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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                                                                                                                                                             ANAC 71399

Year LVII                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   No. 5

Fourth Wednesday, May 22, 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:

Non-Metallic Money (Paper, Plastic, Wood, etc.)

Ken Aring – “Polymer Notes” prepared by Bob Fritsch

The predominant form of non-metallic money is the paper bank note.  However, and for many good reasons, metal is the material of choice for most of the world’s money.  According to Tony Clayton [], there have been twelve non-metals used to produce coins and medals.  Clayton’s list includes, carbon, clay, fiber, glass, leather, paper, plastic, porcelain, salt, selenium, silicon, and stone.  He appears to be an authority on metals and non-metals used for coinage and I would highly recommend visiting this web page and his website.  What non-metallic money do you have in your collection?  You’re encouraged to bring any material related or even un-related to this topic to show.  Ken Aring is planning to provide us with a talk and slide show prepared by Bob Fritsch 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

6-8 June – Long Beach Coin, Stamp, Currency and Sports Expo

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

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming 2019 Topics

June – South Europe  July – South Asia

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?

APRIL QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

The trip to Canada was a good one.  The Ontario Numismatic Association is filled with great people who are excellent and enthusiastic numismatists.  The atmosphere is quite relaxed compared to what we have in the States, and it leaves lots of time to interact with our colleagues to the north.  I did my Polymer Money presentation (which I will send to Ken next week) and entered an exhibit which took first place in its class (out of one).  Fun, fun, fun.

Miscellaneous topics are this month’s theme, so here are some miscellaneous items for your enjoyment.

1.  Who is the “Old Lady of Threadneedle Street”?

2.  How many Mints are active in Germany?  BONUS: Name them and their mintmarks.

3.  Who is depicted on the current Mexican 20 Peso note?

4.  Who is depicted on the new Canadian $10 note (2018) and what is her claim to fame? NOTE:  We had an outstanding presentation about this note from a Bank of Canada representative who was heavily involved with its creation.


1. Bank of England.

2. Five.  BONUS: A-Berlin, D-Munich, F-Stuttgart, G-Karlsruhe, J-Hamburg.

3. Benito Juarez (1806-1872).  

4. Viola Desmond, the Rosa Parks of Canada.