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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026 ANAC 71399

Year XLIX No. 4

Fourth Wednesday, April 27, 2011

North Park Senior Center, 2719 Howard Ave., San Diego

5:45 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:00 p.m.

Topic This Month:

Mexico and Latin America

This topic has proved so popular that it has been included in our menu for the last twenty years or so.  Aside from being a significant part of the history of our nation, and especially California, Mexico is the third largest trading partner of our country.  This year we’ve expanded the scope of this topic to include the equally historically rich area of Latin America.  For the purposes of this meeting let's say that Latin America refers to the territories in the Americas where the Spanish or Portuguese languages prevail.  Besides Mexico, this includes almost all of Central and South America and in the Caribbean, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.  In summary those parts of the Americas that were once part of Spanish and Portuguese Empires are Latin America.  Spanish colonists to this area used the Castilian currency system.  Weight and size of the coins were defined by the ordinances of Ferdinand and Isabella issued in Medina del Campo in 1497.   The system consisted of the gold excelente (later the escudo) and the silver real.  The topic and possibilities are large.  What items do you have to share from this area of world numismatics?  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  Jeff Lewis will provide the program “Mexican Colonial Crowns and Minors”.   We’ll have a raffle.  Invite a friend.

APRIL QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

We visit a favorite this month – Mexico and Latin America.  Here are some tricky questions for you, this time concerning paper money.  I used the SCWPM Modern Issues, 1961-Present, 14th Edition.

1.  How many times has Brazil counterstamped its banknotes (provisional issues) to adjust for inflation since 1970?

2.  Who are the persons depicted on the current banknotes of Mexico, KM116-123?

3.  Only a handful of countries print their banknotes in vertical format.  Name two from Latin America.

4.  Cuba would not allow foreign tourists to use their national currency, so what did the unfortunate tourist use for money there?

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

 15 May – Heartland Coin Show, 695 Ballantyne Street, El Cajon

 2-4 June – Long Beach Coin Exposition, Long Beach Convention Center

 Show Schedule Source: Beedon’s California Show List & Coin World

Upcoming Numismatic Topics

May Western Europe  June Islamic States, Middle East, Silk Road

 July A Country I Visited ...  August  Exonumia

MARCH QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

British Isles is the category and this quiz is more geographical than numismatic.  It concerns islands around the Isles.

1.  Name the Channel Islands that can issue coins in their own name.  BONUS: Name the island and subject of a recent (2011) controversy about one of its coins.

2.  What island off the coast of Devonshire had a notorious token issue in the late 1920s?  BONUS: Name the denominations of these tokens.

3.  What islands off the west coast of Scotland are known for tweeds and were the subject of a Mendelssohn overture?

4.  What island group off the north coast of Scotland was the location of Scapa Flow, the anchorage for the British Home Fleet during WWI through WWII?


1. Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney. BONUS: Alderney issued a coin honoring William and Kate with a likeness of Kate that isn’t.  2. Lundy Island. BONUS: Half Puffin and One Puffin.  3. Hebrides.  4. Orkneys.