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

Vol. 23  No. 10


World's Fair of Money Boston Massachusetts
by Stan Mead


    If you have never attended a major ANA show such as the recent Boston show (World's Fair of Money), then you are missing a once in a lifetime experience. When talking about old money Massachusetts is where it all started, the birthplace of American money.

With a refresher on Bourse Etiquette lets get started.

    The Hynes Convention Center was spacious and superb. The layout for dealers, foreign mint booths, museum displays, auction items, exhibits, restaurants, resting areas, etc. was by far the best one I have attended to date. There was plenty of room between the rows and tables as not to interfere with other collectors that were interacting with the dealers. The registration area was a little crowded but the many fine volunteers did their best to get you through in a timely manner. Remember each show and location will have it's own personality so enjoy the experience.

    With over 1,100 dealers in one location this gives you the opportunity to view many coins, currency, and related items in the same grade and price range that you are interested in for comparison. Remember not all MS-65 coins are the same. By now you should be able to grade and evaluate for yourself. Don't get in the hype of Plastic; CAC stickers, the "Star" and or the "Plus" are equal.

    My family's first priority when attending the ANA show was to purchase our World Mini Passports which allows us to visit 15-20 World Mints for a free coin and get the location stamped in the Passport Book (nice gifts for YN's). This is also a fine time to get a good impression of the Bourse floor layout and view and buy numerous coins from around the world - impressive. Many beautiful world coins to be had.

    When attending a large show it is important have a wish list of collectables (with a grade and price range that you can honestly afford) that you want to obtain. With so much to see and do you will need a focal point to bring you back to reality otherwise you can spend hours & days wandering around looking at all the merchandise, displays, museum pieces, foreign coins, exhibits, auction items, currency, etc. If you are comparison shopping don't forget to mark down the table numbers and items you are interested in as it is easy to forget.

    Interested in gold then one must start with the "Ship of Gold" the California Gold Rush-era shipwreck of the S.S. Central America with a combined total of over $10-$18 million in gold that includes a 55 troy pound gold ingot. If that is not impressive enough then how about "Good as Gold" Museum showcase that features the first and last of the rare double eagles insured for $8 million apiece. The first time both coins have been on display at the same location. Golden opportunity to see the finest gold coins in one place at one time. A rare St-Gaudens 1907 gold $10 pattern on display for auction. No Gold shortage here.

    Looking for silver and coppers, then one must check out the early Massachusetts shilling, sixpence, and three pence silver coinage the were struck for decades without approval. Close by is the 7 silver spoons made by Paul Revere. Visit the "Penny Lady" and view or buy numerous proof Indian Head Pennies. Thousands of tables full of coins that one can view, buy, compare, and discuss while making new friends.

    Looking for Paper Money, then Massachusetts is again where it all started, how about Paul Revere's early currency or more impressive the Beebee Collection of Paper money with one note from Fairbanks AK. that had the serial #0000001. Most all the Beebee collection of 150 valuable and rare notes had this low serial number on display. Visit table #588 that displayed a sheet of rare 1902 Third Charter notes from Fairbanks. Or view the Specimen set of notes $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 with the serial #00000000, yours for $12,500. Looking to buy a Fairbanks note, one at a dealer's table was going for $28,000.


    Don't forget to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, visit table 1626 for their "Billion Dollar Display". The U.S. Mint displayed the new $100 Federal Reserve Note that will be going into circulation in Feb. 2011. More often than not both these site are excellent exhibits to visit.

    Of course one must visit the Collector Exhibits with over 70 competitive and non-competitive exhibits on display. Important learning process here on how to show-case your exhibit that you can carry over to displaying your cases at smaller shows.

    With over 40 ANA educational programs starting with Coin Collecting "101" and Coin Collecting Basics to more advanced 3 day seminars, one can not go wrong.

    Coppers, tokens, errors, toners, elongates, Civil war tokens, Love tokens, medals, silver, patterns, currency, ancients, world coins etc., it's all there to see and experience, take a break, have lunch and have fun.

    While attending a large show it is just as important to listen (without being too oblivious) of what is being said by the dealers and collectors around you. Most were complaining about the the Chinese fakes that our government (Secret Service) is doing nothing about and the new Form 1099 tax reporting requirement. Also be on the look out for any suspicious activities while leaving a large show, put your badges away and keep your valuables close by before you exit. At the airport ask for a private screening room if your carry-on is being searched and you have valuables in it.





Last: RABBER - BARBER: A designer whose laureled liberty coin design was used on the dime, quarter and half in 1892.




September 3rd Membership Meeting

    Door Prize, a set of Indian cents in holder "Coins of the American Frontier", won by Stan Mead.

Membership Prize, a set of US 20th century nickels in holder "American Nickels of the 20th Century", won by John Larson.

Thanks go to Roy Brown for donating the door and membership prizes each month.

There was a discussion on the next coin show, to be held at the University Center on October 9th / 10th (Sat/ Sun). Show to coincide with the release of the Permanent Dividend checks. In preparation or this show, membership voted approval to have two outdoor signs made at an approximate cost of $60/each.

Cost of the tables for the show will be $10/table. Members interested in getting tables were asked to see Carl (daytime #561-2275).

Help was requested of members to set up tables for the show. Members were asked to show up about 6 PM at the University Center on Friday, October 8th.

Presentation followed by Stan Mead on the Boston ANA Convention that he recently attended.

Following the month coin auction, membership meeting adjourned.




August 18th Board Meeting


    Board meeting called to order at 6:30 PM by club president Tim Burke.

    Primary focus of Board meeting was to make sure everything is in order for the upcoming October 9th / 10th Coin Show at the University Center.

    Tim confirmed that other groups (who specialize in cards/collectables) will be joining us at the show. They will be providing their own tables, cover the cost of advertising the show, and paying the club the $10/table fee. Estimate is about 10 more tables for the show.

    Club cases in good shape and ready to go. The club has 10 tables for our members with tables still available.

    Outdoor signage is ready to go. A number of board members plan to show up at 6 PM on Friday (Oct 8th) to help set up tables.

    The club still has a number of heavier wooden tables that are no longer used....since the new plastic tables are much easier to setup. Board discussed and approved disposing of the wooden tables by donating the tables.

    John Larson gave a report on the status of the raffle prizes. Need to boost our raffle ticket sales. Raffle tickets are planned to be sold at the upcoming coin show. Also need to encourage our members to buy tickets between now and the drawing (to be held at our club's Christmas Party).

    On the matter of the club's Christmas party, Larry Nakata will check with Central Lutheran Church and reserve use of the church for the evening of December 9th (the 2nd Thursday of December). After some discussion, the Christmas party/meeting to be a potluck dinner with the main event being our club's annual Christmas Coin Auction.

    Next club meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct 6th. There will be discussion and briefing on the upcoming Coin Show with some of the members bringing coins that they plan to sell. Good Stuff!!! Members are asked to bring potluck food items to the Oct 6th meeting.

    As there was no further business to discuss, the Board meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM....Larry Nakata / Secretary.



If finding a 1903 French Franc in a junk silver box made your day....

You are probably a numismatist...

And you should belong to the Anchorage Coin Club.






Bill Fivaz lots:

1. Set of four (4) error coins. No Minimum.

    *1946-S Roosevelt Dime Cracked Planchet. BU Silver dime.

    *Two (2) 1964-D Dimes. Clips. BU Silver dimes.

    *1971-D Kennedy Half. Strike Through on Obverse (EF).

2. 1962 Proof Set with "Blue" 5c and Frosted 25c. No Minimum.

3. 1969-D 5c. ANACS MS-64. Great Toning. No Minimum

4. 1932-D Washington Quarter EF. MB $225

5. 1938-D Walking Liberty 50c VF. No Minimum.

6. 1882-CC GSA Morgan $ 1 MS-62 No Minimum.

7. 1926-S Oregon 50c MS-64+ No Minimum.

8. $5 Indian Design .999 Silver Round No Minimum.

9. 1985 Uncut Sheet $1.00 Federal Reserve Note CU No Minimum.

10. 1864 Confederate $5.00 Fine No Minimum.


Members are asked to
bring a potluck dish to our
October 6th meeting.

Loren will be bringing a corned beef.






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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


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