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Volume 20, Number 1

January 2007

September Membership Meeting
Wed., Jan. 3rd, 2007 Central Lutheran Church

7:15 PM Meeting



    A Happy Holiday season to all of our club members.

At the time of the writing of this month’s newsletter, it is Christmas weekend. Hoping all of you are having a good this Christmas weekend.

The coin club’s Christmas Party on December 13th was well attended by all. There was plenty of food for everyone with ham and turkey provided as the buffet’s main dishes. It was good to celebrate our Christmas party in the downstairs area of the Central Lutheran Church.

The highlight of the evening was our club’s annual Christmas Numismatic Auction. The prices realized from the lot sales are posted in this newsletter.

There were plenty of door prizes given out that evening with a gold coin given out as the surprise of the evening. Thanks go to Roy Brown in providing that gold coin as the key door prize. That gold coin was won by Ruth Mead.

Our club’s raffle coin, an 1882 U.S. $5 Liberty Gold Coronet graded SEGS Certified AU58, was won by Stan Mead.

Congratulations go to both Stan and Ruth on winning the gold coins of the evening.

Our next club meeting will be the first Wednesday of January (January 3rd). Now that the downstairs area is finished at Central Lutheran Church, we can resume our normal meeting schedules (the first Wednesday evening of every month  7:15 PM start).

Larry Nakata will be giving the presentation on the subject of “U.S. Half Dollars”.

Bill Fivaz has also sent the following auction lots for our January Bullet Coin Auction:

Bill and his wife, Marilyn, wish everyone in the club a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

One final thing…your Chief Editor promised Loren’s mother that we would publish her recipe for:


Macadamia Nut Cream Pie

One nine inch baked pie crus

½ cup sugar

¼ cup cornstarch

2 cups of canned milk

3 egg yolks

1 tablespoon of butter

½ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons of Kahlua or coffee liquer

½ cup of macadamia nuts (chopped)

Mix and cook the sugar, cornstarch, canned milk, and egg yolks until thick. Turn off the heat and put in the butter. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator in a covered bowl.

Whip the heavy cream and Kahlua (or coffee liquer) until stiff. Fold in the chopped macadamia nuts.

Fold in the cool mixture, whipped heavy cream, and nuts together and put in the baked pie crust. Refrigerate until cool.

While the pie is refrigerating, prepare a topping consisting of:

½ cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 tablespoon of Kahlua (or coffee liquer).

Heat the topping until stiff. Spread over the pie filling and top with chopped macadamia nuts.

Let the pie mixture then set in the refrigerator. Serve and enjoy…….


Your editors want to again wish all of our club members a good Holiday Season and we’ll see all of you at our next club meeting (on January 3rd)……Your Editors.




Schedule of Events for the Month of January

  1. Monthly Membership Meeting: January 3rd (Wednesday) starting at 7:15 PM at the Central Lutheran Church (Downstairs Meeting Area). The Central Lutheran Church is located at 1420 Cordova St. on the corner of Cordova and 15th Avenue.  There will also be a short bullet auction of no more than 20 numismatic lots.  Larry Nakata will be giving a presentation on the subject of “U.S. Half Dollars”. Members, YNs, and general public welcomed. 
  2. Anchorage Coin Club Board Meeting:  January 17th (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM at the “New Cauldron Restaurant”   located at the University Center.  Club members welcomed.   


December Board Meeting

There was no Board meeting held on December 20th.  Your Board wishes all of our members a Happy Holiday Season.


CHIEF EDITOR’S NOTE:  Since we are doing the newsletter over Christmas weekend, we browsed the Internet to find information on Christmas coinage.  We felt it an appropriate subject at this time of year:

The History of Christmas - December 25th

    The word Christmas comes from the old English "Cristes maesse" meaning Christ's Mass. The Holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The actual birthday of Jesus is not known; therefore, the early Church Fathers in the 4th century fixed the day around the old Roman Saturnalia festival (17 - 21 December), a traditional pagan festivity. The first mention of the birthday of Jesus is from the year 354 AD. Gradually all Christian churches, except Armenians who celebrate Christmas on January 6 (the date of the baptism of Jesus as well as the day of the three Magi), accepted the date of December 25th.

In American/English tradition, Christmas Day itself is the day for opening gifts brought by jolly old St. Nick. Many of our current American ideals about the way Christmas ought to be, derive from the English Victorian Christmas, such as that described in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

The caroling, the gifts, the feast, and the wishing of good cheer to all - these ingredients came together to create that special Christmas atmosphere.

The custom of gift-giving on Christmas goes back to Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Kalends. The very first gifts were simple items such as twigs from a sacred grove as good luck emblems. Soon that escalated to food, small items of jewelry, candles, and statues of gods. To the early Church, gift-giving at this time was a pagan holdover and therefore severely frowned upon. However, people would not part with it, and some justification was found in the original gift giving of the Magi, and from figures such as St. Nicholas. By the middle ages gift giving was accepted. Before then it was more common to exchange gifts on New Year's Day or Twelfth Night.

Santa Claus is known by British children as Father Christmas. Father Christmas, these days, is quite similar to the American Santa, but his direct ancestor is a certain pagan spirit who regularly appeared in medieval mummer's plays. The old-fashioned Father Christmas was depicted wearing long robes with sprigs of holly in his long white hair. Children write letters to Father Christmas detailing their requests, but instead of dropping them in the mailbox, the letters are tossed into the fireplace. The draft carries the letters up the chimney, and theoretically, Father Christmas reads the smoke. Gifts are opened Christmas afternoon.

From the English we get a story to explain the custom of hanging stockings from the mantelpiece. Father Christmas once dropped some gold coins while coming down the chimney. The coins would have fallen through the ash grate and been lost if they hadn't landed in a stocking that had been hung out to dry. Since that time children have continued to hang out stockings in hopes of finding them filled with gifts.

The custom of singing carols at Christmas is also of English origin. During the middle ages, groups of serenaders called waits would travel around from house to house singing ancient carols and spreading the holiday spirit. The word carol means "song of you." Most of the popular old carols we sing today were written in the nineteenth century.

The hanging of greens, such as holly and ivy, is a British winter tradition with origins far before the Christian era. Greenery was probably used to lift sagging winter spirits and remind the people that spring was not far away. The custom of kissing under the mistletoe is descended from ancient Druid rites. The decorating of Christmas trees, though primarily a German custom, has been widely popular in England since 1841 when Prince Albert had a Christmas tree set up in Windsor Castle for his wife Queen Victoria, and their children.

The word wassail is derived from the Anglo-Saxon phrase "waes hael," which means "good health." Originally, wassail was a beverage made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, nuts, eggs, and spices. It was served for the purpose of enhancing the general merriment of the season. Like many of the ancient customs, wassailing has a legend to explain its origin. It seems that a beautiful Saxon maiden named Rowena presented Prince Vortigen with a bowl of wine while toasting him with the words Waes hael. Over the centuries a great deal of ceremony had developed around the custom of drinking wassail. The bowl is carried into a room with great fanfare, a traditional carol about the drink is sung, and finally, the steaming hot beverage is served.

For many years in England, a roasted boar's head has been associated with Holiday feasting. The custom probably goes back to the Norse practice of sacrificing a boar at Yuletide in honor of the god Freyr. One story tells of a student at Oxford's Queen College who was attacked on Christmas Day by a wild boar. All he had in his hand to use as a weapon was his copy of Aristotle, so he shoved the book down the boar's throat. Wanting to retrieve his book, the student cut off the animal's head and brought it back to the college where it was served for Christmas dinner with much pomp and ceremony.

It is from Scandinavia that most of our Yule log traditions derive. The dark cold winters inspired the development of traditions concerned with warmth and light. Yuletide, meaning the turning of the sun or the winter solstice, has traditionally been a time of extreme importance in Scandinavia - a time when fortunes for the coming year were determined and when the dead were thought to walk the earth. For a long time, it was considered dangerous to sleep alone on Christmas Eve. The extended family, master and servant, alike would sleep together on a freshly spread bed of straw.

The Yule log was originally an entire tree, carefully chosen, and brought into the house with great ceremony. The butt end would be placed into the hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. The tree would be slowly fed into the fire and the entire process was carefully timed to last the entire Yule season.

The Christmas tree has never been particularly popular in France, and though the use of the Yule log has faded, the French make a traditional Yule log-shaped cake called the "buche de Noel," which means "Christmas Log." The cake, among other food in great abundance, is served at the grand feast of the season, which is called Le reveillon. Le reveillon is a very late supper held after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The menu for the meal varies according to regional culinary tradition. The traditional Christmas dinner is made of turkey with chestnuts puree, and the buche de Noel as desert. Oysters are eaten on New Year's Eve only because New Year's is more an adult celebration and usually children are not very fond of oysters. The tradition in Paris is to eat grilled chestnuts in the streets during the month of December and part of January.

The popularity of the Nativity scene, one of the most beloved and enduring symbols of the holiday season, originated in Italy. St. Francis of Assisi asked a man named Giovanni Vellita of the village of Greccio to create a manger scene. St. Francis performed mass in front of this early Nativity scene, which inspired awe and devotion in all who saw it. The creation of the figures or pastori became an entire genre of folk art………


Christmas Thaler of the 16th - 17th Century

Christmas Thaler of the 16th - 17th Century


Christmas Coins

    It was about 200 years ago that the first Christmas tree, the green symbol of faithfulness and perseverance, stood in festively decorated living rooms. But there is a far older custom of distributing precious coins at Christmas to commemorate the events of the Christmas story. .

Christmas Talers have been preserved especially from the 16th and 17th century, and like all coins and medals with biblical motifs, they are an attractive area for collectors. Those who study Christmas coins and medals will find a particularly large number of items from Hamburg. They tell the story of Christmas, and sometimes the story of the baptism of Christ, the crucifixion and the resurrection. "Jesus born as a child of a chosen virgin" is the round inscription on a silver coin with the weight of a double Taler. The undated silver coins can be dated rather more precisely due to the coin-maker's sign and signatures.

The Hamburg Christmas coins are only proper coins in the widest sense because they do not mention the Hanseatic city as their place of origin and they omit the coat of arms. Such coins were often given to the child by the godparents at the christening. They were generally made of silver or gold, and they could be worn as jewelry or as a talisman and melted down as reserve metal in times of need. That explains why many such coins have become extremely rare. As they were used as jewelry, they often had a small hook attached or a hole made in them. Collectors of coins should consider whether it is better to respect the mistreated Christmas coins as witnesses to history rather than filling the holes or removing the hooks.

The cast and struck medals which were decorated with biblical motifs in the Erzgebirge mints are real museum pieces.

Probably the most famous Christmas coins are the coins struck for the Saxon Elector Johann Georg I. in 1617. With these coins, he wanted to express his love for his mother. "Like Solomon, I too honour my mother" is the inscription on the gold and silver coins which show the Old Testament king kneeling before his mother.

Christmas motifs were also popular in Cologne and in the diocese of Münster. In catalogues, the beautiful coins and medals showing the events observed by the ox and ass in the stable at Bethlehem are found under the heading "miscellaneous medals". This refers to works which are not state, personal or historical coins in the original sense. The category also includes pieces struck for family occasions such as birth, christening and death, weddings and marriage and other subjects of general human and moral content. It also includes new year coins and medals.

In the baroque period, talented punch cutters created fine works with figures symbolic of time and eternity, harmony and lasting health. There were also calendar medals on which the new year was listed in tiny figures, often combined with information about movable feasts and political dates……


Prices Realized Christmas Coin Auction December 13, 2006

1.        Set of six (6) Uncirculated Kenney Half Dollars. 1984-D (2)/ 1992-D/ 1993-P/ 1993-D/1996-P.  Price Realized (PR): $9

2.        1890 Liberty Seated Dime. AU condition.  PR $50

3.       1969-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar.  NGC Pf67 Ultra Cameo PASS

4.       1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar.  ICG MS65 PR $25

5.       1879-S Morgan Dollar.  ANACS MS63. PR $37

6.       1927 Mercury Dime. ANACS MS63. PR $40  

7.       1936 Mercury Dime. ANACS MS65. PR $25   

8.       1941-D Mercury Dime. NGC MS65 FB PR $34

9.       1916 Barber Dime. ANACS AU50. PASS  

10.    1947 Washington Quarter. NGC MS65. PASS

11.    1914-D Lincoln Cent. ANACS VF30. PASS

12.    Complete set of Mercury Dimes (less the 1916-D dime). Coins are in Good to BU condition in Whitman Blue folder. Many of the late dates in AU to BU condition. PASS  

13.    1904 Indian Head Cent  in MS64 condition. PR $48   

14.    1945-S Jefferson Nickel (4 & ½ steps). A hard coin to get in this condition. MS-65. PR $22.50  

15.    1921-D Mercury Dime in VG condition. PR $87  

16.    1943-P Mercury Dime MS-65. Split Bands. PR $24  

17.    1934-P Washington Quarter. Doubled die obverse (FS-004) in Good condition. PASS  

18.    1943-S Washington Quarter. MS-64. PR $36   

19.    1950-D Washington Quarter. MS-65+ condition. PR $23  

20.    1945-P Walking Liberty Half Dollar in MS-63 condition. Strong die polish through “Dollar”. PR $37

21.    1964-D/D Kennedy Half Dollar  RPM# 6. Triple Die Obverse (FS-013.5) in MS-63 condition. PR $29  

22.    Official John F. Kennedy Inaugural Medal (U.S. Mint). PR $10

23.    Original Hobo Nickel by Howard Hughes (signed “HH” on reverse). PR $85

24.    1987 Silver Piedfort* Lafayette Medals (French Mint). One is BU, one cameo Proof.  100 F. each. 1.06 oz. each. 
    *Piedfort- double thickness. PR $27  

25.    1945-S (Micro-S) Mercury Dime with Rim Clip in VF condition. Rare. PR $11

26.    1913 Canadian Large Cent in Uncirculated condition. With Verdigris spot on coin. PR $6

27.    1837 Hard Times Token (Low-107) R-2 (NYC) in VF condition. PR $22  

28.    1976 Austria 100 Schillings Olympic Buildings.  Proof condition. PR $13

29.    U.S. Prototype Silver Dollar Proof Set. From Gold Standard Corporation. PR $11

30.    1979- P/D/S and 1980- P/D/S Susan B. Anthony Dollar U.S. Mint Souvenir Sets.  PR $10

31.    Set of five (5) ANA/Atlanta poker chips that were issued on Casino Night at the April 7th, 2006 Atlanta ANA Convention. This is a very limited production run and is now rare. PASS 

32.     1842 Large Cent in F-VF condition. PASS

33.     1858 Large Letter Flying Eagle Cent in Fine condition. PASS

34.     1859 Indian Head Cent in AU condition. PASS

35.     1943/2 Jefferson Nickel in VG condition. PASS

36.     1857 Liberty Seated Quarter VG-F condition. PASS

37.     1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar in VF condition. PASS

38.     1881-S Morgan Dollar in BU condition. Cleaned. PASS

39.     1892 Columbian U.S. Commemorative Half Dollar in AU condition. PASS

40.     1893-S Isabella U.S. Commemorative Quarter in AU condition. PASS

41.     Gold type set consisting of U.S. $20 St. Gaudens,  $10/ $5/ $2& ½ Indians. PASS

42.    U.S.  Treasury Hoard consisting of  1883-O, 1884-O, and 1885-O Morgan Dollars. All coins in PCGS old type holders. (These coins would be considered MS63 grade today). PR $150

43.     Year 2000 Silver Eagle- Colorized. PASS

44.     George Washington- George Bush Bicentennial Commemorative 3 coin set. PR $20

45.     1899 $2 U.S. Legal Tender Note in 22kt Gold Proof. PR $20

46.     1923 $1 Silver Certificate in .999 fine Silver Proof. PASS

47.     2000 Lincoln Cent ANACS Uncirculated (off center- with counting wheel damage). PR $20

48.     1973 Nixon- Agnew Large Bronze Medallion. PR $11

49.     2005 Silver Titanic coin. $10 face value. Only 5000 were made. Each piece with an actual piece of coal (as part of the coin)  taken from the Titanic. PR $31

50.     1976 4 coin Silver Olympic Montreal Uncirculated Set. PR $30

51.     1887 U.S. Morgan Dollar in MS63 condition. Nice color. PR $46

52.     2005 U.S. Mint Proof Set. PR $25

53.     1986 U.S. Statue of Liberty 3 coin set- Holographic Edition. PR $20

54.    1900 Lafayette U.S. Commemorative Dollar in Uncirculated condition. PASS

55.    1884-S Morgan Dollar.  SEGS certified graded  AU55. PR $225

56.    1889 Morgan Dollar in MS60 condition. PASS

57.    1890-S Morgan Dollar in MS60 condition. PR $42

58.    1891-S Morgan Dollar in MS60 condition. PR $42

59.    1894-O Morgan Dollar in VF30 condition. PASS

60.    1945-S Lincoln Cent. ICG certified graded MS66 Red. PR $30

61.    1955-S Lincoln Cent. ICG certified graded MS-67 Red. PASS

62.    1970-S Small Date Lincoln Cent. SEGS certified graded MS65. PASS

63.    1918/17D Buffalo Nickel. PCI certified graded VF35.  Marked “Chemically treated”.  PASS

64.    1880-S Morgan Dollar. PCGS certified graded MS65. PR $95  

65.    1896 Indian Head Cent. SEGS certified graded Ms63 Red/Brown. PR $25  

66.    Partial Liberty Nickel Set in Whitman Blue Folder. PR $17  

67.    Partial Walking Liberty Half Dollar Set in two Whitman Blue Folders. PR $110 

68.    Partial Franklin Half Dollar Set in Whitman Blue Folder. PR $90

69.    Two coins. 1976-S Proof Washington Quarter/  1976-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar. PR $7  

70.    1915-S Barber Half Dollar in G/VG condition. PR $8

71.    1981-S   Susan B. Anthony Proof dollar. PR $10

72.    1902 Gold plated Indian Head cent with keychain. PASS  

73.    1981-P BU Rolls of Lincoln Cents.  PR $1

74.    Pewter Coin Dish of a 1908 Lincoln Cent. PR $8  

75.    1902 Post Office Box Door Box- Oak.  PASS  

76.    Set of 3 coin albums (Blue) for Franklin Half dollars, Walking Liberty Half dollars, and Peace/American Eagle Silver dollars. PASS  

77.    Set of 3 Littleton coin albums for Franklin Half dollars, American Eagle Silver dollars, Peace dollars. PASS  

78.     1948 Washington Quarter. ICG certified graded MS66. PASS

79.     2003-S State Quarter Silver Proof Set. NGC certified graded Proof 69 Ultra Cameo. All coins in one NGC holder. PASS

80.     1889-CC Morgan Dollar. ANACS certified AU58 “with scratch”.  PASS

81.     “World Paper Money Catalog 1961-Present” PASS

82.     Book: “Selections from the Numismatist” PR $8

83.     British Check Type Sampler Book  PR $6

84.     Various Auction Catalogs PASS

85.    “World Coins- 2005”  PR $10

86.    “World Coins- 2004”  PR $5

87.    “World Coins- 2002”  PASS

88.    “World Coins- 1996 (1801-Present)”  PR $5

89.    “World Paper Money Vol. 3”  PASS

90.    Great Britain:  1836 Four Pence Unc. PR $12

91.    1936-D Washington Quarter XF PR $20

92.    Russia:  1980 10 Ruble (Boxer)  PR $8

93.    Treasure Box of Coins PR $24

94.    Mexico: 100 Peso State Series PR $25

95.    Mexico: 100 Peso State Series  PR $25


The Anchorage Coin Club

Club Officers

Board of Directors


Club Archivist/ Photographer


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