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

Vol. 21  No. 1


NEXT MEETING: JANUARY 2nd WILL BE:
OUR 20th ANNIVERSARY TOKEN COIN DESIGN


 

THIS IS IT

It is lime for us to decide on a design for our Twentieth Anniversary Coin Club Token. Issuing a club token marking a milestone in time has a prestigious history. Celebrating twenty years of being the Anchorage Coin Club, the most active coin club in the state of Alaska is a momentous occasion. Our first meeting of the year, January 2nd 2008, will be devoted to deciding what we want on this commemorative token.

We are privileged to have a mint here in Anchorage; the Alaska Mint. That gives us the opportunity create this commemorative token. They have artists and are capable of designing and cutting coin dies. We need to come up with what we want the design to be.

We have had some great designs on our tokens including Alaska wildlife. One year we had a gold-panner with a real gold nugget in the pan on the coin. Bring your ideas (and opinions) to the next meeting. We will bring examples of Alaska art, coin club tokens, and some great memories of Alaska's past. With a roundtable discussion and an open vote we will decide on what will be on our next great Anchorage Coin Club Commemorative Token.

This is your chance to have some say in how our club will be remembered. Don't miss it.

We can design a coin better than just this.

 

COMMEMORATIVE STATE QUARTER MISTAKES ARE MADE

Even after a good design is chosen and good dies are cut things can still go wrong. Some numismatists find this a good opportunity to pick up some rare error varieties. There are many people looking at state quarters real close before putting them in a collection. So these mistakes are found.

It takes a trained eye to see the doubling on double die Oregon quarter. Easier to see but not as famous is the Main quarter struck with clashed dies. Currently the most (in)famous is the Wisconsin "extra leaf' quarter. There are 2 types. There's a high leaf and a low leaf. These quarters are selling for about $200 each.

Nobody is owning up to what brought these error varieties about. Analysts think it was stray marks on a couple of dies. Pessimists think it is a plot to sell more quarters. Mint records show that some workers were at lunch when the coins were struck. Whatever it was they are worth finding and you need to know where to look.

Both types have the extra leaf on the left side of the ear of com. This how it was supposed to look:

Wisconsin Stat Quarter Reverse

The high leaf does not look very realistic but the low leaf looks like it may have engraved on purpose.

Wisconsin State Quarter High Leaf and Low Leaf

 

THE PRESIDENT'S WORD

It was a wonderful Christmas dinner party. We had the dinner catered and there was enough food to feed everyone in the church. Dozens of gift wrapped door prizes were given out. Including a gold piece donated by Roy's Brown of Roy's Coins. Thank you Roy. It was great to see and talk to the friends who had moved to distant corners of the state.

The winning ticket for the raffle prize was drawn then we went into the big coin auction. Over 70 lots were in the Christmas auction at the church. One of the more appropriate coins for the season and the place was a silver coin from Vatican City. It featured a pope on the obverse and Saint Peter in a boat on the reverse.

Some of the more interesting lots included a coin die from the Alaska Mint, a hobo nickel from Bill Fivaz, and a large group of numismatics that looked to be a good starting place for a collector. There was lively bidding on the lots and Carl was almost hoarse by time he was done with his excellent job of calling them out.


If you missed lunch because you spent half an hour arguing whether the new addition to your collection is a VAM4 or a VAM5...

You are probably a numismatist!

 

BOARD MINUTES

It was considered that the 2 minute discussion over coffee and desert at the end of the party was the board meeting. The president decided not to have another board meeting until January 16th.

 

FEATURE BULLET AUCTION LOT OF THE MONTH

Proof silver 1942-P"war nickel" slabbed PCGS PROOF-65

Last of the proof coins before the second world war. One year type and key lo the Jefferson nickel set. Proof coins not minted again until 1950, Come to the membership meeting lo view and bid on it.

 

 

MISNUMICAT SCRAMBLE

CHAPTLEN___________________

Last month's answer:

Morgan: the name given to the silver dollars featuring Liberty's head on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. They were struck between 1878 and 1904 for circulation and again in 1921 for gambling tokens. The coin was designed by George T. Morgan.

 

ANA EVENT

THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL NUMISMATIC CONVENTION

JANUARY 10-13, 2008

Waldorf Astoria Hotel 301 Park Avenue (between 49th & 50th Streets)

Hotel Reservations (212)355-3000 mention rate code "NYC" for convention special rates.

One of the greatest events in numismatics. A wonderful place to buy ancient and foreign coins as well as the finest American coins from the bourse floor and the Gemini auction. For more information about the Gemini auction call:

Harlan J. Berk Ltd.: (312) 609-0018

Freeman and Sear: (301) 450-9755

or visit the Gemini auctions web site:

www.gemini auction. com For general information about the event visit:

www.nyinc.info or contact Kevin Foley bourse chairman

(414)421-3484

FAX: (414) 423-0343

E-mail: kfoley2@wi.rr.com


Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

We hope that everyone had a

wonderful Christmas and we look

forward to seeing you all as we

go into this new year of 2008.

One last word:

DOUBLEDECADE

The word for our next coin club commemorative coin.