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

Vol. 22  No. 11


NOVEMBER 4th, 2009
"FINAL" WORD ON STATE QUARTERS


ALERT
SIX CLAWED GRIZZLIES SPOTTED

    There so many grizzlies here in Anchorage that it is important that you know that people have found quarters with a small extra claw between the last two large claws on the grizzlies left paw. Not many have been reported yet but we have more Alaska state quarters here than anyplace else in the country. So check your quarters. If you are not interested in error coins just bring the ones you find to the club meeting and we will be happy to give you a quarter for each one.

 

Gold Plated Alaska Quarter

 

YOUR COIN LIBRARY: GET SERIOUS

    Every American coin collector should have a "Red Book" in their library. Even if it is an old one it will give you the positions of mint marks and tell you the key dates in a series. Beyond that you want books on the specific coins you are interested in. What ever coins you like there is a book on them.

    Coin collecting has been popular for so long there is a Latin name for it: numismatics. Collecting American coins was not taken seriously until the mid eighteen hundreds when proof coins were made available to collectors. In Europe, numismatics was mostly about collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins as well as rare coins with historic value. Putting sets of common pocket change together was something for kids to do.

    Now we have modern book publishing and every aspect of coin collecting is taken seriously. Detailed data has been gathered on, not only ancient coins, but modern coins, error coins, proof coins, pattern coins, as well as coins from every country in die world. There are books on identifying coins preserving coins, grading coins, even cleaning coins. There is so much out there that people lend to focus on a favorite area of coin collecting. Whether it is collecting bust coins or coins from your old home country there are books out there that will help you with it.

    It is an old truism: "Buy the book then buy the coin". Nobody should throw money at a coin they know nothing about. If you want to build a serious collection, one that will be worth something in the future, learn about coins before you buy them. The best place to learn about coins is from a book in your library at home. Never miss a chance to pick up a book on coins for your library. Unless you just want to be like a kid gathering common change buy the book.

 

2008 Red Book

 

COIN SHOW REPORT

    Those who sold coins at our first coin show in many years thought it was a good show. Of course they could not go wrong - it did not cost them a thing. It was success. Not only did dealers sell some coins, the club made new contacts with the public and they were happy to find us.

    We gave out a lot of coin literature and sold a lot of coin books. Those who go to the University Center Mall are good people and we had no trouble dealing with them. We set up just inside the front doors and it was so well lit that we did not even need lamps.

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If you counted the berries on your draped bust dime...

You are probably a numismatist.

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October 7th Membership Meeting

 

    Door Prize: 2009 Blue Book- R.S. Yeoman won by Doug Williams. Membership Prize: Donated book- Cherry picker's Guide Vol. 1- Bill Fivaz won by John Larson.

    Vice President Ed Vey reminded members of our club's coin show at the University Center on October 17th and 18th. Ten tables are available for the show with a number of display cases as well. Members were asked to reserve their tables with Carl. Tables are free of charge if members stay both days.

    Larry Nakata confirmed our club's Christmas Party will be at Central Lutheran Church on December 10th (2nd Thursday of December). It will be a potluck Christmas Party with the key event of the evening being our club's annual Christmas Party auction. More details to follow.

    Stan Mead provided a presentation on the subject of "Toned Coins". Following the presentation, the "bullet" coin auction was conducted by Carl. Meeting ended following the auction.

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MISNUMICAT JUMBLE

BABSLED _________

Last: OSCARN - CARSON; city where branch mint was set up to strike silver and gold coins from the Nevada Comstock load. Mint mark CC.

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October 21st Board Meeting

    There were not enough Board members present to establish a quorum (requires 4 Board members) at the October 21st Board meeting. The meeting subsequently became one of discussion only. Topics discussed:

Results of Coin Show. Very positive.

Ways to improve the next show. One idea was replacement of our heavy tables in favor of lighter plastic ones.

Our club's October mailer failed to go out on time because the US Post Office rejected the club's newsletters for use of staples.

November 4th Membership meeting. Loren will be giving a presentation on the subject of "Quarters". Larry Nakata will provide the food/refreshments.

Need members to submit list of coins for the December 10th Christmas Party auction. We want to publish the list of auction coins in the next newsletter.

 

COINS FROM BILL FIVAZ

 

1847 Large Cent VF (N-30) MB 20

1909 VDB Lincoln Cent AU MB 10

1914-S Lincoln Cent F MB 19

1835 Bust Half Dime VF/EF MB75

1913-D Buffalo Nickel (T-1) MS 63 MB 45

1918-D Buffalo Nickel F MB 35

1921-D Mercury Dime (damage) net G MB 25

1832 Bust Quarter (lamination) net F MB 50

1828 Bust Half VF/EF MB 75

1891-S/S Morgan Dollar VAM-2 MB 68

1929-S Lincoln Cent straight clip VG No min.

1985-P Lincoln Cent double struck BU MB 19

D.L. Wing Store Card Token AU MB 17

1938 Yugoslavia 2 Dinars waffled MB 15

 

SMALL STORAGE SPACE WANTED. Anchorage Coin Club is looking for a small storage space to store the club's showcases that are used few times a year. Approximately 6 foot by 6 foot space would be sufficient. Perhaps you have a small area or space available such as a basement, garage, spare bedroom, shed, etc. Please call Carl noon 'til 6pm 561-2275.

BRING YOUR LIST OF COINS FOR THE CHRISTMAS AUCTION.

-WE PUBLISH THE LIST
-MEMBERS BUY THE COINS
-YOU GET THE MONEY.



 

ANCHORAGE COIN CLUB
RAFFLE PRIZE

One Dollar Legal Tender Note

 

LEGAL TENDER NOTE
FIRST PRIZE

tickets: $5/each
5 tickets/$20
27 tickets/$100

WINNING TICKET TO BE DRAWN
AT OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER IN DECEMBER


BOARD:

President: Jack Vinson

Vice President: Ed Vey

Secretary: Larry Nakata

Treasurer: Stan Mead

Board Member: John Larson

Board Member: Bill Hamilton

ACCent Editor: Loren Lucason

#91 Mike Orr: themoneymerchant.com

#110 Bill Fivaz: e-mail feev@webtv.net

#210 Tom Cederlind: tomcederlind.com