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MEETING NOTICES 2012

MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE NOW HELD AT THE SHERMAN OAKS GALLERIA.

JANUARY 2012

NOVUM ANNUM FELICEM HABEAMUS!

The next meeting will be held on January 8, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. It will be the Annual General Meeting, Election and Installation of Officers, and Potluck Lunch and will be held in the usual venue of the Community Room, Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd.

LAST MEETING

The meeting started with reports by officers. Roger Burry discussed the idea of video broadcasting of the meeting for those who cannot attend the meeting. Michael Connor showed the website that included Coins of the Five Good Emperors webpage. Bob Effler had prepared some images of coins that he had cleaned and showed some before-and-after images of the coins.

PRESENTATION

Randy Butler provided a very interesting presentation: Roman Portrait Coins to 48 BCE. He discussed coins with portraits of living Romans, deceased Romans, living non-Romans, deceased non-Romans, and deceased Romans on both sides of the coin. Some of the coins discussed included a coin of Cartago Nova during Roman occupation with a portrait of Scipio Africanus and another coin of Carthage with arguably a portrait of Hannibal. The impact of Scipio as a transformation figure was discussed. Another coin was a Roman coin issued by L. Marcius Philippus with the head of Philip of Macedon, which was first coin issued in Rome with a portrait of a non-Roman. Another interesting coin was from Cn. Cornelius Blasio, with a portrait that is arguably either Mars or Scipio—if it is Scipio, then this coin would be the first coin minted in Rome with a portrait of a Roman. Other coins included portraits of king Tatius the second king of Rome, head of Quirinus, and bare head of Sulla.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

FEBRUARY 2013

The next meeting of the club will be held on Sunday February 12, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the usual venue of Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd., (at Sepulveda Blvd.) Sherman Oaks in the Community Room. Ken Baumheckel will present A Discussion of Croeseid and Archaemenid Coins.

LAST MEETING

The following Officers and Directors were elected by acclamation: President, Joe Tooma; Vice President, Roger Burry; Secretary, David Stepsay; Treasurer, Barry Rightman; and the Board of Directors were chosen as follows: Michael Connor, Ken Friedman, Paul Ranc, Merrill Gibson, and Jared Clark.

Barry Rightman gave the Treasure's report and proudly stated that today was the 42nd anniversary of his membership in the club. Webmaster Michael Connor reported that today we entertained the 400,000th visitor to the website. Roger Burry reported that he is firming up program dates for the coming months. Roger is in conference with Dr. Fuco at Loyola Marymount University for another meeting there. A new membership card is in the works.

Co-terminus with the festivities was a Round Robin by the attendees on what I did last year and their hits and misses throughout the year's auctions. We then adjourned to the annual banquet.

There was great participation on the part of attendees in helping to clean up afterwards.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

MARCH 2012

The next meeting will be held Sunday March 11, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the Community Room at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd. (at Sepulveda Blvd.), Sherman Oaks. The presentation will be by Dr. Robert Cleve, Professor of History at CSUN. The subject will be "The Severan Dynasty".

LAST MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 1:25 P.M. by President Joe Tooma. Treasurer Barry Rightman reported on the condition of the Treasury. Vice President Roger Burry reported that next meeting's presenter will be Dr Cleve on the Severan Dynasty. Webmaster Michael Connor reported on the website and group photographs were taken.  It was decided that although our meeting time is 1:00, the actual meeting will not be called to order until 1:30. A Round Robin of comments on the recent Long Beach auction was held

PRESENTATION

Ken Baumheckel presented A Discussion of Croeseid and Archaemenid Coins. This was a well delivered and beautifully illustrated review of the history of this long-lived coinage.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

APRIL 2012

The next meeting of the club will take place on Sunday April 8, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, in the Community Room in the rotunda. The presentation will be by Paul Ranc and is entitled My First Roman Coins: How I Got Into This Addiction. For this program, please bring the first coin that you collected. If not your first coin, then bring a favourite coin. Also you are encouraged to send a photo of the coin to Roger Burry via e-mail.

LAST MEETING

Meeting called to order by President Joe Tooma. Treasurer Barry Rightman gave his report by. Michael Connor, webmaster, gave his website report. He announced that ACCLA received its latest commission check from Amazon.com and that the Annual financial return had been filed with the IRS. Roger Burry reported on upcoming presentations.

PRESENTATION

As a courtesy to Dr. Robert Cleave, the presenter, this portion of the meeting was moved to the first of the meeting. Dr. Cleave gave a fascinating presentation on the men and women of the The Severan Dynasty

NEW VISITORS

John Horvath and Max Douglas graced us with their presence. We hope to see them again soon, perhaps as new members.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

MAY 2012

The next meeting of the club will take place on Sunday May 13, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. It will be held in the usual venue of Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks in the Community Room. The program will be entitled 5th Century Rome: End of the Western Empire. Members are asked to bring coins of the late Roman Empire (4th-5th century CE). Alternatively coin photos can be sent to Roger Burry.

LAST MEETING

Meeting called to order at 1:25 P.M. by President Joe Tooma. Treasury report by Barry Rightman. The subject of a acquiring a spare bulb for the projector was discussed. Michael Connor reported that 200 people per day visit the website. Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius getting most hits on the Five Good Emperors pages. He suggested that our next group project should be based on the Several dynasty with emphasis on the strong women who dominated the period. Roger Burry outlined upcoming programs - June will feature the 8th Century Byzantine Empire: Leo III and Constantine V. Members are asked to bring coins of the Byzantine Empire (7-9th century CE) or send photos to Roger. There was a discussion of tooling and smoothing (removing excess patina). Michael Connor reported that David Sellwood esteemed author of The Coinage of Parthia, died yesterday.

PRESENTATION

Paul Ranc gave a presentation on My First Roman Coins: How I Got Into This Addiction. Various others, as advised in last month's meeting notice, brought their first coin and expounded on how they came to begin collecting. All the stories were very interesting.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

JUNE 2012

The next meeting of the club will take place on Sunday June 10, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. It will be held in the usual venue of Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks in the Community Room. The program will be a discussion of the mid-9th Century Byzantine Empire: Roman in government, Orthodox in faith, and Hellenic in language. Please bring any Byzantine coins that you might have and tell us about them.

LAST MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 1:33 P.M. by President Joe Tooma. Barry Rightman gave his treasury report. A discussion was entered into on the feasibility of meeting the third Sunday of month because some second Sundays are holidays. It was decided to defer making any decision.

PRESENTATION

The program by Roger Burry was entitled 5th Century Rome: End of the Western Empire utilizing material from the DVD on that subject featuring Professor Kenneth Harl. Following the presentation, there was a round robin of those who had brought Byzantine coins expounding thereupon, and this concluded the program.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

JULY 2012

The next meeting of the club will take place will take place on Sunday July 8, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the usual venue of the Community Room at Sherman Oaks Galleria. The program will feature a presentation by ACCLA President Joseph Tooma entitled A Numismatic Journey from Armenia to Persia to Central Asia and India.

LAST MEETING

Joe Tooma called the meeting to order at 1:35 P.M. Barry Rightman gave the Treasury report. Michael Connor gave the website report. He reminded attendees that the next set of feature pages will be on the women of the Severan dynasty that dominated the period. He wants photos. A discussion regarding the possible change of meeting days took place. Roger Burry had drawn up a chart which he projected showing that not enough holidays fall on the second Sunday to make it worthwhile to change the day. Mike commented that any change could cause confusion because of the many existing documents listing the second Sunday. Bob Effler suggested change on ad hoc basis. Joe pointed out that it really doesn't make too much difference in attendance. A motion was made by Ken Friedman to leave the meeting date as the second Sunday. Seconded and passed.

PRESENTATION

Roger expounded on the Byzantine Empire, from 550 CE to the mid-9th Century: Roman in government, Orthodox in faith, and Hellenic in language. Christianity was the state religion. There were three dynasties taking their places seriatim: Heraclian, Issaurian, and Amorian, the last two of which were iconoclastic.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

AUGUST 2012

The next meeting will be held on August 19, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Heritage Auctions located at 9478 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 100, Beverly Hills. Our Host will be David Michaels, Director of Ancient Coins for Heritage Auctions. For those arriving early, David will be in the building at about 12:30 P.M.. When you arrive, enter the building and proceed to the second floor. You will be asked to sign a register. Non-member guests are welcome.

Our speaker will be David Michaels who will talk on the Shoshana Collection of Judean Coins as well as providing some background on Heritage Auctions. Light refreshments will be provided.

There is limited underground garage parking for a fee. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Carpooling would be a good idea.

LAST MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 1:15 P.M. by President Joe Tooma. Barry Rightman reported on the Treasury, which is holding steady. Michael Connor, Webmaster, reported on the website. $22.00 was received from Amazon in referral fees for June. Randy Butler showed coins he brought in. Bob Lattanzi displayed a one billion note from Zimbabwe. Roger Burry reported that a few of our members went to the Lindsay Davis talk and book signing at the Getty. There ensued a brief discussion of her books.

PRESENTATION

Joe Tooma presented My Eastern Coins, a Numismatic Journey through Armenia, Persia, Central Asia, and India. Joe provided illustrations of many coins from the region, and reviewed the historical background and relationships.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

SEPTEMBER 2012

The next meeting of the club will take place on Sunday September 9, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the usual venue of the Community Room at Sherman Oaks Galleria. The program will feature a presentation by Barry Rightman, one of our most expert Roman coin collectors. The talk will be entitled Gods and Goddesses on Roman Coins.

LAST MEETING

Called to order by President Joe Tooma at 1:20 P.M., the meeting took place at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills.

PRESENTATION

David Michaels of Heritage Auctions gave a in depth presentation on the Shoshana Collection subtitled Coinage, Culture, and Conflict in the Ancient Holyland. The collection was formed by a local California dealer and scheduled for sale on September 5 in Long Beach. It was a rigorous disquisition on the coins on offer with their history, lore, and claims to fame.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

OCTOBER 2012

The October meeting of the ACCLA will be on October 14th at 1:00 P.M. at the Archeological Museum of Loyola Marymount University. Guests are welcome.

The University is on Lincoln Boulevard in Playa del Rey just north of LAX. The address is 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

There are a variety of ways to get to the University. For the 405 freeway takers directions are as follows:
Going South on the 405 Freeway: Take exit 50B to merge onto CA-90 W. Go about 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Lincoln Boulevard. Go about 1.7 miles, coming up the hill to Loyola Marymount University Drive on the left. You will see on your left a huge building built into the side of the hill and a big fountain right on Lincoln. Turn left onto Loyola Marymount University Drive.
Going North on the 405 Freeway: Take Exit 49A for Howard Hughes Parkway. Turn left onto S. Sepulveda Boulevard. Go about 1.2 miles. Turn right onto W. Manchester Avenue. Go about 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Lincoln Boulevard. After about 0.5 miles you will see on your right a huge building built into the side of the hill and a big fountain on your right. Turn right onto Loyola Marymount University Drive.
On Campus: At the entrance booth tell the guard that you are the guest of Fr. Fulco at a meeting in University Hall (that huge building right there off Lincoln), and he will direct you where to park. On a Sunday there are no parking restrictions. After parking, enter the building and find any combination of elevators and/or escalators to take you up to the 3rd floor. On the 3rd floor walk along the main corridor on the south side (the side opposite Playa Vista) until you see ARCHAEOLOGY written in big letters on the wall. It's exactly where the middle-building escalator from the floor below enters out onto the 3rd floor. Turn in there.
CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY ADVISED !!

LAST MEETING

The September meeting was brought to order by President Joseph Tooma in the Community Room of the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Following the Treasurer's Report, ACCLA Web Master, Michael Connor discussed the Women of the Severan Dynasty project and requested members to send him photos of their coins from this period. Club members were excited to receive their group purchase copies of Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins: 81-64 BCE by Michael Harlan. This purchase was arranged by Ken Friedman. Many Club members had attended the Long Beach Coin Expo. Sassanian and Roman Republic coin purchases were discussed. In addition, several new guests added interest to the meeting.

PROGRAM

The program for this month was Gods and Goddesses as Depicted on Roman Coins given by Barry Rightman. Barry used coins from his collection to illustrate the twelve major deities of the Graeco-Roman world. As the coins were shown, Barry identified the deity and discussed symbols on the coin that were characteristic of that particular god or goddess.

For example, an Antonianus of Emperor Aemilian was shown with a small figure of the emperor on the reverse. The dominant reverse image was Jupiter holding a thunderbolt and scepter symbolizing the protection of the emperor. Other deities of note were a winged Nemesis on a denarius of Claudius, a nude Apollo on an AES of Commodus, and Venus covering herself with her hands on a provincial AE3 of Tranquilina, the wife of Gordian III.

The coins shown were outstanding, provoking a lot of interest from the members. Barry concluded his talk by showing coins of four popular deities, Hercules, Dionysius, Sol, and Roma.

Next month (November) the meeting will be held at the Sherman Oaks Galleria as usual.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

NOVEMBER 2012

The next meeting of the club will take place on Sunday November 11, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in our usual venue of the Community Room, Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Boulevard (at Sepulveda Boulevard) Sherman Oaks. The program will be given by Merrill Gibson who will hold forth in a presentation entitled Coin Patinas and Surface Issues.

LAST MEETING

The last meeting was held at Loyola Marymount University under the auspices of Father Fulco in the Archaeology Department. The Library in which the meeting was held has been considerably expanded since our last meeting there. Members took turns at expounding on various coins: Ken Friedman on early cast and struck Roman coins including a 366 gram Aes Rude; Joe Tooma displayed drachms of Shapur I and Peroz, the latter being the only Sassanian king kidnapped and ransomed.

Father Fulco gave a brief disquisition on the latest at Loyola Marymount University. Members then browsed around the room full of artifacts including a rusty scabbard for a short sword, or gladius. We were very appreciative of being invited to meet there.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

DECEMBER 2012

The next meeting of the club will be held for this one time only on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at our old venue, Balboa Mission Town Hall, 16916 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. The presentation will be given by Michael Connor and is called The End of Parthia. It bids fair to be very interesting.

LAST MEETING

Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P.M. by President Joe Tooma. Treasurer Barry Rightman gave the Treasury report. Insurance renewal coming up in due course. Ken Friedman is getting competitive quotes. He also reminded that members should make their tax-deductible donations to ACCLA, before the end of the year. Dues are now being accepted as they are due next month. Michael Connor, Webmaster, reminded members to submit coins for the Women of the Severan Dynasty pages. Roger Burry gave the roster of the next three programs. He is looking for the rest of the year after February.

Nominations were taken for officers for the upcoming term and the nominees were elected by acclamation:

President: Merrill Gibson
Vice President: Roger Burry
Treasurer: Barry Rightman
Secretary: David Stepsay

PRESENTATION

Merrill Gibson gave a long-awaited disquisition on Coin Patinas and Surface Issues.

Knowledge is necessary to protect against fraud. Merrill showed pictures of how artificial patinas could be used to cover up a multitude of sins. Epoxy plastic is difficult to remove. Merrill emphasized use of a microscope in examining coins for signs of epoxy patinas. He compared natural and artifical patinas and presented the group with examples that to decide natural or artificial? He discussed circumstances where an artificial patina may be beneficial in protecting coins.

Respectfully submitted
David Stepsay, Secretary

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