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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

December 19 Meeting Minutes 2021

Submitted by Stepper Camilleis
There were 21 attendees;  there was no update to the Treasurer’s Report, but there is a balance of between $4000 and $5000. Membership  dues must be submitted by the first meeting in January, $40 for individual,
$45 family. As for the actual new schedule, some of the details are still to bedetermined, but for the year 2022 we will go back to having full-on Find Of TheMonth contests with “L” level points for all finds submitted as well as a TH’er Of The Year contest as had been our tradition before COVID. The Club encourages  more participation in these events despite the fact that they will be virtual until further notice. The MTHA Web page has some technical difficulties, especially with regard to logging out, but members can watch the new FOM point progress now from that page.     Use your user name or email address to log in to see club news and updates.    

 Everyone had a great time at the, December 12 “Frostbiter” beach outing and the party at Judi ’s house, with lots of food, games and  prizes. Scott Ferguson mentioned that a 1-ounce silver round was given to each    attendee. Sylvia won a Morgan dollar. Many thanks to Sylvia for her donation in support of this event.
There was discussion of a theme for monthly prizes for the year-end raffle. Suggestion include:, 

  • obsolete denominations of U.S. coins, such as half cent, 2c,  3c and 20c.
  • multiple-ounce silver prizes (3, 4 or 5 oz.  rounds or equivalent.) A third suggestion was for 
  • “error coins” such as doubled  dies and wrong or off-struck planchets. 
  • one coin from each denomination from a particular year, of the cent through the silver dollar (six coins per set.)

In preparation for reinstating the “Lx” points, Dan Schwartz gave us a tutorial on  how this system of                 classifying finds works, and showed us the point level chart  that we use to evaluate dug items. This was especially helpful for the newcomers that joined the MTHA post-COVID and haven’t seen this in live action. There was also a recap of TH’ing stories from times past, including when Shane  left his detector at a site, and when he returned found it gone, the late John Govoni losing his detector, and Scott & Judi’s recent trip to Vermont. Scott also told us of his discovery in the 1990s of an amazing site in Tyngsboro where a Capped Bust quarter and lots of other very old coins were detected. Several of us also shared stories of their gleanings from CoinStar machines, such as US silver and foreign coins. There was also a discussion of conservation of iron items,  and Don mentioned that apple cider vinegar helps to remove rust.  Stepper Camilleis’ wife Marita has been suffering from an illness that prevented them from attending the 12/12 event. We all wish Marita a speedy recovery!
For the raffles at the 12/19 meeting, Aidan won a 1923 Peace dollar and  Sue won a 1922 Peace dollar. For the second consecutive meeting, Judi won the 50/50 raffle, which was $65  The Barber  half drawing was done by Joe but he did not pick the winning envelope.
Pre-1900 Coin:
1st – 1875 Seated Liberty quarter – Stepper Camilleis
No 2nd or 3rd place
1900-Later Coin:
1st – 1901 Barber dime – Stepper Camilleis
No 2nd or 3rd place
1st – Silver ring with blue stone – Aidan Shea
2nd – Silver ring with amethyst – Joe Mishley

November 7th Meeting Notes

Minutes of the November 7 , 2021  Submitted by Stepper Camilleis

There were 42 attendees at Scott Ferguson’s club hunt in Stow, and lots of great finds were made, both natural and planted, including several coins from the 1800s that were not part of the seeded hunt. Jen  detected an 1834 Capped Bust dime and Kent Blethen found a very old sleeve cufflink. At the Zoom meeting we gave a recap of this hunt. Sounds like everyone had a great time.
Paulo Adams gave the Treasurer’s Report, indicating a balance in the $7000s. Two Morgan dollars were raffled off, and the winners were Scott Ferguson and Judi Batchelder. John McGillicuddy (aka “Johnny Cache”) drew the Barber Half ticket but didn’t win … but guess what? John did win the 50/50 raffle and plans to donate his winnings to Sylvia Cross’ daughter America! Kudos to John for this selfless gesture!

October 24th Meeting Notes

Submitted by Stepper Camilleis

There were 28 attendees at the meeting, which commenced at 7:30.  The prime topic of discussion at this meeting was the upcoming hunt that Scott Ferguson has organized for Sunday, November 7. The entry fee is $50 cash per person and will be collected the day of the hunt. No food will be supplied, so it is suggested that attendees bring their own lunch, and someone should volunteer to buy an adequate supply of apple cider donuts.
Paulo Adams gave the Treasurer’s report. There was around a $6500 balance after Scott had gone to a coin show and purchased $500 worth of silver for club prizes. Paulo mentioned that raffle coin winnings will be placed in sandwich bags individually designated. Paulo donated 15 silver coins back to the Club, and he also sent out flowers to people and families in need.
Scott came up with a great suggestion for a donation of a $100 gift certificate (such as for a grocery store) as a get-well stimulus, and this was unanimously approved at the Zoom meeting.
Glenn has been recovering from his illness and was able to join us this meeting. Welcome back, Glen! We wish Glen and his family the best in these tough times.
Bobby Denault told a story of a friend whose farmhouse was robbed two years ago, and the thieves had made off with lots of silver rounds, rare coins, bullets, a cell phone and the farmer’s truck keys. The value of the stolen merchandise was
approximately $10,000. Sorry to hear that, Bobby, but thanks for sharing!

1888 Morgan dollar & Franklin half – Sylvia Cross
1878 Morgan dollar – Joe Mishley
Barber half dollar draw – Scott Ferguson, didn’t win
$20 Raffles – Scott Ferguson (2x and gave them back!), Glenn Godwin (2x), Dan
Schwartz, John McGillicuddy
50/50 ($75) – Kent Blethen