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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                               ANAC 71399

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Year LV No. 3

Fourth Wednesday, March 22, 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 – Ancient and Medieval Coins of the Middle East

The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia and Egypt.  The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, with the (geopolitical) importance of the region being recognized for millennia. Several major religions have their origins in the Middle East, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; the Baha'i faith, Mandaeism, Unitarian Druze, and numerous other belief systems were also established within the region.  Arabs, Turks, Persians, Azeris and Kurds constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population, while Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians, Copts, Greeks, Jews, Somalis, Shabaks, Mandaeans and other ethnic and ethnoreligious groups form significant minorities.  What items do you have to share from this area of world numismatics?  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  Ken Aring will provide a program as named above.  We’ll have a raffle.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

8 April – CSNA 49th Annual Southern California Educational Symposium – Costa Mesa

3 June – Heartland Coin Show – Guardian Angles Catholic Church, Santee

8-10 June – Long Beach Collectible Show – Long Beach Convention Center

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming Meeting Topics for 2017

April – Island Countries  May – India & South Asia

June – Mediterranean States July – Commemorative Coins

MARCH QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Greetings from sunny New Hampsha!  We had a taste of summer weather last week and are now expecting a Nor’easter with 20 inches of snow tomorrow.  Go figure.

I heard there was some disagreement with my answers in last month’s quiz.  That’s fine – the idea is to get everyone thinking about the subject.  The more we talk, the more we lean.

This month we explore the Middle East for the first time in almost 6 years (June 2011).  Since it has been in the news so much lately, this month we will examine the money of Syria.  Most of these answers are found on the Internet.

1.  What is the basic denomination of Syrian money and its subunit?

2.  What are the denominations of current Syrian coins?  BONUS: Which ones are bimetallic?

3.  What are the denominations of current Syrian banknotes (since 2010)?  BONUS: How much is the highest denomination worth in US$ (as of March 2017)?

4.  Why is the Syrian 10 Pound coin so popular in Norway?