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Volume 7, Number 2

February 1994

February Membership Meeting
Wed., February 2, 1994 Central Lutheran Church

7:30 PM Meeting


Membership News

Sixteen members showed up on a snowy evening for the first ACC meeting in '94. The upcoming coin show schedule was announced (see below for the full scoop) and Ben Guild took the floor to discuss the Mail Bid Only Auction proposed for this year. Ben handed out a list of rules and solicited comments, amendments,  and general criticism.

Ben also reported his findings on the Club Banner investigation. Bottom line was that the club approved the production of an embroidered banner for $325. It will be 6 feet by 8 feet and wilt feature the club name and both logos in gold on a field of blue. The banner is expected to ready for display at the Anchorage Coin Club Semi-Annual Sears Mall Coin Show.


It seems joining the club permanently is becoming the in thing to do. Larry Nakata made a substantial declaration of support to our club by putting up $250 to become our third life member.1


Nominations for club officers will be accepted at the February meeting. Offices include President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and the Board seat vacated by the late Rod Meade. Elections for these positions will be held at the March meeting.


Work has begun on organizing our next Educational Seminar. Larry Nakata, who so ably coordinated the last seminar, along with Paul Wheeler, is heading a committee to pull it off more time. Tentative dates are the 2nd or 3rd weekends in September (three days, Friday-Sunday). The venue will be the Golden Lion Hotel (as always, why mess with success?) and the topics are hoped to be U.S. Commemoratives and Coin Grading. The featured speaker will be the preeminent authority on U.S. Commems Anthony Swiatek. Robert Hall has been charged with confirming the dates with Mr. Swiatek. Cost is expected to be $225 for regular members, only. Associate and Non-members must become regular member to qualify for the seminar, the Fee will include several meals, refreshments in the morning and afternoon, and all written material. Larry has requested volunteers to help on the organizing committee.


Robert called the other day to fill me in on a talk he plans to give at our February get together. It seems Robert pointed out at E-Board that regardless of whether it's an Auction Night or not, we should strive to provide education of some sort at each meeting. Not missing a beat President Larry Nakata pulled what Robert characterized as a "Robert Hall Trick" and assigned him the task of taking care of the February educational feature.2

Robert informed me he will give a talk on his experience with mail bid auctions. We expect this will illuminate the process for those of us who have never participated in such and especially for newcomers to the hobby. The latter will ignore most of the advice, says Robert, in lieu of garnering their own experience and spending their own money (plenty of money, I'm sure). But then, that's how we ALL got to where we are now. I'm looking forward to the talk.


1 As if his tireless service as President weren't enough!

2 That Larry sure has learned the ropes, hasn't he?


Busy Coin Show Season Slated for Spring

Boy, Do I Love Coin Shows ! Coin Shows are what our Coin Meetings should be with lots (thousands) of coins to look at and a nice leisurely venue for the looking not to mention the "landscape"3 is superior to what you'll typically find at Ye Old Club Meeting. In fact, I'd have to say Coin Shows may be the best reason to have a Coin Club (followed closely by Potlucks, Annual Seminars, Auctions, and Barbecues, not necessarily in that order) hut then that's only the opinion of your intrepid Editor. Like them a lot or not at all, we have a lot of them coming up. By the end of March we will have held four (!) shows. That used to be a good year for our club, now it's just the season before the one that really counts in Alaska - the FISHING SEASON.

Following close on the heels of the Cottonwood Creek Show will be three others as follows:

Semi-Annual Sears Mall Shaw FEBRUARY 5th and 6th

The Sears Mall is our old standby, having been the venue of our Numismatic Pursuits for several years. Probably club members have done more business at The Mall (which is it was called when it was the ONLY mall in town) than at the other show places combined. I have fond memories of some healthy sales here and hope to have a few more.

Buyers should come around during Mall Hours (9 or 10 to 6, Saturday, Noon to 5 on Sunday). Exhibitors should plan on an hour earlier and later. Exhibitors should also show up Friday around Six or so to help set up the tables. It's much easier and more fun to set up in teams, plus it's unfair to expect others to set up your table. The coin club does it right by arranging for table rental wherein the Rental Agency shows up with tables Friday Night and picks them up Sunday Evening. It's a nice touch which allows those of us with Rice Rockets (or otherwise tiny and impractical vehicles) to avoid borrowing a truck and schlepping a table an extra couple hundred feet round trip.

Table fee will be around $25 and Mike McKinnon would like to wrap up. the arrangements no later than the February meeting, Wednesday the 2nd. Interested parties should contact Mike at 248-0955 or 786-7490 for reservations and further details.

Dimond Mall Show MARCH 5th and 6th

The first weekend in March brings us the first ever show we have sponsored at the Dimond Mall. The exact venue is tentatively thought to be between Lament's and Pay 'n Save. Since the trend has been for new upper-scale residential construction, (read: "new money") the south end of town seems to be a good one for potential sales and new members. At this point it appears the table fee will be about $25 (like the Sears Mall Show). Mike Nourse has been organizing this affair and may be contacted at 344-9856 for particulars.

Northway Mall Show MARCH 11th -13th

Hot on the heels of the Dimond Mall Show will be another three-day extravaganza at the Northway Mall. This will be the last Show opportunity for awhile so be sure to show up and do some business. Exhibitors are advised to contact Robert Hall at 561-8343. Boy, Do I Love Coin Shows !

3 With Fruited Plains, Purple Mountain's Majesties, and so on.



A Letter from the Prez

So here we are with 1994 ahead of us. Already things are off to a great start. The club had it's first coin show of the new year at the Cottonwood Creek Mall in Wasilla during the second weekend of January. Mike Orr and myself manned the club table that weekend.

Shows like this are a great opportunity to educate the public about coin collecting. Many of our new members joined this club through such shows. These shows also provide our members with the opportunity to sell the occasional coin or card. Seems coins and cards are now going "hand in hand" with each other. Maybe it's a sign of the times.

In keeping with our club members wishes for more shows this year, scheduled are:

1. Sears Mall- First weekend in February. Contact Mike McKinnon on details,

2. Dimond Mall- First weekend in March. Contact Mike Nourse on details.

3. Northway Mall- Second weekend in March. Contact Robert Hall on details.

With the start of the new year comes time for our yearly club elections. Nominations for club president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and one Board of Directors seat are now open. Nominations will be accepted at our February 2nd club meeting.

Elections will be held at our March 3rd club meeting.

On other issues, I would like to take this time to comment on a concern of mine......delinquent membership dues.

Paul Wheeler, our secretary-treasurer, pointed out in our January meeting that 18 of our active club members are delinquent in their dues.

In past newsletters, it was shown that our club's present operating budget cannot be entirely covered by our membership dues. The budget is approximately $1000 over the amounts received through membership dues. This operating budget was approved by vote of our membership with the full understanding that the difference would be covered by various club activities, such as our coin shows and auctions.

I can understand a situation whereby a member can lose interest and decide to not renew his or her membership. But an active club member participating in our club activities is another story.

Your membership dues are vital to the continued operations of the Anchorage Coin Club. Failure to pay these back dues puts more pressure on your club officers to balance the budget. If these trends are allowed to continue, club programs will suffer.

To those members behind in their need to make a decision.

Finally, our February 2nd club meeting will see our first coin auction of the new year. Robert Hall will also be giving a short coin education session for our members. And of course..... nominations for club officers.

See at you at the February club meeting............

Larry Nakata


Nuthin' To Do with Numismatics
(a.k.a. "Levi's Lode")

Please find below, for your entertainment, the fourth installment of humorous Alaskan tales from our generous contributor, Steve Levi.


On December 12, 1989, Fish and Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Richard Graham had a close encounter with a "very, very, very large bull moose." According to the Palmer Frontiersman. Graham tried to urge a moose off the highway by parking next to the disoriented animal and turning on his flashing lights and siren.

This did not work. The moose "reared up and began pounding metal" and proceeded to do "a tap dance" on the Trooper's brand-new automobile hood. When the dance was over, Graham's windshield was shattered and his hood full of dents. Asked how he felt about the encounter, Graham replied that he had done his job. After all, he noted, "I got the moose to move on."


In June of 1966, according to the Ketchikan Daily News, the Beatles made a stop in Anchorage. Since it was rumored that they were spending the night in the city, Beatle fans were calling every hotel in town to find the Fab Four. But it was unfortunately a sad turn of events for one traveler from Juneau who was staying at the Roosevelt Hotel at the time. His name was Homer R. Beedle and his room was deluged with calls for hours.


In December of 1989, flamboyant Anchorage defense attorney Edgar Paul Boyko complained that a prosecution witness, a policeman, was being allowed to wear his service revolver on the witness stand. Replied Judge James Hanson, "if he shoots you, I'll find him in contempt." [Anchorage Daily News. December 9,1989.]


Much to the chagrin of the male muckers (miners) at Vault Creek in the early 1900s, one of their number was the handsomest ladies' man in the locale. He got all the women and, in those days, there were not that many women to get. The rest of the men rued the day he had ever come to Vault Creek and decided to even the score.

They took their time and waited for the right idea and the right moment. It came at a dance during the summer. Halfway through the dance, the ladies' man suddenly realized that none of the women would dance with him. He would ask for a dance, his partner would take one step toward him and then say no. He "smelled a rat" and then he smelled something else. Outside, after removing his shoepacks, he found that his fellow muckers had filled his shoes with Limburger cheese which his hot, sweaty feet had activated.

From that day forward, he was known as Shoepack. [From Gregory's TALL (BUT TRUE) TALES OF ALASKA].


In October of 1990, Roy Sadler of Petersburg saved two deer who slide off an ice cake into the chilly waters of Southeast Alaska. Sadler was hunting for moose when he spotted two deer on an ice flow fighting each other. The iceberg tipped and both fell into the water. When he approached the swimming deer, Sadler was able to haul both of them, alive, into his 16-foot skiff. The deer, wet and cold, lay in the bottom of his skiff while he headed for Petersburg. A friend videoed the two animals in the skiff and then the two men carried the weak and wet animals off to a grassy spot and set the animals free.

In November of 1990, the seagulls of Dutch Harbor went crazy. Actually, they got drunk. Earlier in the fall, the Bering Sea fishery closed because too many halibut were being caught. This meant that the processing plants were closed. This, in turn, meant that no fish waste was being pumped into harbors which -- in the words of Joel Gray of the Anchorage Daily News — was "like Safeway to the sea gull."

Looking for an alternate food source, the sea gulls began eating anything they could find, which included fermented, frost-nipped berries. Inebriated, the tipsy birds began dive-bombing pedestrians and doing other un-sea gull-like activity like flying so low that they were a traffic hazard. Particularly hard hit by the gulls, so to speak, were the taxi cab drivers who were forced to keep a sharp eye out of for low-flying, drunk birds.

"My wife has been zoomed a couple of times," said Unalaska city manager Herv Hensley. "She got out of her car at work the other day and one came out of no where, zinging right at her. It's sorta Alfred Hitchcock-ish."


Among many other attributes, the northland is famous for its "Alaskan birds." In 1988, lawyer Stephen Routh in Anchorage was dealing with two high-priced investment bankers from a large, prestigious investment firm in New York. They were seated in Routh's office and spending the hot summer afternoon haggling over the wording of a complex contract.

After several hours of formalities, the work was completed. As they were relaxing, Routh asked the New Yorkers if they were planning on staying in Anchorage for a few days to see more of Alaska. No. the bankers replied succinctly and coldly, leaving the clear message that they thought that anything Alaska had to offer was definitely déclassé.

At that moment, Routh happened to glance outside. You might consider bird watching, Routh said. Why. one of Alaska's most famous birds is right outside my window right now. He indicated his office window.

"It was obvious this guy could have given a s--- about birds." Routh remembered. "But he was being polite so he went over to the window and bent back my levolor blinds."

There, across the street, was one of PJ's. 'birds,' standing outside smoking a cigarette dressed for work, topless and bottomless.

"I've still got creases in my levolors from where this guy bent handfuls of the blinds up and down so he could do some Alaskan bird watching."

Routh believes the men spent the next two days in Alaska, "probably at PJ's."


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