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Newsletter of the Anchorage Coin Club
|Volume 8, Number 5||
|May Membership Meeting|
|Wed., May 3, 1995||Central Lutheran Church||
I HAVE COMPETITION
Coin Club will soon have a second newsletter... Actually a YN newsletter to be
edited by Robin Sisler. Look for this new publication to be attached to the
present illustrious, world famous literary masterpiece, probably in the June
The Board of
Directors voted to have the club cover the additional cost of printing this YN
paper, as well as the added cost of postage. I wonder if Q. David Bowers got his
start by writing a YN newsletter?
newsletter is expected to be about two to three double sided pages in length.
It looks as
if most of the details on how to proceed organizing shows have finally been
ironed out. Combining a lively (!) discussion at our regular membership meeting
with a continuation of dialogue at the Board meeting, several issues were
decided that the Anchorage Coin Club would try to sponsor six shows per year,
with a maximum of one show per month. Each show will have a maximum size of
fifty tables. It was also decided that the shows should be scheduled as far in
advance as possible, preferably at least four months if at all possible.
was a motion to set a ratio of card dealers to coin dealers. It is hoped that an
adequate percentage of coin dealers will be attending if the shows are planned
far enough in advance.
Remaining Spring 1995
the Fall 1995 and Spring 1996 show schedule is in the works, and I hope to be
reporting some dates for these shows in the next month or two.
OTHER NEWS ITEMS
installment of the YN donation auction was held at the March membership meeting.
An additional $296 was raised toward the scholarship to be given to one YN to
attend the ANA summer seminar in Colorado Springs this summer. Way to go! One
more box of literature remains to be auctioned off.
It has been
decided that the club will look into the purchase of a computer system, possibly
new. The computer would be used by the club treasurer to hold all of the clubs
records which presently fill several large boxes. Some research into prices will
be done over the next month.
still signing up people to attend our seminar coming up this September. So far,
fourteen people have committed to attend. The subject will be ancient coinage,
with an emphasis on grading and authentication. For your convenience in signing
up, a reservation form can be found on the bottom of page 4.
MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
come all, to hear a presentation by past president Bill D'Atri on the subject of
colonial trade in Alaska. The presentation will use some of the materials that
were seen in Bill's display at the Northway Mall.
Also in May,
the drawing will be held for the 1865 Indian Cent in ANACS-63 red brown. Even
though you do not need to be present to win, you will lose gloating privileges
if you are not there.
Yes, it has been a while since we
have had one of these. Our new treasurer, Kurtis Hawk, assures me that there
will be more regularity to these reports. So, with no further ado, our May dues
#136 R. C.
#137 M. H.
#138 J. M.
#139 J. A. W.
#141 T. W.
#142 M. H.
G. L. C.
#143 D. F.
C. R. B.
#144 M. L.
#145 B. E.
#146 D. L.
#147 P. R.
#148 D. B.
#150 B. W.
#151 W. J.
#152 S. K. / L. K.
M. F. H.
#153 J. L. S.
#154 H. G.
R. A. K.
#155 D. R.
#131 K. M. #156 M. D. A.
#157 T. B.
E. A. L.
#158 M. S.
#159 B. S.
W. D. H.
#160 G. B.
Due in May:
#162 E. B. D.
#163 J. D.
#164 C. B.
has asked me to print a clarification of one point made in his article
"Protecting Uncirculated and High Grade Copper Coins (As Told To Me By Skip
Pelleteer)" published in the February newsletter.
article, Larry states that a sable painting brush can be purchased at any
Anchorage art store for around $16. He has since found that they may also be
purchased at Payless for about $3. Hopefully nobody was discouraged from
protecting their coins because of the high cost of the brush!
Any member or
subscriber may submit a classified ad for free publication. Ads are limited to
40 words, one per month, and may be rejected if suitability is questionable.
Classified ads may be announcements, for sale, wanted, or whatever, as long as
it is somehow related to numismatics, card collecting, or rondy pins. Call in
your ad at 344-9856 or mail it to the club's PO box for publication.
anniversary statehood coin, silver, $25 each. Call 248-6767.
investment contest has finally ended after six months. The results are quite
interesting, especially the race for first place. Robert Hall managed to win the
contest by $1 over Mike McKinnon, based on a $1 increase in his 1939-S quarter,
which he told me was just a filler to use up the entire $1000!
came in third, having lost $47 gambling on the speculative MS-64 silver dollar
market. The red lantern award goes resoundingly to Larry Nakata, who lost fully
25% of the original $1000 kitty.
Now that we
all know where to go for investment advice, here is the complete listing for one
1. (5) 1893-O
1898-S Barber Quarters
3. (8) 1900-S
4. (5) 1907-D
5. (5) 1911-D
6. (5) 1912-S
7. (1) 1939-S
Value = $1001.00
1. (1) 1936-D
2. (1) 1942-P
3. (1) 1945-P
4. (1) 1945
5. (1) 1952-D
Portfolio Value = $740.00
1. (1) 1922
Grant No Star
2. (1) 1925
Lexington - Concord
Portfolio Value = $1000.00
1. (4) 1880-S
2. (4) 1881-S
3. (4) 1882-S
4. (4) 1885-O
5. (4) 1886
6. (4) 1887
1875-CC Seated Dime
CC Below Wreath
Value = $953.50
Robert Hall: $1001
Mike McKinnon: $1000
Larry Nakata: $740
Mike Nourse: $953
Much has been
said in the last month about the number of coin shows we have had this past
season. I feel that the last board meeting was very constructive. It set the
number of club sanctioned shows to six per year. Along with this it was agreed
that we would try to see that these shows are occurring monthly. We want them
planned far enough in advance so they can be well attended and provide a good
mix between coins and cards. As much as possible, we will try to avoid major
conflicts that reduce opportunities for our membership. The committee should be
able to oversee these events and it is my hope that this will improve our shows.
(hopefully) behind us, I would like to focus on our monthly meetings.
Education!!! Education!!! Education!!! Bill D'Atri has graciously agreed to
share with us what he learned while putting his display of pre territorial
Alaskan trade goods and money together. Anyone that saw the display at the
Northway Mall realizes how much work went into this. It was very impressive.
This should prove to be a very interesting evening and I encourage you to
attend. The following month, Mike Nourse has also generously agreed to talk
about Peace silver dollars. He did research here and at Atlanta at the ANA
convention. This also should be very interesting and I will have more on this in
the next newsletter.
has input into programs for the upcoming year is encouraged to step forward.
When we can fit special programs into our meetings, we will. Another thing that
has been discussed is a return to our coin auctions. In the past this has been
met with mixed success. We also tried a bid board, but this did not do well. So,
lets try the auction at least three times a year. It will give us an opportunity
to consensus grade at the board meeting again. This brings me to another
concern. I have heard, especially from our new members, that they would like
more time spent on coin grading. Since our show at Northway, we have added
eleven new members and there are several that have indicated that grading is a
priority to them. I propose that during swap and shop meetings we help these
folks learn the basics. If anyone is a supergrader, like J. P. Martin, please
step up and we will have a meeting dedicated to coin grading. Remember, this
club is only as good as you make it. You all have special talents that need to
be shared. I encourage you to join in and I hope to see you all at the next
meeting. Good luck and good hunting!
- Mike Orr
Our thanks go
out to the adult club membership for their generous support of the YN
scholarship program. The remaining donated items for the YN scholarship auction
resulted in an overall total of approximately $1150 towards the scholarship to
the ANA Summer Conference in Colorado Springs. These remaining items were
auctioned off at the Anchorage Coin Club's April membership meeting. Much of the
material was books and catalogs which went for very good prices. I never thought
that old numismatic books and catalogs could go for so much money in the
coin Club Board must now deal with the task of determining which deserving YN
will go to the ANA Summer Conference in Colorado Springs. It is not going to be
an easy choice.
subjects, the YNs had their April club meeting (held at the Central Lutheran
Church) on April 14th (Good Friday). The subject covered at that meeting was
"Coin Grading". Pizza and soda pop were enjoyed by everyone at that
meeting. After viewing a VHS tape supplied to us by the American Numismatic
Association on the subject, the YNs had a chance to grade some 30 coins over a
15 minute period as part of the contest. Prizes (mostly old coins) were given to
all of the participating YNs. These YNs worked in teams of two people to test
their skills at coin grading. They were allowed to use their ANA Grading Guides
to grade the coins.
was that the team of Mike Greer and Sarah Bilak (our latest YN to join the club)
were declared the winners with some 78 & 1/2 points out of a possible 100
point score. They got to keep several of the grading sets as their prizes.
This was a
very difficult contest for the YNs. Trying to grade 30 coins in 15 minutes is
very tough. One of our illustrious adult members, Robert Hall, participated in
the contest and could only score 80 points.
As for me, I
had the luxury of grading all of the coins at a more leisurely pace. I was the
individual setting up the contest. It's good to have a nice incandescent light,
a good magnifying glass, and a couple of hours to really look at the coins.
month's YN meeting was a very enjoyable session.
Our next YN
meeting will be held at 7 pm, Friday, May 12th at our usual meeting place, the
Central Lutheran Church. There will be refreshments provided for all who attend
that will be covered at this meeting will be "Errors and Varieties".
We hope to see a lot of you YNs at the meeting.
- Larry Nakata
Editor's note: this is the tenth installment in a
series of articles started in August 1994.
Start with a
few statistics from 1880:
expansion continued throughout this decade, particularly around major railroad
lines. Annexation of the Indian lands continued without letup, culminating with
the surrender of Geronimo and his Apaches to General Miles in 1886.
political scene, Republican James Garfield won against Democratic candidate W.
S. Hancock, in what would become
one of the shortest presidencies in US history. He was inaugurated on March 4,
1881, only to be assassinated six months later on September 19th. Vice president
Chester Arthur took over the presidency the next day.
of 1884 was a lot less exciting; Chester Arthur did not run for reelection,
leaving Democrat Grover Cleveland running against Republican
J. G. Blaine. Cleveland won the election, and would serve out his entire
term until losing the election of 1888 to Benjamin Harrison.
event, which will seem amazing (even bizarre) to us today occurred twice in the
decade of the 1880s. In 1883, the cost of first class postage actually went down
from three cents per half ounce letter to two cents. It happened again in 1885
when letter postage was reduced to two cents per full ounce. Second class
postage rates were also reduced at this time to all of one cent per pound!
In 1885, it
was announced that the people of France would give a statue commemorating
liberty to the United States. The statue was unveiled in 1886 in New York
Harbor. The unveiling would be commemorated with a series of coins one hundred
place in New York in the mid 1880's was the establishment of a state park in the
area of Niagara Falls, on the Canadian border.
The year 1887
saw the celebration of the centenary of the signing of the Constitution in
Philadelphia. This event would also receive a commemorative coin series when its
bicentennial arrived. Also that year, Labor Day was celebrated for the first
time as a national holiday.
single event of the year 1889 was actually a natural disaster. The Conemaugh dam
had been built fifteen miles up the Conemaugh river from Johnstown in
southwestern Pennsylvania to provide a recreational area for the amusement of
the wealthy citizens of that steel processing community. The dam was known to be
in need of repairs, but they were put off. After prolonged rain, the dam
overflowed and finally broke. The resulting wall of water came down the river
valley at 90 miles per hour, destroying Johnstown without warning and killing
On a less
dramatic note, four states were added to the US in early November 1889: North
Dakota (39th), South Dakota (40th), Montana (41st), and Washington (42nd).
Coming in June:
Mike Orr Days:
V. President- Mike Greer Eves: 344-1907
Treasurer- Kurtis Hawk
Sec./Editor- Mike Nourse Days: 344-9856
Eves: 344-9856 msg.
Board of Directors
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Associate Membership $10/year
Junior Membership $5/year
save cost, members not responding to renewal notices within three months will be
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: PO Box 230169 Anchorage, Alaska 99523