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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....July 23, 2009
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Guests: n/a

Fines:   Stein had a quarter taken from him but I didn’t catch why

Bingo:  63 players and a deposit of $3,900.

Announcements:    A couple clubs are selling peaches, a sign up sheet was passed for Jeffco Sertoma. Order by August 20 to support Jeffco sponsorships

Need Volunteers for the Joint Wine Tasting.

Soccer Camp for Kids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Tue. Aug 4th. Register with

A Thank You letter was received from Center for hearing, Speech and language for our $4,000 donation. (it was mentioned that we gave away $40,000 last year).

DDRC/DDF 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Monday, Aug. 10th at Red Rocks C.C. partly sponsored by Ralston Sertoma Club. Contact them or the C.C. for info.

Rees asked if anyone needed a new directory or cover, Filler pages are $5 and cover $10

Ken mentioned Western Welcome week plans are moving ahead.

Rick Campbell has King Soopers coupons.


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Rick Jacobus, born 23 July, 1936 in Grand Rapids, Michigan but grew up in Ohio until he was a junior in high school at which point the family moved to CO.. in 1953 and graduated from Sheridan High in 1954. He worked for Public Service about 3 years when a co-worker advised him to go to college. A grad of UNC, Greeley, Rick gave up teaching school after one year but went on to a successful 35 year career in the insurance field.

Rick lives with his wife of 47 years, Bonnie. They have a son, Rod, 45, who lives in San Francisco, and a daughter Jill, 42, husband and kids live in this area, which gives Rick a chance to spoil the 2 grandkids twice a week.

Rick missed joining the Navy by one day, he was going to sign up but a letter from the Army, forwarded from Harder which stated Rick had received his 2S-deferment into the Army. That was close. He was in the NAVY Reserve and Air Force ROTC.

A member of Arapahoe since ‘74, Rick has done it all including President (79-80), Secretary, Governor, District Governor and more. He was recruited into the club by whom else, Doug Harder. He did not win a Gold Coat, thanks to Harder.


Program:  Mabe Downey introduced Joe Coggon. Joe knows a lot about coins and came to share some of that knowledge today. He grew up in PA and went to high school in ND. He became a teacher and taught in Oregon for 30 years before moving to Colorado in 2005, teaching now at Bishop Elementary School.

Joe talked a little about the history of coins in this countries early history. Before the Revolutionary War, it was hard to get coins form England. The colonies had different coins and some cases like Connecticut, their coins could only be used in Connecticut. There were three people instrumental in coinage: George Washing sold his silver to Paul Revere and the 3rd person was Benjamin Franklin.

The first American coins used by the colonists was furnished mostly by Great Britain and Spain, they were silver, but the limited amount, scarcity, and need of coins, tempted the colony of Massachusetts to create a small mint in this country, which they did in 1652. When did our coins all start being made from copper? The first copper coins were tokens. The Granby Coppers were the first copper coins made in America. There were alot of them made too, where did they all disappear to?

Coins are always changing and one notable change was in 1943 when the copper penny was replaced with a steel penny. It was mostly made of magnesium and would rust. Another interesting thing during WW2 was since the Mints didn’t have the material to make new coins which was a requirement, they would take slightly older coins when returned and their dates were change, mostly by hand.

The Indian on the Buffalo nickel is a compilation of 3 different Indians, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and Geronimo. The reason was that Indians believed if their likeness was reproduced, they would loose their Spirit. In 1937 there is a 3 legged buffalo and in 1936 a ¾ legged buffalo which could fetch about $3,800 now. (according to Wikipedia the designer James E. Fraser featured a profile of a Native American on the obverse of the coin, which was a composite portrait of three Native Americans: Iron Tail, an Oglala Sioux chief, Two Moons, a Cheyenne chief, and Big Tree, a Kiowa chief)

Many coins have flaws like double stampings. These coins can be very valuable but others aren’t worth much. A 1913 nickel of which there were only 5 made, on was lost for a long time until found and it ‘s worth about $1.5 million now.

United States Coin Timeline through 1834

1535 - Spaniards establish mint in Mexico City
1616 - Hogge Money provided for Bermuda from England
1652 - John Hull - silver pieces - NE
1653 -1660 - Willow Tree
1660 - 1667 - Oak Tree
1658,1659 - Lord Baltimore - colony of Maryland - from England
1664-1666 - London Elephant tokens (used by merchants)
1664 - 1710 - New York token
1667 -1682 - Pine Tree
1682 - Mark Newby - half pence and farthings - New Jersey
1688 - James II Plantation Token
1694 - Carolina Elephant Token from England; New England Elephant token
1714 - Gloucester token (brass)
1720 - John Laws -
1721-1722, 1767 - France sends copper and bronze money for the Colonies Francoise
1722, 1724 - Hibernia - unpopular in Ireland, sent to colonies
1722, 1724 - William Wood - Rosa Americana series sent from England
1732 - 1772 - Spanish milled dollar (eight reales; pillar dollar; piece of eight)
1737 - John Higley or Granby coppers
1773 - Virginia Halfpenny - copper
1760 - Hibernia Voce Populi
1766 - Pitt tokens
1774 - Virginia Halfpenny - silver (shilling)
1776 - New Hampshire copper cents
1776 - Pine Tree Copper - Massachusetts
1776 - Indian Copper - Massachusetts
1776 - Half penny - Massachusetts
1776 - Continental Dollar struck in Philadelphia - silver, brass, pewter
1778 - 1779 - Rhode island Ship Medal
1783 - Nova Constellatio Coppers - Birmingham
1783 - Nova Constellatio Silver
1783 - Annapolis Maryland - silver - J. Chalmers
1785 - Vermont copper cents
1785 - Immune Columbia pieces - copper,silver
1785, 1786 - Connecticut copper cents - mint established near New Haven
1785 - Confederatio Coppers
1786 - New Jersey copper cents
1787 - New York
1787, 1788 - Connecticut copper cents - crudely struck on imperfect planchets
1787 - 1789 - Massachusetts - copper and half cents

April 2, 1792 - President Washington signed a law to establish a United States mint, which went into effect at once.
Sept. 1, 1792 - first six pounds of copper were bought for coinage.
Sept. 21,1792 - three coinage presses arrived from Europe and early
Oct., 1792 - first half dimes and a few copper cents patterns were struck by the new United States mint.

1793 - regular issue of large copper cents begins
1793 - flowing hair, wreath
1793 - 1796 - liberty cap
1794 - first dollar, half dollar and half dime were struck
1795 - first gold $10 eagle and $5 half eagle, were struck
- first quarter and dime
1796 - 1807 - draped bust, flowing hair
1808 - 1814 - Classic Head large cent
1815 - no cents were coined
1816 - 1857 - Coronet large cent
1849 - first $20 double eagle
1856 - 1858 - Flying Eagle cent
1859 - 1909 - Indian Head cent
1873 - first trade dollar.
1834 - Gold coins issued by private parties

For information about the Denver Coin Club and many other coin clubs, contact Joe at 303-798-4426 Some very interesting stuff is here:


Upcoming programs:
July 30th Tom Keller (we all know who he is)
Aug 6th Daryl Miller : Water Witcher
Aug 13th Don Burmania Colorado Gambling Enforcement
August 20th Tony Kovaleski :Channel 7 Investigative reporter
August 27th Dave Aguilera Channel 4 Meteorologist

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July 30 - Regular Meeting – SOD Ken Kelley
Aug 6 - Regular Meeting – SOD Howie Kelsall
Aug 13 - Regular Meeting and BOD – SOD Dick Laskey
Aug 20 - Regular Meeting – SOD Mike Magee
Aug 27 - Regular Meeting – SOD Scott Manley

July 30 – E Team
Aug 6 – A Team
Aug 13 – B Team
Aug 20 - C Team
Aug 27 - D Team


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These were our parents. What in God's name have we let happen?
I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these? Whatever happened? Political correctness (or "re-education") happened, lack of God's name happened, lack of personal responsibility happened, lack of personal integrity and honesty happened, lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened, lack of being an American happened.
Where are the loyal Americans?  Where have they all gone?  Does anybody remember what it used to mean to be a PROUD American?  When did we become so terrible that we have to apologize for our country?


And how many Americans have died protecting and defending and liberating Muslims?
I think "thanks" are in order, not apologies !

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson