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January 16th 2022 Meeting Notes

Minutes of the January 16, 2022 MTHA Zoom Meeting                   Submitted by Stepper Camilleis
There were 20 attendees at our kickoff meeting for the year on January 16. Our Treasurer Paulo indicated that there is a balance of around $5600. Paulo announced a reminder that membership dues must be submitted, and this month is the cutoff. It was discussed that the cost and value of raffle prizes would be raised, and the Christmas raffle coin prizes would cost perhaps between $150 and $200. One good suggestion was for one or two 5-troy-ounce silver bars, and one was shown of the Engelhard style, as well as one of Italian manufacture.  Some coins displayed as prizes included an 1883 Shield nickel in MS63 (choice Uncirculated) and an 1899 Indian Head cent in MS62 “Red/Brown” Uncirculated condition. These coins were purchased at a yard sale at a great low price. There was also discussion of having a short-lived 20-cent piece as a prize.

Scott said Glenn  has been recuperating from his illness and is feeling much better now. Glenn will keep us posted on his progress. We all wish Glenn a continuing and speedy recovery! Marita recently had a biopsy and several more tests. There has been a finding but hopefully further treatment, consultation and research will render it not too critical. Stepper will keep us posted on related developments.

As for latest happenings, Judi told more exciting stories about her 2nd-graders having so much fun in her class. She also mentioned that they loved last May’s metal detector outing, and they would like to have another one this year. Scott spoke of an 1803 large cent he found the very first year he started metal detecting, nearly 50 years ago, as well as an original roll of  uncirculated Franklin halves that he bought long ago for $80. He asked whether the original paper roll should be opened so all the coins could be examined, and Don Latino suggested that Scott take the two best-looking coins and send them to PCGS to be slabbed in the hopes of a high grade designation which may make them more valuable as collectibles. Stepper Camilleis spoke of and displayed an article he wrote for the historical society of his home town about pewter, and a variety of pewter artifacts from  the 17th and 18th centuries that he’s detected and donated.

A club beach hunt (aka the annual “Penguin Hunt”) will take place at Salisbury Beach on Sunday, January 30, and this is a “rain or shine” (or snow) event! Peak low tide (-1.0 foot) is early in the afternoon and we will probably order pizzas for lunch. The  details will be forthcoming.

Starting this meeting, we resumed the live Find Of The Month contests which do count towards the reinstated TH’er Of The Year  award. Some technical glitches with posting finds were discussed, but Paulo explained this in further detail and hopefully things will go more smoothly next month. Paulo also explained that if you click on “Complete Participation” the system logs you out and you have to reenter the program to post additional finds. This was a helpful explanation, as some of us were getting confused by this.
For the raffles at the 1/16 meeting, Sylvia Cross won a 1923 Peace dollar and Don Latino won a 1922 Peace dollar. Rick Smith won the 50/50 raffle, which was $75. The Barber half drawing was pulled for Bobby Denault but he didn’t pick the winning envelope. Sylvia also won a book about Colonial coinage.
Pre-1900 Coin:
1st – 1774-1791 Louis XVI French 1 sol – Danielle Suarez
2nd – 1875 Indian Head cent – Bobby Denault
3rd – 1887 Seated Liberty dime – Stepper Camilleis
1900-Later Coin:
1st – 1905 Barber dime – Stepper Camilleis
2nd – 1948 & 1951 Roosevelt dimes – Danielle Suarez
1st – 10K Milgrain wedding band – Sylvia Cross
2nd – Coin silver riding crop – Stepper Camilleis
1st – Lead Toy Soldier – Mark Roberts
2nd – Antique picture hanger – Danielle Suarez
Best of Show: Louis XVI French 1 sol – Danielle S