SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
AUGUST 2011 MEETING
North Park Senior Center, 2719 Howard Ave., San Diego
5:45 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:00 p.m.
Topic This Month:
War-Time, Emergency Money, Military Issues
Wars and emergencies have had significant effects on money and monetary systems. Disruptions in commerce and government often require use of non-strategic metals, rationing systems and private money. For reasons of security and necessity, militaries have frequently issued their own money. Numismatically speaking, terms used to describe the various monies produced under conditions of war and emergency include: Treasury warrants, siege pieces, notgeld, bush notes, gutshein (vouchers), encased postage, civil war tokens, hard times tokens, klippe, kriegsgeld, necessity money, Yellow Seal U.S. notes, Hawaii overprints, jetons, overstrikes, provisional paper money and coinage, and private scrip and tokens. Steve Fahrlender is planning to provide us with a talk and Power Point Presentation on this topic. You’re encouraged to bring any material to show. We’ll have a raffle. Invite a friend.
AUGUST QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
War is our theme this month, with the anniversaries of the atom bombs and the capitulation of Japan. Steve is giving the talk this month and here are some questions about the Pacific Theatre. Wikipedia was my primary source.
Everyone has seen the wallpaper of THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT wartime occupation currency. But has it been paid the attention it deserves or has it just been ignored? Here are some questions to get you started. Go to Google for a lot of these answers.
1. What was the official name of the currency?
2. What were the denominations issued and the countries/areas where they were used?
3. What are the check letters on each series (first letter only)
4. How were the initial Japanese Military Yen distinguished from the civilian issues?
Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events
27-28 August – Golden State Coin Show, Masonic Center, Arcadia
8-10 September – Long Beach Coin & Stamp Expo
Show Schedule Source: Beedon’s California Show List & Coin World
September Canada and British, French, Danish and Dutch Areas of America
November Exonumia (tokens, medals, phone cards, financial paper, etc.)
December Philippines, Japanese Occupation Areas, Other Far East Islands
JULY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
We again investigate Countries I Have Visited, which is proving to be popular, but difficult to write a quiz. As we did last time, these are general questions that have personal answers (mine are given). Have fun at the meeting, it is a dynamite subject!
1. Have you been given coins by friends or relatives who have traveled abroad?
2. Do you place time in your collection or do they languish in a drawer somewhere?
3. Do you keep track of local change when you are traveling?
4. Do you have a favorite world coinage?
1. Yes, I have received many coins this way. 2. They go into the collections with appropriate annotations. If I do not collect that particular country, I place them in the MISC book. 3. I always keep logs of my pocket change before saving or spending it, a snapshot of a coin census. 4. The EURO is fascinating to me as you can find coins of any of the participating countries wherever you happen to be.