For more information about the International Numismatic Society of San Diego email us at   All Rights Reserved 2017 International Numismatic Society of San Diego




CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ANAC 71399

Year LV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No. 8

Fourth Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

6:00 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:30 p.m.

Topic This Month:


Ken Aring – The Breakup of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia

Eastern Europe is a loose term for the collection of countries in the easternmost region of Europe, though this definition is context-dependent and carries cultural and political connotations.  The United Nations Statistics Division developed a selection of geographical regions and groupings of countries and areas, which are or may be used in compilation of statistics. In this collection, the following ten countries or republics were classified as Eastern Europe: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The United Nations' definition encompasses most of the states which were once under the Soviet Union's realm of influence and were part of the Warsaw Pact.  In some sources, Eastern Europe is defined as the nations bordered by the Baltic and Barents seas on the north; the Adriatic, Black, and Caspian seas and the Caucasus Mountains on the south; and the Ural Mountains. Using this definition, the nations of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia), which the UNSD categorizes as Southern Europe, would be included. If this region is not in your collecting wheelhouse, please feel free to bring and show anything.  Our raffle will consist of interesting and appropriate items.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

26-27 August – NASC Golden State Coin Show – Arcadia Masonic Center

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming Meeting Topics for 2017

September – Ancient Coins October – Paper Money  November – NO MEETING December – Asia

AUGUST QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

The RCNA convention was a great success.  Made many new numismatic friends, met with old ones, and got to see several email correspondents for the first time.  My exhibit won First in its class (Non-Canadian Medals) and it took Best of Show too.  Upon return I went in for total knee replacement but ran into the dreaded cellulitis and spent several days on antibiotics to bring it under control.  I am home now and starting the long healing process.

Much of Eastern Europe was under Communist governments in the latter half of the 20th Century.  Here are the coats of arms of six countries and all you have to do is name them.

1.   2.   3.  

4.   5.   6.   

JULY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

I am heading to Canada next week for the RCNAS convention, my first.  Montreal is a five-hour drive away but I have never been.  Looking forward to it.  I am skipping ANA this year (breaking a 21 year streak) because I am getting a new knee the day before it opens.  Will report progress next month.

Commemorative Coins is this month’s topic with a talk by Joe Yager about Swiss 5-Franc coins.  So this quiz is about the other denominated Swiss commems.  I used the excellent website of the Swiss Mint for these questions.

1.  What performance art, long a favorite of country singers like Jimmie Rodgers, is the subject of a silver 20 Franc 2017 coin?

2.  What Swiss playwright and author was honored by a silver 20 Franc coin in 2011?

3.  My favorite mountain was honored in 2004 with a 10 Franc bimetallic and a 50 Franc gold coin.  What is it?

4.  A coin designed by Antoine Bovy in 1848 was depicted on a 100 Franc gold coin in 1998.  What was the commemoration?

If you are interested in Swiss coinage, explore the website for all sorts of great information.  They have had a semi-annual magazine in French and German for years and this year started printing it in English too.  Happy hunting!


1. Yodeling.  2. Max Frisch (no relation).  3. Matterhorn.  4. 150th Anniversary of the Swiss Federal Constitution.