By Suzy T.
Cupertino Coin Club held its first virtual coin club meeting Friday, May 8, 2020, using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Notification with the link, meeting number, password, and dial-in phone numbers were posted in Cupertino Coin Press which was sent to all members. There were 25 members in attendance which is a really great number considering regular club meetings usually have about 35 attendees and meetings with meals draw about 50. Announcements were shared, mostly of canceled shows. New members were introduced and welcomed. They found our club website and Facebook page and reached out in a Messenger message about how to join. They emailed their application and submitted their dues via PayPal. Not our usual method! A Scout guest and his parent from our March BSA Coin Club Merit Badge Workshop were welcomed. Two birthday drawings were held for April and May birthdays. Four members with birthdays were in attendance, two with April birthdays and two with May birthdays. Prizes for the winners will be held until they can be given to the recipients in person at a future physical club meeting. Show and Tell had eight participants, two of whom were youth. No drawings were held for virtual Show and Tell. We will try it out for our June meeting. Don P. gave an outstanding half-hour presentation on Sacagawea Dollars You Don’t Know About. He took over our computer screens so that we could view his PowerPoint slides. It was informative, engaging and entertaining. Afterwards, members continued to socialize on topics outside of numismatics, which was nice, and reminiscent of what we would have done during break at our physical meetings. Monthly online club meetings will continue until we are able to meet in person in Cupertino. Our club’s 50th anniversary, which was scheduled for April 2020, will have to remain on hold until we can safely meet physically.
Fantastic online club meeting last night! 😃 Thank you, Don, for your great presentation! 👏 Attached is his PowerPoint presentation on Sacagawea golden dollars.
Sacagawea Dollars You Didn’t Know About 2020-05
By Keith S.
About eight years ago I salvaged over 1,000 pounds of wide, thick, and old oak flooring. I built a wall unit 11 feet wide and floor to ceiling with a cabinet below and a huge drawer for office supplies. All the time thinking of the pictures of library ladders, circular staircases, beautiful wood and artwork.
Not to forget the books themselves.
Filling it was satisfying until I realized there wasn’t enough room. I added six more small shelf units that were embedded into walls and behind doors or out of the way areas. These are in non-loadbearing, interior walls 16 inches above floor level and don’t interfere with electrical outlets. Shelf length is 18 to 32 inches, each unit is seven to 15 feet of total shelf length, and depth is 9 inches. Still not enough space!
I started watching a series on TV called Hoarders and about the same time I cleaned out an entire house by myself. It was obvious that something had to go. Over 400 pounds of numismatic catalogues, and over 35 years of National Geographic (saved the maps and 8 issues total). Brought them to coin shows with the famous FREE sign. All disappeared. Architectural Digest, Byte, and a number of building journals were next and still being processed. Even the Numismatic was targeted after extracting select pages.
They too will go to coin club meetings and shows.
Including a 19th-century library table and two other shelves there is nearly 240 feet of total shelf length. A few short shelves exist for coffee table books to lie horizontal (such as The Complete Far Side with slipcase). After all the effort the numismatic part is nearly distilled and ordered by category, age, and those with special storage needs. Total shelf length is nearly 40 feet and includes those pesky ancient history books. Nothing is left on the floor – piles not allowed.
I work with the Friends of the Library and can process over a ton of books for a sale in less than four hours (window shopping all the time).
Books Anonymous anyone?
Although we need to suspend holding our physical coin club general meetings at St. Joseph of Cupertino Church for the time being, we will resume our monthly club meetings with the May meeting online via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. You need to set up a free Zoom account ahead of time. On May 8, please login a few minutes before 7:30. If you do not have a speaker on your computer, you can also dial into the local or toll-free numbers via phone for audio. The link to the meeting will only be sent to current club members who receive our Cupertino Coin Press newsletter.
Program for May meeting:
– Birthday drawing for April and May – As usual, if you have birthdays in these months, you will need to attend the meeting.
– Show & Tell – Please share something from your collection with our usual 2-minute limit. Please signup for Show & Tell using the Chat feature once you log into Zoom.
– Guest Speaker: Don P. speaking on Collecting Sacagawea for about 30 minutes
We are looking forward to seeing everyone Friday, May 8 at our online meeting! This should be fun!
At our March meeting we had our annual elections for the Board of Directors for 2020-2021. The elected officers are:
President – Suzy T.
Junior President – Aidan L.
Vice President – Gran G. IV
Recording Secretary – Lyle O.
Corresponding Secretary – Al L.
Treasurer – Emile M.
Historian – Harold W.
Board Members: Brian D.
Granville G. V
Our officer installation will be at the next meeting, hopefully, May, along with our medal design contest.
We regret to inform you that our 50th Anniversary Celebration, potluck, Officer Installation, and Medal Design Contest that were scheduled for April 10 have been postponed to Friday, May 8 due to the Santa Clara County Shelter-in-Place Order. Should this Order be lifted prior to April 10, we will notify Club members via email that these events are back on for second Friday in April.
Many events are being cancelled. Before attending a coin show, it is advisable that you check to confirm that it is still on. WESTPEX, scheduled for April 26 in Burlingame, and the Meet & Greet with Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director HAVE been cancelled.
Cupertino Coin Club Officers, Emile and Suzy, ran a successful BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workshop Saturday, March 14, 2020 to a small group of Scouts in Los Gatos, despite Emile’s computer crashing, the rainy weather, and COVID-19. The four Scouts and their parents all learned something about numismatics and began a lifelong interest in the hobby. We look forward to seeing them again at future club meetings. One Scout and his mom already attended Friday’s meeting the night before. We thank BSA Troop 2, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, for the use of their meeting Hut.
Mar 13, Fri – March General Meeting – St Joseph of Cupertino Church, 7:30 pm, Community Room. Program: 2020-2021 Board Elections AND Medal Design Contest. Auction, show & tell, youth raffle, and general drawing will be held. For medal design rules, see page 5 of February Cupertino Coin Press:
Mar 14, Sat, BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workshop, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, Troop 2/501 Hut, 2 New York Ave., Los Gatos. Run by Cupertino Coin Club officers and BSA Merit Badge Counselors. We could use more Merit Badge Counselors; please contact Suzy if interested. Open to all boys and girls registered to a Scouts BSA Troop. For details on how to registser and prerequisites, click link:
Mar 18, Wed, St. Joseph of Cupertino Church, 7:30 pm, room 7.
Cupertino Coin Club Officers will be running our BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workshop Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm in Los Gatos. For details and information about prerequisites and how to register, please click link below to see flyer.