly worth sharing as is most of what Bill writes.

While on holiday outside of Alaska this past June, in search of numismatic treasures, I had some rewarding (and another rather bizarre) experiences. My travels (travails?) brought my family and me throughout the western United States.

An exceptional coin shop is located in Seattle's Washington State Convention Center. The Stamp and Coin Shop has a TREMENDOUS selection of coins, and I found Mr. Joel Schreiber to be an attentive and gracious host. If you are planning to spend any time in the Seattle area I recommend that you stop by. The phone number is 206/624-1400 Their address is:

725 Pike Street, #6
Seattle, WA 98101.

I was hoping that my experiences with Joel had set the tone for my further excursions while on this trip. Was I in for some surprises!

Not far from Seattle is the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon. You may recall that Portland carries the distinction of being initially chosen as the host city for the 1998 ANA Convention, then being withdrawn by the ANA Board, and then being re-designated as the host city. The experiences that I'm about to share may have a bearing on that flip-flop decision, but I personally believe that they are totally coincidental.

One hot afternoon in Portland, while riding herd on my wife and boys in the Lloyd Center (they were shopping, I was getting bored), I decided to go cherrypicking for new and unusual varieties. I marched down the mall to the nearest phone and started scanning the Yellow Pages. After finding the Coin Dealer section I promptly called a firm that I had shared business with in the past.

I let the phone ring around twenty times before hanging up. It was Wednesday mid-afternoon; I was perplexed as to why there was no answer. Being somewhat bull-headed2, I immediately tried the listed number again, with the same lack of results, I couldn't figure out what was going, as this firm is located in the heart of the city and had an extensive inventory last time I visited.

"What the Hell" I thought, and moved on to the biggest, brightest, Yellow Pages coin dealer listing I saw. The proprietor of this shop answered the phone right away.

I explained that I was from out of town, and enjoyed collecting Liberty Seated coinage specifically, and "You-name- its" in general.

I asked for directions to his shop and he obligingly, but hesitantly, shared the information.

Ready to hang up and get to work, I told him I was on my way and would be there in about fifteen minutes. The individual then suggested that I may not be happy with the selection of coins he had to offer. Not to be put off in my quest for new and unattributed varieties, I told him that I was certain that I would find something of interest. Then, get this, the man with the biggest ad in the Portland Yellow Pages suggested that I may want to try another, any other, shop before attempting to visit with him first!

I was somewhat stunned. I confirmed what I thought he was saying, then I proceeded to tell him about my inability to contact my first choice of coin shops, and asked if he was aware of whether or not they were still in business.

This eccentric individual stated that they were totally overpriced, but "They're probably so busy they don't have time to answer the phone". I didn't have the balls to tell him that they couldn't ask for better competition than he was offering.

I then asked for the name of a shop that he would recommend, if he really didn't want my business. After a minute or two of hemming and hawing I finally coaxed a name out of him. By this time I was starting to get a bit of a complex, because I knew there was no way that my reputation could have preceded me!

I was able to find the establishment that the above unnamed character didn't want to tell me about, and conduct a minor amount of business. By this time my enthusiasm was definitely cooling down, and it seemed like a good idea to count my blessings.

On the taxi-ride back to rendezvous with my wife and boys, I reflected on that afternoon's events. I still get a bit of a chuckle out of it, but I also find it disturbing. I know that I won't be planning any Portland trips to look for numismatic treasures, but fortunately Portland has a lot more to offer than out-of-touch coin shop proprietors for out-of-town cherrypicking prospectors.

I certainly hope that the 1998 ANA Convention gets a warmer "Welcome Wagon" than I, but then, who knows?


1 You're oil going to hove a real hard time shutting me up now!!

2 Bullheaded!?? I cant imagine!


A Letter From the "Prez"

Our August club picnic at the Valley of the Moon Park was held on a wet, misty Saturday. Despite the inclement weather, about 25 die-hard people came to the event. Lots of hamburgers and hotdogs were enjoyed by everyone. Needless to say..... lots of leftovers remained.

The leftovers will be put to good use. Our club meeting on September 1st will feature lots of hors d'oeuvres for everyone to enjoy. Since the September meeting will feature our club auction, I hope to see you there.

Accolades are in order for our editor, Jim Susky. Our newsletter got an award from the ANA at the Baltimore convention last month for outstanding club publication. Jim's style is undoubtedly the key reason why our newsletter is highly regarded. The ANA presented our club with a nice plaque which will be on display at our September club meeting.

Jim....great job!!!!!

Our membership can also contribute to. the quality of the newsletter by submitting articles of interest for Jim to publish. We have a lot of good talented people out there collecting a wide range of different coins, tokens, and medals. I encourage our members to send articles to Jim.

Note that our August newsletter featured such an article by Steve Levi on Alaskan bingles.....

On other fronts....check out this month's issue of The Numismatist". In the Club Activities section is our article on our 5th year anniversary club medal sets. Included in that article are pictures of the medal.

For your information, we have 50 bronze medals and 39 numbered sets remaining. We originally minted a very limited number consisting of 100 bronze medals and 110 numbered sets. Once these remaining medals are sold....that is it. Our next occasion will likely be when our club achieves it's 10th year anniversary in 1998. For those interested in picking up any of the remaining medals, get with one of the club officers.

Finally, now that Summer is coming to it's conclusion, the YN meetings will again resume on Friday, September 10th, per Bill D'Atri.

Hope everyone had a great Summer.... I know I did. See you at the September club meeting.


ANA Advertises ACC Commemorative

ANA members should check out page 1152 of the August 1993 Numismatist. Under "Club Activities" is an announcement of our five-year commemorative medal and the picture-you see above.

Check it out, members, this may soon be the last chance you have to see an unsold medal. Mintage was strictly limited to 100 unnumbered bronzes and 110 numbered sets of silver and bronze. Considerably fewer than these are still available for $7.50 (bronzes) and $35.00 (numbered sets).

Contact Paul Wheeler (phone number on front page) with your orders.


Hope Commemorative Medallion to be Minted

Kurtis Hawk forwarded the following announcement written by Magdalene Uzzell. A quick phone call to Ann Miller of Hope revealed that the numbered sets are "going fast". Interested parties would be well advised to call in advance of your order to confirm availability of specific numbers.

The Hope and Sunrise Historical Society of Hope, Alaska is striking a medallion to commemorate one hundred years of mining in their area. A museum, now under construction, will open in 1994 at Hope.

The society has ordered two thousand 1- and 9/16- inch, 10 gauge, nickel-silver medallions, two hundred of which will be made into one hundred sets of two. One will have a gold nugget from the area, and the other will be antiqued. The sets will be numbered from one to one hundred.

The sets will be presented in a blue velvet gold poke with a golden tie and will sell for fifty dollars prepaid. The remaining, sets, if any, will sell for one hundred dollars. The obverse of the medallion depicts Hope, Aaa as a tent city situated beside Resurrection Creek which empties into Turn again Arm and the present main street in the old town site. Some may remember when the abbreviation for Alaska was Aaa now AK. The historical society located documents in the old Hope post office showing Alaska abbreviated Aaa as early as 1916.

The artist, Greg Solomon, and Jim Neumann of the Newton Alaska Manufacturing Co. of Anchorage working with Magdalene Uzzell of the Society and put together a unique and beautiful commemorative for numismatists and souvenir collectors alike.

To assure collectors that the medallion will never be duplicated, the Society will have the original dies and art work on display in the museum at Hope. The sets can be ordered in advance by sending your request, desired number, and check in the amount of fifty dollars to:

Hope and Sunrise Historical Society c/o Ann Miller, Sec. Hope , Alaska 99605

Or call 782-3471.

Anchorage Coin Club
to be held
September 1, 1993


Disclosures and disclaimers:

Grades are determined the same way as always for Anchorage Coin Club auctions: the coins are passed around at E-Board, the attenders grade them, and when alt have been examined the cataloger calls out each coin and the attenders call out their opinion of the grade. Grades are an average of the opinions called.

Bidders are reminded that errors do occur and that you own any coin you buy "seen" as is.

Lots purchased through the mail may be returned within seven days of receipt.

Comments on condition and appearance are solely those of the Cataloger. This month's Cataloger is Larry Nakata who has provided descriptions of major varieties as listed in Coin Prices magazine. Consignors may submit descriptions along with coins which will be published if the Grading Committee agrees the coin merits the description and that it is accurate. Decisions regarding questions and disputes will be made by a three-member Auction Committee whose decisions will be FINAL.

Lot Date Denomination Grade
1 1977 Mint Set  
2 1977 Proof Set  
3 1978 Mint Set  
4 1978 Proof Set  
5 1979 Mint Set  
6 1980 Mint Set  
7 1980 Proof Set  
8 1982 Proof Set  
9 1984 Mint Set  
10 1984 Proof Set  
11 1985 Proof Set  
12 1986 Mint Set  
13 1986 Proof Set  
14 1986-D Statue of Liberty Half BU
15 1986 Statue of Liberty Half and Dollar Proof
16 1987 Constitution Dollar Proof
17 1991 Mt. Rushmore Half and Dollar Proof
18 1966 Ireland Ten Shilling Proof Commemorative
19 1978 Captain Cook Medal  
20   Alaska 25th Anniversary Bronze Medal  
21 1841 Liberty Seated Dollar VF
22 1845 Liberty Seated Dollar VF
23 1846 Liberty Seated Dollar ANACS AU-50
24 1846-O Liberty Seated Dollar XF
25 Various 10 Morgan and 10 Peace Dollars Circulated
26 1846, Lg. Date Large Cent, Repunched 1 XF
27 1804 Half Cent XF
28 1833 Half Cent XF
29 1942-S Half Dollar VF
30 1938-D Nickel, D/D MS-64
31 1938-S Nickel, S/S/S MS-64
32 1928-D Lincoln Cent MS-64 RB
33 1840-O Half Dime F, No Drapery
34 1883 Hawaii Dime VF
35 1927 Lincoln Cent MS-63
36 1863 Civil War Token Circulated
37 1854 Large Cent VF
38 1858 Flying Eagle Cent G
39 1905 Indian Cent VF
40 1909 Lincoln Cent XF, Damaged
41 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent XF, Damaged
42 1910 Lincoln Cent VF, Damaged
43 1864 Two Cent, Large Motto VG
44 1853 Silver Three Cent F
45 1874 Nickel Three Cent VG
46 1867 Shield Nickel, No Rays F
47 1910 Liberty Head Nickel F
48 1851-O Half Dime VG
49 1885 Seated Liberty Dime F
50 1916-S Barber Dime F
51 1830 Capped Bust Half VF
52 1855-O Seated Liberty Half VG
53 1925 Stone Mountain Half XF
54 1893 Columbian Half XF
55 1920 Pilgrim Half XF
56 1923-S Monroe Doctrine Half VF
57 "1780" Restrike Thaler Maria Theresa Trade Dollar Proof
58   Peace and Morgan Dollar Albums No Coins
59 1946-64 PDS Roosevelt Dime Set Circulated
60 1932-64 PDS Washington Quarter Set Circulated
61 1858 Canada 20 cents XF
62 1859 Canada 1 Cent AU
63 1896 Canada 1 Cent AU
64 1903 Canada 1 Cent AU
65 1905 Canada 1 Cent AU
66 1836 Canada Dollar AU
67 1958 Canada Dollar MS-61
68   India 1/4 Rupee Circulated
69 1854 Large Cent XF
70 1938 Jefferson Nickel Proof-63
71 1939 Jefferson Nickel Proof-63
72 1942-P War Nickel MS-64
73 1896 Liberty Head Nickel MS-63
74 1954 Franklin Half Proof-64
75 1955 Franklin Half Proof-63
76 1930 Standing Liberty Quarter AU
77 1838 Large Cent AU
78 1915-S Panama Pacific Half XF
79 1917-S Walking Liberty Half VG
80 1921 Walking Liberty Half VG
81 1829 Half Cent XF
82 1919 Walking Liberty Half VG
83 1920 Walking Liberty Half F
84 1949 Franklin Half MS-63
85 1950-D Franklin Half MS-63
86 1873 Dime, (C13, Breen 3363) ANACS AU-50
87 1870 Two Cent, ACC Graded XF ANACS Cleaned
88 1800's Indian Cents (13 pieces) Circulated
89 1900 - 1912 "V" Nickels (13 pieces) Circulated
90 1802 Large Cents (3 pieces) Poor/Fair
91 1866, 1867, 1868 Two Cents (3 pieces) AG/G
92 1824 - 1853 Large Cents (9 pieces) AG/G
93 1827 Bust Dime AG/G
94 1833 ? Bust Dime AG
95 1836 Bust Dime AG
96 1837 Seated Liberty Dime Fair
97 1839 - 1854 Large Cents (5 pieces) Fair
98 1899 Barber Quarter G
99 1902 Barber Dime G
100 1929 Standing Liberty Quarter VG


The Anchorage Coin Club

Club Officers

Board of Directors



To save costs, members not responding to renewal notices within 3 months will be considered inactive.

The Anchorage Coin Club is a non-profit organization formed to provide information, education, and a meeting place for individuals having an interest in numismatics.

Correspondence Address: Anchorage Coin Club, P.O. Box 230169, Anchorage, Alaska 99523