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

Vol. 24  No. 7



   At first proof coins were struck to present to the mint and those writing coinage laws. Proofs were made to show the best that coin could be. They were extremely rare. You only got one if you were in charge at the mint or on a federal coinage committee.

    The first proof coins offered to the public were from the Philadelphia mint in 1858.


    They were considered exotic examples of coins already in circulation. Only 80 proof sets were sold that year according to Bowers. The Red Book records 300+ proofs dated 1858.

    It takes a lot of work to make a proof. The die is polished, the planchet is polished, and the coin is struck more than once to make sure it gets every design detail. In the 1890's only a couple thousand sets were struck each year.

    We have a proof 1892 nickel in our raffle. It has a mintage of 2,745. Surviving a time when people thought a collector coin should be bright and shiny this coin has not gone through any damaging cleaning process. This proof Liberty nickel has sharp detail and to have a chance to win it buy a raffle ticket.



If you checked the slant on your "09 S-VDB Lincoln...

You are probably a numismatist...

And you should belong to the Anchorage Coin Club.






    Collecting coins is going through change in Anchorage. Roy's Coins is up for sale. This is the biggest best organized coin shop Alaska has ever had. His inventory and, probably, the shop's name is for sale to the highest bidder. The inventory is catalogued on computer and the coins are package for sale. Roy's Coins is so well stocked and organized you could go in and say you need an '11-D cent. They would grab a box off the shelf and ask if you wanted a fine, very fine or extra fine.

    There is no telling who is going to buy the business. It could be someone from out of state; someone not as friendly as Roy. They might move the business or break it up. It is going to be hard to replace Roy and there is no place like his shop in Anchorage.

    Carl's has always been a good place to go for proof sets and some foreign slabs and an even better place to go to sell coins. But Carl has a "going out of business" sign in his window and there is no telling how soon that will be done.

    Mike at the Alaska Mint on 4th makes his own coins. He use to sell proof sets but recently sold his stock. He did make some trade tokens. If you want a "good for" token for your business he is the one to go to. Alaska has a long history of trade tokens. There is even a book that catalogs them.

    There is Debbie in the valley and that guy near Palmer but that is a long ways to go in the hopes of finding that last coin for your set. Maybe collecting coins in Anchorage is not just going through small change.






Last: OUREEF - FOUREE a fancy name for a fake coin counterfeited in ancient times.




June 1st Membership Meeting


Given out were two prizes:

Certified slabbed 1979-S Roosevelt Dime in Gem Proof condition.

Certified slabbed 1972-S Washington Quarter in Gem Proof condition.

Briefing by club president Tim Burke on May 20th - 21st Coin Show at the University Center.

    Announcement........ No membership meeting on July 6th at the Central Lutheran Church. Our membership meeting will be our July 9th Summer picnic event at the Abbott Community Park on Elmore Road. Saturday afternoon starting at noontime.

Details of picnic:

The club will provide the hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, dips, salsa, soda pop, bottled water, plates, forks, spoons, knives, napkins, and table covers.

Club members asked to bring in a potluck dish. If your last name starts with the letters A through M..... bring a potluck dessert item. If your last name starts with the letters N through Z.... bring a potluck salad or side dish.

    As of the June 1st meeting, we only had three auction lot items for the Summer picnic donation auction. Need more lots. You can turn them into Roy's Coins or Carl's (we'll pick them up). Otherwise, bring donation lots to the picnic.

    Finally, we need to support our club's raffle program. We have three nice raffle prize lots that will be drawn at our Summer picnic. The proceeds from this donation auction benefits our club's programs.

No new business was brought up. "Show and Tell" followed in which club members brought in their favorite (or unique) coins.

Club's monthly "bullet" auction followed to end the membership meeting.


June 15th Board Meeting


Meeting called to order at 6:30 PM. No correspondence to address.

    Main agenda was to go over the details of the club's Summer picnic event on July 9th to make sure everything is OK. Stan Mead will be picking up the items for the Summer picnic. Board reviewed the list of items for the picnic. Some of the Board members will show up early to help set up and get the hamburgers/hotdogs going.

    As of the June 15th Board meeting, Larry Nakata stated that we are up lo 13 donated lots for the auction. Need to see if we can get more donations to round it out at about 40 lots. Board OK'd release of one set of club's 5th , 10th, 15th, and 20th year anniversary coins for the auction.....which brought us up to 17 donated lots for the auction. Board members will donate and solicit others to donate as well.

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


    This donation auction is in memory of Roy, one of the greatest supporters of the Anchorage Coin Club, The money raised will be used to buy food and drink for the meetings, It will also be used to pay for the printing of this newsletter a cost which Roy took care of.

1.1872 Indian Cent Good (Rev. Scratch)

2.1874 Indian Cent Good

3.1982-P BU Lincoln Cent (Capped Die)

4.1939-P Jefferson Nickel Double Die Rev #1 Fine

5. 1894-O Morgan Dollar Fine

6. 1998 U.S. Silver Eagle BU

7. 2001 U.S. Silver Eagle BU

8. 2003 U.S. Silver Eagle BU

9. 1971-S Blue Ike Silver Dollar (40%) BU

10. Same as Lot #9

11. 1972-S Blue Ike Silver Dollar (40%) BU 12.2010 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set

13. State Bank Note: Georgia/ The Oomulgee Bank 1837 Fine

14. Anchorage Coin Club 5th Year Anniversary Coin Set (1988-1993) Bronze and Silver Coin Set Numbered #44

15. Anchorage Coin Club 10th Year Anniversary Coin Set (1988-1998) Bronze and Silver Coin Set Numbered #44

16. Anchorage Coin Club 15th Year Anniversary Coin Set (1988-2003) Bronze Coin

17. Anchorage Coin Club 20th Year Anniversary Coin Set (1988-2008) Bronze, Silver, and Nickel Coin set

18. Rare Alaska Mint coin Brockage pair.









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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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