Volume 5 Issue 12                   INTERNET EDITION                                  December 2000.


TASMANIAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY INC.

v      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:-

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.

Any literary contributions or relevant and constructive comments regarding numismatics are always welcome and can be sent to the T.N.S. or directed to:

The ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ is published and distributed to members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society Inc. and selected associates and institutions. The publication is the only official newsletter of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society Inc.’ and its aim is to promote the hobby of numismatics in an entertaining and enjoyable way, under the guidelines suggested by the executive committee of the T.N.S.

All details of a commercial nature, organisations, items or individual arrangement to buy, sell or trade are provided as information only, and any consequent dealings are between the parties concerned.

The ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ takes no responsibility for disagreements between parties, and also reserves the right to only feature information that it considers suitable in promoting our hobby to our members under the guidelines suggested by the Society.  Deadline for contributions or amendment to copy is 7 Days prior to the beginning of the month of publication.

 

This newsletter and its contents are copyrighted ©, but anything herein (except as noted below) can be fairly used to promote the great hobby of numismatics; however, we do like to be asked by commercial interests if they wish to use any of our copy.  Usually, we are not too hard to get on with - and, as long as you undertake to give credit to the author and the Tasmanian Numismatist’ we don’t mind too much!

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All opinions expressed in material published in this newsletter are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society Inc.’ or the Editor.

SOCIETY SNIPPETS.

v      With the advent of Tasmania's Bi-Centenary just over the historical horizon, planning has now started in earnest to involve Tasmanians from all levels - in a great variety of ways - to make this a truly momentous occasion

We have been advised that our hobby of numismatics will not be overlooked.

A Tasmanian Government initiative has commissioned the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to prepare a comprehensive history of the state and included in that preparation will be a considerable coverage of the numismatic development that had taken place in the former colony of Van Diemen's Land - through to our statehood, and up to the present time.

To prepare this prestigious work - which will cover all aspects of applicable numismatics - the Museum management have approached their Honorary Numismatist, Mr. Roger McNeice O.A.M. F.R.N.S. with the request that he use his considerable expertise to expedite the writing of a commemorative book on the broad-based subject.

This is a milestone in Tasmania's history and, as such, it should be treated with this in mind so that future generations can look back at our achievements over adversities during our first 200 years with justifiable pride.

Fellow members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society offer our congratulations to Roger and we trust that offers of assistance and the professional utilisation or loan of privately owned material, as well as that held in the extensive Museum collection, will be forthcoming if required.

As a result of this massive involvement and change of priorities, Roger has advised us that his own encyclopaedic book on Tasmanian numismatics, which has already passed the initial throes of planning and preparation, has now been put on hold.

 

v      As with all non-profit making organizations, such as ours, whilst we need to keep in contact with our members - locally, nationally and internationally - we also have to appreciate that increasing cost factors play an important part of any organisational success or otherwise and these have to be responsibly addressed at all times.

The Society Executive Committee has been advised by our Treasurer that the introduction of G.S.T., coupled with an unexpected decline in our usual membership level due to other more pressing personal commitments, retirement, ill health and bereavements, has been indirectly responsible for the sudden increase in the heavy impost already placed on those finances available for photo-copying and distributing our free-to-members hard-copy newsletter - amongst other things.

Even though the newsletter has enjoyed the accolades levelled at it over the last 5 years from our readers, the monthly production and distribution budget still has to be met - and it has become apparent that this major financial outlay cannot continue to be sustained from current member's annual subscriptions without revising the existing formula.

As well as being supplied free to members, these printed copies have also been provided and posted on a monthly basis to other Australasian numismatic clubs, societies and institutions and this may also need to be reviewed to some extent as well.

We have also been getting strong indications from some other corresponding numismatists, particularly those amongst the older Australian clubs, that their organisations are in much the same financial situation - for similar reasons - and their committees may soon be looking to cut back on their own publications by restricting frequency or distribution.

Some major clubs and societies already have a journal charge - which is usually a proportion of the annual cost of production and on-forwarding the newsletters to members who request a copy - but they too are now feeling the economic pinch and need to rationalise their publications.

Whilst our T.N.S. Committee is actively exploring ways of generally improving the Society's overall financial viability into 2001 - and the continuance of the hard-copy newsletter perhaps in a slightly revised frequency form - any of our members, who have any other reasonable suggestions, would be more than welcome to discuss the matter and put forward ideas at the next General Meeting on December 14th.

At this time there are no plans to substantially alter the format of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet version), which is voluntarily prepared under different arrangements, other than to take any appropriate action on whatever policy changes may have to be made from the results of the Committee's discussions and findings - however, with the Christmas holiday season coming up and, under the above circumstances, we have decided to forego the January 2001 issue of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' until the situation has been addressed and a reasonable compromise has been worked out between what we want and what we can afford.

 

To those of our fellow Tasmanian members who we may not be in contact with until February 2001 -

"FIND PLENTY OF aUNC. SILVER 6 PENCES IN YOUR CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING - AND HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR!"

 

EDITOR'S AWARD.

v      It gives me great pleasure in announcing that the amount of literary contributions to the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' from our members and readers has been quite prolific over the last 12 months - compared to some previous years.

At times, the planning and publishing of our T.N.S. newsletter is like rowing against the flow, but it makes my job that much easier when any additional hands are put to the oars - and for that I sincerely thank those of you who have spared the time and effort to help out!

A special 'Editor's Award' was instigated 3 years ago - as a personal encouragement from the current Editor - in recognition of those T.N.S. members and other readers who make the effort to contribute numismatic based articles, or ideas, that are suitable for development and publication in the newsletter. The selection of the winner(s) is at the total discretion of the Editor and is decided upon from the submissions made during the 12month period, 1st December - 30th November - as this enables details to be published prior to the New Year.

The Award can either be taken as an annual subscription to the Tasmanian Numismatic Society - or in the form of a numismatic prize arranged by the Editor if circumstances warrant it. A suitable Editor's Certificate also accompanies the subscription award (or prize) but it should be noted that the Editor's Award is not intended to infringe on, or replace, any in the system of Tasmanian Numismatic Society official literary awards which are still open to all T.N.S. members.

 

As usual, we had a constant stream of letters from our internationally acclaimed Canadian stalwart, Jerry Remick, (who has been in very indifferent health again this year but who has continued to support our publication with his comprehensive book reviews), we also received several great ideas for stories from 'The Tokenguy', Mr. Jerry Adams from Texas, (who has since become our newest international member) and - to really add icing to the cake - we also had an increased number of excellent articles of a topical nature, from our local members, to advise and entertain us.

It has been extremely difficult for me to choose an outright winner so I have opted for the same not-so-easy way out as I had to last year - I have again chosen two awardees - one National and one International.

During the Millennium year (take your pick 2000 - 2001), I decided to be generous but with the high quality of contributed articles coming through even now, after the November cut-off date, I will probably despair when the decision for 2002 needs to be made. 

 

The Editor's (National) Award and Certificate winner for 2001 is:

Mr. T.W. 'Bill' Holmes, O.A.M., A.F.N.S., J.P. (T.N.S. Member # 5)

The Editor's (International) Award and Certificate winner for 2001 (and for the third time) is:

Mr. Jérôme Remick  (T.N.S. Member # 112)

Both Awardees have now been notified, and arrangements will be made to present their Award prize and Certificate at an appropriate venue as soon as possible. 

Congratulations, Gentlemen!

You both thoroughly deserve your Editor's Award and Certificate for your contributions to the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' during the Year 2000.                                                                                                                    Graeme Petterwood (Editor.)

 

 

INTERNET NEWS.

v      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 any correspondent's Internet home pages or any advertisements supplied thereon.

RUSSIA.

Serge Drujinin of Russia has recently supplied a list of coins that he is interested in swapping or selling. As with all lists it is subject to alteration so we suggest that those who are interested in Russian coins contact Serge direct at: blowin@mari-el.ru

ITALY.

Angelo Lonetto of Italy is also interested in swapping or selling spare world coins. He can be contacted at: imlili@tin.it

LITHUANIA.

Bronius Juozaitis of Lithuania is a collector of world coins and banknotes. He has recently supplied us with comprehensive lists (with Pick and KM #'s) of banknotes and coins that he wishes to sell. Bronius states that all the items are given a conservative grading and include some Specialised issues and Concentration Camp notes. The coins include A - Z modern, gold, sets and ancients. As with all lists they are subject to constant alteration so we suggest that interested readers contact Bronius direct at: bronjuoz@takis.lt

NETHERLANDS.

Martin Peeters of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) invites T.N.S. members and readers of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' to contact the WBCC organization if they wish to find out more about bi-metallic coins, medals, tokens etc. Many WBCC members, such as Cliff Anderson, Ray Lockwood, Rod Sell and Paul Baker are well known within the international numismatic community. They have loads of information to share about this rapidly developing area of coin collectibles and exonumia - and some have already made literary contributions to this newsletter on occasion about the subject.

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.

For those who may collect bi-metallics, or wish to learn more about them, the following information will be of use:
WBCC Organisation

WBCC Homepage and Auction Provider: Rod Sell, Australia: Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands: dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA: cliff38@earthlink.net
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK: 85@wbcc.fsnet.co.uk
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA: leslie.j.hepler@saic.com
WBCC Focal Point ANA Convention 2001, Ray Lockwood, USA: sunray@comteck.com
WBCC Focal Point Martin Peeters, Netherlands: martinp@westbrabant.net
WBCC Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html
WBCC Bi-metallic Web Ring: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/9540/WRhelp.html
"All That Is Bi-metallic" Website: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/9540/bmhome.html
Bi-metallic Forum Page: http://network54.com/Forum/86625
The WBCC is official sponsored by

 * Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, S.A (The Portuguese Mint) and * Schuler Presses, Germany

 

FROM THE COLUMNS.

The amount of information that is now available from printed local, national and international numismatic sources can sometimes be overwhelming, but we endeavour to select a small proportion that will keep our readers up-to-date on the trends and opinions that make our hobby what it is - educational, entertaining and ultimately rewarding in so many ways.

SINGAPORE.

It appears that counterfeiters are leaving no stone unturned, no matter how small, in their efforts to rip off the public.

We again remind readers that it is also by our own vigilance that the economic value of our own money, no matter what denomination - be it metal, paper or plastic - remains as sound as it should be.

The following reminder will highlight the fact that the need for constant vigilance by the worldwide money issuing authorities must remain at a high level. Those of us who are familiar with the small change available from Singapore will be a little surprised that reports have been coming through that these coins are being widely counterfeited in that country.

However, bearing in mind their local buying power in certain areas, it is apparently still lucrative for the crooks who make dud money to give it the full treatment even down to the smallest denomination of 1 Sen.                                                                                                                                                                                         A recent article by James Grant in the November issue of the Australian Coin Review (A.C.R.) discusses the problem and refers readers to a Board of Commissioners of Currency Singapore Report about the types of fakes that are now most commonly encountered.  A copy of the report is now available on the Internet at: http://www.bccs-sin.com/coinfake.html

 

CANADIAN. PRESS RELEASE.

The following Press Release from the Bank of Canada was obtained from the Société Numismatique de Québec website.

This friendly site has both French and English languages and can be located at: http://www.snq.qc.ca/neuf.html

 

Bank of Canada to issue new bank notes.

v      OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada will issue a new series of bank notes beginning in January 2001 to further enhance the security of Canada's currency.

The new series of bank notes will contain sophisticated security features designed to thwart counterfeiters. Although counterfeiting of Canadian bank notes remains at low levels, last year it cost Canadians more than $4 million dollars. The last Canadian note series was introduced 15 years ago. Significant technological advances in bank note production since then have made it possible for the Bank to incorporate better security features into paper currency. This comes at a time when affordable high-resolution colour copiers, inkjet printers, and computer scanners have increased the potential for counterfeiting.

"The new notes will incorporate state-of-the-art security features that will make Canadian bank notes even more secure than they are now. Each new series contains more sophisticated security features to protect Canadians from the risk of receiving counterfeit notes," said Bank of Canada Governor Gordon Thiessen. "Canadians should also know that they will be able to hold and use existing notes for as long as they want; the current notes will remain legal tender even after the new notes are introduced."

A major enhancement to the new series is the addition of a tactile feature that will greatly improve the ability of the blind and vision impaired to recognize different denominations.

"We are proud that Canada is one of the first countries in the world to add a durable tactile feature to its notes," said Vangelis Nikias of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. "When the Bank of Canada began the process of developing the new notes, there was a concerted effort to take into consideration the real needs of blind and vision-impaired Canadians."

The Bank has been consulting with Canadians across the country to ensure that the new designs reflect Canada's culture, history, and achievements. The results of that extensive national consultation have been reflected in the selection of subject matter that will be incorporated into the new note designs. The subject matter approved by the Minister of Finance for the new notes will be announced in November.

The Bank has been working with financial institutions and equipment manufacturers to ensure that the introduction of the new notes will not require major changes to note-handling facilities and equipment.  Although the current images will change, the new notes will be the same size, and the existing dominant colours on each denomination will be maintained. In addition, the Queen and the Prime Ministers currently featured on the notes will remain on the same denominations but there will be new portraits.

With the introduction of the new bank notes, the Bank of Canada will also be intensifying its educational and awareness programs. These programs provide information on currency and counterfeit detection to cash handlers, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

"One of the most effective ways to reduce counterfeiting is to have a well-informed public, especially those individuals who work with cash," said Gilbert Marois, Assistant Director of Currency Education at the Bank of Canada. The first redesigned note, the $10 denomination, will be put into circulation in January 2001. The new series will include a $5 note that will be issued later in 2001, and the remaining new notes ($20, $50, and $100) will be introduced over the next two to three years.

A $1000 note will not be issued. In May 2000, the Bank of Canada began the withdrawal of $1000 notes as part of the federal government's fight against money laundering and organized crime. For further information, contact: Linda Drouin
Head - Public Affairs
Bank of Canada
(613) 782-7125

 

 

v      As mentioned in our last issue, I had the pleasure of reading two extremely interesting and original ' roughs' of articles sent to me by our T.N.S. member Ian McConnelly for my personal consideration on their content.                                                                                         It is also pleasing- as a fellow Society member- to advise that, on my suggestion, Ian's articles were forwarded to, and have been accepted by, the editors of the Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine (CAB) as being of a high enough standard to be published in total in that national magazine. 

The first article is now available in their November edition and the second will be included in the Year Book put out by CAB.

I recommend both of the articles to all of our readers who get the magazine - and, with Ian's permission, we decided to do a short review of both articles after publication - and the first is provided herewith.

For those of our readers who wish to discuss articles of a local nature published in the 'Tasmanian Numismatist'- in most cases - we can pass on relative correspondence to the authors in due course.

Requests should be forwarded, in the first instance, to:

The Editor,

Tasmanian Numismatist.                                                                                                                                                                  P.O. Box 10 Ravenswood, 7250.

Tasmania. Australia.

 

EDITOR'S REVIEW.

The editor's review of a previously published article by Ian McConnelly (T.N.S. Member # 343.)

'An Odyssey to Discovery'  

A recent article in the November 2000 edition of the Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine (CAB) on Australian coin varieties - aptly entitled 'VARIETIES - An Odyssey to Discovery' by Ian McConnelly, - highlights Ian's adventure of re-discovery within an area of coin collecting that had been pushed away from the Australian numismatic mainstream for many years through lack of updated knowledge.

In his article, Ian points out to we Oz coin collectors who think we have it all, particularly in the pre-decimal bronzes, that we should drag out our collections again and search through for varieties that we would not thought of checking for previously. Prior to the current resurgence of interest in Australian varieties prompted by the release of a recent publication - "A Search for Varieties on Australian Pre-Decimal Coins 1910 -1964   ½d  to 5/- " by Mostyn Arthur Byrnes - the author says he felt like a detective trying to solve an old case without any recent clues.

Ian admits that his own efforts are just the beginning of his quest and that Australian collectors have a rich area in which to fossick for those elusive varieties. Our newest Australian coinage has not gone variety-free and several recent examples that have been brought to notice are discussed in Ian's article 

CAB readers were given an insight into Ian's own experiences over the last few years as he also discusses several finds that he has made personally. He also mentions the fact that, elsewhere around the world and in the U.S.A. in particular, there is now enough interest in this area of numismatics to have seen new coin clubs springing up that concentrate on 'varieties' as their main theme.

The amount of reliable information about Australian varieties, error strikes etc. is no longer limited to just a few dealers who only know about the most popular items but, at this time, this more detailed knowledge is still not readily available to the average collector - and, as Ian says, this means that there are still a lot of varieties out there waiting to be found and recorded by the likes of you and me.

 

JERRY'S BOOK REVIEWS.                                     by Jérôme Remick (T.N.S. Member # 112)

Our long-time Canadian member and regular correspondent, Jerry Remick, has asked us to pass on his Season's Greetings!

"Best Wishes for a Safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

 Even though he has had to slow down considerably because of on-going health problems, Jerry says that he will be able to continue writing his book and catalogue reviews for all his fellow members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society and 'Tasmanian Numismatist' readers during 2001.

 We have just received another interesting catalogue review from Jerry in time for this last edition of 2000.

 

THE STANDARD CATALOG OF WORLD PAPER MONEY, GENERAL ISSUES, VOLUME 2 - NINTH EDITION.

v      Edited by Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer, this updated version of the most popular world paper money catalogue by Albert Pick was published in October 2000.

It covers the years from 1368 - 1960 and, with the complementing Volume 3, Sixth Edition - Modern Issues (1961 - 2000) that was put out in May 2000; the two catalogues are an essential part of any numismatic library.

The latest 1,184 page soft covered catalogue is printed on the usual large 8 ½ x 11inch pages and it now contains more than 18,500 listings of bank notes issued by more than 230 note-issuing authorities from 1368 - 1960.

As usual there are ample amounts of photographs of the backs and fronts of the notes - this volume has more than 5,200.

Included in the description of each type of note are: the catalogue number (revised if necessary), denomination, issue date(s), plus any dates on the actual note itself, colours of both sides, a description of the main design elements, printer's name if known, signatories and valuations in up to 3 grades of preservation.

Where signatures are undecipherable, or in a foreign script, or the varieties are very numerous, the texts or the signature charts that are linked with issue dates are extremely useful - as are the many charts of note issuer's identifying texts.

To further assist the collector with a full appreciation of the issuing country, a short historical and descriptive text with a contemporary location map is presented at the start of the particular range of notes. Often, as geographical or political borders have altered, additional information is supplied to assist in differentiating the style of notes from an issuing authority.

The last issue of this numismatically valuable catalogue - the 8th Edition - was published way back in 1996 so this timely update is very welcome to world banknote collectors.

The authors state that: "Issues are steadily increasing in value. Revised prices in this 9th edition reveal that some categories of notes are experiencing astronomical price increases. British and French colonial notes, especially those from Africa, have seen major upswings in price."

According to Colin R Bruce II: "These notes are now more than 40 years old and are disappearing from the marketplace. Dealer stocks are depleted and prices are skyrocketing in some areas."

Jerry also advises that the publishers are now also making available FREE to those interested - a copy of their 96page catalogue of books and periodicals - and they also have a special mail order postage deal for those U.S. and Canadian numismatists who wish to purchase the two World Paper Money catalogues mentioned, and credit card customers may call toll free (800) 258-0929.

All further details can be obtained from:

Krause Publications.

Book Dept. PR-99,

700 East State Street, Iola, Wisconsin.  54990-0001

U.S.A.                                     Phone (715) 445-2214.

 

v      Australasian collectors are reminded that most major numismatic catalogues including Krause Publications are usually readily available  - or can be obtained at competitive prices - from:

M.R. Roberts' Wynyard Coin Centre*

7 Hunter Arcade,

Sydney. N.S.W.  2000.

Australia                               Phone: (02) 9299 2047 or Fax: (02) 9290 3710

'Tasmanian Numismatist' readers can obtain details of other special offers available from Wynyard Coin Centre by requesting a free copy of 'NUMI$NEWS' direct from the Centre if they are interested.

*Wynyard Coin Centre is a T.N.S. Members' Bookroom preferred supplier. *