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ACCent: The Monthly Newsletter of the Anchorage Coin Club
Membership Meeting 1st Wed. each month, 7 PM, Central Lutheran Church, 15th and Cordova
Vol. 23 No. 4
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING APRIL 7th, 2010:
U.S. THREE CENT COINS
The US mint has released the commemorative BSA dollars in BU and proof. They celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. You can find them on the mint's website usmint.gov.
If you have looked at lots and lots of coins then just a glance at a coin will give you a hint that there is something wrong with it. If you have a scale measuring down to fractions of a gram you could check the weight. Calipers would tell the diameter. If you are a jeweler you could check the quality of the metal.
It might be a cast copy. You could check for a cast seam or bead like bumps on the surface from air bubbles left in the mold when it was made. A die struck coin has a ring to it. The coin's ring could be checked by dropping it on a hard surface. But many very old coins have lost that ring for one reason or another and die struck copies are out there.
It might be an altered coin. Look for tooling marks around the date and mintmark. It might have a mintmark soldered on. Check for these with a lens. We once found a mintmark glued on.
The real way to check the authenticity of a coin is to took closely at its die characteristics. Coins have tiny differences due to the way their dies were cut. Particularly very rare coins. They were struck from very few dies and those dies have been catalogued as to the tiny differences from other dies. Maybe one feather is closer to a star or one letter has a slight tilt to it. Also some very rare coins may all have the same strike uniqueness that sets them apart from other coins of that type and that date.
To authenticate rare coins get a book on them and check their die varieties and strikes. Our good member Bill Fivaz has written a great book: "United States Gold Detection Guide". It has big color pictures of die varieties and tips on what to look for. Other books exist as well as lists of famous counterfeits. If you collect a lot of one particular coin type find a book on them and get to know their die varieties, otherwise expect to get a coin or two back from a grading company in a body bag marked questionable (their polite way of saying counterfeit).
We learned this and a lot more from Carl at our March membership meeting.
We gave Carl Cash a 1970-S proof nickel for the door prize and John Larson an SGS certified 1970-S for the membership prize. The first order of business was election of officers. A last minute candidate was Tim Burke for president. As his opponent, Ed Vey, was not present for the presidential debate Tim won the nomination. A cat! was made and seconded for the acceptance of the slate of officers as listed. A vote was taken and it passed with only one nay vote. Tim then took over the gavel and the meeting continued.
Announcements were made that the next raffle prize will be a 1908 $10 gold piece (with motto) NNC graded AU-55. Tickets are $5 each with the drawing to be at our summer picnic Saturday July 3rd at the Abbott Loop Community Park (same place as last year). There will be a second and a third prize ticket drawn.
Another announcement was that the club will be sponsoring a coin show march 6th and 7th at the University Center. Club members were encouraged to support the show and attend. Raffle prizes will be there for viewing and tickets will be there on sale. We will also be giving out more free literature.
Carl then gave a presentation on counterfeit coins discussing what to look for and what coins to suspect as well as what were the most commonly counterfeited coins. Following the presentation we had the bullet auction. There were 36 lots. The meeting concluded after the auction.
If you soldered to, drilled through, or plated a coin....
You are NOT a numismatist
Join the Anchorage Coin Club and atone for your sin.
The March 17th Board Meeting at the New Cauldron Restaurant saw 3 Board officers in attendance. A quorum of 4 Board members is required.
Board members in attendance discussed the
results of the University Center Coin Show that held on March 6th/7th. View was
that the coin show went very well. John Larson indicated raffle ticket sales
were very good at the coin show. The Atrium Cafe is a coffee bar in the same
room as the show and they have an ATM. A special thanks go to them for letting
us use one of their tables. Consensus by Board members was that we should look
into more coin shows this year. Larry Nakata will be giving a presentation at
our club's April 7th meeting on the subject of "U.S. Three Cent Coinage". The
remainder of the meeting saw our Board members enjoying a nice dinner.......
Next board meeting April 21st.
Last: LIOMALED - MEDALLION; A privately minted coin struck for its art value.
Roman follis of Constantine the Great certified by NGC genuine money of the bible. Sharp details on a smooth surface with a trace of original silvering. Book value well over $100. Starting bid $25.
1. 1917 Buffalo Nickel VF MB 37
2. 1936-P Buffalo Nickel MS-65 MB 45
3. 1886 Liberty Seated Dime EF MB 19
4. 1952 "Superbird" Washington Quarter FS901 in Proof 67. Lists in CPG at $500 in Proof 66 MB 95
5. 1826 Bust Half Dollar VF MB 70
6. 1900-P Morgan Dollar VAM-24 (DDR) Top 100 ICG AU-58 Cleaned MB 45
7. 1899-O Morgan Dollar VAM-4 (Small O) Top 100. ICG EF-40 MB 95
8. Morgan Dollar Comparative Grading Set (7 coins, custom holder- MS-65 To AU-50) Same set as used at ANA Summer Session Grading Courses. MB 395
9. No Date Lincoln Cent - Medium Stage Brockage BU (nice error) MB 50
10. Ike $ 1 Blank Planchet MB 125
11. 1863 Store card token (R-5) Fine Boutwell & Miller-Troy, NY MB 18
12. Sheet of 16 uncut 1976 $2 Star Notes CU condition MB 80
13. Donation from Bill Fivaz- Autographed copy of Bill Fivaz's latest "Cherrypicker's Guide" 5th Ed. Vol. 1. Half Cents- Jefferson Nickels MB 0
14.1908-S Indian Cent VG MB 68
15. 1927-D Standing Liberty Quarter (3/4 head) BU MB 225
16. 1972 $10 Jamaica Silver (1.4632 oz) MB 23
17. 1971 $2 Bahamas Silver (0.9963 oz) MB 15
18. 1967 Canada Prooflike Set- Silver MB 12
19. 1972 Liberia Proof Set MB 9
20. 1964 Mexico Mint Set MB 3
21. 2009-D Cent BU Roll MB 4
22. 2010-P Native American $ 1 BU Roll MB 25
23. Donation item - Book "Detecting Altered Corns" No Min.
24. Book KM 2006 World Coins MB 12
25. 1942-P proof silver war nickel MB 80
26. NGC Judea Prutah Pontius Pilot MB 125
27. NGC Roman Follis Constantine the Great MB 25
WE STILL NEED STORAGE SPACE FOR COIN SHOW TABLES
ANCHORAGE COIN CLUB
WINNING TICKET TO BE DRAWN AT OUR SUMMER PICNIC
COME TO THE NEXT MEETING
AND SEE THE 1908 $10 GOLD COIN:
OUR NEXT RAFFLE PRIZE!
TICKETS: $5 each or 5 for $20
SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE SAME TICKET
ANCHORAGE COIN CLUB OFFICERS:
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: themoneymerchant.com
#110 Bill Fivaz: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
#210 Tom Cederlind: tomcederlind.com