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

Vol. 24  No. 3




   We owe everything to the Americans who fought for our freedom. Our rich life style would not exist if they had not been on the front lines of the war. Right now they are in the middle east fighting for gas to put in your two cars and oil to heat your four thousand square foot home.

    This year the U.S. Mint will be issuing three commemorative coins to honor the army; a five dollar gold coin, a one dollar silver coin, and a fifty cent clad coin. Arguably the first military commemoratives were the post-colonial copper coins featuring George Washington crowned with laurels. George Washington was not only America's first president he was one of the greatest generals in the revolution. Though the coins were probably struck in England they widely circulated here in the early 1800's.

    The first commemorative coin struck in America purposely to celebrate the military is the 1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial silver half dollar. It features a Minuteman who fought in the two famous revolutionary war battles in 1775. Among the modern commemoratives there are coins for civil war, second world war, and Korean war, as well as prisoners of war, Vietnam veterans, women in military service, and others. Some of these coins were less popular sellers making them rarer.

    By far the most attainable American military commemorative coin is the 1976 Bicentennial quarter. It celebrates our independence and features a Minuteman on the reverse. The mint struck them for two years to produce enough to satisfy the demand. It is a great design, can still be found in circulation, and is available in proof and silver for just a few dollars.




    In the time before steel girders if you wanted something built (hat would last the ages you had it built of stone. Masons were the people who worked with rock and stone. They built everything from castles and churches to fireplaces. Their technology advanced over hundreds of years to a fine art.

    To protect their profession a secret society was formed called the Freemasons. At first it was like a workers union but as they gained power they became more exclusive and their ceremonies more elaborate. They had lofty goals and their own secret agenda for the world.

    The designs on the American dollar bill contain several Masonic society elements. The "all seeing eye" above the stone pyramid on the back of the bill is a Masonic symbol derived from an ancient Egyptian symbol for a god of protection. It not only watched over it took an active role in protecting man.


    Right after separation from England it was decided we should have a seal to distinguish us as an independent country. A committee was set up to design the great seal of the United States of America. Several members of the committee were Freemasons. Several designs were considered and new committees were set up to refine the design. The seal has two sides and they are both represented on the back of the one dollar bill.

    Triskaidekaphobia is the morbid fear of the number 13. The number 13 was important to Freemasons for various reasons. On the dollar bill beyond the 13 stripes in the shield representing the thirteen colonies and the thirteen tiers of stone in the pyramid there are thirteen stars above the eagle. If you draw a line through those stars you form a hexagram that points to six of the letters in the Latin words on the seal. They spell out an anagram for the word Masons.

    George Washington, the founding father of our country who's portrait is on the front of the dollar bill, was a Freemason. Benjamin Franklin and several other founding fathers were Freemasons. The Masonic designs on the dollar bill have been associated with everything from dominance of the world to treasure maps. Books have been written, movies have been made, and Stan gave us a presentation at our last meeting on the deep meaning of Masonic and other symbols on our dollar bill.





Last: BILTREY - LIBERTY the ideal upon which this country was founded.



February 2nd Membership Meeting

Door Prize: 1973-S Jefferson Nickel Certified Pr70 (International Numismatic Bureau). Won by Dennis Williams.

Membership Prize: 1971-S Roosevelt Dime Certified Pr70 (International Numismatic Bureau). Also won by Dennis Williams.

    Announcement of Fur Rondy Coin Show at the University Center for Sat Feb 26th and Sun Feb. 27th. Club has 10 tables available to club members ($ 25/ table fee). Moneys from the table fees will be applied for advertising for the coin show that weekend.

    Club President Tim Burke briefed membership that the Collectables Group that participated in our last coin show would like to do so again at our Fur Rondy Show. They will provide their own tables and will provide our club $40/table. Proposal approved by membership.

    Announcement of Election of Officers for the Anchorage Coin Club. Election day will be our club's March 2nd meeting. Positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board seats for election. The third Board seat is presently filled by member John Larson who still has One more year to go. Members encouraged to run for office. Thus far, the following candidates have volunteered to run:

For President: Tim Burke

For Vice-President: Open

For Secretary: Larry Nakata

For Treasurer: Stan Mead

For Board #1 Seat: Robert Hughes

For Board #2 Seat: Open. Members can "throw their hat in the ring" right up to the day of the election (on March 2nd).

No new business brought up at meeting.

Presentation by club member Stan Mead on the subject of the significance of the various design features on the U.S. $1 Bill.

Following Stan's presentation, coin auction followed.

Membership meeting concluded approximately 8:45pm

.....Larry Nakata/Secretary.

Next membership meeting March 2nd 7pm.


If know the difference between a high leaf and a low leaf quarter...

You are probably a numismatist...

And you should belong to the Anchorage Coin Club.



February 19th Board Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM by president Tim Burke.

    First order of business was preparations for the upcoming Fur Rondy Coin Show al the University Center Mall on 36th and Old Seward February 26th and 27th. The show is listed in the Rondy events guide. It was decided that a newspaper ad should also be run. One hundred dollars was budgeted for the ad.

    Tim reported that he had 8 of the available 10 tables spoken for and that if anyone is interested in the last 2 tables they should get in contact with him right away. He also said he will be contacting the collectables group about setting up their own tables at the show.

    Carl will be giving a presentation on error coins at our next membership meeting. This will be particularly important to members interested in doing any cherry-picking.

    We have had such good results with pot-luck meals at previous meetings it was decided to have a pot-luck at our next membership meeting - so think of something you would like to bring.

    Two members signed up for the two open spots on the board. You will have to come to the elections at our next membership meeting to find out who they are and, maybe, run against them.

As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.

Next board meeting: March 16th 6:30 pin.


Bill Fivaz Coins for Our March 2nd Coin Auction

1. 1853 Large Cent EF/AU No Minimum

2. 1955-S/S/S Lincoln Cent (RPM #1) FS-501 MS 65 Red Minimum $25

3. 1883 (NC) Liberty Nickel MS-64 No Minimum

4. 1912-S Liberty Nickel VG Only 238,000 Minted Minimum $115

5. 1964 Proof Jefferson Nickel PF-68 Cameo No Minimum

6. 1938-S Mercury Dime MS-65 SB No Minimum

7. 1857 Seated Liberty Quarter EF-45 Minimum $35

8. 1828 Bust Half Dollar VF/EF (Obverse Scratch) No Minimum

9. 1938-D Walking Liberty Half VF No Minimum

10. 1954-S Franklin Half MS-65 No Minimum

11. 1955 Franklin Half "Bugs Bunny variety" VF No Minimum

12. 1922 Grant Commemorative Half Cleaned No Minimum

13. Very Choice Toned Uncirculated Set (1938-1964D) of Jefferson Nickels (Many with full steps) Minimum $275.

14. 1882-CC GSA Morgan Dollar MS-63 No Minimum

15. Five (5) Uncirculated Gallery Mint Medal Errors ( Bowtie, Double struck, Bottle Cap, etc.) No Minimum.

One Donation Lot from Bill Fivaz to club: 1863 Broas Bros. Store Card Token VF.




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President: Tim Burke

Vice President: Carl

Secretary: Larry Nakata

Treasurer: Stan Mead

Board Member: John Larson

Board Member: Robert

ACCent Editor: Loren Lucason


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