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ACCent: The Monthly Newsletter of the Anchorage Coin Club
Membership Meeting 1st Wed. each month, 7 PM, Central Lutheran Church, 15th and Cordova
Vol. 23 No. 3
JULY 12th, 2008: SUMMER PICNIC IN THE PARK
Indian peace medals were a popular thing to give out to native Americans particularly along the southern Mississippi, or as the early white Americans used to call it: "way out west". They must have seemed like amazing things to the Indians; perfectly round pieces of metal with high quality art raised up on them. They were used to pave the way to good graces for white settlers. Most had an image of an Indian shaking hands with a white man.
Some Indians might have thought it was a picture of the scene of the medal being presented to them. Little did they know it was more like the scene of the Indians handing over their lands to the hoards of white men moving in.
Peace medals were mostly given out in the early 1800's and up to about 1850. Lewis and Clark took a lot of peace medals with them. By 1890 it was pretty much all over. We owned all the land and all the Indians except for a couple holdouts in the upper mid-west and a few in the lower southwest. Trade beads continued to be given out just to keep the Indian women (squaws) busy making beaded vests for their husbands and fancy sashes for themselves. And, of course, peace pipes continued to be smoked to seal pacts as well as establish treaties.
Actually real peace medals are extremely rare. Once you gave them out you usually did not expect to get them back. Indians were not exactly coin collectors. They did not know the ways of numismatic preservation. So if one was gotten back it was not likely to be in very good condition. The Smithsonian probably has the biggest collection of American Indian peace medals. Probably because they have a direct link to those who made them.
The American Numismatic Society has a collection of peace medals posted on
the web. See:
numismatics.org: medals-Indian peace medals.
A copy of an Indian peace medal is easy to find. The 2004 circulating commemorative nickel with clasped hands is a copy of an Indian peace medal. Many novelty ones for sale have been made from pictures of peace medals and from records of peace medals made by the early U.S. government. Francis Paul Prucha is the author of some of the best works on Indian Peace Medals.
The Anchorage Coin Club is sponsoring a coin show at the University Center. The show will run the weekend of March 6th and 7th. Do not miss this. It is a time to fill out your collection as well as find coins you do not usually see in town.
The University Center is a well lit place on Old Seward at 36th. The show will be in the main hall by the front door. There is a delicatessen up the hall and a fine restaurant up stairs. For refreshments there is the Natural Pantry grocery store down at the end. And there is plenty of free parking just outside.
BUY - SELL - TRADE
This is also a chance for you club members to get a table and sell off some of those old coins you upgraded in your sets. Our president. Jack Vinson as bought a table for members to share if you want to be a coin dealer for a weekend. The table is only 6 feet long. Contact Jack if you want to get in on this table. The club has display cases for members to use and chairs are available.
This show has been sanctioned by the Fur Rendezvous Association and is listed in their official 75th anniversary guide.
If you spent more on numismatic reference books than you did on your encyclopedia set....
You are probably a numismatist
....and you should belong to the Anchorage Coin Club.
We gave Vinson Jr. a small set of buffalo nickels in a display holder for the door prize and Bob a set of 20th century U.S. nickels for the membership prize. We then had a bullet raffle of a 1920 Pilgrim U.S. commemorative in AU. Tickets were sold at the meeting an the prize was given out the same night. Dennis won the prize.
A reminder was given that the club's election of officers will be at our March meeting. Candidates have been nominated. They are:
*Vice President: Carl
*BoardSeat #1: John
*Board Seat #2: Bob
Nominations will be accepted up until election day.
Carl gave a briefing on the club's Fur Rendezvous Coin Show at the University Center (March 6th / 7th - Sat/Sun from 10 am to 6 pm). Cost of doing the coin show as a Fur Rendezvous event is $300 with an additional $100 for advertising. The price of a table for this event will be $40 for the weekend to recoup the club costs.
Stan Mead announced that our coin club's summer picnic will be on Saturday/July 3rd at the Abbott Loop Community Park (same place as last year) from 10 am to 5 pm. Our club's summer raffle prize will be drawn at the July 3rd summer picnic. Raffle prize to be announced by our March 3rd membership meeting. The evening's presentation was presented by John Larson. Following the presentation, the coin club's monthly bullet coin auction was held. Following the auction, the meeting concluded.
Next meeting March 3rd.
Last: CULMETER - ELECTRUM, EL; An alloy of gold and silver. The first coins were struck from electrum nuggets found on riverbanks in Lydia. editor's note: last month's "restruck" - past tense of re strike was spellchecked out.
Board meeting called to order by president Jack Vinson at 7:20 PM. Following a distribution of correspondence, the Board determined the following coins for our club's Summer picnic raffle:
*Main Prize: 1908 No Motto U.S. $10 Gold Indian. Slabbed/Certified AU-58.
*Bronze medal plaque commemorating Abraham Lincoln & Victor D. Brenner. Struck by the Medallic Art Co in 2009/ Ser# 79.
*U.S. Commem: 1918 Lincoln Half Dollar NGC-63.
The Board then worked on the details for the upcoming March 6th / 7th Fur Rendezvous Coin Show at the University Center. Tables were still available at $40/table for the weekend.
1867 Indian Cent Good MB $19
1873 Indian Cent Good MB 10
1908-S Indian Cent VG MB 68
1961-D / Horiz. D Cent MS-63 MB no
1927-D Quarter (3/4 head) BU MB 225
1932-S Wash Quarter AU55 MB 210
1827/6 Bust Half Fine MB 75
1901-O Morgan Dollar VAM-1A Super Clash Die ANACS MS-63 MB 75
1963 Red Seal $5.00 Crisp AU MB 9
12 CU 1976 $2 Star Notes MB 24
2007 Pres. $1 Coin Proof St MB 10
1959 Proof Set MB 15
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM. Next meeting March 17th.
RUN FOR PRESIDENT MARCH 3rd
ANCHORAGE COIN CLUB
WINNING TICKET TO BE DRAWN AT OUR SUMMER PICNIC
COME TO THE NEXT MEETING AND SEE THE $10 GOLD COIN:
OUR NEXT RAFFLE PRIZE!
TICKETS: 2 FOR $5.00
WINNER DRAWN AT SUMMER PICNIC
ANCHORAGE COIN CLUB OFFICERS:
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
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#210 Tom Cederlind: tomcederlind.com