NASHUA COIN CLUB

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President’s Message – Winter 2015

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Greetings NCC Members and Guests-

At our most recent coin club meeting the coin of the month was "counter."  This could include counterstamped coins, which were typically stamped with letters, company information or designs.  This was especially popular in the early to mid 1800's on Large Cents as a way to advertise businesses.  In the late 1850's/early 1860's, J. Sidney Miller, a photographer from Nashua NH counterstamped multiple coins with his name and the profession as "artist" on these coins.  These coins make up a specialized subtype of coin collecting.  In addition, members also brought in counterfeit coins.  Some of these were primitive and easily identifiable while some were more difficult to tell.  Counterfeits from China have become especially well made and dangerous to the unsuspecting.  It is always important to know how to accurately identify rare date coins, buy from reputable dealers or buy the coins"slabbed."  Slabbed coins are professionally graded by companies such as the Professional Coin Grading Service.  This is important for dates such as the 1909-SVDB and 1914-D Lincoln Cents.  One common trick is to take a 1944-D cent and change the first 4 so that the coin magically becomes a 1914-D.  What might be a great deal at $100 is really a coin only worth one cent.  Most common coins are not faked although there are cases where this happened.  In 1954 Francis LeRoy Henning of New Jersey minted his own 1944 nickels.  Made well enough not to bring immediate attention, he might have gotten away with this had it not been for an obvious blunder.  In 1944 nickels were made of copper, manganese and 35% silver.  To note the change there was a large mintmark (either P,D or S) on the reverse above the Monticello.  Henning's coins did not have the mintmark and so it was not long before someone realized that fakes were being made and he was arrested.  He also made some other dates including 1939 and 1946.  As many as 100,000 made it into circulation, with as many as 400,000 possibly dumped into two locations.

 

Meeting Description

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Meetings of the Nashua Coin Club are held at the Main Branch of the Nashua Public Library at 2 Court Street, Nashua, NH 03060 every second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 PM.

We offer a monthly 2 hour period where you can get together with like minded numismatists (coin collectors) such as yourself.

Meeting involves:
Business meeting, discussion of Coin Of The Month (COTM), raffle, current events, along with coin and minting news.

Guests are always welcome!  Come check out a meeting.

 

Next NCC Meeting

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Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 8th from 7 PM until 9 PM at the Nashua Public Library, basement level. The Coin of the Month topic for the April meeting will be Modern Commemoratives.

 

Upcoming Events

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SHOW/MINT CALENDAR 2014

* = Mint Release  
Mint Product Schedule Website:   http://catalog.usmint.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProdschedView?storeId=10001&catalogId=

March 2015

* 26 March - 2015 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Coin

April 2015

* 4 April - Small Cents II Auction 202 Main St. Nashua  3:00 PM (preview 10 AM - 3 PM)

8 April -
Nashua Coin Club Mtg. - Nashua Public Library 7-9 PM

* 9 April - American Buffalo 2015 One Ounce Proof Gold Coin

12 April
- Greater Worcester Coin Show - Auburn/Webster Elks 754 Southbridge St.  (Route 12)http://www.ebwpromotions.com/auburn/schedule.html

* 13 April - 2015 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar 25 and 100 coin rolls/bags.

19 April – Nashua Coin Show - Holiday Inn Exit 4 off Rt. 3

26 April - Westford Coin Show - Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center - Rt. 110/Littleton Rd.       http://www.westfordcoinshow.com/

For more dates and information about the shows listed above go to: http://www.ebwpromotions.com/

 
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