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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ANAC 71399

Year LVII                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         No. 3

Fourth Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

6:00 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:30 p.m.

Topic This Month:


Ginny Bourke – Coins & Tokens of Sir Isaac Brock and Other Canadiens

British America comprised the British Empire's colonial territories in North America, Bermuda, Central America, the Caribbean, and Guyana from 1607 to 1783. The American colonies were formally known as British America and the British West Indies before the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) and formed the United States of America.  Following the Treaty of Paris (1763) which ended the French and Indian War in America and ended British involvement in the Seven Years' War in Europe, British America gained large amounts of new territory.  East and West Florida were ceded to the Kingdom of Spain in the Treaty of Paris (1783) which ended the American Revolution, and then ceded by Spain to the United States in 1819 after treaty negotiations to settle the old southwest border with Spanish Florida (eastern Louisiana, southern Alabama, Mississippi, and western Georgia). The remaining continental colonies of British North America to the northeast formed the Dominion of Canada by uniting provinces between 1867 and 1873. The Dominion of Newfoundland to the east joined Canada in 1949.  Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tabago are current member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.  Ginny Bourke is planning to provide us with a presentation as indicated above.  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show. We’ll have a raffle.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming 2019 Numismatic Events

27 April – 51st CSNA Annual Educational Symposium – 7:00am bus to Carson

11 May – Heartland Coin Show, Santee

6-8 June – Long Beach Coin, Stamp, Currency and Sports Expo

13-14 July – 62nd Annual COINARAMA – Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming 2019 Events

April - Short Presentations on misc. numismatic topics

May – Non-Metallic Money (Paper, Plastic, Wood, etc.)

June – South Europe  July – South Asia

MARCH QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Although the snow is piled high on the ground, the temperatures are finally rising above freezing and one might think Spring us just around the corner.  Preparing a trip to the Ontario Numismatic Association in Kingston (north of Watertown, NY) next month and I will report on that in the April edition.

Speaking of Canada, this month’s theme is British America, so this quiz will contain nothing about our neighbor to the north.

1.  What pair of coins from Central America have contiguous dates with the same composition, denomination, and design except for the country name?

2.  How many base-metal coins were issued by the only British colony in South America?  BONUS: What was its name after independence in 1966?

3.  According to Coin World, when will the East Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) issue its first polymer banknote in what denomination?  BONUS: What countries are served by the ECCB?

4.  Using the unusual denomination of 25 Dollars, what British America country produced a series of coins in 1992 marking the Discovery of America by Columbus?

FEBRUARY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

WOW! this is the first quiz in three months!  Gotta get back in practice.  And with all the crummy weather you have been experiencing recently, may you and your homes be safe from fire, flood, mudslides, tsunamis and the apocalypse.

It has been a rough couple of months for me too, with back surgery involving spinal stenosis and spinal fusion to correct damage done when I fell down “The Hole” on board ship back in ’76.  Things are healing well and I drove today for the first time in 7 weeks.  And my brain is working again after discontinuing all those wonderful drugs!

War Time is our theme this month.  Here are four medals from my Bovy collection that have war themes or implications.  Your job is to match the description to the medal.

1.  This bridge was built in remembrance of the greatest victory by Napoleon I.

2.  This medal was issued to honor participants in the Franco-Prussian War.  BONUS: What is the significance of the date in the exergue on the obverse?

3.  This medal was issued to commemorate the end of the Crimean War.

4.  Napoleon III participated in this battle then named a bridge for it.


A.  This medal was a continuation of the Republique Française medal originally issued in 1849 and used into the 1970s.  

B.  This is a modern-day strike (the Paris Mint never threw away a die).  The cornucopia has been used since 1880 and BRONZE is self-explanatory.

C.  The edge markings are the privy mark “hand” denoting striking 1845-1860 and CUIVRE for copper.

D.  This is a stock photo of the medal.  All the others are my photography.