SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
SEPTEMBER 2011 MEETING
North Park Senior Center, 2719 Howard Ave., San Diego
5:45 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:00 p.m.
Topic This Month:
Canada and British, French, Danish and Dutch Areas of America
Beginning in the late 15th century, French and British expeditions explored Canada, and later settled, along the Atlantic coast. France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America to Britain in 1763 after the Seven Years' War. Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. A significant portion of the population (particularly in Quebec - formerly New France) is French-speaking as a result of French colonial interests. Canada was named by French explorers of the St. Lawrence River. British influence dominated northern North America as well as the rest of eastern North America. British influence also extended to Central America (British Honduras), the Caribbean (10 territories) and South America (British Guiana). Besides Canada, French colonial influence has been exerted in the Caribbean (Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Haiti) and in South America (French Guiana). Other than medieval colonization of Greenland, Danish influence in the Americas occurred in the Caribbean (Danish West Indies). Besides colonial U.S.A., Dutch influence occurred in the Netherland Antilles, Virgin Islands, Suriname, and Guyana. Ken Aring is planning to provide us with a presentation on this topic. You’re encouraged to bring any material to show. We’ll have a raffle. Invite a friend.
SEPTEMBER QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
We had the topic of the Canada and British, French, Danish, and Dutch areas of America just last year, but something significant has happened to a coin-issuing entity in the meantime. Here are some questions about that event.
1. What coin issuing island group in our subject area ceased to exist on 10 October 2010?
2. Name the islands in this group.
3. What happened to these islands upon dissolution?
4. What coinage do these islands use?
Schedule of Upcoming Numismatic Events
29-30 October – 129th CSNA Coin Show & Convention, Long Beach
11 December – Heartland Coin Show – El Cajon
Show Schedule Source: Beedon’s California Show List & Coin World
November Exonumia (tokens, medals, phone cards, financial paper, etc.)
December Philippines, Japanese Occupation Areas, Other Far East Islands
AUGUST QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
War is our theme this month, with the anniversaries of the atom bombs and the capitulation Japan. Steve is giving the talk this month and here are some questions about the Pacific Theatre. Wikipedia was my primary source.
Everyone has seen the wallpaper of THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT wartime occupation currency. But has it been paid the attention it deserves or has it just been ignored? Here are some questions to get you started. Go to Google for a lot of these answers.
1. What was the official name of the currency?
2. What were the denominations issued and the countries/areas where they were used?
3. What are the check letters on each series (first letter only)
4. How were the initial Japanese Military Yen distinguished from the civilian issues?
1. Southern Development Bank Notes, a rather ironic title.
2. Dollar: Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei; Rupee: Burma; Peso: Philippines; Guilder/Gulden: Dutch East Indies; Shilling: Oceania.
3. Dollar(Malaya, etc.) M; Gulden S; Peso P; Shilling O
4. BANK OF JAPAN and promises to pay in gold or silver were lined out and large red text identifying it as military currency was overprinted.