SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
SEPTEMBER 2019 MEETING
North Park Senior Center, 2719 Howard Ave., San Diego
6:00 p.m., Doors Open at About 5:30 p.m.
Topic This Month:
Numismatic Art: Beautiful Coins, Medals and Currency
Lincoln Higgie – Neoclassical Art in Numismatics
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful. Taking a mostly classical view of beautiful coinage, one on-line website lists the following as the ten most beautiful coins: 10) Great Britain Queen Victoria Gothic Head Silver Crown; 9) Ancient Greece Aeolis, Myrina, 150 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm; 8) Ancient Greece Syracuse, Sicily 400 B.C. Euainetos Silver Dekadrachm; 7) USA $50 Gold Eagle 2013; 6) Ancient Greece Magnesia ad Maeandrum 150 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm; 5) Ancient Greece Ephesos 340 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm; 4) Ancient Greece Cappadocian Kingdom 156 B.C. King Orophernes Silver Tetradrachm; 3) Great Britain 1839 Una & the Lion Gold £5; 2) Ireland 1927 Morbiducci Silver Half Crown pattern; 1) Ancient Greece Acragas, Sicily 409 B.C. Screaming Eagles Silver Dekadrachm. This month’s topic is very broad and leaves plenty of room for everyone to bring in something. Our raffle will consist of interesting and appropriate items. Lincoln Higgie 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
October – Middle East November – British Isles
SEPTEMBER QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
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?
AUGUST QUIZ by Bob Fritsch
This year’s ANA seemed busier than previous conventions, with little apparent time to just visit with friends. Four banquets in four nights, lots of club meetings, exhibits, judging, the time gets eaten fast.
Numismatic Paper Items is the theme, which means paper money for the most part but let’s go off the beaten path – German Notgeld. Go to https://notgeld.com/ to find the answers to these questions.
1. What are Spielkarton?
2. What is the difference between Grossgeld and regular Notgeld?
3. What does the cartoon on the Papenburg note on the splash page mean?
4. What was the true purpose of Serienscheine?
1. Handwritten pieces made from playing cards.
2. Grossgeld is in denominations of 1 Mark or more, Notgeld is less than 1 Mark.
3. That the tax man still wants his money from a starving populace.
4. Serienscheine were made for collectors and did not actually serve as a medium of exchange. It is rare to find circulated Notgeld.