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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. 6
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING MAY 5th, 2010:
CINCO de MAYO - MEXICAN LIBERTY DAY
END OF MEXICAN-SPANISH REALES, PIRATE TREASURE!
It was a time of recovery for Mexico May 6th, 1862. They had just won a great battle with the invading French army and celebrated with a big party. However the French were not stopped by the loss at the battle of Puebla. They went on to take Mexico City and in 1864 made an Austrian archduke, Maximilian, the emperor of Mexico. He even issued coinage.
Mexico had been using the Spanish system of money. But after Cinco de Mayo there was a new sense of national pride and they started issuing decimal coinage. A peso was equal to 100 centavos. The peso was the same size as a silver 8 reales.
The Mexicans got rid of Maximilian in 1867 but kept issuing decimal coins. The Republic of Mexico decimal coins had an eagle standing on a cactus with a snake in its mouth. Early silver coins had a balance scale on the reverse. They went to the cap & rays in the late 1890's.
There was plenty of unrest in Mexico in the 1800's, some Mexican mints were still issuing 8 reales coins in the 1890's, but in 1910 they had a revolution. In 1917 a new government emerged that has proven to be one of the most stable in Latin America. During the revolution a variety of interesting token coinage was issued by the different states of Mexico.
Recently Mexico has issued sets of coins celebrating both the revolution and the war for independence. Commemorative notes have also been issued.
If you checked assayers' initials on your cobs...
You are probably a numismatist...
And you should belong to the Anchorage Coin Club.
If you were at the may membership meeting you would have gotten one of the Mexican coins donated by Car], Roy, and Loren for a door prize in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. You would also have seen a brief presentation on the Real. Beginning as a paper thin, "royal" silver coin of medieval Spain, the real went on to become famous as pirate treasure in the new world.
Ultimately the 8-Real was the model for the size and weight of the first American dollar. Warnings were given of counterfeit cobs ("pieces of eight") struck for tourists.
Examples of reales were on display. The presentation ended by revealing what Cinco de Mayo was all about.
We discussed future coin shows and the board suggested we schedule three coin shows a year. A vote was taken and it was agreed that we will have a coin show the weekend of August 14th & 15th at the University Center. Carl mentioned that we should upgrade some of our display cases. The club's board said they will look into it.
The club recently bought 10 tables for coin shows. They are six feet long and have a plastic top so they are light weight. We need a place to store these tables between coin shows. Standing on end they would take up about four feet by four feet. If you have this much space let us know.
Members were reminded of the importance of our current raffle. The prizes will be given out at our summer picnic July 3rd. We took a short break to look at auction lots and eat mexican food then after the presentation we started a bullet auction of 38 lots. There were some great coins auctioned off and some great buys made by members. We wrapped up the meeting after the auction.
Last: IMTRE - TRIME: A slang term for a 3 cent coin.
WE STILL NEED COIN SHOW TABLE STORAGE SPACE 4'X5'
Board meeting called to order at 6:30 PM at the New Cauldron Restaurant/ University Center
Following a distribution of correspondence, the Board went over plans for the July 3rd Summer picnic. Like last year, event to start at 12 noon and run through the afternoon at the Abbott Loop Community Park located on Elmore (near Abbott Loop). The club will provide the hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, dips, soda pop, plates, napkins, and utensils. Members are asked to bring salads, desserts, hors d'oeuvres, and side dishes to augment the Summer picnic menu.
Key event will be the Donation Auction. Larry Nakata staled that some coins have already been donated by Bill Fivaz and our club president Tim Burke. We need more donations.
The Board discussed the August 14th / 15th Coin Show at the University Center. Also discussed was an October Coin Show following the release of the Permanent Dividend. Tim Burke will look into this coin show being done at the Sears Mall.
For the June 2nd club meeting, Stan Mead will give a presentation on the subject of "Error and Unique Bank Notes". The food theme for that evening will be Chili Dog Night.
Finally, the Board approved "Lire Membership-Founder Status" for Robert Hall....one of the founders of the Anchorage Coin Club (founded in 1988). Robert recently moved to the Lower 48.
The Board meeting adjourned at 8 PM.......
Some people pay money to learn what we can show you about running a website. The Anchorage Coin Club's website is in need of a webmaster and you should grab this opportunity.
The world is on the web and you do not want to miss out. Our website is low key. We just want to keep in touch with our members out of town and out of state. We also want people to find out about the club on the web. We just post coin articles, club announcements, and a few pictures. Our website does not have the power to start world war three so you do not need to worry about pressing the wrong button.
Contact Larry or any of the other club board members and tell them you want to take on this fun job.
The summer picnic, July 3rd, is when we draw the winning tickets for the raffle. It is also when we have our donation auction. We are starting new programs. (coin shows, public awareness campaign...) and we need support in these endeavors. We get it from selling coins you do not need in your collection.
Donated by Bill Fivaz:
#1 1912-D Lincoln Cent VG
#2 1867 "No Rays" Shield Nickel Fine
#3 1941-S Mercury Dime MS-65
#4 1938-D Walking Liberty Half Fine
#5 1880-O Morgan Dollar VAM-6 8/7 AU-55
#6 1985 Series $1 Federal Reserve Note "Mis-cut Note"
#7 Two (2) each 1974 Bicentennial First Day Cover Issues- John Adams (Medal).
#8 Replica of the Lunar Plaque placed on the Moon (July 1969).
#9 Two (2) each Republic of Honduras Mint Sets (1956-1958) 20 Centavo coins are .900 Silver.
#10 1962 Republic of Panama Mint Set. 10c/25c/ 50c coins are silver.
Donated by Tim Burke:
#11 1958 U.S. Unopened Proof Set
#12 1960 End Roll Toned Franklin Silver Half dollars (2)
#13 1884 Morgan Dollar BU
#14 1983 US Proof Set
#15 1989 US Proof Set
#16 2004 Silver American Eagle Proof with box and Certification of Authentication.
#17 2010 First Strike Silver American Eagle PCGS MS-69.
COME TO THE NEXT MEETING
EAT A CHILI DOG
BUY A RAFFLE TICKET
DONATE TO THE AUCTION
From Bill Fivaz:
Lot #1 High Grade (XF-BU) set of Lincoln cents (from 1934 to 1961-D). No minimum.
#2 1920-S Buffalo 5c (2 & 1/2 feathers) Good. Min. $7
#3 1940-S Jefferson 5c (6 full steps) MS-65 Min. 15
#4 1941 -P Walking Lib. 50c Choice AU-58 Min. 8
#5 1942-P Walking Lib. 50c Choice AU-58 Min 8
#6 1943-P Walking Lib. 50c MS-63 Min 19
#7 1944-P Walking Lib. 50c MS-63 Min 19
#8 1954-D Franklin 50c ACG MS-65 FBL Min 32
#9 1863 Store Card Token (Lead) Min 10
#10 Gold Love Token on T-1 U.S. Gold $1 With inscription "Dec. 25, 1884/SAN" Min 75
#11 1975 Barbados $ 100 Gold Gem BU Prooflike .0998 oz actual gold weight (under current spot gold $1200/oz) Min 115
#12 1 oz. Silver Round "Market Decision Maker" (with grizzly bear and longhorn Steer). Proof. Min. 20
From Bill Hamilton:
#13 1979 Susan B. Anthony First Day Issue Set Min. 10
#14 1970 25th Anniv. Silver UN Coin Min. 16
#15 1964 Silver Kennedy Half- Colored Min. 8
#16 1999 Susan B. Anthony Unc. Coin Set Min. 10
#17 1980 Netherlands - Coronation Coin Set Min. 17.50
CITY:________________________ STATE:_______ ZIP:___________
DUES: Regular; Full membership for those living in Anchorage $25
Sponsored membership - first year $15
Senior, Handicap, & Associates outside Anchorage area $10
Junior; those under the age of 17 $5
Life membership $250
Send application and dues to :
Anchorage Coin Club
P.O. Box 230169
Anchorage, Alaska 99523
E-mail Address: email@example.com
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