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Year LVII No. 11

Fourth Wednesday, November 27, 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:

British Isles and the Commonwealth

Larry Baber – Great Britain Maundy Coinage

British Commonwealth, now formally known as Commonwealth of Nations, is a political association of 53 member states, nearly all of them former members of the British Empire.  The following is a current listing of the Commonwealth (names are modern): Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis,  Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka , Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, and Zambia.   The British Isles are a group of islands off the northwestern coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles.  Situated in the North Atlantic, the islands have a total area of approximately 315,159 km2, and a combined population of just under 70 million. Two sovereign states are located on the islands: Ireland (which covers roughly five-sixths of the island with the same name) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The British Isles also include three Crown Dependencies: The Isle of Man and, by tradition, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, although the latter are not physically a part of the archipelago.  The earliest coins of Britain date back to early in the 1st century BC.  What items do you have to share from this area of world numismatics?  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  Larry Baber will provide a program as named above.  We’ll have a raffle.  Invite a friend.

Schedule of Upcoming 2019 Numismatic Events

13-15 December – CSNA Convention and Coin Show – Arcadia Masonic Center

Show Schedule Source: CoinZip & The California Numismatist

Upcoming 2019 Topics

December – No Meeting

NOVEMBER QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

The weather is getting colder, the colors have faded and the leaves are on the ground.  It is definitely Autumn and it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  May yours be the best ever.

British Isles and the Commonwealth is our topic, one that was last visited in 2016.  Try these questions on for size.

1.  How many Commonwealth nations are in South America?  Name each and their currency.  BONUS:  What is the exchange rate for each?

2.  Three nations have dropped out of the Commonwealth.  Name them and their currencies.

3.  The East Caribbean Central Bank uses a letter suffix on their currency to indicate which country/territory where the notes were issued.  Name each country and their letter.

4.  Since there is no December meeting, here is a Christmas question:  In what year did the UK issue a 50P coin depicting a snowman carrying a child and soaring over houses?



OCTOBER QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

The wife and I drove around New Hampsha last week, engaging in a favorite Fall activity, leaf-peeping.  The colors were spectacular this year, as was our local coin show at the beginning of the month.

We go to the Middle East this month, with some questions to get the grey cells stimulated.

1.  Iraqi banknotes were dominated by Saddam Hussein’s portrait between what years?

2.  [Since these guys are in the current news:] In 2011, the Central Bank of Iraq announced plans to include Kurdish text on their banknotes.  Was this ever implemented, and if so, when?

3.  Iraq is considering lopping off a bunch of zeros from the Rial to create the Toman.  How many deleted zeros are contemplated? (Wikipedia)

4.  Name at least three Mideast countries that issue polymer or hybrid banknotes.


1. 1986-2002.  

2. Yes, in 2015 with a 50,000 Dinars note (P103).  

3.  10,000 Rials = 1 Toman.  

4.  Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon (polymer); Oman (hybrid/composite).  There are more.