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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ANAC 71399

Year LV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             No. 5

Fourth Wednesday, May 24, 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 Spindler – Mintmarks on Indian Native States Coins

India and this region of the world have rich histories of local coinage influenced by trade with Greeks, Turks and Romans.  The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Arab incursions starting in the 8th century and Turkic in the 12th were followed by those of European traders -- Portuguese, Dutch and British -- beginning in the late 15th century.  By the 19th century, Britain had assumed political control of virtually all Indian lands.  The Coin Atlas (1990) describes India as having “an independent coinage tradition which adopted and adapted many features from both the European and Islamic traditions, but has always retained a separate identity.”   South Asia is home to well over one fifth of the world's population, making it the most populous and most densely populated geographical region in the world.  Besides India, countries generally considered to be in South Asia include Vietnam, Kampuchea (Cambodia), Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  South Asia, as defined by the United Nations (UN Subregion of Asia), is comprised of the modern states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Maldives.  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 Spindler will provide the program as named above.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events

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

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

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

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

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.

Upcoming Meeting Topics for 2017

June – Mediterranean States July – Commemorative Coins

August – to be announced  September – to be announced

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?

APRIL QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

We are finally getting some decent weather here in the Granite State.  The glacier has disappeared from the front yard although my neighbor’s is still receding.  Spring is definitely in the air!

Island countries comprise this month’s theme.  This month’s quiz concerns Fantasy Polymer Banknotes and some of the island “nations” that issue them.  You can look online at the many dealers in these notes, or do Google.

1.  These islands feature cats on their notes and are otherwise known as the Desolation Islands.

2.  King Franck I created this virtual monarchy in 1988.  He is an accomplished artist and the banknotes of his kingdom are wonderful works of art.

3.  This tobacco producer is located in the Ervescent Sea and has been around for 8 centuries and maybe even longer, according to the Blissdane Naïve Historical Society.

4.  The VOC exploited this island from 1640 to 1796 when it was ceded to the British.  The fantasy notes are a riot of color.


1. Kerguelen Islands.  2. Kamberra.  3. Poneet Islands.  4. [Netherlands] Ceylon.