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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ANAC 71399

Year LV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     No. 6

Fourth Wednesday, June 28, 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 – Knights of St. John of Jerusalem/Malta (Medieval—Modern)

Quoting from Wikipedia: The name Mediterranean is derived from the Latin mediterraneus, meaning "inland" or "in the middle of land" (from medius, "middle" and terra, "land"). It covers an approximate area of 965,000 sq mi, but its connection to the Atlantic (the Strait of Gibraltar) is only 8.7 mi wide. The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. Several ancient civilizations were located around the Mediterranean shores, and were greatly influenced by their proximity to the sea. It provided routes for trade, colonization, and war, as well as food (from fishing and the gathering of other seafood) for numerous communities throughout the ages.  Due to the shared climate, geology, and access to the sea, cultures centered on the Mediterranean tended to have some extent of intertwined culture and history.  The following countries have a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.  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. Ken Aring will provide the program as named above.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

25 June – Van Nuys Coin Show – Van Nuys Masonic Center

8-9 July – 60th Annual San Diego COINARAMA – Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming Meeting Topics for 2017

July – Commemorative Coins August – to be announced

September – to be announced October – to be announced

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.

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.

MAY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Just got back from the annual Central States show where they gave me their Medal of Merit for the behind-the-scenes work I have been doing with them for several years now.  I am honored to receive this unexpected award.

This month we do India and South Asia.  Here are some questions about India to get you started.

1.  Since 1957, what circulating denominations have been dropped from India’s monetary system (consider Naya coins the same as no-Naya coins)?

2.  Since 1957, what circulating denominations have been added?

3.  Has India ever issued circulating ringed bimetallic coins, if so, what denominations?

4.  What denominations are no longer used in the commemorative lineup?


1. 1 Paisa, 2 Paise, 5 Paise, 10 Paise, 20 Paise.  2. 10 Rupees.  3. Yes, 10 Rupees since 2005.  4. 20 Rupees.