Volume 21 Issue 12       Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)    December,  2016



Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2016.




..............HAPPY NEW YEAR!




At the start of 2015, I mentioned that this labour of love - which commenced in earnest in 1994 - was about to end after more than two decades of literary service that originated from some casual correspondences with the old 'Tasmanian Numismatist' in 1991.

It is now the end of 2016 - and - this is the final issue of the monthly 'Numisnet World' (Internet Edition).

As I have already started on the journey towards my 80th Birthday - I have decided to get in early - and, once more - 'put the dustcover on my numismatic keyboard' - before I'm carted away! There comes a time in all Editor's careers when they must decide to stop editing, and compiling, to a strict deadline - or, they will stagger off - drooling - into the Sunset.

My actual interest in the hobby is still reasonably intact and burning bright - but, Time is no longer on my side - and, I now have to realise that my information accumulation - and the 'treasure' gathering - days are behind me for obvious reasons - and, that every item of knowledge, and of material substance, that I have gleaned - as a caretaker and distributor of sorts - will, eventually, need to be handed on to younger carers - or be dissipated back 'into the well' - for others to draw upon.

My numismatic literary career and newsletter involvement now appears to have completed its full circle - but, who knows? - I may tap out a few words when I feel the urge.... !


When I was originally asked to take on the editorial task to keep producing the local paper edition of a club newsletter for the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society', on a voluntary regular basis back in 1994, I had no idea that I would still be doing the job until 2015 when I officially retired as the Society's official Editor.

The regular publication of the reborn 'Tasmanian Numismatist' became an obligation to me, and to our Society's Committee, as an aid to members, as well as collector friends, and, I soon realized that it was always going to be a bond that would be, emotionally, hard for me to sever.....not that I really wanted to!

During those first few years, as my active involvement grew - I found that I had more to say than the printed space allowed, so, it also meant initiating an independently published 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet Edition) in 1996 when the Internet technology arrived in Tasmania. 

We were one of the first Australian coin clubs to embrace this new communication medium for our readers..

The Society was generous in allowing me to use of their 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter banner in that endeavour - in return, I continued to promote the Society - and we both benefited from the wider international distribution.

The idea was to issue both editions in tandem - but, with some additional international content in the Internet edition.

However, the burgeoning requirements of the multitude of new international readers - and, the amount of incoming news - eventually outstripped the geographically limiting, ideological, parameters of the 'Tasmanian. Numismatist' (Internet Edition) - which finally ceased under that banner in 2007 - when a decision was made to morph into the 'Numisnet World' (Internet Edition) in 2007.

That decision, to distance the newsletter from purely local issues, change the banner name - and absorb the previous Internet newsletter's content - was a natural progression to highlight the new version newsletter's wider international role - and we began to, successfully, accept Internet membership on behalf of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' and publish literary contributions from outside Australia.  






Personally, I have been richly rewarded with prestigious accolades - plaques, medallions and certificates - but, in the main, it has been the amazing friendships I have made that will be the highlights of my association with this great hobby through the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' and the early Internet newsletter contacts.

I hope that those whose lives I've touched, through the auspices of the three newsletters that I have been involved in, still derive as much pleasure in the search for knowledge as I still do - and, that, perhaps, I may have made a worthwhile contribution to that passion and the hobby in general - and - pardon my indulgence - if my last monthly version newsletter 'Hurrah'! is for an old mentor and friend.






Late Jerry Remick III - 1928 - 2005

T.N.S. Life Member # 112


Official notification published in April 2005

 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Vol. 10,  Issue 4.


"Juste un petit mot pour vous annoncer que Jerry Remick est decede. 

Nous venons de perdre le plus merveilleux numismate du monde."
Claude Bernard.
- Société Numismatique de Québec - (E-mail 1/3/2005)


"It is with the deepest regret we announce that we have received this email notice, from Claude Bernard of the 'Société Numismatique de Québec', advising us of the death of our esteemed 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' Life Member, Jérôme 'Jerry' Remick III of Ste- Foy, Quebec Canada, who was also 'Governeur' of the S.N.Q.


Jerry had firstly been a casual correspondent, and - then, an associate member of our own 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society', for nearly 40 years at the time of his passing. He was the inaugural winner of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' Editor's Award at its inception in November 1998 - a feat he repeated in 1999 and 2000. 

The list of his awards and achievements would take up a rather large bloc in any description about his life.


Jerry was also granted the first International Life Membership of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society', on 1st. July 2001, for the immense amount of literary contributions he had made, and, his unswerving support of the Society during those decades of service from afar.

He was a legend amongst numismatists around the world, and was actively involved with many other clubs and associations as well as being a prolific author. Many of his Canadian books, in particular, have become the benchmarks of excellence.

His death was a great loss to the international numismatic community as well as to our Society and, in particular, the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' Editor who had regular contact with him until his last illness.


His friends, at the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' and the 'Tasmanian Numismatist', extended our sympathy to his colleagues at the S.N.Q., his relatives and friends - world-wide.

"Nous pleurons, pour Jérôme, avec toi!" - Membres et amis du 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society'


A few final reminiscences about my old mentor and friend!

by Graeme E. Petterwood


Part of my polished Gemstone range.


A selection of Minerals.


My late friend, 'Jerry' REMICK, and I shared several interests - including Geology - he as a qualified professional, and I as a dedicated amateur prospector and fossicker who picked up pretty pebbles occasionally!.


Jerry was also a remarkably intelligent French-Canadian numismatist - who had a world-encompassing, and passionate, interest in our hobby - details of which he loved to freely share!  He was also incredibly generous with the largesse be bestowed on those he befriended - and, those friendships stretched far across the Globe.

Items, in the form of gifts of his personally produced Medallions et al., often turned-up, unsolicited, in the mail along with one of his coin reviews. 


Christmas Greetings from Jerry were especially memorable!







Jerry Remick's generic Christmas medallion - with examples of 1999, 2000 and 2001 reverses


Two typical, wafer-thin, original-style wooden Christmas greeting cards dated 2000.

(Courtesy of the late Jerry Remick.)


Jerry Remick's competence as a reviewer, and writer of numismatic literature, was well-known and respected by prestigious organizations and individuals - and, he was a member of, or known by, scores of international numismatic clubs and associations  - including the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' - where he was held in extremely high esteem.

He was a prolific correspondent - and missives regularly flowed from of his old manual type-writer and travelled the World by 'snail-mail'! 


I was always aware that Jerry was an individual 'tour de force' in numismatics after being the recipient of a series of his hand-typed reviews for publishing. With little prompting, Jerry started to write quality articles for  the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' in both formats - and our acquaintance, as corresponding colleagues, became more of a friendship.

He won several Editor's Awards for his literary contributions - and, eventually,  a well-deserved Life Membership was presented, in absentia, in 2001.


"We have much pleasure in advising that our internationally known Tasmanian Numismatic Society Member # 112, Jérôme H. Remick III of Canada, has been granted Life Membership of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society for Honourable Service. 

A special Executive meeting was held to grant this honour to Jérôme (Jerry) as a member of extreme long standing and one who has always made a positive contribution to the hobby of numismatics and to the Tasmanian Numismatic Society in particular.        

An appropriate Certificate will be forwarded, in due course, to confirm his Life Membership and his high standing in the Tasmanian Numismatic Society.

Congratulations are extended from the Committee and fellow members. "


The first International Life Membership Certificate - awarded to Jérôme H. Remick III


(The inaugural International Certificate was done on Parchment paper, framed and forwarded in July 2001.)


Jerry had little use for the Internet in those days - so this is where I came in ... with some assistance from Claude Bernard of the 'Société Numismatique de Québec'., we made sure his literary efforts were transmitted more efficiently by means of the more modern technological medium.

When I had started responding to some of his notes on my own old portable type-writer - mainly as a joke - the mateship became a respectful friendship in the last few years before chronic ill-health claimed him in early March 2005.. The numismatic world lost a true hero of our great hobby with his passing - a man most of us could relate to - and, perhaps, emulate!






In response to some recent requests of some readers, and Executive Committee members of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society', we have also retained the link with the Archives and the previous newsletter versions - under the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' and 'Numisnet World' banners - so that those interested can continue to access the main Archives from 2000 - 2016 for numismatic reference purposes.


*ARCHIVES:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aprilnews.html


*Contents of any - still to be confirmed -- Internet periodical issue, would be subject to usual copyright © and ethic standards and restrictions -if - such a memorandum was established.

Illustrations may still be supplied from the author's library collection - and all, or part of, any numismatic article, from the extensive library of the former versions of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition © ' and the 'Numisnet World - Internet Edition © may be used.


Where on-line web-site Links or addresses are supplied, they are done so in good faith - however, readers are advised, that, if a personal decision to access them is made - it is at your own risk!







JULY 2007 - DECEMBER 2016.

Full details of 'Numisnet World' - incorporating 'Tasmanian Numismatist'  (2007)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec07.htm   -  (Volume 12 - Issues 7 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2008)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec08.htm   -  (Volume 13 - Issues 1 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2009)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec09.htm   -  (Volume 14 - Issues 1 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2010)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec10.htm   -  (Volume 15 - Issues 1 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2011)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jun11.htm   -   (Volume 16 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec11.htm   -   (Volume 16 - Issues 7 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2012)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june12.htm -   (Volume 17 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec12.htm  -    (Volume 17 - Issues 7 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2013)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june13.htm  -   (Volume 18 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec13.htm   -   (Volume 18 - Issues 7 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2014)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june14.htm  -   (Volume 19 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec14.htm  -    (Volume 19 - Issues 7 - 12)


For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2015)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june15.htm -    (Volume 20 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec15.htm   -   (Volume 20 - Issues 7 - 12)


For full derails of 'Numisnet World (2016)

   http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june16.htm -  (Volume 21 - Issues 1 - 6)

  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec16.htm -     (Volume 21 - Issues 7 - 12)


VOLUME 21 - Issues 7 - 12, 2016

Issue 7, July 2016:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july16.htm

BREXIT - The crack in the European Union appear to have started after the shock withdrawal of Great Britain. Time will tell how the decision will go - but the ramifications are worrying for some of the participants.

SPECIAL MOMENTS IN TIME - In the mid 1990's, as I reached out, via the Internet, to other coin clubs across the world - I found a eager colleague doing the same in Canada. A great relationship developed with the ANFC in Quebec for about 6 years when health problems took a heavy toll on this writer - however, I am now taking an opportunity of reliving a few memorable moments from that era.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OLD SPANISH SILVER COINAGE? - Spain - one of the world's great colonial powers of the middle of the last millennium - is a country with an immensely rich numismatic history. This basic article touches on a few things that any collector, who delves into the richness of  Spanish coinage should have at his/her fingertips. Many of the modern coins were donated courtesy of a currently misplaced Internet friend!

NOTABLE U.S. FUNNY MONEY! - Another niche has been taken up in my collecting space with a small but interesting cache of paper 'Funny Money'! Will it be a passing fancy - who knows?! ... however, it is not a particularly expensive one .. and I do find the theme interesting.

T.N.S. DINNER-MEETING ALERT - T.N.S. members.... reserve August 19th for a talk by Mr. Steele Waterman at the 'Horseshoe Inn'..


Issue 8. August 2016:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aug16.htm

IN MEMORIAM - It's been almost 11 years since my  soul-mate succumbed to illness. Pardon the indulgence of my annual mourning at this time.

A NEW TRADITION - A new Great Grand-daughter warrants a future heirloom!  A 2016 Baby Year Coin Set seemed ideal...!

NOT FORGOTTEN! - The Mint Set of 2016 was put away for safe-keeping ..... and I almost missed writing this brief review.

TREASURE TROVE IN TASMANIA - Notorious bushranger, Matthew 'Gentleman' Brady - c.1799 - 1826 - was purported to have hidden a fortune of new Gold Sovereigns in the area of Austin's Ferry in Tasmania during the mid 1820's - perhaps the rumour was true.... However, just maybe, he might have brought some of the coins North - and, perhaps, he may have stashed those he didn't spend, in one of his many haunts in the Northern districts.....

BITS 'N' PIECES - All stories come attached with bits of superfluous information gleaned from research - this is no different.....!

Places like the 'Woolpack Inn', 'Brady's Lookout' - and even a little local family history - make these tales more interesting at times.

CANADIAN DOLLAR COIN REVERSES & A BLAST FROM THE PAST! - A recent conversation with a Canadian friend prompted me to revisit a few articles about the coins of Canada and reprint them as a reminder of times past!

T.N.S. DINNER REMINDER - A final reminder was received to alert T.N.S. members, and friends, of the forthcoming Dinner-Meeting with Steele Waterman on the evening of Friday 19th August.  DO NOT LEAVE IT TOO LATE TO SEND YOUR ACCEPTANCE!


Issue 9. September 2016:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/sept16.htm

IN MEMORIAM - It is now 15 full years since the world was horrified by the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City as a result of a heinous act of terrorism.- LEST WE FORGET!

ANOTHER BLAST FROM THE PAST - Remembrance of a painful episode with an encounter with a rather grubby, paper Oz $10.00 note in September 2007 - and a fortuitous meeting with a former Prime Minister.

BASIC, BETTER - BEST -  Be aware that some very good replicas are now flooding the market - and not all of them are expensive - but they are fakes!

AEGIS of PONTOS - A bronze 21 Century old coin that nearly was discarded as unidentifiable!

T.N.S. Mid-Winter DINNER & LECTURE 2016 - A great - informative - evening was, satisfactorily, spent with Steele Waterman and T.N.S peers.


Issue 10. October 2016:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/oct16.htm

TALES FROM THE OLD WEST -  Texan born T.N.S. member, Jerry Adams, is a well-known collector of tokens and tales from the Old Wild West. The two articles in this issue are edited re-issues that were inspired by compilations that Jerry had provided some years ago about two notorious gangs - the Sam Bass Gang and the infamous Dalton Brothers.  A few additional facts have been included to update the stories.

A FEW MORE ANCIENT COINS - ROMAN - Every collection of World coins needs a few ancient reminders - and what better that the once mighty Rome.

CALLIGRAPHIC BEAUTY - Something different.. art in another form

T.N.S. - SOME INTERESTING MEDALLIONS - A few illustrations of Medallions produced for the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' in years gone-by.


Issue 11. November 2016:-

THE THINGS WE FIND!.- Numismatic opportunity knocks at the most curious times and in the strangest places.... A trip with a mate to look at a potential second-hand household item proved to be both memorable and, eventually, profitable.

SOME MORE FAIRLY OLD BITS - Continuing the author's 1990's dabble with Ancient or Middle Age coinage.


Issue 12. December 2016:-

THE FINAL, FINAL SWANSONG ISSUE - Time for the Editor to wander off into the Sunset!

THE LAST ECHO - A MEMORABLE LIFE! - 'LES MÉDAILLES, 5 CENTS de BOIS PLAT et autre ARTICLES NUMISMATIQUE de JÉRÔME 'Jerry' REMICK III' - A final recollection of a great mentor who encouraged the numismatists of the world by example - and with some of the personalized mementos of his life as a numismatist..

LATE MEMORANDUM - It seems we might still be in business - but in a more informal, smaller and less frequent way!





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