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Membership Meeting 1st Wed. each month, 7 PM, Central Lutheran Church, 15th and Cordova

Vol. 23  No. 2



    Every year World Coin News Magazine sponsors a competition for the world's best coins. The award is called a COTY (Coin Of The Year). Winners are in several categories; best gold, best art, most historic, etc. This year a new category was added - the people's choice. People could log onto the magazine's website and put in a vote. Among the top coins voted for was, Alaska's Grizzly Bear State quarter.

    A world wide panel of mint officials, numismatists, and journalists in early January made the final choices. The awards were presented at a special ceremony on January 30th during the Berlin World Money Fair.

    Alas we did not win. A 5000 forint silver coin from Hungary took the people's choice award.

Hungary 5000 Forint Coin


    The best coin of the year award was given to a 20 Lati coin from the bank of Latvia. An Austrian 25 euro coin won the most innovative coin award. It had a green colored niobium center and a silver outer ring. The rest of the winners can be found at



    Word has it that the new pennies are on the street. They have the new reverse design of which we have only seen line drawings.

New Lincoln Shield Cent Reverse



    The 2010 Sacagawea dollar with an American native theme on the reverse features an image of the Hiawatha Belt with 5 arrows bound together, along with the inscriptions HAUDENOSAUNEE and GREAT LAW OF PEACE.


2010 Indian Dollar



    We got a coin collector story or two at our last meeting. LJ, as he was known when he started coin collecting, had a great-grandfather who left Switzerland as a young man. He traveled to England where he signed onto a sailing ship.

    He sailed around the world carrying freight and chasing whales. Every port they went to he got off the boat and went into town. He would get coins in change and when they went to the next port he could not spend them because he was in another country. The coins went into a small box.

    They sailed past Hawaii before missionaries got there and made the girls wear blouses. When they went to northern Alaska chasing whales the ship got caught in the ice. The natives took them in for the winter. After that he went back to Switzerland.

    LJ's grandfather came back to Alaska prospecting for gold and then went to work on the Alaska rail road. He brought his grandmother as well as that small box of coins LJ's great-grandfather had gathered up in his travels. His father was born in Anchorage, went to work on the train, and met his mom in Seward. The box of coins got passed from great-grandma to grandma to LJ's mom. Then when LJ was four and his two brothers were five and six LJ's mom said they could have the coins. She already knew that they were getting out the box and pawing through it when she was not home. It took two years for them to decide who got what coins. They knew there were some treasures in there and they wanted to be sure one brother didn't get all the good ones.

    There were square foreign coins and exotic coins that said United States of America on them. Seward only had one book on coins in the library; it was a 1963 Red Book. Whenever the family went to Anchorage they would run over to the big library to see their coin books. But even those did not tell them who that pretty girl name Philippines was or why they spelled cents centavos. The coin had America on it. Centavos must be Latin they figured.

    Then there was that big silver dollar dated 1878. But the 1878 dollar in the book did not look like that at all. It must be rare! And that 1920 half dollar. It had a neat sailing ship on it but they could not find it in the book. Another treasure? Those two were put aside for the moment and those nickels were searched for. They had a 5 and were nickel but the brothers knew they must be foreign so they searched for the country. After combing the atlases they were positive there is no country in the world named Helvetia. But there were a bunch of nickels so they split them up even though they knew there might be a rare date in there.

    Then one day after searching atlases, history books, and coin references they came across commemorative coins in the back of the Red Book and found the Pilgrim half dollar. Trade dollars were also back there. Then someone told them about the U.S. occupying the Philippines for a while and that explained the ten centavos.

    Then they found out that the Swiss do not call themselves Swiss. They are Helvetians from Helvetia (where LJ's great grandfather was born). They could finally decided who got what. LJ, being the youngest, of course got the Philippine dime and a bunch of square Dutch nickels. The oldest brother got the trade dollar (it was only an "S" not the rare "CC").

    By then LJ was a pro at finding very old foreign coins in catalogs and he knew that nickels were cheap enough for kids to collect so that is where he started. He never could find a 1950-D in circulation. But now he has two 1950-D U.S. nickels in BU and a collection of coins from around the world and as far back as 450 B.C.

    Next time Ed's proof set story.



    We gave Amy a set of 20th century coins for the door prize and Jack a set of 5 Indian Head cents for the membership prize.

    Carl said he was working on a date for the Rondy coin show (now set at March 6th and 7th). Stan brought the good news of our Alaska State Quarter in the World Coin News COTY competition.

    An announcement was made on Election of Club Officers at our March 3rd membership meeting.

    The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 2 Board Officers were open. We are looking for good people to run for these positions. Per our club's by-laws, Jack cannot run for a third consecutive term as club president. Jack must fill our club's 3rd Officer Board seat (as the exiting president).

    For our February 3rd membership meeting, members were asked to bring a potluck dish. A coin auction of 60 lots followed.

Meeting ended following the coin auction.


If you still have your birth year proof set from so long ago and you bought each of your kids a proof set for their birth year....

You are probably a numismatist

....and you should belong to the Anchorage Coin Club.





    Board meeting called to order by the Secretary at 7:05 PM. Following a distribution of correspondence, the first order of business was a determination of our club's next raffle with the raffle prize(s) to be drawn at our July club picnic. Board will query members at the February 3rd meeting on a raffle consisting of a main prize and additional prizes.

    Carl confirmed that our Fur Rendezvous Coin Show will be held on the weekend of March 6th and March 7th. Because the coin show is a sanctioned Fur Rendezvous event, a cost of $400 (Fur Rendezvous fee plus advertising charges) is necessary. Board approved the expenditure. Accordingly, cost of a table at this coin show will be set at $40/table for the weekend. Members can get with Carl (#561-2275) in securing a table for this show.

Club Officer Elections are in march. Club members willing to run thus far are:

President: Position still open.

Vice President: Ed Vey

Secretary: Larry Nakata

Treasurer: Stan Mead

Board Officer positions: John Larson and Carl

Thanks go to Bill Fivaz for donation of a U.S. 1920 Pilgrim Half Dollar Commemorative in AU condition. This coin will be raffled off as a special "bullet raffle" prize (2 tickets/ $5) at our February 3rd Membership Meeting.

As there was no further business to discuss, the Board meeting ended at 8:00 PM.... Larry




Last: CHAPLENT - PLANCHET; the blank metal disk that is struck into a coin.





One Dollar Legal Tender Note



tickets: $5/each
5 tickets/$20
27 tickets/$100

ticket good for second prize too


President: Jack Vinson

Vice President: Ed Vey

Secretary: Larry Nakata

Treasurer: Stan Mead

Board Member: John Larson

Board Member: Bill Hamilton

ACCent Editor: Loren Lucason


#91 Mike Orr:

#110 Bill Fivaz: e-mail

#210 Tom Cederlind: