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Volume 13, Number 7

July 2000

July Membership Meeting
Sunday, July 23, 2000 Centennial Park

12 Noon to Whenever



After setting up the bid board we started the June meeting with the door prize, a 1991 US Mint set, being given to Mark Nagy and a membership prize, an uncirculated 1921 Morgan Dollar, being given to Bill Hamilton.

Many of our members have started using the bid board to put coins up for sale. There were 27 coin lots on the bid board a( the June membership meeting. Only 7 of the coin lots on the bid board were bid on. One club member was fortunate enough to add a very dramatic double struck Jefferson nickel to his collection. We are sure that many of our members will catch on to the benefits of bidding on coins in the bid board in the future.

THIS IS SUMMER! We want you to enjoy this, all too short, Alaska summer. Make note of these changes in the club's schedule:

July membership meeting will be at the picnic, July 23rd.

No YN meeting in July.

No YN meeting in August.

The big event for the summer is the annual picnic in the park, this year it will be at Centennial Park off of Muldoon (see map). Activities for the event include the drawing for the MS-64 1884-CC Morgan Dollar, the introduction of a complete set of Buffalo Nickels as our next raffle prize, a scavenger hunt with coin rewards, and a Jeopardy game for the top numismatists. The Jeopardy contestants will be chosen from those who do the best on (he entrance exam with the finest coins awarded as prizes to the winners. There will also be lots of food with the club providing grilled burgers, hot links, and Larry's teriyaki chicken as well as chips and sodas and all the plates, forks, and condiments we will need. Please bring any salads or deserts you would like to share.

The picnic in the park will probably not be the biggest event of the summer for Sarah Bilak; she is going to the ANA Summer Conference in Colorado Springs. With support from the Anchorage Coin Club and the Alaska Mint Sarah will be going to the ANA Academy for the week of July 8th. Sarah is psyched about going and has chosen interesting courses that include field trips to the mint and other educational places. ANA is very good at making sure Sarah gets from the airport to the academy, is well cared for at the academy and on field trips, and safely gets back on her plane to Anchorage. Sarah is sure to have a great time in the mint state of Colorado.

Next year we will be sponsoring Corey Rennell on a trip to the ANA Summer Conference.

See you at the Summer picnic and bring coins to show, trade, or sell.........

        Your Editors.

100 Euro Bank Note Front

100 Euro Bank Note, Front



Schedule or Events for the Month of July:

1. Monthly Membership Meeting/ Anchorage Coin Club Summer Picnic: July 23rd (12 noon to whenever). Location: Sports Field Complex Pavilion/ Centennial Park. See Map. Club members, guests, and families welcome. This will be a potluck summer picnic (see details). Lots of fun events are planned.

2. YN (Young Numismatists) Meeting: There will be YN meeting held for the month of July.

3. Anchorage Coin Club Board Meeting: July 19th (Wednesday) 7:00 PM at the Central Lutheran Church. Club members welcomed.

5 Euro Bank Note Front

5 Euro Bank Note, Front

Minutes of the June 21st Board Meeting:

The Board meeting was called to order at 7PM.

The first of business was approval by the Board to make a $50 patron donation to the ANA for the upcoming Philadelphia convention.

Larry Nakata then brought up the issue of the ANA's Quarter Board Program, The ANA has produced Quarter Boards for the 1999 and 2000 quarters as a promotional item for coin clubs. Such Quarter Boards are being offered to coin clubs at cost plus shipping. The Board approved purchase of 100 such Quarter Boards at $44 (which includes shipping). These Quarter Boards will be given away as promotional items at the club's shows later this year.

The Board then went over details for the upcoming July 23rd Summer picnic to be held at the Sports Field Complex at Centennial Park.

Larry Nakata and Loren Lucason will be getting the items for the picnic the weekend before. The Board reviewed the list of items to be picked up for these event.

Roy and Ann Brown will be contacting our members to determine the headcount and what potluck items will be brought for the picnic.

Loren Lucason and John Larson will be organizing the fun events for the picnic. Discussed was a scavenger hunt and a "Jeopardy" type event. Lots of coins will be given away as part of the fun events.

Following the planning of the summer picnic, the Board looked at the Buffalo Nickel set being put together by John Larson. John is in the process of completing this set (which includes the 3 legged Buffalo). This set will be our club's next raffle prize. John will hopefully have the set completed in time to show at our Summer picnic.

Meantime the present raffle prize, an 1884-CC Morgan Dollar PCGS graded MS-64, will be raffled off at our club's July 23rd picnic.

As there was no further business, the Board meeting concluded at 7:45 PM.

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500 Euro Bank Note, front


by Larry Nakata (Member #41)

We had a very good turnout of YNs and parents for the June 9th YN meeting. There was pizza and soda pop for everyone. YN Cody Lawhorn won the YN door prize....a 1911 Barber Half dollar.

The subject covered was "Collecting Foreign Coins".

One of the first things pointed out to the YNs was how collecting foreign coins can be a vast area to explore. There are a lot of different ways for the YN to collect such coins:

One was pointed out was collecting a denomination set per country.

Foreign coins can be collected by a theme....such as animals on foreign coins, Olympic coins from foreign countries, or whatever "catches one's fancy".

Foreign coins can also be collected by region....such as coins of Europe.

We all discussed other ways one can collect such coins. The key point brought up at the meeting was that the YN interested in collecting foreign coins should focus on their area of interest. One can get "spread too thin" collecting too many types of coins. Foreign coins can also be very affordable for the YN. Different types of foreign coins were shown to the YNs.

The balance of the evening was then spent sorting out and distributing a number of Australian coins donated to us by our sister club, The Tasmanian Numismatic Society. Thanks go to our sister club for those coins.

Some announcements: There will be no YN meetings held for the months of July and August. However, we expect to see all of our YNs and their families at the club's Summer picnic on Sunday, July 23rd....starting at 12 noon. The Summer picnic will be held at the Sports Field Complex Pavilion located at Centennial Park. A map showing the location of the picnic is in this newsletter.

Be sure to bring your Red Books "A Guide Book of United States Coins" to the Summer picnic. We plan to have some events that will test your knowledge of coins. Expect a contest of some sort at this picnic for you YNs. There will also be lots of food for everyone.

Enjoy your Summer and we'll see you at the July 23rd Summer picnic......

        Larry Nakata.

200 Euro Bank Note Back

200 Euro Bank Note, Back

Chief Editor's Note: This month's newsletter focuses on the subject of Paper Currency. In browsing the Internet, I came across some very interesting information about the changes in currency that will happen come January, 2002 in Europe....


by Larry Nakata (Member #41)

For our club members who collect foreign coins and currency, there will be a lot of changes in Europe come January, 2002.

5 Euro Bank Note Back

5 Euro Bank Note, Back

Eleven European countries will be changing out their coinage and paper currency that year. These countries are:

The Netherlands

It is anticipated that other countries in Europe will follow as the years go by. The new Euro (EUR) coinage and currency should provide lots of opportunity for the collector.

History: The Maastricht Treaty essentially started the process of one uniform coinage and currency in Europe. By 1997, criteria was established in the treaty that European countries must meet in order to become eligible for conversion of their respective currencies to the Euro. These criteria centered around the economic stability of that country. The decision to give up the country's coinage and currency, in favor of the Euro, would be voluntary.

By 1998, eleven European countries signed into this agreement becoming participants in the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The agreement calls for these countries to give up their currencies and adopt the new Euro currency on January 1, 1999.

Since Euro bank notes and coins will not likely be printed and circulated until 2002- except for small commemorative issues- these participating countries will retain their existing currencies until that time.

500 Euro Bank Note Back

500 Euro Bank Note, Back

The values of the participating currency units have already been established against the new Euro currency with the following conversion rates:

Austria 1 Euro= Austrian Schilling divided by 13.7603

Belgium 1 Euro= Belgian Franc divided by 40.3399

Finland 1 Euro= Finland's Markka divided by 5.94573

France 1 Euro= French Franc divided by 6.55957

Germany 1 Euro= Deutsche Mark divided by 1.95583

Ireland 1 Euro= Irish Punt divided by 0.787564

Italy 1 Euro= Italian Lira divided by 1936.27

Luxembourg 1 Euro= Luxembourg Franc divided by 40.3399

Netherlands 1 Euro= Dutch Guilder divided by 2.20371

Portugal 1 Euro= Portugal's Escudo divided by 200.482

Spain 1 Euro= Spain's Peseta divided by 166.386

1 Euro= 100 Euro-cents making the new currency a decimal standard.

There will be eight different coins and seven different banknotes in the Euro currency.

The coins will come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 &. 50 Euro-cent denominations. There will also be 1 Euro and 2 Euro denomination coins minted.

The paper currency will come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 Euro banknotes.

With the banknotes and coins expected to circulate in early 2002, the legal tender status of the present national banknotes and coins will cease by July, 2002.

What does this mean for the collector:

Lots of interesting opportunities!! There are the Euro commemorative issues that are out there right now. There will be all these new denomination of Euro coins and banknotes expected to circulate in 2002.

Euro Symbol

Euro Symbol

And... don't forget all of the existing national banknotes and coins from these 11 countries that will be demonetized that same year. Better collect them...especially the older dates. In all likelihood, the prices for these notes and coins will go up in value. As demonetized banknotes and coins get redeemed for Euro currency, it is likely they will be destroyed.

So I would make the recommendation that for the foreign coin and banknote collector, zero into these 11 countries over the next year and a half to "beef up" your collection. I see possibilities here......

        Larry Nakata.




More Chief Editor Comments: While continuing to browse the Internet, I came across this interesting article that was posted on the Coin Universe webpage. Alan Herbert has an interesting perspective of how progressive our new U.S. paper currency "slacks up" against our foreign counterparts. From http://collectors .com/articles/


Alan Herbert - April 25, 2000

It's rather surprising, but many of the questions I get from coin collectors indicate either a total lack of knowledge of paper money collecting, or surprise that anyone would collect paper. In spite of this lack of awareness of a related hobby, if you ask almost any paper collector you will quickly find out that paper money collecting is alive, well, thriving, and growing fairly rapidly.

Here again the primary interest in the U.S. is in our own paper, but there is a growing interest in foreign bank notes that compares very favorably with the matching interest in foreign coins. This is certainly a natural reaction or trend, as we tend to gravitate toward those things that are most familiar to us. When we get into notes of the world, we are bucking an atlas full of strange languages, denominations that may or may not be readable, and features that you never have seen on U.S. bank notes.

As a single example of that, many countries use matching partial design elements on both sides of the note, which on a genuine note line up exactly to complete the design. This is something that never has been successfully used on U.S. paper money. Whether the Bureau of Engraving and Printing couldn't make the technology work or for some other reason, this and other anti-counterfeiting measures have never appeared on a U.S. bank note.

Another eye opener, after growing up with notes that carry two ink colors- green and black- is to see the rainbow of colors used on world bank notes. The newer U.S. bank notes have finally begun using some of the better anti-counterfeiting measures, but they are sticking to the same old color scheme. Many countries use specific different primary colors foe each denomination. While the BEP claims for a variety of reasons that this won't work, it has been successfully used for many decades in other countries. The BEP's chief argument against color is that it will distract the eye from signs that the note has been altered, or is a counterfeit. They feel that the public would become dependent on the color, allowing crooks to deceive the public by altering the color.

Fighting counterfeiting is a never-ending battle as the fakers constantly improve their product. The governments are forced to turn more and more to high tech methods of protecting the genuine notes from being copied. The use of inks which shift color with the angle of view, and holograms are just a couple of the newer deterrents. Keeping up with all of the new methods can become a full time job and researching them is often nearly impossible as the government printers fight to keep their secrets out of the hands of counterfeiters.

All in all, you are less likely to run into fake bank notes than you are into fake coins. Because of the higher values involved, most governments concentrate on catching crooks who print fake notes with coins coming in second......

        Alan Herbert.




Directions to Centennial Park

Directions: Go North on Muldoon Road. One Block before the Glenn Highway entrance, make a right on Boundary Road. Go one block and make a lift on Centennial Park Road. As you go up Centennial Park Road you will see the Sports Field. The picnic will be at the Pavilion in the Sports Held Complex.



The Anchorage Coin Club

Meetings:       Membership meeting - First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 PM
                        E-Board meeting - Third Wednesday of the month, 7:00 PM
                        Meetings held at the Central Lutheran Church, at the corner of 15th and Cordova


Club Officers

President-                  Bill Hamilton        Days: 277-6110
V. President-            John Larson       Eves: 276-3292
Treasurer-                  Robert Hall        Eves: 561-8343
Secretary-                 Larry Nakata        Days: 269-5603
                                                                 Eves: 563-1729

Editors -                   Loren Lucason
                                  Larry Nakata
                                  Robin Sisler
                                  Mike Nourse
                                  Jim Susky
Club Archivist / Photographer - Robin Sisler

Board of Directors

Roy Brown-                      Days: 563-6708

Don Thurber-                  Eves: 338-7488

Loren Lucason-               Eves: 272-3700


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