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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026 ANAC 71399

Year XLIX No. 3

Fourth Wednesday, March 23, 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:

British Isles

The British Isles are a group of islands off the northwest coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain and Ireland and over six thousand smaller islands.  There are two sovereign states located on the islands: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom) and Ireland (also described as the Republic of Ireland). The British Isles also include three dependencies of the British Crown: the Isle of Man and, by tradition, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, although the latter are not physically a part of the archipelago. The first coins of the British Isles date from the first century BC. Numismatic influences primarily came from Gallo-Belgic tribes of Northwest France and Roman expeditions.  In later times, the power and influence of the British Isles significantly influenced world numismatics.  Stephanie Brown is planning to provide us with a presentation entitled Irish Republic Pre-Decimal Coinage. 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.

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?

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

April Mexico and Latin America   May Western Europe

 June Islamic States, Middle East, Silk Road  July A Country I Visited ...

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)


1. 9.  Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus.  2. Portugal - Escudo, Spain - Peseta, France/Monaco - Franc, Italy - Lira, Malta – Lira (Pound), Slovenia - Tolar, Greece - Drachma, Cyprus – Pound.  3. Cyprus, Italy, Greece (pending).  4.  Most emphatically YES, as they are trying to protect our right to collect