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SNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                 ANAC 71399

Year LVII                                                                                                                                                                                                          No. 6

Fourth Wednesday, June 26, 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 Europe

Pater Ferioli – Italy

According to Wikipedia Southern Europe is the southern region of the European continent. Most definitions of Southern Europe, also known as Mediterranean Europe, include Italy, Malta, Corsica, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Slovenia, Spain, East Thrace of European Turkey and Cyprus. Portugal, Andorra, Vatican City, San Marino, Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia are also often included despite not having a coast in the Mediterranean.  Different methods can be used to define Southern Europe, including its political, economic, and cultural attributes. Southern Europe can also be defined by its natural features — its geography, climate, and flora. Politically, seven of the Southern European states form the EU Med group. Some definitions may also include mainland Southern France and Monaco, which are otherwise considered parts of Western Europe, and Bulgaria, which is otherwise considered part of Eastern Europe.  What material from this region of our world do you have in your collection?  You’re encouraged to bring any material related or even un-related to this topic to show.  Peter Ferioli is planning to provide us with a talk as specified above.  We’ll have a raffle with several items from this area of the numismatics.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming 2019 Numismatic Events

13-14 July – 62nd Annual COINARAMA – Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

                                                           Upcoming 2019 Topics

July – South Asia   August – Numismatic Paper Items

September – Numismatic Art: Beautiful Coins, Medals and Currency

JUNE QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Went to a veteran’s reunion a couple of weeks ago and got a bunch 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?

MAY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

March has finally stopped usurping April, but April is firmly encroaching May, with showers almost continuous.  A nice sunny day is rare, but we New Englanders cannot let that stop us.

Non-metallic money is the topic this month.  Have fun with my polymer money presentation.  These questions have nothing to do with that subject.

1.  Name at least four materials used for German Notgeld (remember the topic).

2.  What island group issued Ivory Plastic tokens in 1913 and Modern Plastic tokens in 1968?

3.  Due to a scarcity of metallic money, what was used as a substitute in New France in the 17th and 18th Centuries?

4.  What anti-counterfeiting measure for the printing of paper money did Ben Franklin introduce?


1. Paper, velvet, silk, leather, porcelain, linen, jute, others.  

2. Keeling-Cocos Islands.  

3. Playing cards.  

4. He used a leaf as a design element.  Since every leaf was unique, counterfeits were easily detected.