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Volume 28, Number 7


July 2015


July Membership Meeting

Saturday July 25, 2015

Summer Picnic at the Abbott Community Park on Elmore Road

Starts 12:00 PM


Membership Meeting/Summer Picnic July 25th starting at Noon

  • Do not show up at the Church on July 7th because our meeting is the Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 25th! Members are asked to bring a potluck dish to the event. See section of newsletter for what to bring depending on the letter of your last name.

  • Members are encouraged to donate coins for the main event, the Summer Picnic Donation Auction.

  • The Raffle Coin will be a 1915 P $2 1/2 Indian Gold Coin graded PCGS AU-58.

The Presidents Column

A special thank you for Stan and Ruth Mead for conducting the Numismatics seminars for the 2015 Girl Scout Encampment to help the girls earn their Numismatic patches! A job well done!

The Alaska Treasure Seekers and Mat-Su Dirt Fishers metal detecting clubs really appreciated the donations and support from our Club for their annual events on June 20th and 21st at the Palmer State Fairgrounds.

Our monthly meeting will not take place on Tuesday, July 7th. Instead, we are having our Annual Summer Picnic and Donation Auction at the Abbott Community Park Pavilion on Elmore Road on Saturday, July 25th starting at noon!

We hope to see you there!

Allen Nichols / President - (907) 357-2414

Recap of the June 2nd Anchorage Coin Club Membership Meeting


Membership meeting called to order at 7:15 pm by Club President Allen Nichols.

Door Prizes:


The meeting then went into the club's July Summer picnic event on Saturday, July 25th starting at noon,

There was no other old business to discuss.

Under New Business, Doug Williams brought to the attention of the club that Dick Hanscom (one of the owners of Alaska Rare Coins in Fairbanks) has recently come out with a new book on Alaskan Tokens. Dick encouraged members to get that book for their collection as it has great information on this subject.

No old or new business to discuss.

Monthly Raffle Prize: 1928 $1 Silver Certificate PCGS 66PPQ won by Paul Lightner.

Larry Nakata then gave his presentation on the subject of "The U.S. Quarter- The History of Its Design".

Following the presentation, the club then went into the new monthly auction format:

Following the coin auction, the meeting subsequently concluded at 8:45 PM........

-Larry Nakata/Secretary

Recap of the June 17th
Anchorage Coin Club Board Meeting

The Board meeting called to order at 6:30 PM by Club President Allen Nichols. Meeting held at Johnny Chicago Restaurant located near the University Center.

First order of business was the club's Summer Picnic Event scheduled for Saturday, July 25th at the Abbott Community Park (Main Pavilion) on Elmore Road. Issue discussed:

Stan Mead: Girl Scout Jamboree went very well with a number of badges awarded. Stan submitted an article for the next newsletter on this event.

Meantime, Allen Nichols is preparing for June 21st Matsu DirtFishers Event at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. The Board approved $200 for purchase of coins to be given out for this event (to the children) and other future events.

Good news: Allen Nichols and Stewart Smith have moved all of the club's tables, cases, and numismatic items to the club's storage trailer at this time. We now have a means to store these items properly with the ability to transport them to any location using a vehicle with a trailer hitch.

As there was no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM

Larry Nakata/Secretary

Article by Allen Nichols:
Early U.S. Commemoratives 1892-1954: "A Menagerie with a Surprise Ring Master"

With over 750 Girl Scouts and leaders attending the encampment from June 3rd - 7th at the Palmer State Fair ground, and over 43 presentations by different groups going on at the same time, one would have thought that things would have been chaotic. Once again, the Girl Scouts of Alaska Council did an did outstanding job of accommodating all parties with the necessary equipment and space to make this biannual event a great success. Over 500 tents and RVs were set up around the State fairgrounds. High winds, raining, snowing on the mountain tops, hail coming down on Saturday night and the girls were chasing their tents around the fairgrounds all night, this was a far cry from what the event was like two years ago.

On June 4th and 5th, the wife (Ruth) and I conducted the "Fun with Money" presentation. 178 Girl Scouts attended the presentation averaging 22 girls per session for the two day, 8 session seminars. The "Fun with Money" ANA Girl Scout patch has different elements that need to be completed to receive this American Numismatic Association (ANA) patch. Two mandatory items that must be accomplished for the ANA Girl Scout patch are to draw/design a $1 coin and to visit the ANA web site.

Other requirements within the Fun with Money patch are chosen with age group requirements in mind. The goal was to do the first two mandatory requirements, then onto the discussions, while at the same time working on the "Hobby" patch and the "Collecting" patch depending on the age group of the girls in the sessions.

The "Fun with Money" presentation was all hands on. After passing out the "Cent & Blank" combination sets donated by the United States Mint, discussions followed on how coins are made. This was made easy by having a form with written and drawn examples showing each step so that the girls could follow along and ask questions as needed.

Next, the girls got to pick out one or two foreign coins that they liked as acid free coin envelopes were being passed out by Ruth. The girls could either find the date and country the coins were from and write the information on the envelope or they could etch with a pencil the design of the coin onto the envelope.

While working between other requirements of the Fun with Money patch, circulated wheat cents, Buffalo nickels and the 2008 Alaska State Quarter were passed out along with 2x2 cardboard holders. The Girl Scouts had to look for and write down on the cardboard holders the mint marks and dates, then staple and use needle nose pliers to fold the staple down. Once the requirements were completed for the "Fun with Money" patch, the Uncirculated 2012 Alaska Denali Park Quarters and uncirculated 2014 cents along with cotton gloves were passed out. Explaining what an uncirculated coin vs. a circulated coin meant was interesting. Using the cotton gloves, they once again had to find the date and mint mark and write them down on the cardboard holders.

The next to the last item to be passed out was the 200 Alaska Mint Tokens donated by The Alaska Mint.

The last item on the agenda was the "Grab Bag". While the grab bag was held high, each girl got to reach in and take a coin. Was it a silver Mercury or Roosevelt dime, a "V" nickel, or a SBA, Ike, or Presidential dollar? How about an Indian head cent, steel cent, or a broad strike cent?

This was a hands on, fast pace event that left little time for the Girl Scouts attention to focus on their tents blowing away or how cold they were. A great time was had by all and the girls were very surprised and thankful that they got to keep the coins.

Special thanks are in order to the United States Mint, the American Numismatic Association, the Alaska Mint, The Alaska Girl Scout Council, Debbie's Old Coins & Collectables, Carl's Jewelry, and the Anchorage Coin Club members who donated materials, coins, and or money to make this event a great success!

- Stan and Ruth Mead



July 25th RAFFLE

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

Purchase and Drawing at the July 25th meeting.

1915-P $2 1/2 Indian Gold Coin graded PCGS AU58





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