SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026 ANA C-71399
Year XLVIII No. 1
Fourth Wednesday, February 24, 2010
North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard St., San Diego
5:45 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:00 p.m.
Topic This Month:
Ancient and Medieval and Obsolete Countries
A Numismatist on the Trail of Marco Polo
Numismatically speaking the Ancient period is generally considered to be before 500 AD. The Medieval period (Middle Ages) extends to about 1500 AD and included the first sustained urbanization of northern and western Europe. Many modern European countries owe their origins to events and trends in the Middle Ages; present European political boundaries are, in many regards, the result of the military and dynastic outcomes during that period. Obsolete Countries are countries that have either merged (e.g. East and West Germany) or split-up (e.g. Yugoslavia). Ken Aring is planning to provide us with a talk and slide show this month on the topic "A Numismatist on the Trail of Marco Polo". He plans to tell us the story of Marco Polo's travels in the 13th century Asia and illustrate some of the coins he might have seen. You’re encouraged to bring any material to show. We’ll have a raffle. Invite a friend.
FEBRUARY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
I trust all of you had great holidays, and are well into this new year of
2010. We start this year’s quizzes with some questions about Ancient and
Medieval and Obsolete Countries. So break out your historical atlases
(atlii?) and other references and place these coin-issuing peoples and
countries on the modern map:
3. Holy Roman Empire
4. Golden Horde (ca. 1240)
Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events
18-20 February – Central California Coin Show – Bakersfield Event Ctr., 3201 F Street
20 March – CSNA Educational Symposium, Holiday Inn, 3805 Murphy Canyon Rd., S.D.
Show Schedule Source: Beedon’s California Show List & Coin World
Numismatic Topics 2010
April Mexico and Latin America
May Errors, Counterfeits, Imitations, Counterstamps, Sea Salvage, etc.
DECEMBER QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so here is a quiz about this holiday that is upon us. Maybe these questions will spark some gift ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
1. Which British Crown Dependency has been issuing Christmas 50 Pence coins since 1980?
2. Which British Crown Colony has been issuing Christmas 50 Pence coins since 1989?
3. Which Pyrenees principality has been issuing gold 25 Diners coins since 2001?
4. Which Western European country has issued a special Christmas set since the start of Euro coinage?