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Year LV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No. 7

Fourth Wednesday, July 26, 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:


Joe Yager – Swiss Confederation Commemorative Five Frank Coins

The Macmillan Encyclopedic Dictionary of Numismatics defines a commemorative as “a coin or note honoring a particular person or event, with a design markedly different from that of ordinary money.”  The dictionary goes on to say, “Commemoratives remind citizenry of a noble event in the history of a nation, a virtuous leader, a deserving party or the righteousness of goals.”  The number of commemorative coins exploded in the 20th century primarily because of patriotism and profit.  The most notable key to their proliferation is the profit motive of mints or nations.  Commemoratives are now generally sold by minters to collectors and/or souvenir seekers at a significant profit.  This month’s topic is broad and leaves plenty of room for everyone to bring in something.  Our raffle will consist of interesting and appropriate items.  Joe Yager will provide the program as named above.  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

August – Eastern Europe  September – Ancient Coins

October – Paper Money  November – NO MEETING

Individual ANA Membership Giveaway

We have been advised that the ANA is allowing INSSD to designate ten members (or even non-members) to become members of the ANA free of charge.  If you are interested in obtaining one of these free memberships or know someone who is, contact Joe Yager or Ken Spindler for further details.

JULY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

I am heading to Canada next week for the RCNA 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!

JUNE QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Summer in New England!  If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.  The warm temps are finally here and school is out.  Time for summer fun!

We explore Mediterranean Islands (among other places) this month, of which there are a lot.  Some even issued coins.  Match these coin descriptions with the island that issued it.  All answers can be found in the five volumes of the SCWC.  Some islands may be used more than once or not at all, and watch for multiple answers.

1.  ND (1802-21) Cagliarese featuring arms of Savoy and the island.

2.  1937 Peseta with coat of arms depicting a city wall with turrets in a curved octagon.

3.  1633 silver 4 Real featuring a diamond-shaped shield.

4.  1977 100 Mils featuring a Mouflon.

5.  1900A series of five Lepton (Lepta) coins featuring a crown and the island’s name.

6.  1767 4 Soldi under General Pasquali Paoli.

7.  2008 1 Euro.

8.  1801 Gazetta showing a stylized lion.

9.  1619IP silver Tari showing Filippo III.

10. 1973 2 Pounds showing the Tal-Imdina Gate.

Islands:  Corsica, Crete, Cyprus, Ionian Islands, Majorca, Malta, Menorca, Sardinia, Sicily.


1. Sardinia.  2. Menorca.  3. Majorca.  4. Cyprus.  5. Crete.  6. Corsica.  7. Cyprus, Malta.  8. Ionian Islands.  9. Sicily.  10. Malta.