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This page provides a summary of club news headlines.

BCCOCO News Summary 2015

Greetings and Happy Holidays! 2015 club meetings are complete; we'll see you again in 2016! See "Current and Upcoming Club Events" (on the homepage), see our calendar and see the president's message.

Reminder - Meeting Dates and Locations! The BCCOCO meets alternate months in Redmond and Bend, except as noted. See our calendar (or the information on the homepage) for complete details. Meetings, which had been held on the 3rd Tuesday, will temporarily move to the 2nd Tueday beginning in February 2016, unless otherwise announced. Driving directions are posted on our calendar page. There are usually no club meetings in July or August. Also see the president's message.

Welcome! If you're new to numismatics or the club, or just looking for more information, welcome ... perhaps club members can help you learn more about what you've got, or help you enjoy collecting more.

  • See below for more information about the club and its upcoming meetings and events.
  • See the links page for some recommended websites.
  • See the President's Message.

What's your silver and gold worth? To find out, try the "Online Precious Metal Weight Conversion and Melt Value Calculators" at

Coin Conventions! BCCOCO members and guests are invited to attend the annual PNNA conventions in the Seattle and Portland areas. See our own calendar or the PNNA website for more information.

See sample exhibit items from BCCOCO regular meetings.
These are items members bring each month for "show & tell." (Photos will be taken selected months.)

Completed Club Events:

The December 15, 2015 club meeting in Redmond featured the annual holiday potluck, a special holiday raffle, club elections and an auction. The club supplied sandwiches and beverages.

At the November 17, 2015 coin club meeting in Bend, Eric gave an illustrated talk about "Albert Einstein medals and the 100th anniversary of General Relativity." There were no quizzes this time! See more photos.

The October 20, 2015 coin club meeting in Redmond featured reports on the fall PNNA/WCC coin show in Portland, and a 14-question U.S. coin quiz. See the quiz questions and answers, including bonus items.

At the delayed September 22, 2015 coin club meeting in Bend, there were reports on summer numismatic activities, including especially Walter's annual trip to ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs. In addition to the usual monthly raffle, we're also continuing the practice of having a separate randomly-awarded prize for show & tell participants. Photos: 1918-S Mercury Dime found by treasure hunting. See more photos.

The delayed June 30, 2015 meeting at the High Desert Community Grange was a memorial to Michael Graham, owner of Mountain High Coins, who passed away in early June. There was also a potluck meal with the club supplying meat and cheese. Now it's summer break until September. Photo: Group photo from the June 30 meeting. Prints of this and one other photo will be available for purchase at the September club meeting.

The May 19, 2015 meeting included a brief report by Paul on the ANA's National Coin Week 20-question challenge pertaining to the theme of "Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World's Fairs." Although Paul thinks he got the answers correct, he was a couple days late, so we'll try again and get an earlier start next year. The meeting also had some interesting "show & tell" items, such as the coin glass shown in the photo! See more photos.

The April 21, 2015 meeting featured a National Coin Week-related presentation by Eric on "So-Called Dollars for Expositions."

Photo: Club member display of medals, admission tickets and other memorabilia from the 1892-93 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. See more photos.

There were also a couple of nice raffle prizes donated by Mountain High Coins!


The March 17, 2015 meeting at the Redmond location featured ANA Portland show reports and another month of show & tell with a prize awarded to one of the participants. National Coin Week (coming up in April) was also discussed. Photo: Beautifully toned belt buckle with an eagle design. Such items are popular with coin collectors, who of course also frequently desire attractive toned coins! See more photos.


The February 17, 2015 meeting was held at the Bend location (High Desert Community Grange). This meeting featured a show & tell with a special prize drawn at random to one of the participants, and we had some nice items shown! Photos: Panama Canal centennial of completion (1914-2014) medal in silver. See some more photos of items from this meeting. There was also an opportunity to answer any final questions about the upcoming ANA National Money Show in Portland in March.

The January 20, 2015 meeting was held at the Redmond location, and featured a special private auction of coins and banknotes. Paul also spoke briefly about the U.S. Mint's 2014 Native American $1 coin and currency collector set, which is now sold out.