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Year LVII No. 10

Fourth Wednesday, October 23, 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:

Middle East

Joe Yager – The Early Banknotes of the State of Israel

The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia and Egypt.  The history of the Middle East dates to ancient times, with the (geopolitical) importance of the region being recognized for millennia. Several major religions have their origins in the Middle East, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; the Baha'i faith, Mandaeism, Unitarian Druze, and numerous other belief systems were also established within the region.  Arabs, Turks, Persians, Azeris and Kurds constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population, while Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians, Copts, Greeks, Jews, Somalis, Shabaks, Mandaeans and other ethnic and ethno-religious groups form significant minorities.  What items do you have to share from this area of world numismatics?  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  Joe Yager will provide a program as named above.  We’ll have a raffle.  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

November – British Isles and the Commonwealth December – No Meeting

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.


Autumn has arrived and with it the cooler weather and turning leaves.  The numismatic “season” has started and there is lots doing.  I am scheduled to give several talks at clubs and libraries before the end of the year, one activity I dearly love.

Numismatic Art featuring beautiful coins, medals, and paper money is the theme for this month.  Here are a few questions to get you started.

1.  Said to be the “most beautiful banknotes ever printed”, which former Dutch colony issued notes depicting indigenous birds in January 2000?

2.  Canada issued a stunning C$250 coin containing 1+ kilo of silver in 2019 commemorating what event?  (I bought one at the ANA show!)

3.  What Renaissance polymath is depicted on a beautiful 2019 €10 Europa Star commemorative (just featured in Coin World)?  BONUS:  What two creations by this person are depicted on the coin?

4.  Although somewhat lopsided as it only lists American medals, what is the #1 medal listed in QDB’s 100 Greatest American Tokens and Medals?


1. Suriname.

2. 100th Anniversary of the Canadian National Railroad (  

3. Leonardo da Vinci (  BONUS:  Vitruvian Man and his flying machine.  

4. Libertas Americana.