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INTERNET EDITION September
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Our next BYO - BBQ gathering will be in Launceston at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 13th. October, 2002 at the Blackstone Heights home of Northern Chapter Committeeman Robert Newbold and his wife Marianna, who is also an active T.N.S. member.
All T.N.S. members and invited guests will be welcome and, as usual, it will be BYO everything.
A courtesy R.S.V.P. to our Secretary or another Committee member would be appreciated for the obvious reasons, and those who need transport or destination advice should check through normal channels A.S.A.P.
Besides being one of our Tasmanian Numismatic Society International members, Texan friend, Jerry Adams has also been a member of the National Token Collectors Association - a premier national club of American token collectors - for quite a few years and he has just been awarded the N.T.C.A. Bronze Literary Medal for "Street Peddler to Tycoon" one of his 'Trade Token Tales' articles about street peddler Leon Blum who started with a pushcart and ended up worth millions before his death in the early 1900's. The story of Leon Blum plus many other fascinating 'stories behind the tokens' compiled and written by Jerry Adams can be read at his site at: http://members.fortunecity.com/tokenguy/tokentales
Jerry Adams and a colleague, Bob Smith, also had the opportunity of attending a token fest in Omaha a few days ago and Jerry recently returned home with a small swag of new token acquisitions - not as many as what he would have liked but his pockets are only so deep - and we now have Jerry's written report.
Review of the NTCA Token Show 2002 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
By Jerry Adams, T.N.S. 363
The annual token show of the National Token Collectors Association for 2002 in Omaha, Nebraska was a great success. It was held from August 30 through September 1, 2002. The show was hosted by the Omaha Coin Club. There were about 80 tables of exonumia, including trade tokens, medals, storecards, encased cents, pinbacks, postcards, vintage photographs, and related material. There were about 70 dealers there. The show was in conjunction with a token floor auction on Saturday night at 6 P.M.
There were many beautiful and desirable tokens for sale at the bourse, which was open to the public starting at 9 A.M. on Saturday. Since I reside in Texas, and collect Texas tokens, many of the tokens that interest me are from this state. Some of the tokens of interest to me that I saw included a beautiful white metal pictorial token, from the White Elephant Saloon in Lampasas, Texas, that was in XF condition, and would date about 1880. The asking price on that particular token was $1,400 in US dollars, and that is a very reasonable price for that token. I also saw three tokens from north Texas that stated "Plantation" on the token, which were composed of red vulcanite. This is only the second time I have seen these tokens, and they are extremely rare, and desirable. I also saw a beautiful drayage token from Galveston, Texas, in black vulcanite with red flecks in the black vulcanite, as made. The token was in XF to AU condition, and would be extremely desirable and valuable. Other rare tokens I saw at the bourse, included an S. E. Ward token from Dakota Territory, two J. L. Jewett Post Trader tokens, several Arizona Territory tokens, and many other desirable tokens and medals. Several wayward tokens from Australia were also spotted in the mix, as well as tokens from Germany, England, and other distant lands. One of the more interesting items that I acquired, which might be of interest to my fellow TNS members was an "encased quarter". Dr. Tony Chibarro of South Carolina, who is a well known author, token collector and expert on tokens from S.C. had encased coins made using an aluminum collar, and the South Carolina state quarter. These make an interesting item, that attracts the interest of some coin collectors here who are so interested in the new state quarters being made at this time.
I was set up as a dealer at the show, sharing a table with Bob Smith of Fort Worth, Texas. We sold a number of tokens. I ended up the show with about 81 new tokens of various kinds. The most exotic of these being a nice brass Camp Supply, Indian Territory token of Lee and Reynolds, with reeded edge. These tokens were used by the Indian traders in exchange for buffalo hides. The floor auction on Saturday night, yielded me a long sought after token from Fort Ord, California. I have always wanted this token, as any token from Fort Ord is considered rare. This token held interest for me, since I went through Basic Combat Training at Fort Ord 31 years ago, and had even raised the post flag while stationed there.
The NTCA show in Omaha was a great success in 2002, and I hope to attend again next year, same place, same time.
To whet our appetite Jerry has forwarded a few digital photos which are included here - others can be located at: http://members.fortunecity.com/tokenguy/tokentales/page56.htm
(1) Setting up at Omaha Token Show.
(2) Bob Smith from Fort Worth, Texas unloading some of the 'goodies'.
(3) Mike Greenspan & Dr. Don Bailey (Editor - 'Talkin' Tokens' - winner of the N.T.C.A. Gold Literary Award).
(4) Jerry Adams from Keller, Texas (N.T.C.A. and T.N.S. Member - winner of the N.T.C.A. Bronze Literary Award).
Jerry also tells me that the size of the Omaha fair has grown considerable since his last visit and that the collecting of quality tokens is expanding at a remarkable rate in the U.S.A.
For those Australian and other international readers who are interested in U.S. tokens, in particular, he recommends that a good starting point is to contact the N.T.C.A. - and perhaps even subscribe to the Association's periodical 'Talkin' Tokens' for the most up-to-date token news, contacts, auctions, prices and availability.
An application form is available at: http://members.fortunecity.com/tokenguy/tokentales/page52.htm
Here is one photo that Jerry Adams didn't have - and it has been forwarded in time for this issue by Dr. Don Bailey, Editor of 'Talkin' Tokens' - the official magazine of the National Token Collectors Association. Thanks, Don!
Jerry Adams with his N.T.C.A. Bronze Literary Award.
More congratulations are warranted for our T.N.S. international associates in the very far North.
Our sister club, the Anchorage Coin Club of Alaska, has again 'brought home the bacon' from the American Numismatic Association for producing the top club publication with its newsletter 'ACCent'.
In the local club publication category, first place went to "ACCent," published by the Anchorage Coin Club (Alaska), with chief editor Larry Nakata. Winning second place was "Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta Newsletter," published by the Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta (Georgia) and edited by David Crenshaw. Third place was taken by "Calgary Numismatic Society Bulletin," published by the Calgary Numismatic Society (Canada) and edited by Neil Probert.
CONGRATULATIONS, LARRY and the other place-getters!
MISCELLANEOUS Q & A's
This is not an offer to professionally evaluate items or an offer to purchase or become directly involved in commercial dealings. The most interesting or most frequently asked questions will be answered - to the best of our ability - through these columns in a general manner as well as immediately and directly to the questioner if possible. All names and direct contact addresses that may be supplied will be kept anonymous unless advised to the contrary.
Recent Search Report Queries.
From time to time numismatic items are also mentioned in our local daily press that need identifying or commenting upon.
Recently, a circular copper medal in lacquered bronze (33 mm. diameter) was found in a Launceston city street and, whilst this T.N.S. member and another ex-military reader offered prompt assistance in attempting to locate its rightful owner, it was obvious that the finder was not familiar with this WWI award. When found, the medal was missing its distinctive rainbow ribbon.
It was apparent to me that, from the description, that the item was most probably a bronze Victory Medal instituted in 1919 for 'all ranks' in all services, including Mercantile Marine, who had participated during the Great War. The Victory Medal also encompassed organisations such as Queen Alexandra's Nursing Service, the WRNS and naval canteen staff - however, the medal could only be awarded to personnel who were already recipients of the 1914 or 1914-15 Star and the British War Medal 1914-1920. Over 5,750,000 Victory Medals were issued to British Dominion, Indian and other Colonial Forces.
Those mentioned in dispatches between August 1914 and August 1920 were also entitled to an oak-leaf attachment for the double rainbow ribbon. All medals are edge-named, but regimental details are omitted on those awarded to Army officers.
The obverse depicts a Winged Victory figure whilst the reverse has the text - THE GREAT/WAR FOR/CIVILISATION/1914-1919.
It is often known as the Allied War Medal because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by thirteen other Allied nations (though the US alone issued it with campaign clasps). The Union of South Africa produced a version with a reverse text in English and Dutch.
It appears, because of the extremely late release of the circulation issues of the Centenary of Federation Tasmanian 20 cent and 50 cent coins, that some of the general public in this state have only recently become aware of their existence.
The following information package issued in 2001 from the Royal Australian Mint may be enlightening.
The 50 cent coin features the standard Coat-of-Arms of the State of Tasmania - but the 20 cent coin is uniquely Tasmanian.
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT PRESS RELEASE
The first coin set with a specific Tasmanian theme has been released by the Royal Australian Mint as part of a special series to commemorate Australian's Centenary of Federation. (See Editor's note.)
A new commemorative 20c coin featuring a design by a Tasmanian high school student, a 50c piece depicting the Tasmanian Coat of Arms, and a $1 coin showing the Centenary of Federation logo are combined in the Tasmanian Coin Set.
The commemorative 20 cent coin for Tasmania was designed by Abbey MacDonald from Launceston Church Grammar School. Abbey created her design during late 2000 when she was a Year 11 student in response to a national competition by the Royal Australian Mint. Her design was selected from over 200 entries from more than 60 primary and secondary schools throughout the State to form part of a special coin series commemorating Australia's Centenary of Federation.
Abbey submitted a skilful hand drawn design featuring a popular symbol of Tasmania - the Tasmanian Tiger, superimposed on a map of the State.
In officially unveiling the 20cent coin, Senator The Hon. Eric Abetz said "Commemorative coins allow us to share the celebration of important events in the journey of our nation with future generations. Abbey's design pays tribute to Tasmania, and symbolises the unique heritage of the State."
The Tasmanian Three Coin Sets are now available in both proof (issue price A$44.00 - mintage limited to 3,000 sets) and uncirculated versions (issue price A$16.50 - mintage limited to 5,000 sets), and will be sold throughout Australia as well as to collectors overseas. The coins will be released into general circulation later in the year. (Early 2002 market values had already risen slightly - 3 piece Proof Set A$45.00; Uncirculated Set A$17.00)
The Tasmanian Coin Set is part of a series produced by the Royal Australian Mint for all Australian States and Self-governing Territories during 2001, to commemorate the Centenary of Federation.
The other State and Territory coin sets feature the common $1 coin depicting the Centenary of Federation logo, a 50c piece depicting the respective State/Territory Coat of Arms, and a 20c coin unique to each State/Territory designed by school students.
All of the coins for each State and Self-governing Territory can be collected in a 20 coin collection. The collector coin sets are available in proof (issue price A$250.00 - mintage limited to 20,000 sets) and uncirculated versions (issue price A$92.00 - mintage unlimited) from The Royal Australian Mint, coin dealers, and from selected Australia Post outlets while stocks last. (Early 2002 market values had already risen slightly - 20 piece Proof Set A$275.00; Uncirculated Set A$120.00)
Tasmanian Tiger 20 cent Centenary of Federation coin, the Tasmanian Coat-of-Arms as depicted on the 50 cent Centenary of Federation coin and the Centenary of Federation Dollar proof coin.
About Abbey MacDonald's coin design...
Winner of the Tasmanian section of the Centenary of Federation Coin Design Competition conducted by the Royal Australian Mint.
Launceston Church Grammar School will be presented with a prize of $5,000 from the Royal Australian Mint for submitting the winning design.
The selection process occurred initially at school level, after which the Royal Australian Mint selected entries for submission to the Centenary of Federation Tasmanian Committee. The final winning design was chosen by a panel comprised of three Federal Government Ministers.
The design by Abbey was chosen from over 200 entries from over 60 primary and secondary schools throughout Tasmania.
Abbey created a design featuring the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, superimposed on a map of Tasmania.
The thylacine is one of the most fabled animals of all of Australian native fauna. The last known thylacine died 65 years ago in Hobart Zoo on 7 September, 1936. However, the incidence of reported thylacine sightings has continued.
The 20c coin featuring their design, along with a 50c coin featuring the Tasmanian Coat of Arms, and a $1 coin featuring the Centenary of Federation logo are combined in a special 3 Coin Set for Tasmania. These collector sets are now available in both proof and uncirculated versions.
The 20c coin featuring the Tasmanian Thylacine (and the 50 cent) design will go into general circulation.
For a full range of illustrations of the States and Territories of Australia Centenary of Federation circulation issue coins:
Several Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) nominal value issues of individual 'Tasmanian' theme coins have been available to collectors in years past and they include:
1991 $10.00 Sterling Silver, uncirculated and proof finish Tasmanian Coat-of-Arms;
1994 $200.00 99.9% Gold, uncirculated and proof finish Tasmanian Devil;
1996 $100.00 99.9% Gold, uncirculated and proof finish Tasmanian Blue Gum Floral Emblem;
1996 $150.00 99.9% Gold, proof finish Tasmanian Blue Gum Floral Emblem;
2001 $1.25 99.9% Silver, Holey Dollar with 25 cent Dump featuring enamelled Tasmanian Blue Gum Floral Emblem.
Centenary of Federation Holey Dollar and Dump Set featuring enamelled Tasmanian Blue Gum Floral Emblem.
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Hi, I'm a new coin collector from Australia. I've found some problem to get a Standard Catalog of World Coins (1901-Present) -- Chester L. Krause (Editor), it's about 2,000 pages. If you have a recent copy this book and you don't want it anymore, can you sell it to me? Best regards, Piero Chong
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in a recent WBCC Newsmail #315 received on 24th August courtesy of the Worldwide
Bi-Metallic Collectors Club*, was an interesting observation. The
report, about altered 1 and
2 Euros, originated from Peter Kraneveld of the Netherlands and was on-forwarded by WBCC member Wolfgang Schuster of Austria.
We have had a mini rash of altered bimetallic euro coins, where the ring of one country was combined with the centre of another coin. These can be spotted by the places if the design of the centre is continued on the ring.
The coins are assembled and struck practically simultaneously, so if a coin has the wrong edge, the obverse and reverse should still "fit" precisely. Tinkerers may still get it right, especially if the national side does not continue on the ring, though. One wrong combination that was deemed genuine: a French 1 euro with a Dutch ring. Both countries buy their rings, with
inscription, from the same manufacturer. In the Netherlands, tinkering with coins was a crime, until the new coinage law that created the euro came into effect. Now, you can alter coins legally, but altered coins are not legal tender, because they are not in conformity with the coinage law.
*The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide
Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Website: http://wbcc-online.com
The following personal observations were made a little over two years ago in this newsletter (June 2000) and it appears that things may have not altered all that much but, bear in mind, this is a retrospective view. What do you think?
MATTERS - REVISITED
BANKS, STOCKS, TAX and OTHER MUNDANE THINGS
Graeme Petterwood (T.N.S. Member # 332). Originally published June 2000.With all the media emphasis on the Australian bank mergers and other money matters, a few things caught my attention. They gave rise to a range of speculative - and purely personal - thoughts that eventually started to boggle my imagination so I have decided to air them - for what they are worth - to let off a little steam and I invite enlightenment - if appropriate.
QUESTIONS WE MAY WANT TO ASK OURSELVES - IN RETROSPECT.
Has our banking system improved?
Has customer service improved and running costs dropped by reason of the rationalisation of the major banks?
Are banking facilities still readily available to all sectors of the community?
Does our economy begin each day with the opening bells of Wall Street - and still rise and fall with the Nasdaq and Dow Industrial indices - or shudder at the words and actions of foreign bureaucrats and politicians?
Are we getting the same 'level playing field' sorts of deals that we are apparently still giving to our trading partners?
How level is this level playing field and what price are we paying for embracing the concept of globalisation?
Is the level playing field that they keep talking about becoming a brick wall?
Was the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) only accepted because it was pushed through Parliament by force of numbers? Was the system and its ramifications thought through by its implementers - and explained thoroughly enough to those who have to live with it and try to make it work? Has extra inflation occurred since the introduction of the Tax?
Are we still being 'double-taxed' in secret on certain services and products to punish us for our choices of lifestyle?
Has the idea of a fully privatised 'Telstra' been shelved until all the problems were sorted out, as solemnly promised a few years ago after the second bloc of shares was put on the market? Has the slow insidious push started to re-establish the idea that, sooner than later, the remaining one third must be sold off and the proceeds of the sale used to pay off mounting interest on other areas of public debt?
Were those of the Australian public who invested in the first bloc, hurt financially because of the decision to float the second bloc at an unsustainable market price? Will first and second bloc investors be disadvantaged again if shares are dumped by the manipulators in a short term gamble and then picked up for a song when small investors panic and sell cheap?
Will other organisations, such as 'Telstra', be totally relinquished into 'private' ownership - and then legislation be enacted to control the methods that the private company choose to use to run their business at a sustainable profit?
Are unelected bureaucrats and authoritive commissions now starting to control and stifle our free enterprise system with regulations, draconian powers and penalties?
Have the sales of other 'public' assets previously held in trust been successful?
Are we being gradually sold off down the financial river by some of the political representatives currently holding office?
Are the hopes and wishes of a great many Australians being ignored as irrelevant because they may maintain a different idea of what we consider to be in the best financial interests of the country?
Only you, the reader, can actually pose these questions and push for answers in a public forum - if need be.
As previously advised, our Editor expects to be unavailable for duty in the near future due to a health problem that requires hospitalisation and treatment. Hopefully, he will be back on deck to assist with the publication of the three pre-Christmas issues of the Tasmanian Numismatist (Internet Edition).
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