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Volume 19, Number 10

October 2006

September Membership Meeting
Monday, Oct. 9th, 2006 Central Lutheran Church

7:15 PM Meeting




    Our next club membership meeting will be on Monday, October 9th in the Community Room of Central Lutheran Church (7:15 PM). With the end of Summer, church activity has picked up. Construction of the downstairs kitchen area of Central Lutheran Church is not expected to complete until sometime in October. So the remaining meeting rooms are in high demand.  We have been told by the church administration that we should be able to get back to a normal meeting schedule come November. We’ll be checking with the church later in the month to make sure. We’ll keep you posted in the next newsletter.

At our September 7th club meeting, club President Carl gave a very good presentation on the subject of “Toning on Coins”.  In Carl’s presentation he pointed out that toning can occur on a coin naturally or artificially (when coins are treated with chemicals). Naturally toned coins with nice color eye appeal tend to command much better pricing and are highly sought after by collectors. The trick is to be able to identify what is naturally toned and what is artificially toned. Carl showed us lots of toned coins….with both natural and artificial toning. Some were easy to spot….others not. Overall it was a very good evening that was enjoyed by all.

Given away that evening were two door prizes:

Our meeting even had a short auction of about 10 numismatic items which went for pretty good prices. We want to remind our members that if you have that coin that you wish to submit in our monthly coin “bullet” auction, bring it in. We limit the number of lots to no more than 15 items in each given month. It’s a chance for you to auction off that extra coin in your collection.


1915 Panama Pacific gold reproductionScott 398 Panama Canal Stamp

1915 Panama Pacific $2 1/2 Gold reproduction with commemorative stamp.


We are also accepting auction lots for the Anchorage Coin Club’s Christmas Party that is tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening, December 14th. …hopefully in the downstairs meeting area of Central Lutheran Church. This is your opportunity to sell coins and numismatic items that other club members may want to buy. If you want to have your lots posted in the next two newsletters leading up to December 14th, you need only drop off a list to either Roy Brown (at Roy’s Coins) or with Carl (as Carl’s in the University Center). Your list should give us a description, grade, and…..if desired, a minimum bid. We ask that you limit your list to no more than 10 lots to give everyone a chance to submit items. You can bring in the items at the Christmas Party event….or bring your list and/or items to the club meetings and submit them to Larry Nakata.

Again a reminder that our next club meeting will be on Monday, October 9th (7:15 PM) at the Central Lutheran Church Community Room. Larry Nakata will be giving a presentation on “Counterfeit Detection and Altered Coins”. Food and beverage will be also be provided……Your Editors.




Schedule of Events for the Month of October

  1. Monthly Membership Meeting: October 9th (Monday) at 7:15 PM at the Central Lutheran Church (Main Community Room). The Central Lutheran Church is located at 1420 Cordova St. on the corner of Cordova and 15th Avenue.    There will also be a bullet coin auction of no more than 15 lots. Members, YNs, and general public welcomed. Larry Nakata will be giving a presentation on the subject of “Counterfeit Detection and Altered Coins”.
  2. Anchorage Coin Club Board Meeting:  October 18th (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM at the “New Cauldron Restaurant”   located at the University Center.  Club members welcomed.   


Minutes of the October 19th Board Meeting

The Board meeting was called to order at 7:12 PM by club President Carl.

Correspondence was distributed by club Secretary Larry Nakata to Board members. There were no bills needing to be paid.

The Board meeting concentrated on the club’s agenda going into the end of this calendar year. Larry Nakata will give a presentation on “Counterfeit Detection and Altered Coins” at the club’s October meeting.  Stan Mead will give a presentation on “Buffalo Nickels” at the club’s November meeting. The Board chose the second Thursday of December (December 14th) for our coin club’s Christmas Party and Christmas Numismatic Auction. Larry Nakata will check with Central Lutheran Church (our club’s meeting location) to check on availability of dates. For now, use December 14th as our club’s tentative Christmas Party/Christmas Auction date.

The Board discussed the feasibility of doing a coin show by the end of this calendar year. All were in agreement that the club should organize a coin show…but that the coin show should be organized as an event in our 2007 schedule.

The Board was also in agreement that we should look at a coin seminar for Year 2007 as well. With a number of new members joining our coin club this year, the seminar should focus of coin grading and counterfeit &altered coin detection as the main seminar topics. Tentatively, September 2007 would be the targeted timeframe for such a seminar.

Accordingly, both projects will move forward as part of our 2007 plans.

As there was no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.


1925 Lexington Concord Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar

1925 Lexington Concord Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar


Classic Commemorative... Stamps??
by Mike Nourse (Life Member# 1)

    Yes, stamps. We all are familiar with the classic commemorative coin series that began with the World's Columbian Exposition in 1892 and ended 62 years later with the final George Washington Carver / Booker T. Washington issue of 1954. But while the Mint was cranking out this series of commemorative coins, the U. S. Post Office was busy commemorating many of the same events and anniversaries. Combined together, the stamps and coins from this era would make a fascinating display.


1925 Lexington Concord Commemorative 5 Cent Stamp

1925 Lexington Concord Commemorative 5 Cent Stamp


The correlation between the commemorative coins and stamps starts right at the beginning with the Columbian Exposition issues. In the coin department, we have the Columbian half dollar issues of 1892 and 1893 plus the Isabella quarter of 1893. The Post Office was much more ambitious, cranking out sixteen denominations of stamps in 1893, all with different designs. The designs on the stamps are much more detailed and complex than the relatively simple designs seen on the quarter and halves. The half dollars are abundant and can be purchased easily for $20 or less. The Isabella quarter is a much scarcer item which will drain about $500 from your bank account. As for the stamps, the one and two cent denominations cost under a dollar each in used condition and half of the sixteen piece set is available for under $20 each. The complete set of Columbian Exposition stamps will cost a bundle with two of them in the $500 range and three others around the $1000 mark in used condition.


1927 Vermont Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar

1927 Vermont Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar


The next commemorative coin issued was the Lafayette dollar. This dollar did not commemorate any particular event or anniversary, hence there is no concurrent stamp issue. Not so with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, which had two tiny gold dollars and five stamps. This set of five stamps is not nearly as interesting or detailed as the impressive Columbian Exposition set, merely showing busts of prominent individuals connected with the Louisiana Purchase on four of the stamps and a map of the Louisiana Purchase territory on the fifth stamp. The less inspiring stamp designs may contribute to the lower prices for these stamps, with the full set of five costing around $75 in used condition. That's a good thing since you will need funds to the extent of about $500 for each of the gold dollars.

The ultimate coin - stamp commemorative set came on the scene in the mid 1910's for the 1915 San Francisco Panama Pacific Exposition. The coins are a truly impressive set of one silver half dollar, a gold dollar, a gold $2.50 quarter eagle, and two amazing $50 gold coins. The stamps returned to more interesting designs showing scenes from the construction of the Panama Canal. Four stamps were issued, and the full set of four can be had for a mere $30 or so. As for the coins, if you have to ask how much they cost, you can not afford them.


At long last, in 1920 a very affordable coin and stamp set came out in the form of the Pilgrim Tercentenary commemoratives. In the coin arena, a single, affordable half dollar was produced by the Mint along with three inexpensive stamps put out by the Post Office. The half dollars as well as the stamps are all reasonably attractive and contain relevant designs. The full coin and stamp set will run a total of about $100.

The next time that stamps and coins commemorated the same event occurred four years later with the Huguenot - Walloon Tercentenary. This is another affordable set with a single half dollar and three interesting stamps, all of which can be purchased for around $150. If you only want one of the three stamps, choose the one cent denomination which features a depiction of the ship Nieuw Nederland, the same ship seen on the reverse of the half dollar.

It would only be a one year wait until the next coin and stamp pairing would occur, in the form of the Lexington Concord Sesquicentennial. Again there was one coin and three stamps, and again the full set is in the affordable category at a total of about $100. The stamps are all attractive, but in this case the five cent denomination is the most relevant, showing a minute man which very closely resembles the one seen on the silver half dollar.


1934 Maryland Three Cent Stamp

1934 Maryland Three Cent Stamp


The stamps continued to dwindle, from the huge and expensive sixteen piece set that came out during the Columbian Exposition down now to just a single stamp issued for the Sesquicentennial of American Independence in 1926. Fear not, the Post Office went hog wild fifty years later, cranking out a riot of stamps to commemorate the 1976 Bicentennial year. At least the single stamp issued in the sesquicentennial year of 1926 has an attractive depiction of the Liberty Bell which is also seen on the reverse of the half dollar. The stamp, even in new unused condition, only sells for around $3, leaving plenty of spare cash left over to pay for the $75 half dollar.

The same thing happened next year in 1927, the year of the Vermont Sesquicentennial. Unfortunately, in this case the stamp is smaller and does not have an especially inspiring design, but it will only cost a dollar or so. The half dollar could almost better be called the University of Vermont commemorative as Ira Allen started the University and the catamount on the reverse is the University's mascot. This half is a bit more expensive than the last few at close to $200.


1936 Rhode Island Half Dollar Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

1936 Rhode Island Half Dollar Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar


A unique situation occurred the following year for the 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. The stamps issued to commemorate Captain Cook's arrival in Hawaii do not actually have anything to do with Captain Cook or Hawaii! All the Hawaiian commemorative stamps consist of is a two cent stamp featuring George Washington and a five cent stamp featuring Teddy Roosevelt, both overprinted with the word Hawaii. The creative juices just were not flowing this year! And Hawaii is a topic that certainly lends itself to a beautiful multi - stamp pictorial issue. The most pathetic stamp commemoratives we will look at will cost about $15 used or $20 new. The Hawaiian Sesquicentennial half dollar did a bit better with Captain Cook on the obverse and a Hawaiian chief on the reverse. The bad news is... the Hawaiian half is the most expensive commemorative half dollar of the whole classic commemorative coin series, which will set you back about $1500.

After 1928, there would be no more classic commemorative coins until the Maryland Tercentenary half dollar of 1934. Again just a single stamp was issued for the event, a smaller stamp with a picture of the ships Ark and Dove which brought colonists to the state 300 years previous. The half dollar should cost no more than $150 with the stamp costing a whopping 25 cents or so. Also in 1934 was the beginning of a series of twelve halves commemorating the centennial of Texas Independence. A single stamp was produced which features Sam Houston and Stephen Austin over the Alamo, all items which can also be found on the complex reverse of the half dollar. The half runs just over $100 and the stamp a nominal 25 cents.

Another event was deemed worthy of commemoration both by the Mint and the Post Office in 1935. The California Pacific Exposition in San Diego was also honored on a half dollar and a single stamp. Both have reasonably decent designs, and neither is particularly expensive at $75 and 25 cents respectively. The year 1935 was also the first of five years of Arkansas Centennial half dollars. Neither the half dollar nor the single stamp sport a particularly memorable design. The pair cost just about the same as the previously mentioned California Pacific coin and stamp set.


1946 Iowa Statehood Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

Classic commemorative coin collectors know 1936 as a year of numerous abuses of the commemorative coin program. Of the fifteen new issues created that year, thirteen commemorated cities and two celebrated state anniversaries. Of the two state anniversaries, Wisconsin and Delaware, only the Wisconsin Territory Centennial was also honored by the Post Office with a single attractive and inexpensive issue. Only one of the city based 1936 half dollars saw a stamp issue as well -  the Providence, Rhode Island Tercentenary. However, the stamp was issued as a state of Rhode Island Tercentenary commemorative rather than just a Providence commemorative. Close enough for me to consider them as a true coin and stamp commemorative pair. The founder of Providence, Roger Williams, appears on both the half dollar and the stamp. Both the Wisconsin and Rhode Island stamps cost well under a dollar while the Providence coin will run $75 and the Wisconsin coin a more spendy $200.


1946 Iowa Centennial Three Cent Stamp


The final commemorative coin and stamp set that can be assembled came 10 years later with the 1946 Iowa Statehood Centennial. The stamp is not impressive, merely showing the state flag. The coin is not a whole lot better, but at least neither is particularly expensive with the half at $85 and the stamp only a quarter.

Numerous other connections can be drawn between stamps and commemorative coins, as many of the people found on the coins have also been seen on stamps at one time or another. I only focused on events and anniversaries that occurred in specific years. This gives a starting point on a great coin and stamp display for the next coin show!.....Mike Nourse.


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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