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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026 ANAC 71399

Year XLIX No. 2

Fourth Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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

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

Topic This Month:

Mediterranean Countries

The Mediterranean covers portions of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. lists the following as Mediterranean countries on its website: Gibraltar, Montenegro, Lebanon, Spain, Albania, Egypt, France, Greece, Libya, Monaco, Turkey, Malta, Italy, Cyprus, Tunisia, Slovenia, Syria, Algeria, Croatia, Israel, Morocco, Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  The history of the Mediterranean region is the history of the interaction of the cultures and people of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea —the central superhighway of transport, trade and cultural exchange between diverse peoples. Its history is important to understanding the origin and development of the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Persian, Canaanites, Israel and Judah, Greek, Roman, Carthaginian, Byzantine, Christian, and Islamic cultures.  Ken Aring is planning to provide us with a presentation on Mediterranean Countries.  What material from this area of numismatics can you share?  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  We’ll have a raffle.  Invite a friend.

FEBRUARY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Mediterranean Countries starts our quizzes for 2011.  This is one of my favorite areas of the world, so let’s look in the SCWC and other references and get started.

1.  How many Med littoral countries use the Euro?  BONUS:  Name them.

2.  Name the former currency units for each of the countries in question #1.

3.  Two Med countries have been granted import restrictions on certain types of ancient coins by the State Department, and a third Med country has a request pending.  Name them.

4.  Bearing #3 in mind, are you a member of the Ancient Coin Collector’s Guild (ACCG)

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

 12 March – CSNA Educational Sympo. - Long Beach Airport Holiday Inn

 17-19 March – ANA National Money Show - Sacramento Convention Ctr.

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

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

Upcoming Numismatic Topics

March  British Isles  April Mexico and Latin America

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

DECEMBER QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

US and US related is our theme this holiday season.  Sorry about the out-of-theme quiz last month.  A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

1.  What US commonwealth had Spanish coins minted in its name?

2.  What was the first foreign coin struck by the US Mint? [Do a Google on this one.]

3.  If the answer to question 2 is indeed a token, what is

 the first authorized foreign coin struck by the US Mint?

4.  Name at least two countries whose coinage was struck by the US Mint

 using the same planchets as US coins.


1. Puerto Rico.  2. 1833 Liberia 1 Cent, [KM]CH1 to 6. SCWC lists this as a token.  3. Venezuela 1- and 2½ centavo of 1876-1877 (Y25 and Y26).  4. Cuba and Panama come immediately to mind.