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Volume 27, Number 12


December 2014


December Membership Meeting Christmas Party

Thursday December 11, 2014

Central Lutheran Church, 15th & Cordova

6:00 PM


Membership Meeting / Christmas Party December 11th at 6pm

  • There will be no formal meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd. The membership meeting will be held on Thursday, December 11th, which is the club's Christmas party.

  • For the Chrismas party, please bring a Potluck dish. If your last name starts with A-H bring a desert, I-O bring a salad, and P-Z bring hors d'oeuvres or a side dish.

  • The December Raffle Coin will be the 2001 US Mint Buffalo Dollar, 2 Silver Coin set (Proof and Uncirculated)

  • The December Coin Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st at the University Center.


Recap of the November 4th Anchorage Coin Club Membership Meeting:


Club President Allen Nichols gave briefing on results of Coin Show held on the weekend of Oct 18th / 19th at the University Center. Turnout for the coin show was not very good that weekend. The event was not very well advertised. Board will look at ways to best advertise for our next coin show scheduled for Dec 20th / 21st at the University Center.

Members were reminded that we will have our club's Christmas Party event on December 11th starting at 6 PM at the Central Lutheran Church (our club's monthly meeting location). Briefing by Larry Nakata:

People can start showing up at 5:30 PM to help setup.

We are looking for volunteers to prepare ham and turkey as the main dish items. The Club to reimburse for cost of the ham and turkey.

Club will provide the soda pop, plates, forks, spoons, knives, napkins, rolls, butter, and small items for the event.

Rest of the items will be potluck items. Members asked to bring a dish: If your lost name starts with letters A-H bring a Dessert. If your last name starts with letters I-O bring a salad. If your last name starts with letters P-Z bring hors d'oeuvres or a side dish.

Door prizes will be provided for all people attending.

The main event for the evening will be our club's annual Christmas Coin Auction. Members can submit a list of coins for posting in this month's newsletter. List can be dropped off at Carl's place of business at the University Center by no later than Thursday, Nov 20th.... to give us time to do the newsletter with their items. Otherwise, bring your coin lots to the Christmas party and we will log them in for the auction.

The club's raffle coin for our Dec 11th Christmas Party will be a Year 2001 US Mint Buffalo Commemorative Silver 2 Coin Set (Proof and Uncirculated). Tickets at $5/ticket, 5 tickets for $20, 11 tickets for $40. It's a really great set for anyone's coin collection.


Announcement of Coin Club's Holiday Season Coin Show on Sat/ Dec 20th (9 am to 6 pm) and Sun/ Dec 21st (10 am to 5 pm). Coin show to be held at the University Center. Members wishing tables for the show should contact Carl at his office (907)561-2275.

Presentation by Larry Nakata on "The Evolution of the U.S. Cent".

Monthly door prizes were awarded:

Coin auction was then held.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM......

Larry Nakata/ Secretary

The Anchorage Coin Club is in the process of building an email contact list so we can send the newsletter and notify club members of upcoming events - be sure to give us your email addresses. We are in need of numismatic donation for our upcoming annual Holiday party and auction - please donate and help support the club (coins, currency, medals, books, supplies, etc).

Recap of the November 19th
Anchorage Coin Club Board Meeting

Meeting held at the Yamato Ya Japanese Restaurant located near the University Center in Anchorage. Meeting called to order at 6:30 PM by Club President Allen Nichols.

Distribution and review of correspondence.

Board then looked into the planning of the upcoming coin club Christmas Party on Thursday evening, Dec 11th at the Central Lutheran Church (located on the corner of 15th Ave and Cordova St in Anchorage).

Door prizes were addressed. Carl will provide gift wrapped door prizes for all who attend the event.

Larry Nakata volunteered to prepare the turkey(s). Allen Nichols volunteered to do the Ham. Carl will provide the mash potatoes/gravy and stuffing.

Stan Mead will do the shopping for additional soda pop, plates, forks, spoons, knives, napkins, dinner rolls, butter, salt, pepper, and small items needed for the party.

John Larson will be selling raffle tickets for the US Mint Buffalo Dollar 2 Coin Set. There will be additional raffle prizes provided along with the Buffalo Dollar set. These additional prizes are being donated by several of the Board members.

We will have Christmas songs on CD as entertainment that evening.

For the club's Christmas Auction, as of the Board meeting on Nov 19th, there were 20 lots submitted by Bill Fivaz. These lots to be listed in the newsletter.

On the matter of the newsletter, it will be necessary to make sure the newsletter goes out on the week of Thanksgiving.... since we will not have our regular membership meeting on the first Tuesday of the month (December 2nd). Otherwise... someone is likely to show up for the meeting. Note: It was posted in last month's newsletter and announced at our Nov 4th membership meeting... but just to make sure.

Holiday Coin Show on Dec 20th/ 21st was then discussed. The club will be making a number of flyers that will be posted all over town. Also.... Allen Nichols is having announcements made (free listings) in Craig's List, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, and the ADN newspaper (Community Announcement section). Hopefully this should result in a better turnout for the event.

As there was no further business to discuss, Board meeting concluded at 7:30 PM....

Larry Nakata/ Secretary

Meet Greg Allen!
Article by Dan Barnhart

Greg Allen 1

         Out in the valley, where I live, I am very fortunate to have access to two fine coin shops. One is Debbie's Old Coins, which is North of Wasilla on the Parks Highway, and the other one, UnCommon Cents, is on the Palmer end of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, which is owned and operated by Greg Allen.

Greg Allen 2

         I paid a visit to Greg's coin store recently to see his shop and speak with him (actually I go there whenever I take a truck load of household waste to the landfill near Palmer which gives me a good excuse to stop by!).

Greg Allen 3

         Greg moved to Alaska in 1975 and worked in Anchorage. He retired about 8 years ago from his day job. Shortly after retirement his wife strongly encouraged Greg to find something to do (he did not elaborate on this but I did find this intriguing). Anyway, Greg said that he was either going to open a hamburger stand, or a coin shop. Lucky for us he decided to do the latter, but then again, he did mention something about a secret family recipe that could have made him millions.

         Greg became interested in old coins in his 20's after he was introduced to a Morgan Dollar. His coin store has been open for 7 years now and he has two large rooms of neat coins, everything from early bust halves to modern coins, gold, paper money, and key dates. He also has the most ARRC tokens I have seen in one place. ARRC stands for Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, and these tokens were issued by the US Government in 1935 to the folks taking part in the Matanuska Valley Colonization Project. These tokens are also referred to as "Bingles" and are in The Official Red Book - Guide to United States Coins. They are rare as only a few thousand were issued and are highly collectable. Anyway, Greg has quite a few of them for sale, just FYI

- Dan Barnhart


List of Coins Submitted as of Nov Board Meeting

From Bill Fivaz:

1835 US Half Cent Fine Minimum Bid (MB) $48

1867 Indian Cent PCGS MS-62 MB 150

1914-P Buffalo 5c NGC MS-65 MB 325

Wartime Silver Nickel Set (in Capital Holder) BU MB 75

1860 Liberty Seated Half Dime EF-45 MB 33

1875 Liberty Seated Dime EF MB 24

1938-P Mercury Dime MS-66 FSB MB 50

1940-S Washington Quarter DDO MS-65 MB 30

1921-S Walking Liberty Half Good MB 24

1938-D Walking Liberty Half Good MB 30

Walking Liberty Half Dollar 12 coin Comparative Grading Set (AG to MS-63) MB 175

1955 Franklin Half "Bugs Bunny" Variety PCGS MS-63 FBL MB 65

1966 (SMS) JFK Half Dollar Strongest DDO PCGS MS-66 MB 70

2009-P Lincoln Commemorative $1 PCGS PF-69 DCAM MB 20

2014-D Baseball Half Dollar NGC MS-70 Early Release MB 25

2014 US Mint Silver Proof Set MB 60

1957 $1 Silver Certificate PMG Gem UNC-66 MB 12

1963 Red Seal $5 CH AU No minimum

Ten (10) Red Seal $5 MB 60

Gold Counterfeit Detection Book (new-autographed) MB 15

Donation Coin: 1880-S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS-64 (Super Eye Appeal)

Donation coin from Greg Allen of UnCommon Cents: 1886 Morgan Dollar ANACS MS62 - nice purple toning. Carl to set MB.

Donation Coins from Dan Barnhart - Special Mint Sets that have never been opened:

1965 SMS - no minimum

1966 SMS - no minimum

1967 SMS - no minimum



December 11th Christmas Party RAFFLE

Tickets $5 each, 5 tickets for $20, or 11 tickets for $40.

Purchase and Drawing at the December 11th meeting.

2001 US Mint Buffalo Dollar, 2 Silver Coin Set (Proof and Uncirculated)





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