Greetings Members & Friends!

May will be a big month for numismatic activity and events. Our May 16th meeting is packed with activity so there will be no “Show & Tells”. First our program will be done by Don Kagin, soon to be the next President of the American Numismatic Association, entitled “The Oldest Living Pioneer”. This program is presented in the person of a 150 year old California pioneer who will tell us the gold story of not only California but also of US gold and the progression of privately minted gold coin issues into the minting of gold coinage by the US government.

We also will have our “Other Hobbies Night”, so dig around and see what you can bring. To top the night off we will also have an auction managed by Bill Hickman and Jim Gallegus. They plan on doing four auctions a year and the intent is to have better material.

Scott Griffin of Portsmouth Square Coin and Bourse is sponsoring a unique and creative numismatic event on May 7th. This event is billed as “A San Francisco Numismatic Walking Tour” and will include stops at:

•  Guided tour of the old San Francisco Mint

•  Visit to the Bank of California Numismatic Museum

•  Visit to the Wells Fargo History Museum

•  Visit to Witter Coins

and a…..

•  Potential visit to the San Francisco Assay Office (Commercial Street 1854 – 1874)

This event is in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Portsmouth Square Coin & Bourse Company. Maria and I will both be attending this event and I encourage you to attend if possible.

Tickets are $35 each and some walking is required (approximately on mile) so bring your walking shoes. Each participant is responsible for transportation to and from the City and the tour will start at the Wells Fargo History Museum at 420 California Street at 10:00am. Space is limited so call Scott at (415) 601-8661 by April 28th to reserve your tickets as soon as possible

Let’s all keep our society strong, active and with a growing membership.

Our next Board meeting is Sunday, June 9th at noon at the Safeway in Alamo. (< click for map)

Kind Regards,