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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                            ANAC 71399

Year LVII                                                                                                                                                                                                            No. 7

Fourth Wednesday, July 24, 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:

South Asia

Ken Aring – Ancient and Medieval India

This region of the world has a rich history 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 Aring will provide the program as named above.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming 2019 Numismatic Events

9 November – Heartland Coin Show – Santee

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming 2019 Topics

August – Numismatic Paper Items

September – Numismatic Art: Beautiful Coins, Medals and Currency

October – Middle East

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.

JUNE QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Went to a veteran’s reunion a couple of weeks ago and got a grunch of Navy “Challenge Coins”, bringing the total in that collection to over 1,000 pieces.  This is a fun and not-too-expensive branch of the hobby (unless you totally immerse like I have).

We travel to south Europe this month.  I dearly loved my Med cruises in the Navy and got to see and experience lots of neat stuff.  Naples and Taormina were favorite port calls, so we shall start there.

1.  What denominations did the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies use?  BONUS: Who was the last king?

2.  What was Francisco Franco’s title on his coins?

3.  Monetary reform hit France in 1960.  What was the exchange rate old to new?

4.  REPUBLIKE SRPSKE KRAJINE appeared on the inflationary notes of what short-lived proto-state?

  BONUS: What was the highest denomination note issued?


1. Tornese (Copper), Grano (Silver), Ducato (Gold)  BONUS: Francis II (reigned 1859-1861).  

2. “Caudillo” (no precise translation, “Strongman” is as good as any).  

3. 1 old Franc = 1 new Centime (100:1).  

4. Serb Republic of Krajina (1991-1995), taken over by Croatia in 1995.  

BONUS: 50 Billion Dinars.  Inflation was always a problem, to say the least.