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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026 ANAC 71399

Year XLIX No. 5

Fourth Wednesday, May 25, 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:

Western Europe

Western Europe is a loose term for the collection of countries in the westernmost region of Europe, though this definition is context-dependent and carries cultural and political connotations.  One definition describes Western Europe as a geographic entity - the region lying in the Western part of Europe.  Another definition was created during the Cold War and used to describe the non-Communist states of Europe that were allied with the United States to some degree.  For this purpose the Western European Union, a defense agreement among Western European nations during the Cold War, was created in 1948.  As a result, geographically central and eastern countries that steered clear of Soviet influence during the Cold War are usually included, while western members of the former Eastern Bloc (with the exception of Eastern Germany) are excluded.  Countries described as Western European are invariably high-income developed countries, characterized by democratic political systems, mixed economies combining the free market with aspects of the welfare state, and most are members of NATO and the European Union.  What items do you have to share from this area of world numismatics?  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  Mike Shaw will provide the program “The Commission for Relief of Belgium (WWI)”.  We’ll have a raffle.  Invite a friend.

MAY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

With Western Europe as the topic and the presentation relating to the aftermath of WWI, here are some questions about money from that era.  My old standby SCWC 34th Edition is the source.

1.  To repay their war debt to the US, Great Britain debased their silver coinage from what fineness to      what fineness in 1920?

2.  French coinage was also affected by the war.  How did their silver coins change in 1920-21?

3.  When did Belgium make the transition from silver to base metal coinage?

4.  Germany recovered from its disastrous inflation by issuing the Rentenmark in 1923.  What gave      this coinage its value (this in not in the SCWC)?

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

 2-4 June – Long Beach Coin Exposition, Long Beach Convention Center

 Show Schedule Source: Beedon’s California Show List & Coin World

Upcoming Numismatic Topics

June  Islamic States, Middle East, Silk Road      July  A Country I Visited or My Ancestors Are From     August  War-time, Emergency Money, Military Issues     September Canada and British, French, Danish and Dutch Areas of America

APRIL QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

We visit a favorite this month – Mexico and Latin America.  Here are some tricky questions for you, this time concerning paper money.  I used the SCWPM Modern Issues, 1961-Present, 14th Edition.

1.  How many times has Brazil counter-stamped its banknotes (provisional issues) to adjust for inflation since 1970?

2.  Who are the persons depicted on the current banknotes of Mexico, KM116-123?

3.  Only a handful of countries print their banknotes in vertical format.  Name two from Latin America.

4.  Cuba would not allow foreign tourists to use their national currency, so what did the unfortunate tourist use for money there?


1. Three times in 1986, 1989, and 1990.  

2. 20 Pesos – Juarez, 50 – Morelos, 100 – Nezahualcoyotl, 200 – Asbaje, 500 – Zaragoza, 1000 – Hidalgo (entry in the catalog is for 20 Peso).  

3. Brazil (H on front, V on back), Columbia (V both sides)  

4. Foreign Exchange Certificates (kinda like traveler’s checks) were used.  Four series (A-D) were issued until the Peso Convertible issue was started in 1994.  This would be a fertile area for research as the catalog only lists the notes and says little about “the rest of the story”.