Volume 5 Issue 10                                                                                       October  2000.

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TASMANIAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY INC.

  • Anyone who wishes to apply for membership to our non-profit making organisation, and who is prepared to abide by the rules of the Society and its aim of promoting the study and enjoyment of the hobby of numismatics, should contact the following addresses for an application form and details of subscriptions :-
  • The Secretary,
    Tasmanian Numismatic Society, Inc.
    G.P.O. Box 884J.
    Hobart. Tasmania. 7001.
    Australia.
    Our members meet at 8.00 p.m. on the 2nd.Thursday of each month (except January), in our social rooms at the Masonic Club, 181 Macquarie St., Hobart. Tasmania. Visitors are always welcome!

    TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST.
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    The Editor,
    Tasmanian Numismatist.
    P.O.Box 10,
    Ravenswood. 7250. Tasmania.
    Australia.
    Internet Page: http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/tns.html
    Email: pwood@vision.net.au
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    Index

    BEREAVEMENT.

  •  It is with deep regret that members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society - and we at the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - learnt of the death of Tom Hanley on Monday 4 Sept. 2000.

  • A deeply upset Greg McDonald, who was a great personal friend of Tom, passed on the sad news to this editor.
    Tom was the inaugural winner of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society's prestigious Lockwood Award for Services to Australian Numismatics (formerly the A.J. Lockwood Medal) in November 1996 and was a well-known and respected member of the Australian numismatic fraternity. There is no doubt he will be sorely missed and the following eulogy received from another long-time personal friend and colleague, Roger McNeice OAM, FRNS, highlights the esteem with which Tom was held with his peers.
     
    VALE - TOM HANLEY OAM,
    Fellow of the Australian Numismatic Society.

    It was with much sadness that on Monday I learnt of the death of my long time friend and fellow numismatist, Tom Hanley.
    Tom was an icon in Australian numismatics and a great ambassador for the hobby for over 60 years.
    Tom and I first corresponded way back in 1961-62, when I joined the Australian Numismatic Society and later, in 1963, he gave me good advice when I was preparing for the formation of the Hobart Numismatic Society which, of course, soon became the Tasmanian Numismatic Society.

    Jill and I got to know Tom and his lovely wife Joy when we called on them during our honeymoon in 1968. Ever since then Tom and I had been in constant contact with each other and many a happy night was shared with Tom, Joy and a few collector friends whenever we visited Sydney. I can still remember those occasions with considerable pleasure.
    A group of us - Les Carlisle and his wife, Tom and Joy, Bill Mira etc. - would meet, go out to dinner and then back to one of the homes where the 'girls' would chat while we talked numismatics all night. They were wonderful times!

    Tom had a superb general knowledge of coins and medals. It was his lifetime interest.
    His book 'Collecting Australian Coins' published in 1966 became the first  "Bible of Australian Numismatics".
    Tom was also the secretary of the Australian Numismatic Society for over 40 years and then President in later years. He was highly regarded by all as a knowledgeable and fair-minded person who assisted everyone, from dealers to new collectors.

    Tom received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his involvement with Numismatics a couple of years ago and I had the great pleasure in providing the Orders Secretariat with certain information to assist in the award. Tom was also a Life Member of the A.N.S.; he received the Paul Simon Memorial Award, the 1996 Tasmanian Numismatic Society Lockwood Medal and many other prestigious awards for numismatics.
    Failing health over the last few years did not keep him away from coin fairs or Australian Numismatic Society functions.
    He was a great friend and will be sadly missed.

    Roger McNeice OAM. FRNS.


    SOCIETY SNIPPETS.

  • Members of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society Inc.’ will quietly acknowledge and celebrate the 37th. Anniversary of the first meeting of Roger McNeice, John Richmond and Lou Watson at 333 Macquarie St., Hobart after they had been brought together, in early October 1963, by an advertisement placed in the Hobart ‘Mercury’, in September of that year, by a very youthful Roger McNeice. This small, but optimistic, group decided to proceed with the formation of a numismatic club - which was to be known as the ‘Hobart Numismatic Society’.

  • However, as the membership continued to grow in November, and then again in December 1963, and became more diverse, the relatively informal organisation decided it needed to change it’s name to the more appropriate one we know and use today - the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society Inc.’, which it officially did on January 24th. 1964.  At the same meeting, with the election of a special committee consisting of Brian Curtain, Roger McNeice and John Wiltshire, who were then charged with the responsibility of preparing a formal Constitution, the foundations of our current organisation were laid.

    < Picture Brian Curtain & Roger McNeice 1964 >

     Vice-president Christopher Heath will miss being in Hobart for the 37th T.N.S. Anniversary, as he will have headed to the U.S. for another vacation and to catch up with friends.
     So, in absentia, we wish you - Bon Voyage, Chris!
     

  • Tom Williamson is another of our members who had decided to re-visit the U.S. during the last few months. We believe that Tom just missed out on seeing an actual space-shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral. Due to inclement weather conditions the launch was postponed during Tom's brief visit to the Cape - but, from all reports, he still had a good time and saw a lot of the U.S. in his travels. From those of us in the north of the state who haven't had the opportunity to chat with him, as yet - Welcome Back, Tom!

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  •  Ian McConnelly (T.N.S. member # 343), who has had his eyes open for coin faults and mint errors for quite some time now, suggests that other members study their 1999 circulation coinage a bit more carefully as that year seems to have quite a few mis-strikes, doubling etc. The 20 cent coin, in particular, is apparently providing a rich source of examples for collectors who specialize in this area of numismatics although the assistant editor has also recently found a clear mis-strike on the obverse of the 1999 $2.00 coin.

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    INTERNET NEWS.

  •  The following Internet News may contain Web addresses of international correspondents who have recently e-mailed the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - some with requests for members and readers, who are interested in swapping, buying and/or selling, to contact them. As with all these matters, we again remind readers that the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' supplies this information as a service only.

  • The 'Tasmanian Numismatist' will not accept any responsibility for disputes over any business dealings between private individuals or commercial parties - nor do we accept responsibility for content on correspondent's Internet home pages or any advertisements supplied thereon

    NETHERLANDS. (1).
    Mid-September marked the 4th Birthday of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club. Congratulations WBCC!! Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html

    NETHERLANDS (2).
    Frans van de Mortel is interesting in swapping all types of numismatic material, including phone-cards. He can be contacted by email at: f.vandemortel1@chello.nl

    UKRAINE.
    Sergey Trushin has supplied information on his home -page about himself and items which he has doubles and which he would like to swap. Sergey can be reached through his site at: http://members.theglobe.com/sergey74

    LITHUANIA.
    Sarunas Mortuza has requested that we advise our members and readers that he has coin doubles for swapping. He can be contacted by email at: mortuza.sarinas@is.lt

    ARGENTINA.
    Edgardo Sheiling has contacted us on a couple of occasions with his current lists of doubles for swapping.
    As a reminder, his contact email address is: horizonte@pirane.dataco28.com.ar

    CANADA.
    One of the two Canadian recipients of our 1999 - 2000 Editor's Award for International literary contributions, Dominic Labbé of the Association des Numismates Francophones du Canada, has advised me that he has officially stepped down as Editeur of 'Le Numismate' as from the end of August. He says that he will still be acting in an advisory capacity for some time as far as the ANFC magazine is concerned but he feels that the time has come for him to ease back with his workload. Because of international work commitments that often take him very far from home, Dominic says he welcomes a break from the deadlines imposed by the magazine even though he will miss the excitement of putting it together.
    He remains active in all other ANFC matters and we, at the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' can expect further literary contributions later this year from this honorary member.  Dominic also advised me that he should be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet in March 2001.  More to follow as details of this' new issue' becomes available!

    U.S.A. (1)
    With the former editor of the Elgin Coin Club newsletter, Mike Metras, soon heading of to Sicily for a vacation break we were pleased to be able to contact Mike's successor, Frank Slapinski at: Fandj1980@aol.com in early September and wish him well with the daunting task ahead. Frank says he is glad to receive our best wishes and will continue keep in contact with us if he needs any Australasian numismatic information. - Bon Voyage, Mike!  - Welcome, Frank!!
    The Elgin Coin Club homepage and newsletter can still be viewed at: http://www.prairienet.com/coins/ecc/

    U.S.A. (2) - (ALASKA).
    The following article written by Larry Nakata in the July issue of 'ACCent' the official newsletter of our sister club in Alaska - the Anchorage Coin Club - is now very topical with the influx of international visitors currently enjoying our Oz hospitality.   The big news reported in the August issue was the engagement of Larry Nakata to his future bride, Maribel.
    Congratulations Larry!!
    Congratulations are also in order to the A.C.C. editors who are justifiably proud of winning the ANA’s first place award for their coin club’s newsletter. This is the second year in a row that the Anchorage Coin Club has won this first place honour.  The award was presented at the Philadelphia ANA Convention on August 12th. to A.C.C. board member, Robert Hall.
    For those readers who wish to read this prize-winning Anchorage Coin Club letter we have included the site address below. This is a dynamic club with a great philosophy of encouragement for young numismatists.  Many other far older established clubs all over the world are wondering why their current membership is declining.  We can all learn a timely lesson here!
    http://www.alaska.net/~nakata/coin_club.htm

    THE CHANGING FACE OF CURRENCY IN EUROPE. by Larry Nakata (A.C.C. Member #41)

    For club members who collect foreign coins and currency, there are going to be lots of changes that will occur in Europe come January 2002. Eleven European countries will be changing out their coinage and paper currency that year. These countries are:  Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.                        It is anticipated that other countries in Europe will follow as the years go by. The new Euro (EUR) coinage and currency should provide lots of opportunity for the collector.
    History:  The Maastricht Treaty essentially started the process of one uniform coinage and currency in Europe. By 1997, criteria were established in the treaty that European countries must meet in order to become eligible for conversion of their respective currencies to the Euro. These criteria centered round the economic stability of that country. The decision to give up the country’s coinage and currency, in favour of the Euro, would be voluntary. By 1998, eleven European countries signed into this agreement becoming participants in the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The agreement calls for these countries to give up their currencies and adopt the new Euro currency on January 1, 1999. Since Euro bank notes and coins will not likely be printed and circulated until 2002- except for small commemorative issues- these participating countries will retain their existing currencies until that time. The values of the participating currency units have already been established against the new Euro currency with the following conversion rates:

    There will be eight different coins and seven different banknotes in the Euro currency. The coins will come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 & 50 Euro-cent denominations. There will also be 1 Euro and 2 Euro denomination coins minted. The paper currency will come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 Euro banknotes. With the banknotes and coins expected to circulate in early 2002, the legal tender status of the present national banknotes and coins will cease by July 2002.
    What does this mean for the collector:  Lots of interesting opportunities!! There are the Euro commemorative issues that are out there right now. There will be all these new denomination of Euro coins and banknotes expected to circulate in 2002. And…don’t forget all of the existing national banknotes and coins from these 11 countries that will be demonetized that same year. Better collect them…especially the older dates. In all likelihood, the prices for these notes and coins will go up in value. As demonetized banknotes and coins get redeemed for Euro currency, it is likely they will be destroyed. So I would make the recommendation that for the foreign coin and banknote collector, zero into these 11 countries over the next year and a half to “beef up” your collection.  I see possibilities here.                                                Larry Nakata. (Anchorage Coin Club).

    AROUND THE TRAPS.
    The Max Fry Memorial Hall at Trevallyn in Launceston will be the venue for a 3-day philatelic event - 'Launpex' - which has been organized by the Launceston Philatelic Society to take place from 17th - 19th November. We have been advised that our T.N.S. members, David and Kim Newell from 'The Stamp Place' will be attending the event in their philatelic capacity, but are also going to bring up a good selection of interesting numismatic items and accessories.
    Obviously, space and time will be somewhat limited - so, if any of our Northern members or readers has a specific interest in any items in this area of collectibles, it is suggested that either David or Kim should be contacted prior to 'Launpex' - by phone, or through their new homepage link if you have Internet access - to arrange a possible meeting time.
    To save possible disappointment at the venue and IF they know what you want them to bring, David and Kim will be only too happy to comply with any reasonable genuine request and include it with their stock for your consideration - they would also like to meet you and discuss all other aspects of the hobby - so take the time to call up to the Max Fry Memorial Hall and introduce yourself to these genuine Tasmanian numismatic and philatelic dealers.
    As a bonus, if you mention you are a member of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society, David and Kim have advised us that they will allow a 10% discount on accessory purchases.

    The Stamp Place.
    Trafalgar Shopping Centre.
    110 Collins St., Hobart. 7001.
    Tasmania. Phone (03) 6224 3536
    E-mail: theden@tazitiger.com
    Home-page: http://www.tazitiger.com/
     

  •  We have just learnt that a new book on Tasmanian numismatics is in preparation by the well-known author, Roger McNeice OAM. Although a name has not been decided upon at this time, we do know that it will cover all aspects of Tasmanian numismatics from tokens, check pieces, medals, medallions, plaques, promissory notes and other paper currency.

  • Publication will coincide with the Bi-centenary of Tasmania in 2003-4 and it is hoped that this book will become the ultimate reference work on Tasmanian numismatics.
    With such a massive undertaking having to be so carefully researched, Roger has invited any members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society - or any our readers - who may have previously unlisted medals or other items of Tasmanian numismatic interest to contact him as soon as possible so that the details can be included in this virtual encyclopaedia.
    Roger can be contacted by Phone: (03) 6227 9272 or Fax: (03) 6227 9898
    Email: rogermcneice@southcom.com.au

    NEW TOURIST TOKENS.

  • Tasmedals have advised that there will be a further 10 new tourist tokens issued between November and December 2000.

  • The first of these will include Port Arthur (6 different types), the Don Railway, the Botanical Gardens, Time Warp House (at Salamanca), the famous Shot Tower at Taroona, the Guard House at Eaglehawk Neck and the Beaconsfield Gold Museum.
    Inquiries should be made at the venues, or further information can be obtained from:

    Tasmedals Showroom - 41 Victoria St.,
    Hobart 7001 Tasmania. - Phone: (03) 6231 5281
    Tasmedals Office - 8 Orana Place,
    Taroona 7053 Tasmania. - Phone: (03) 6227 9272 or Fax: (03) 6227 9898
    Email: tasmedals@southcom.com.au

    JERRY'S BOOK REVIEWS.                                   by Jérôme Remick (T.N.S. Member # 112)
    As mentioned in the July 2000 issue of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' the prevalence of counterfeit U.S. currency is on the rise and Australians should be aware that, with the influx of international visitors at this time, we are bound to find that some of this spurious paper will end up here. Already, the Canadians have started to discover that the complacency of the normal U.S. citizen is aiding the counterfeiters in spreading their dud notes into that country and even further a-field!
    Jerry Remick, one of our Canadian based members, has supplemented our WARNING with a few additional thoughts that are well worth repeating - he also has supplied two new book reviews and details of an interesting special Millennium release in U.S.$2.00 currency. Thanks again, Jerry!

    DODGY DOLLARS.

  • Computer generated copies of the newly designed US banknotes, especially in the $50.00 and $100.00 denominations, are now being passed in business establishments - and for drug deals - in towns and cities all over the US and many are starting to trickle into Canada. As the money-handling members of the public are not checking that the notes comply with all the anti-counterfeiting measures incorporated in the new design, it has been possible for counterfeiters to download excellent images from the Internet and make up any quantity needed for immediate use.

  •  It was recently reported that the number of computer-generated notes amongst those confiscated by the US Secret Service had gone from 4% in 1995 up to 46% in 1999 - even though the estimate of US$150 million counterfeits in the US$500 billion of circulating US currency has remained constant.
    Gone is the need for printing plates, presses, special inks and paper etc. and somewhere secure to hide them from official eyes.
    People are NOT examining the new US notes very carefully and even teenagers have been found making a few on school computers.
    Whilst many of these more amateurish efforts will not stand close scrutiny they can create a sense of distrust so it is advised that a few seconds in checking the notes will be time well spent and save a lot of anguish.
    The most obvious method is to run a thumb over the printing to feel for the intaglio ink finish. This intaglio printing is done under enormous pressure to apply a raised finish on certain areas on the note - something that a computer print cannot do.
    In our previous issue we advised of other security measures and, in his article, Jerry reminds us to make use of all of them.
    Watermarks, vertical polymer threads, microtext and colour shifting inks are some of those things that handlers of US currency should be aware of. The technological aids available now consist of special pens that show a difference in colour shade if used on non-official paper and a special machine that can measure the electrical qualities of the note.
    HOWEVER, it is up to the public to use their own powers of observation to ensure that they do not get landed with currency that has no value and will only be confiscated and eventually destroyed.
    It is a crime to knowingly pass on spurious currency.

    NEW CATALOGUE.

  • The 18th Edition of 'COINS of CANADA'  ('MONNAIES du CANADA') by J. A. Haxby and the late R. C. Willey is currently available from:

  • Unitrade Press.
    99 Floral Parkway, Toronto
    Ontario. M6L 2C4.
    Canada.  Ph. (416) 242 - 5900.

    This 263-page catalogue - the only Canadian one that also includes coins, tokens and banknotes - is printed on 6 x 9 inch pages with a soft-cover and is spiral bound for ease of use. It would make an ideal gift for reference by amateur collectors as well as those more advanced in the hobby and it is reasonably priced at under US$15.00 for Canadian and US residents.
    All other international enquiries regarding delivery, postal arrangements and payment should be directed to the publisher.
    The catalogue is divided into 10 main chapters:
    Canadian Decimal Coins, Gold Coins, Collector's Coins, Collector's Sets, Bullion Issues, the French Regime, Colonial Tokens, Trade, Advertising and Transportation Tokens, Colonial Decimal Coins and a chapter on Canadian Government Banknotes 1867 - to date.
    The 15-page introduction and a 2-page section on Bullion Values, plus a 3-page Glossary of Terms used in Canada, provide useful data for the user and these are backed up with short descriptive and historical texts about each type of coin, token and banknote. There are plenty of photos and enlargements, and gradings are priced in up to 8 grades for many items.
    One important feature of this edition is a detailed research done by J. A. Haxby on variations in Queen Victoria's portrait on Canadian and Newfoundland decimal coinage. Clear photos illustrate the type differences.
    The catalogue is available in both English or French language versions.

    NEW BOOK.
    Kenneth Bressett, former President of the American Numismatic Association, has had over 50 years experience in numismatics and has edited and authored a number of books on coins and, like Jerry Remick in Canada, he is well-known as a great supporter of young or new numismatists in the U.S.A. His latest book is aimed squarely at the novice and, even though it covers U.S. coins, the basic principles apply to coins of all countries - and for this reason it is worth adding to your library as a great reminder of why and how most of us became involved in our hobby.
     

  • The 1st Edition of 'The Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting' by Ken Bressett is published for the beginner or novice collector of U.S. coinage. The book has 10 Chapters:

  • Chapter 1 - 'Coin Collecting as a Hobby'. - Reasons to collect and to have a hobby. Why people collect coins. Pride of ownership. The popularity and growth of coin collecting. A look at coins as money.
    Chapter 2 - 'Coins are Where you Find Them' - Check your pocket change. Why we use coins. Different kinds of coins. Other forms of money. How coins are made. What to look for in a coin. Mints and mintmarks.
    Chapter 3 - 'Learning about your Coins' - Varieties, types and differences that affect value. Coin clubs, trade shows, exhibits and dealers. Books on the subject. A.N.A. services. Museums.
    Chapter 4 - 'How to get Started' - The best place to look for coins. What to buy. Necessary tools and equipment. Numismatic publications.
    Chapter 5 - 'Caring for your Collection' - Albums and holders. Storage problems. What you must know about cleaning your coins. Insurance considerations.
    Chapter 6 - 'Grading Techniques and Standards' - How to grade coins. What to look for in investment grade coins. Use of grading guides and books. Grading services.
    Chapter 7 - 'Coin Prices and Values' - How to buy for best value. Pricing charts. Investing in rare coins. When it's time to sell.
    Chapter 8 - 'Catalogue of Special Coin Prices' - Prices for select coins most wanted by beginners. Why some coins are better value than others.
    Chapter 9 - 'Commemorative, Bullion and Special Coins' - Why commemorative coins are so popular. What is the future for special coin issues. Where and how to purchase bullion coins. Collecting Mint and Proof sets.
    Chapter 10 - 'Oddities, Counterfeits and other Coins' - How to spot a counterfeit coin. Authentication services. Error coins. Tokens. Gaming chips.

    The 246-page (5.5 x 8.25 inch) soft-cover book concludes with an 8 page 'Glossary of Numismatic Terms', a 4-page bibliography and an index. It is well illustrated and retails in the U.S. for about US$11.95 plus appropriate postage.
    International mail orders or inquiries should be directed to the publisher:

    St. Martin's Press. (Attention Karry Jasin)
    175 Fifth Avenue
    New York, N.Y. 10010 - 7848
    U.S.A.   Phone (262) 631 - 5066 Fax (262) 631 - 5086

    U.S. TREASURY ISSUES $2.00 MILLENNIUM NOTES.

  • In celebration of the new Millennium, the United States Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing has issued a unique Series of 1995 dated $2.00 banknotes.

  • The notes, in this limited series, all begin with 2000 as the first four numbers in the 8 numeral serial number - with the Federal District letter preceding the serial number as usual - however, a star, the normal indicator of a replacement note, is placed at the end of the number. Only 9,999 $2.00 Millennium notes or sets, dated 1995, were issued for each of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks (FRB) and no other date will be used and no more Millennium 2000 notes will be printed. The notes were issued in two different formats: singly in a descriptive cardboard holder, and a set of one note from each of the 12 FRB's arranged in a deluxe book. The break up is 7,999 Singles and 2,000 Sets of 12 notes.
    The singles are housed in an acid-free polymer sleeve in a descriptive and illustrated green folder (8.5 x 5 inches) which is inside a green cardboard slip case - the sets, which originally retailed at US$495.00 set and have already sold out, were mounted in a similar acid-free polymer sleeve in the book. These may soon start to appear on the secondary market at a far higher price.
    The feature of the sets is that all serial numbers of the 12 notes are identical in each individual set with the only difference being the letter of the FRB of issue. A Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Treasurer of the U.S. and the Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, accompanies each set in the deluxe book format. The following quote highlights a little history of the 1995 US$2.00 note.
    "The Bureau of Engraving and printing in Fort Worth, Texas, produced 153.6 million Series 1995 US$2.00 notes for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta during the fiscal years 1996 and 1997. These notes were printed for general circulation. At that time there were no Series 1995 US$2.00 notes produced for the other 11 Federal Reserve Banks. This Millennium note is unique, because no more than 9,999 Series 1995 US$2.00 notes exist for any Federal Reserve Bank except Atlanta."
    There are 12 U.S. Federal Reserve Banks. The name of each branch, the branch number and letter - which will appear on these special notes - are as follows:
    Boston, Massachusetts 1A; New York, New York 2B; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3C; Cleveland, Ohio 4D; Richmond, Virginia 5E; Atlanta, Georgia 6F; Chicago, Illinois 7G; St. Louis, Mississippi 8H; Minneapolis, Minnesota 9I; Kansas City, Missouri 10J; Dallas, Texas 11K; San Francisco, California 12L.
    The name of the branch will be incorporated on the seal at the left on the obverse and the large branch letter will be within the same seal. The easy-to-see branch number is strategically placed in each corner within the obverse design of the note.
    Whilst these Series 1995 Millennium notes have been specifically designed as a collector's item they are still, technically, a circulating note - but, for some reason, this denomination is considered unlucky by many of the general public and many existing circulating US$2.00 notes have one of the corners torn off by superstitious Americans, to break the 'bad luck' cycle. However, for those US collectors who do wish to try their luck to get one of these limited issue notes at US$6.95 postpaid it is suggested that their best bet still would be:

    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
    Mail Order Sales,
    Room 513M, 14th and C Streets S.W.,
    Washington. D. C. 20228. Approved Credit Card Phone orders: - (800) 456-3408

    Inquiries regarding availability and international delivery charges should be directed to the Bureau. All payments will need to be made in U.S. funds by bank cheque, money order or an approved major credit card e.g. Visa, MasterCard, Amex etc.
    Allow 6 weeks for delivery.

    As an alternative source for local U.S. and Canadian collectors Jerry mentioned, in later correspondence, they could also try a very good dealer contact of his who he believed still had a few of the (single) Series 1995 Millennium US$2.00 notes available for immediate delivery at about US$9.95 ea. p.p.  Jerry says that he has also found that this dealer actively encourages international inquiries - and most major credit cards are usually acceptable for email, phone or fax orders. Jerry also suggested that any of our readers and members who are interested in these special U.S. notes, and can't get them elsewhere in Australia, could also contact:

    GARY SNOVER.
    P.O. Box 9696,
    San Bernardino CA. 92427 - 9696        Phone (909) 883 - 5849   Fax (909) 886 - 6874.
    E Mail: Garysnover@cs.com

    ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR JERRY!

  • We have also learnt that Jerry Remick (CNA #128) - along with internationally well-known Ken Bressett from the U.S. - and 6 others of their Canadian peers have just joined an illustrious group by achieving their 50 Year -Canadian Numismatic Association - Membership Certificate.

  • A 50th Anniversary Pin accompanied the specially framed Certificates presented to the C.N.A. members.  CONGRATULATIONS, JERRY!

    EDITOR'S NOTE.

  • We are not born as numismatists and most of us have done all manner of things during our lives and sometimes, why we ended up with a hobby such as this is a mystery even to ourselves - at first! The Tasmanian Numismatic Society has now been in operation for nearly 37 years, and during that time many novice coin and banknote collectors have been accepted into the Society's ranks to further their knowledge of numismatics and share in the comradeship of like-minded people with the aim of promoting a broader understanding of this fascinating hobby.

  • Many of our members have come to love their hobby with a great passion, and become virtual experts in their own areas of collecting, because of the encouragement given over the years by their Society contemporaries.
    However, with this latest anniversary has come the realisation that time is catching up with some of us and it is now time to re-strengthen the foundations of our Society and prepare the way for the next generation of members as we go forward into the new Millennium.
    HOW WE CAN HELP!
    All of us have memories of events that have occurred elsewhere that impressed us for many reasons.
    We draw conclusions, make comments, and often discuss them in depth with our close mates, so why don't we take a few minutes to share some of them with our Society colleagues. Let us all take the time to put in our 'two-bob's worth' and say what needs to be said! Even a critical comment, like most coins, has two sides and can only strengthen the Society if we apply a positive reaction to it. We know that we must have enthusiastic participation, even from our senior members, or our Society will start to languish and may well become just another pleasant - uneventful and totally forgettable - social get-together for numismatic academics. Times have changed and so must we.
    We already have most of the answers within our own experiences on how the Society can continue to grow and prosper - all we have to do is re-discover and re-invent them!  Why, and how did YOU first get involved in the Society?
    These are the basic questions that hold some of those answers! Do you remember the excitement of your first meeting?
    The excitement can still be there - if we dig a little deeper, plant some of those ideas we all have - and then watch them grow!
     
     

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