MEETING OF JAN 17, 2017. VOL. 55, NO. 5
ATTENDANCE: 27 members & 1 guest (Michael S.)
BARRY’S BUDGET: $2,909 in the bank, ONA & CNA memberships renewed.
OPENING DISCUSSION: The meeting was brought to order at 7:45PM by Mike J, who reminded us the auction will be held March 21, 2017. Any member without access to a PC has a deadline of Feb 21 to give Mike A their list of coins they want to sell, if any. All other members may submit their lists via email using the attached form in MS-Excel, anytime up to March 18.
At our next meeting (Feb 21) Mark B will give a presentation on Coin Displays, why and how to prepare a display and various techniques and strategies to garner the most votes from the judges. In April we will hold a formal Display Night, where any member can create a coin display using the club’s glass display cases. The last time we held Display Night was about five years ago, when we had about ten displays, some of which were very professional looking. We encourage everyone to think about creating a display as it is perhaps the only time a collector can show off their favorite coins – in some cases collected over a period of decades - and gain the respect and admiration of the club. There will be judging and prizes in several categories for originality, layout, grade (or similar).
Alain P announced there is a new coin club in Laval with 25 members who meet the first Wednesday of each month:
NOUVEAU CLUB NUMISMATIQUE SUR LA RIVE-NORD DE MONTRÉAL
Pour les amateurs et les experts Rencontres Amicales 1er Mercredi du mois à 7:00PM,
Échanges de monnaie entre membres
Partage de nouveautés & Information.
Votre première rencontre est gratuite... apportez pièces/billets car il y a un volet échange à la fin de la soirée. Endroit: Collège des Citoyens, 4001 Boulevard Sainte-Rose, Laval, QC H7R 1W6..
informations: Michel 514-713-6880 ou Alain 514-239-6123 more info here :
Nuphilex Montreal is being held from 31st March to the 2nd April 2017 at the Complexe EVO downtown. This event showcases products like coins, banknotes, numismatic books, antiquities, stamps, and mint based products and services associated with this field etc.
The 2017 Boucherville RCNA Convention is Hosted by the Association des numismates et des philatélistes de Boucherville, wesbite here:
July 18 - 23, 2017 at the
1228 Nobel Street,
Boucherville, Quebec J4B 5H1
BREAK: coffee, tea, juice and cookies provided by David. Please leave a few coins in the dish for the club!
MEETING CONTENT: Jason C gave a presentation on the current state of the library. He has almost completed his digital coin club library catalog in MS-Excel, which will be distributed to all members. The advantage of Excel versus e.g. MS-Word is the catalog can be searched, sorted, or updated quite easily. The “Search” function in Excel (use “Ctrl+F”) permits one to find a key word in the document. For example you may need information on Papal State coins, so you would type “Ctrl+F”, enter the key word “papal”, and if that word appears in the title, description or anywhere in the catalog it will be high-lighted.
Once Jason’s catalog is published, any member in good standing may request to borrow a book at any time by asking Jason. At the subsequent meeting, Jason will have the book ready for the borrower, who may keep it for one month. The borrower must sign a borrowing slip and is responsible for the replacement cost of the book. However, there are a few books that are rare, impossible to replace or of very high value to the club. These will be designated as “Reserve Books”, and are under restricted lending policy.
Jason also explained that the library contents are now organized into 15 numbered bankers boxes. Each book is linked to a box number (indicated in a separate column in the catalog) that will permit Jason to quickly locate or return any book. Or one can sort the catalog by bankers box number to see the contents of each box.
David L brought in the laptop and USB digital microscope that were funded by his mother Doreen Linton when she passed away. Any member may borrow this equipment by contacting David.
JACOB’S CORNER: Due to popular demand, the section “Jacob’s 2¢ Worth” will continue under the title “Jacob’s Corner”, where Jacob L will contribute articles and items of numismatic interest from time to time. This month he sends us the story (reprinted from the Heritage Auctions website) of a nearly ten-pound gold ingot (pictured below) that was recovered from a shipwreck in 1988. Thanks, Jacob for the story:
The S.S. Central America took with it more than 500 souls and $1.2 million in gold when it slipped 7,200 feet below the sea off the coast of the Carolinas in 1857. Its story has been widely publicized since 1988, when the Columbus-America Discovery Group found and began to recover contents from the wreckage. Its claim to fame as one of the greatest treasure finds in history is well deserved, yet the loss of the Central America represents something more. It illuminates the connections between two geographically and economically distant coasts at a crucial period in this country's storied history.
Complete story here: https://coins.ha.com/itm/s.s.-central-america-gold-bars/ingots/kellogg-andamp-humbert-gold-ingot-15296-ounces/a/1251-6148.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515
RAFFLE: A .500 silver ‘Looneytoons’ coin worth $40.
NEXT MEETING DATE: February 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (arrive earlier if you want to swap coins or stories).
REMINDER: the auction is fast approaching: time to cull your duplicates and unwanted coins and turn them into cash so you can buy more! Our super efficient auctioneer Vanessa is back.