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

Vol. 21  No. 6




Pure commemorative coins are not for general circulation. They are sold to collectors at a premium. However, to some degree every coin is a commemorative.

1937 Washington Quarter

The Washington quarter commemorates George Washington; the founder of our country.

Walking Liberty American Silver Eagle Dollar Proof

The Liberty coins commemorated Miss Liberty as the foundation on which our country was built.

America's true commemoratives coins started with the 1892 world's fair in Chicago. Half dollars celebrating Christopher Columbus were sold in 1892 and 1893. They were very popular, even today they are easy to find. In 1893 the first commemorative quarter was issued. It depicted Spain's queen Isabella. They were not as popular and today are hard to find. The mint started selling commemorative half dollars again in 1915. It seemed to be the most popular size.

1937 Oregon Commemorative Half dollar

Commemorative coins were sold to celebrate a greater and greater variety of things. Everything from the Oregon trail to the Cincinnati Music Center.

In 1954 the early period wrapped up with the Washington/Carver half. Some the U.S. mint's best designs were on commemorative coins.

In 1976 the bicentennial coins were released. These were circulating commemoratives. Non circulating ones were also struck in silver. In 1982 the new period of commemoratives started with the beautiful Washington half.

1982 Washington Commemorative Half Dollar Proof


The Alaska Mint is prepared to strike our twentieth anniversary coins. There is also a possibility for us to get coins with a gold emboss to mark the sun in front of the polar bear. At our next membership meeting we will update you on this and on the darkening of the letters: "ANCHORAGE COIN CLUB 1988-2008". The next meeting will be your last chance to get your paid order in for these coins at the pre striking price.

The U.S. Mint will be issuing four commemorative cents in 2009 to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. They will also continue the commemorative dollar series and the pure gold president's spouses series. So no matter how you come out after the upcoming economic changes; high or low there will be something from the U.S. mint mat you can collect. The state commemorative quarter series is complete.



MAMICOMEVOTER _________________


The Italian florin was struck from 1252 to 1523 with no significant change in its design or metal content standard. It had 54 grains of gold (3.5g). The "fiorino d'oro" of the Republic of Florence was the first European gold coin struck in sufficient quantities to play a significant commercial role since the seventh century. As many Florentine banks were international super companies with branches across Europe, the florin quickly became the dominant trade coin of Western Europe for large scale transactions. Florins are still being minted around the world today although they do not have the same metal content.




Our raffle coin. You should see this coin it has the smooth shiny fields of a full proof Morgan dollar. This coin would look great in anyone's collection.

The winning ticket will be drawn at our summer picnic. Tickets will be for sale up to the time of the drawing.

Come to the membership meeting, see the coin, and buy your tickets.



Minutes of Membership Meeting 5/7/118:

The meeting was dominated by a bullet auction of well over twenty lots. There were some very nice lots in the auction including a large paper money collection and a group of choice lots from good member Bill Fivaz.

By time we were settled up with the auction and had eaten the rest of the food there was very little time to talk about commemorative coins. To avoid this situation in the future and to give fair chance to all who submit coins to be auctioned we will be using a "grab bag" approach to deciding which lots to put on the auction block. Each lot will be given a number, the numbers will be put in a bag, the first 15 numbers drawn will be auctioned off. The remaining lots can be put on the table in the back of the room to be sold at a fixed price or with a silent auction.

The meeting ended at 8:45 PM.

Minutes of ACC Board Meeting:

With so many members out of town enjoying summer activities there were not enough board members to make a quorum, thus it was decided to forego a board meeting. Bill and Larry in particular are sailing the Mediterranean with their wives.

We have in the works plans for a coin show to coincide the the official release of the Alaska state quarter. We are also putting final touches on the plans for our summer picnic/donation auction. The next board meeting will be Wednesday June 18th at the New Caldron at 1 PM.

IF you disappointed the dancing girl from the bar up the street by telling her that the colorful ten thousand lira Italian note stuffed in her G-string the night before was post-second world war inflation money worth about two dollars...
are probably a numismatist.



July 12th