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Newsletter of the Anchorage Coin Club
|Volume 8, Number 6||
|August Membership Meeting|
|Wed., June 7, 1995||Central Lutheran Church||
A NEW SHOP IN TOWN?!?!
Anchorage, the opening of a new coin shop in town has been scheduled for June
1st in the Fifth Avenue Mall. Anchorage Coin Club member Bill Hamilton is the
mastermind behind this new establishment, announced at the Sears Mall coin show
held in mid May.
Bill will be
selling United States and world coins, as well as currency, bullion, and silver
rounds, and supplies. Bill will be joining Roy Brown of Royís Coins, Mike
McKinnon of Excaliber Cards, Carl or Carl's Jewelers, and Mike Robuck of
Michael's Jewelers in the Anchorage retail market. Good luck Bill!
Coin Club has just finished its Spring 1995 show schedule with the conclusion of
our Sears Mall show. Activity at the show was quite brisk, considering that a
show this late in the year is often slower due to the large number of people out
recovering from cabin fever. Thanks go out to Mike McKinnon and Robert Hall for
their time and effort in organizing the spring shows.
to next fall, the malls are presently being contacted to try to set up and
confirm dates for our Fall 1995 to Spring 1996 shows. As mentioned before in the
newsletter, the show committee has determined that there would be approximately
six shows during this time period, with the first to be held in October 1995.
The show committee has also decided that the show dates should be established as
far in advance as possible, so we will hopefully have a tentative schedule
within a month or two.
BIG-TIME SCHOLARSHIPS WON!
Numismatists (YNs) from the Anchorage Coin Club will be attending the American
Numismatic Associationís Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs this summer.
representative will be Robin Sisler, a YN well known for scouring through the
dealer stock boxes at shows looking for errors and varieties. He won the
scholarship given out this year by our club, paid for by a series of auctions
organized by Vice President Mike Greer. The club will be picking up the tab for
Robinís airfare to Colorado and his tuition for the seminar, which includes
room and board.
ambassador to Colorado Springs will be our VP, Mike Greer, who won the CONECA
scholarship. For those who are new to numismatics, CONECA is a national club
dedicated to the finding, identification, and cataloging of errors and
varieties. Mike is presently working on an AU - BU set of Mercury dimes, as well
as collecting varieties and type coins.
to our two scholarship winners and have fun in Colorado!
JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
JULY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
president, Mike Orr, has planned an auction for our July membership meeting.
Materials for this auction may be brought in to the June membership meeting or
the June board meeting for concensus grading as well as publication in the July
newsletter. Any club member may submit materials for the auction, and anybody
may participate in the bidding to purchase the items.
numismatically relevant materials are elidgable to be included in the auction,
including coins, books, and supplies. You may also bring items in on the night
of the auction, July 5th, but you will lose the benefit of having these items
described (i.e. promoted) in the newsletter. Also, there is a 100 lot limit, and
space in the auction is given out on a first come, first served basis. A list of
auction rules can be found on the back cover of this issue.
Also to be
included in the July auction will be the last few lots remaining from the YN
auction. These lots include one box of books and magazines.
our treasurer, once again pulls through with a monthly dues report. Keep in mind
that this report is dated May 17th, so if you have paid since then, your name
will still show up on one of the below lists.
persons are past due on their dues payments and will not receive a newsletter
next month if they are not brought up to date:
#138 J. M.
#139 J. A. W.
#141 T. W.
#142 M. H.
#143 D. F.
G. L. C.
#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.
#156 M. D. A.
E. A. L.
#157 T. B.
#158 M. S.
W. D. H.
#159 B. S.
#160 G. B.
persons are between one and two months behind for their dues payment:
#162 E. B. D.
#163 J. D.
#164 C. B.
people owe their dues in the month of June:
#117 R. S.
#118 J. R.
knows what to expect at our YN meetings. This month's meeting featured a 30
minute VHS tape on "Errors and Varieties" from the American Numismatic
Association library. Following the tape presentation, the YNs who attended the
session had a chance to cherrypick through some 20 unsearched circulated rolls
that I had collected in my youth. Among those rolls were Indian head cent rolls,
a Liberty V Nickel roll, pre 1930 Lincoln wheat cent rolls, a Mercury dime roll,
silver Roosevelt dime rolls, and silver Washington quarter rolls. The YNs were
allowed to keep any errors and varieties they found. Pizza and soda pop were
enjoyed by the YNs and the adults at that meeting.
A fun time
was had by all the YNs and the adults as we cherrypicked through those rolls. We
were not able to search through all of the rolls in the limited time available
that Friday evening.........but we did manage to find about five errors and
varieties. At the conclusion of the YN meeting, each YN was allowed to keep one
of the rolls for themselves. Mike Greer chose one of the Indian cent
rolls.....while Sarah Bilak chose another of the Indian cent rolls.
said....One never knows what to expect at our YN meetings!
go out to Robin Sisler on being the recipient of our club's YN scholarship to
Colorado Springs this summer. Congratulations also go out to Mike Greer on
winning the CONECA scholarship to Colorado Springs. Both YNs will be heading out
on the same flight to the ANA Summer Conference. Having two of our YNs go to
this conference is certainly an achievement that our club can be proud of. Of
course, we will be expecting a report from our two YNs when they return back
from Colorado Springs.
soon to come, there will be one more YN meeting scheduled for 7 pm on June 9th
(the second Friday of June). Following this meeting, we will be going on Summer
hiatus until the month of October. This will allow our YNs the opportunity to
enjoy the Summer. The topic for our June 9th meeting will be "Silver
The month of
September will see our Coin Seminar on "Ancient Coinage" which will be
held over September 8-10. All going well, it is our hope that the YNs will be
able to attend this seminar. Their ability to attend will depend on the number
of adults who attend this coin seminar. I need nine more adults to sign up for
the coin seminar to make this possible. Your support is appreciated.
I hope to see
a good turnout of the YNs at our June 7th meeting (7 pm at the Central Lutheran
- Larry Nakata
PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES
big raffle has finally ended, and a lucky Mike McKinnon has won the 1865 MS-63
Indian cent, a $100 coin.
prizes given out include the membership prize of a 1945-S BU Washington quarter
won by vice president Mike Greer and a 1987 mint set won by member Richard Bilak
for the door prize. Congrats to all three!
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.
unused., mint US postage. Does not have to be complete sheets or matching
designs. Paying 90% of face. Call Mike at 344-9856 mornings.
If you missed the Sears Mall show this month, it was one to remember! There
always seems to be some odd goings on at these events and this one was no
exception. In the past, we have had people set up their own portable business in
shopping carts. We have asked those that have acted poorly to leave, but this is
the first time a mall bank was held up while we had a show in progress! From the
information I received, a man went into the branch bank at the Sears mall,
pushed a demand note at the teller and walked out with about $300. What a
country!! He gets my vote for dumb outlaw of the year. Never the less, the show
must go on or at least I would like to see the shows go on. In my opinion, they
are a vital aspect of the club and the best recruiting tool that we have for new
I want to
thank all the coin and card people that helped make the Sears mall show happen.
Mike McKinnon works very hard, as does Robert Hall, to set these shows up. Also
each show I grow to appreciate the card people more. For those who do not
realize this, these folks we are working with are a great group of people.
Thanks again to Larry for setting up his display on counterfiets. I was set up
next to him and saw a lot of interest as many people went through the
information provided. Also, Loren Lucason brought in his micro photographic
equipment and set up a display along with his photographs of Ancient and Mideval
coins. He has a nice setup, and has agreed to photograph coins for verification
and insurance purposes for the club. His stated purpose is to capture on film
the characteristics of the older, unique coins. Their imprint is quite
distinctive and can be readily captured on film. Those interested can see him
either before or after the monthly meeting.
will be minimal, with the first photograph free, and cost can be spread by
offering multiple coins at one time. Again, thanks to Larry and Loren.
me to a subject not quite as pleasant. Many members have expressed concern about
these shows in the last few weeks. So I feel the need to address this issue once
again. I thought that this was mostly resolved at the March Board meeting, but I
was wrong. Again, for those that missed that meeting, the board agreed to limit
shows to six per season. Coin tables still have priority over card tables. If
people setting up coins do not want the tables, then they go to the other
members with collectibles. The malls dictate the size of our shows from about 40
to 50 tables. My position was that it is not as important that the number of
card tables always be equal to coin tables, however, I know that there is strong
disagreement on that point. I felt that a rough equivalency would come
automatically once shows could be planned far enough out in advance and that is
the challenge for next fall. We have been going through growing pains the last
year. Nobody knew what would happen when past boards decided to increase revenue
for the club by instituting these shows and nobody is to blame.
I believe it
would be a great mistake to withdraw from the public eye. I am calling for
greater participation next season. As I understand this, it should start with
the show at the Northway Mall in October. I believe the disgruntled club members
could be more responsive. The past couple of months have been filled with ill
feeling about our shows. I did not create this issue, but I feel it is my duty
to try to resolve it. This is my appeal to cease and desist (bury the hatchet).
Lets end the bickering and get on with the business of running the club. I hate
clandestine back fighting behind the scenes. Remember, the board meeting is the
proper forum for discussing these issues, not the membership meeting. This will
be the last time I write on this issue. Lets get involved and have fun this
summer and put bad feelings behind us.
At our June
meeting, Mike Nourse has agreed to give a talk on Peace dollars. Things he will
be covering include the grading of the coins, special characteristics,
curiosities and little known facts about the series. When he was at the Atlanta
ANA convention he took advantage of the chance to learn more about these coins.
This talk is a result of that trip (and most importantly he has agreed to show
up!). He has worked hard on this and it should prove to be quite interesting.
Thanks, Mike. In July, we would like to have an auction. I am asking members to
bring submittals for this into the June meeting. Consensus grading will again be
done at the board meeting. Our established auction rules will apply.
In closing, I
want to encourage those who have been riding the fence on our seminar this fall
to come join us. As of this writing, we have fourteen committals. Any help to
fill it up and get the word out would be greatly appreciated. This should prove
to be one of the more interesting seminars we have had. Collector interest in
this field is very thin in Alaska and this is a great opportunity to spark more
interest. Of the few hand hammered medieval coins I have had over the years, I
have never had any difficulty marketing them. Unlike what we collectors
experience with modern machine produced coinage, no two coins of this period are
exactly the same. This is a great opportunity to expand our knowledge in another
field of numismatics. So come on and join us! Lets fill all the tables and bring
in the YNs for free like last year. These events are great fun! Until next
month, good luck and good hunting!
- Mike Orr
Coin Club would like to welcome two new members to our group. Bob is a collector
of silver dollars, and Tuck and Becky Mallory are specializing in the area of
Editor's note: this is the eleventh installment in a
series of articles started in August 1994.
Start with a
few statistics from 1890:
By the 1890's, there was little room left for westward expansion. Even the US
census bureau declared that the frontier was gone as of the 1890 census.
wars, which had been ocuring continuously during the days of going west finally
ended in 1890 with one final battle. The army was sent in to prevent a band of
Sioux from performing their ghost dance on Pine Ridge in South Dakota. The
Indians fled to Wounded Knee, about 20 miles away, for safety. When the army
tracked them down, and shot Sitting Bull, their leader, an all out battle began.
In one of the worst massacers in US history, virtually all of the 340 Sioux were
killed. At this point, the Indians had been defeated.
half of the decade saw a wide array of new inventions being produced, many of
which are still in use today. Thomas Edison was hard at work in his laboratory,
turning out such inventions as the kietoscope, or movie projector. Henry Ford
had his first practical automobile for sale in 1895, one hundred years ago.
Many of the
new inventions were displayed and promoted at the Columbian Exposition held from
May through October 1893 in Chicago. This exposition was the site on which the
first US commemorative coins were sold; the Columbian half dollars of 1892 and
1893, and the Isabella quarters of 1893.
dollars are very affordable at $10 to $15 each for a decent specimen.
At the end of
the decade, it was war time again. The Cubans revolted against Spain in 1894 and
asked for American assistance to drive the Spanish out. President McKinley
resisted for four years, but finally congress voted to recognize Cuba as an
independent country in 1898.
Empire, a dominant world force 300 years previous, was now so feeble that it was
defeated in only three months. Much
of the Spanish navy fleet was sunk in one four hour battle at Santiago harbor.
The terms of
surrender left Cuba as an independent country, and the United States in control
of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
result of the Spanish American war was the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands.
The United States had established a naval base at Pearl Harbor in 1887. When war
was declared with Spain, this base along with those at Midway and the Samoan
Islands was determined to be necessary for our protection in the Pacific
In the area
of coinage, the 1890's saw the end of the long running seated liberty design on
our dimes, quarters, and half dollars. Cents, nickels, and dollars did not see
any design changes, but all three did see huge production figures.
which was now limited to the $2.50, $5, $10, and $20 denominations, also saw
little change and mostly large production figures.
Coming in July: The 1900's
Mike Orr Days:
V. President- Mike Greer Eves: 344-1907
Treasurer- Kurtis Hawk
Sec./Editor- Mike Nourse Days: 344-9856
Eves: 344-9856 msg.
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interest in numismatics.
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