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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                        ANAC 71399

Year LVII                                                                                                                                                                 No. 8

Fourth Wednesday, August 28, 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:

Numismatic Paper Items

Ken Aring – Banking in Eastern Europe and Asia: Checks and Passbooks

According to wikipedia: “In China during the Han dynasty promissory notes appeared in 118 BC and were made of leather.  Rome may have used a durable lightweight substance as promissory notes in 57 AD which have been found in London.  However, Carthage was purported to have issued bank notes on parchment or leather before 146 BC. Hence Carthage may be the oldest user of lightweight promissory notes.  The first known banknote was first developed in China during the Tang and Song dynasties, starting in the 7th century.  Its roots were in merchant receipts of deposit during the Tang dynasty (618–907), as merchants and wholesalers desired to avoid the heavy bulk of copper coinage [i.e. “cash” coins] in large commercial transactions.  During the Yuan dynasty, banknotes were adopted by the Mongol Empire.  In Europe, the concept of banknotes was first introduced during the 13th century by travelers such as Marco Polo, with European banknotes appearing in 1661 in Sweden.”  Denominated stocks, bonds, checks, chits, tickets, and scrip are also (almost universally) considered numismatic.  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 Aring will provide the program as named above.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming 2019 Numismatic Events

23 – 25 August – NASC Golden State Coin Show -- Arcadia

9 November – Heartland Coin Show – Santee

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming 2019 Topics

September – Numismatic Art: Beautiful Coins, Medals and Currency

October – Middle East

AUGUST QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

This year’s ANA seemed busier than previous conventions, with little apparent time to just visit with friends.  Four banquets in four nights, lots of club meetings, exhibits, judging, the time gets eaten fast.

Numismatic Paper Items is the theme, which means paper money for the most part but let’s go off the beaten path – German Notgeld.  Go to to find the answers to these questions.

1.  What are Spielkarton?

2.  What is the difference between Grossgeld and regular Notgeld?

3.  What does the cartoon on the Papenburg note on the splash page mean?

4.  What was the true purpose of Serienscheine?

JULY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Summer is here with hot steamy weather bringing on thunderstorms and heavy rain.  Getting ready for next month’s ANA in Rosemont with the usual heavy schedule.  Will any of you be there?

We revisit South Asia this month, last time was May 2017.  Here is a quiz we have not done for some time – listed are design elements of coins from the area, you name the country.  I used the 2018 SCWC 12th Edition (2001-).

1.  Nautilus, Coffee beans, Rooster, Rice plant.

2.  Bennett’s Cassowary, Ambulance Corps logo, Steam train and map.

3.  Two children reading, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

4.  Saket Temple, Arun Temple, Mahathat Temple.

5.  Jasmine flower, Black-Naped Oriole, Palm Cockatoo.

6.  Banyan tree, 24-Prong DahrmaChakra, Tea Pluckers.

7.  Aston Martin DB-6, Rocking horse, Turtle.

8.  Surfacing submarine, Jinnah, Clasped hands.

9.  Bamboo Viper, Chua Mot Cot Pagoda, Stilt House

10. Star Jasmine plant, Powder-Puff plant, Yellow Allamanda plant.


1. East Timor.  2. Papua New Guinea.  3. Bangladesh.  4. Thailand.  5.Indonesia .  6. Sri Lanka.  7. British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).  8. Pakistan.  9. Vietnam.  10. Singapore.