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~ PAWCATUCK VALLEY COIN CLUB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ~
Celebrating 55 years in the numismatic hobby!
IN SEPTEMBER WITH 650 MEETINGS UNDER OUR BELT WE WILL HAVE CAKE!!
BRING YOUR ERRORS (IN EITHER BILLS OR COINS) TO SHOW OFF…LET’S HAVE FUN!!
Dear Pawcatuck Valley Coin Club,
My name is Dayne Rugh and I am the new Director of Education for the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich CT. I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce myself, and reach out regarding an exhibit our museum will be launching in October on Norwich native and designer of the 2 1/2 and 5 dollar Indian Head gold pieces, Bela Lyon Pratt. My purpose in working with this exhibit is to generate program ideas related to the exhibit's subject matter, and Pratt's experience in designing coins and medals is something I found to be a topic of interest that could be shared with our community. In doing research on the topic I uncovered your organization and your recent activity involving presentations and shows. I am curious if anyone in your organization actively presents on topics related to the design and artistry of coinage or could perhaps recommend someone who would fit this profile well. Our exhibit opening is slated for October 15th and my goal would be to find a speaker who would be able to deliver a presentation such as this tentatively during the second half of October or possibly early November. I thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing back. The upshot is that the Club will be giving a talk on October 19, 2017 at the Slater Memorial Museum with Dennis Fortier #775, John Clarke #837, Larry Erhart #658 and Dave Morrison #773 presenting. Mark your calendars!!
1935 Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corp.(ARRC)By Cal Mellor #840
The "Bingle" was issued by the U.S. government and could be exchanged for regular U.S. coin or currency.The tokens were given to farmers (colonists) who participated in the "New Deal" Alaska program that relocated nearly 200 farm families from the mid-west to the Matanuska Valley near Palmer (Alaska) approximately 50 miles from Anchorage.Each adult got $30.00 worth of tokens and each child got $5.00 worth of the tokens (Bingles) to spend in the company store in Palmer.Tokens were used to discourage ARRC colonists from visiting private stores and businesses that were literally “across the tracks” from the colony. The tokens were intended for exclusive use in ARRC colony stores.In 1937 the government stopped issuing Bingles and then thru 1938 began to redeem them.In 1938 the legal tender status of the tokens was revoked and most were melted.The nickname "Bingles" came from the Reverend Bert Jennings Bingle who served as the Presbyterian Church in the area for 38 years.
The ARRC colony was not viable, and had nearly failed by 1940. Many original colonists had quit and returned to the States. Then WWII brought military bases to the area, and the remaining colony thrived on the increased demand for produce and commerce. Palmer today has a population of around 7,000.
DR SCOTT ROTTINGHAUS PVCC #797 RECEIVES ANA 2017 MEDAL OF MERIT
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AUBURN, MA: 8TH October Elks Lodge, 754 South Bridge Street (Route 12) 46 Tables. Free Admission. 978- 658-0160
DEDHAM MA: 1ST October Holiday Inn, I-95 exit 15A, Dedham MA. 29 tables, free admission. 603-978-3459
HARTFORD CT: 19TH November Courtyard Marriott, 4 Sebethe Dr. Cromwell CT. 718-323-1930 or stassinsJ98@aol.com
NASHUA NH: 17TH September Holiday Inn 9 Northeastern Blvd Nashua NH 03060 49 tables free admission 978-658-0160
DEVINS, MA: 24TH September Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens MA, $1 Admission 978-658-0160
BLACKSTONE VALLEY, MA: 20TH September VFW Post 1385, 16 Cross Street Route 16, Uxbridge MA Terrance O’Connor 508-400- 7454