The next meeting of the Ancient Coin Club of Los Angeles will take place Sunday April 10, 2016 in the Community Room at the Sherman Oaks Galleria starting at 1:00 PM. The Sherman Oaks Galleria is located northwest of the intersection of the Ventura and San Diego Freeways at 15301 Ventura Boulevard (at Sepulveda Boulevard), in Sherman Oaks. Park in the Galleria parking lot (we validate your parking). The Community Room is behind the escalator on Level 1 of the rotunda, one floor below the cinema.
At the April 10 meeting Roger Burry will show the Historia Civilis video Vercingetorix & Caesar - Showdown in Gaul. The focus is on Vercingetorix and two battles that determined the future of Gaul. Bring your Roman coins from the Gallic War period.
The April 10 meeting will also feature an auction so please bring your duplicate books and coins. You are welcome to send images of your auction items to Roger so they can be projected for better viewing.
The March 13, 2016 meeting was brought to order by ACCLA President Ken Friedman at 1:15 PM. Barry Rightman gave his Treasurer's Report. The Treasury remains in inordinately good health. Secretary Michael Connor gave an update on the ACCLA web site and social media outreach. We now have 1,020 followers on facebook. Vice-President and program coordinator Roger Burry gave a rundown of the upcoming programs.
The March meeting presentation was by Professor Robert Cleve on The Flavian Dynasty. Bob discussed the rise of Vespasian from Nero's suicide in 68 CE and the tumultuous Year of the Four Emperors that followed, and the political/military stability that Vespasian engendered that kept him and his family in power. He was the first "Italian" Emperor and came to the throne at the age of 61. Vespasian was successful because like Augustus he established a broader-based imperial army through reforms that made it more loyal to the Emperor: units were now to be composed of troops from widely separate localities; Latin was the language of the army and became a tool for romanization. Vespasian accepted western nobility into the ranks of Roman aristocracy, and founded many new municipalities that allowed the first African to reach the Consulship in 80 CE. After Vespasian's death by natural causes his son Titus succeeded him in 79 CE. The short reign of Titus was marked by significant disasters including the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and major fires in Rome, and a major depletion of the Treasury. His brother Domitian ruled from 81-96 CE. Although of a suspicious nature, he seemed a proficient enough ruler. But as time went by Domitian came to see conspiracies everywhere, resulting in a Reign of Terror at least within the senatorial ranks in Rome and the palace by 88 CE. When his personal staff came under his suspicion in 96 CE they assassinated him. The Senate immediately issued a damnation. Later administrations and Christian writers extolled him as hard tyrant. Modern historians have reappraised Domitian somewhat more favorably.
Professor Cleve was roundly thanked and President Ken Friedman presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Following the break, Merrill Gibson gave updates on the April 23, 2016 California State Numismatic Association (CSNA) Southern Educational Symposium (see last month's Notice for details) and the August 2016, American Numismatics Association (ANA) show in Anaheim. ACCLA will run ads in Coin World and the ANA meeting program. The Secretary suggested ACCLA formally join NASC/CSNA so that we are included in their listings. Several members passed around coins. There was a lively discussion of how to liberate encapsulated coins from their "coffins".