Volume 14 Issue 7Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996) July 2009
'NUMISNET WORLD'INTERNET EDITION
Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2009.
Remember - be astute when you are handed change - not all the wonders of numismatics have been discovered yet - and they don't have to be shiny and new! This edition again features an assortment of 'trivia' that I think is of interest and I trust it will prove educational and entertaining to you as well.
All or any prices quoted in articles in this newsletter, unless stipulated, are estimates only and they should not be considered to be an offer to sell or purchase the items mentioned or used as illustrations.
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THE NUMISMATIC LIBRARY
A COLLECTOR'S 'SECOND BEST FRIEND'!
by Graeme Petterwood.
This occasional segment will feature some of the publications that I have been directed to - others that I have discovered for myself - all of which I have found to be of great assistance over the years - and which now form an essential part of my 'physical' home library.
Not all my books are catalogues or completely dedicated to numismatics - in fact, in the scheme of things, the percentage is fairly small - but they have been selected with great care. As many new collectors soon discover - a real library can be expensive to put together and sometimes we need to balance our wants to our finances - and compromise a little. REMEMBER - a second-hand book is better than none!
My general reference library consists largely of the sorts of books, periodicals, biographies, pamphlets, magazines - and even atlases - that cross the paths that many numismatists need to tread to find out the things that make this hobby so intriguing!
You may ask - what is a numismatic collector's 'First Best Friend'? - and my own answer would be an encompassing - "My fellow collectors!"
It is through their research efforts, experience and the collective knowledge forged within this crucible of personal friendship - whether transmitted, verbally, from within a local club, or through other forms of direct written or electronic correspondence - that the average collector will find wisdom - and some answers - that cannot always be obtained, in the first instance, from the available published word.
Sometimes, even the 'Internet' can be hard to negotiate if we don't have a previously published work to guide us - and if we are unaware of what that publication is, or if we are not in a situation where we can easily obtain access to the knowledge we need in this form, it can be a frustrating time for the enthusiastic new collector.
A good friend can often point us in the right direction - to our 'second best friend!' - and, thankfully, I was lucky enough to have some 'first best friends'!
1853 - 1990
by Roger V. McNeice F.R.N.S.
HISTORIC MEDALS OF TASMANIA Volume 2
In June 1990, a glossy, black & white, illustrated and indexed, limited edition volume of 80 pages, detailing the commemorative medals and medallions issued in Tasmania during the period 1853 - 1990; was compiled and published by leading Tasmanian numismatist, Roger V. McNeice OAM., F.R.N.S.
The publication was limited to only 300 numbered copies of which only 190 were available for sale to the general public and the balance were reserved for special presentations and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart .
This book was the second part in a two-volume series covering this aspect of local issues and was of particular interest to members of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' (T.N.S.) as it featured several items that had been initiated into being by that organizastion.
As can be imagined, the general copies of this limited edition (#101 - 290) were soon 'sold out' - and they are now considered as collector's items in their own right. It was fortunate that - when I joined the T.N.S. in 1991 - the author looked kindly upon me, and I was presented with the opportunity to obtain one of the last few signed and dated general copies still available - #275 - on 12th. October of that year.
As a relative latecomer to medallion collecting, this book has been an invaluable tool for me - and, whilst my own Tasmanian medallion collection is still extremely modest - and it is in the 'beat-up' condition that is often refered to as 'well circulated - the book has also enabled me to provide this newsletter's readers with information, and some references, about otherwise mysterious items that are sometimes directed through these auspices
Some of the original 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' contributors to the publication were amongst those I considered as close friends and mentors during their lifetimes, such as the late Dorothy Lockwood and the late Tom Williamson - and the others, of that era, who are still around - such as Kevin Hogue and Roger McNeice - are still getting their Christmas greetings each year. There were others, of course - and whilst some were personally unknown to me at that time - their contributions were of the upmost value in the preparation of the 1990 book..
(l. to r.)The late Mrs. Dorothy Lockwood and the late Mr.Tom Williamson at a function at the Black Buffalo Hotel in Hobart (25th. July 1991),
Life Member and Committeeman, Mr. Kevin Hogue at a T.N.S. Christmas BBQ at South Arm near Hobart (10th. Dec. 1995), and T.N.S. President Roger McNeice OAM., FRNS. - carrying the Orange Juice - in July 1991 at the Black Buffalo Hotel function
TASMANIAN COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLIONS
- 1887 Queen Victoria's Jubilee 31mm;
- 1897 60th. Year of Queen Victoria's Reign 31mm .
- 1937 Coronation of King George VI(Maltese Cross) 27mm; King George VI & Queen Elizabeth (City of Launceston)29mm.
- 1938 Centenary of the Royal Hobart Regatta 36mm.
- 1894/5 Tasmanian Exhibition (Hobart) 16mm.
- Launceston Bank for Savings World Trustee Bank Day 1960 x 2 - 1961x 2 - various finishes 34mm.
- 1971 Tasmanian Railways Centenary 31mm.
- 1975 Centenary of Penguin 31mm.
A few of the Tasmanian medallions that I have accumulated are shown above - full manufacturing details are contained in this handy book - and they are samples I would have probably wondered about for a long while except for the foresight, diligence and hardwork put in by the author, Roger McNeice - and others - who supplied so much detail from their own years of personal research.
The volume also supplies additional notes and references to other sources that many of us may not have been be aware of - such as Les Carlisle's "Australian Commemorative Medals and Medalets from 1788" - and the end result is a unique library asset that only 299 other Tasmanian medallion collectors, now possess.
Some of the T.N.S. members, who would have obtained a copy of the original handbook in 1991, are shown in the picture (below) - and whilst some of those 'first best friends' are either no longer members of the Society for a variety of reasons - including relocation and the passage of time's ultimate farewell - those who remain are still part of that elite group of people who held out a helping hand to a newcomer to the hobby so many years ago - and for that I sincerely thank them!
You gave me a wonderful welcome to the greatest hobby - and a direction that opened 'the doors of friendship' all over the numismatic world.
'FIRST BEST NUMISMATIC FRIENDS' -T.N.S. BBQ - 27th. December, 1996.
(l. to. r. back) - Geoffrey Forrest, Kevin Hogue, Phil Nicholls, Roger McNeice, Bob Wansborough, the author,
(l. to r. front) - (late)Tom Williamson, Christopher Heath, Bill Holmes and Brian Curtain.
THE NUMISMATIC LIBRARY - and the 'ALMOST' coins of CANADA.
RUSSIA - POCCIЯ
REGIONAL PAPER CURRENCY ISSUES
of the 20th. CENTURY.
"STANDARD CATALOG of WORLD PAPER MONEY
SPECIALIZED ISSUES - VOLUME ONE" by Albert Pick.
One of the currency world's great issuers was Russia during the the first quarter of the 20th Century - and, whilst I have a small to medium sized accumulation of the general issues, I have a real affectionate spot for those few Russian Cyrrillic script 'mystery' notes I have tucked away.
Refer: - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillic_alphabet
When I first became aware that there were early Russian notes than were not shown in my old second-hand basic 'Pick' catalogue I was at a loss - but time brought the answers in the form of a friendly mentor who advised me that "Knowledge is King - buy the book" - meaning invest and buy an appropriate catalogue. It is a mantra that I now strongly advise to all collectors - learn about your hobby and a good book can literally be - 'worth it's weight in gold'.
1990 "Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Specialized Issues - Volume One" - by Albert Pick
Not everyone has a copy of the Krause Publication 'Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Specialized Issues - Volume One' - even this old!
The most popular version is the "SCWPP - General issues - Volume Two" - which covers the very basic national issues that a collector will usually encounter. Many dedicated general banknote collectors update their - 'Volume Two' - very regularly to keep up with modern releases - and every 10 years or so, they may invest in a new or second-hand - 'Volume One' - mainly to see price trends, or new entries, in those odd notes that come to haunt us occasionally. Mine was purchased new, back in 1990, but it could now be classified as 'ancient' - but it still does a marvellous job.
With many of those old notes looking very much like the general issues of the time - or even being unauthorised versions of legitimate issues in some cases (refer to the Ukraine 50 Karbowanez shown below) - you will need to be alert that, if there is a slight unexplainable difference, it might be that you have a 'specialized issue' that could be listed in this 'other' Krause publication.
As history reminds us - the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia co-incided with the bloody horrors of World War I, and some of the home-grown versions that occured, in the huge conglomeration of humanity that was Russia, were equally horrific - if not more so, because of its genocidal aspects against its own people. As military fortunes ebbed and flowed, so did the usual politically-inspired paraphenalia of conflict - and, as money is always a casualty of wars, the issuance of relatively worthless paper was a foregone conclusion. This brief article, and its illustrations, is a reminder of that phenomenon.
The Revolutionary era Russian regional issues - from both factions - originated in 10 main areas (see list below); however, each of those areas produced and issued paper notes authorised by a plethora of individual towns or districts, even organisations such as railways - and, of course, the military forces of either persuasion.
The military were known as White (Imperial) or Red (Soviet) Armies - and their commanders were not slow in using the printing presses to churn out some local folding money to finance their operations. Refusal to accept the currency was usually not an option - although that was often ruthlessly repudiated by the next opposition 'conquering General - or whomever' who happened by. A person could be shot for having the 'wrong' money in his pocket.
The Red Armies of the Soviets, often over-printed such things as Bond Certificates or old Imperial notes - in fact, any items that had some reference to value and looked like 'money' - were used to fill the void. What may appear to be a low serial number on some notes is often a 'block number' and the note itself has no individual number as they were produced in large quantities.
Between 1917 - 1923, the number of known regional issuers was approx. 90 - including military issues - but I have omitted the names, and also many of the styles of paper 'currency' that were produced, or utilised - as they would overflow this newsletter with their diversity.
North Russia - 4; North-West Russia - 6; White Russia (Minsk) - 1; South Russia - 2; Ukraine & Crimea - 9; North Caucasus - 15;
Transcaucasia - 12; Siberia & Urals - 14; Russian Central Asia - 10 East Siberia - 17
The geographic scope of RUSSIA is enormous. (Map courtesy GraphicMaps.com)
I recommend that, when you have a few dollars to spare, you might do worse than invest in a - 'SCWPM- Volume One' - even a second-hand version - for your own numismatic library, as the details of most specialized issues are now usually set in concrete print, and new additions are slow to be noted. This specialized catalogue will be relevant for many years - and even though prices of some items may flucuate slightly - it may provide that extra source of reference to identify some of your strange acquistions - Russian or otherwise.
The illustrations of the specialized regional currency issues from Russia, are not to scale due to space constrictions. Some of those notes shown have already been discussed in previous newsletters and the illustrations serve only as reminders that there are items 'out there' that can prove to be a very interesting facet of numismatics in their own right.
UKRAINE & CRIMEA
Safe Deposit Notes - from Serial #210 onwards.
Authorised by General Anton Denikin - labelled as false by the Ukranian Government
#S256 - 1918 (N.D.) 50 KARBOVANEZ
AO 217 - 'unlawfully' authorized, printed and issued by Gen. Denikin - copied from an Odessa issued note.
STATE TREASURY NOTES
1919 ODESSA ISSUE
#S424 -1919 (Obverse - St. George in right lower corner) 1000 Rubles
HIGH COMMAND of the ARMED FORCES - Authorised by General Anton I. Denikin
1919 SIMFEROPOL ISSUE
#S419 - 1919 (Reverse - St. George at left) 5000 Rubles
1918 ROSTOV ISSUE
#S415 -1918 (Reverse - Allegory of Russia seated at left) 500 Rubles - issued by Gen. Denikin
1918 - 1919 BAKU & BATUM ISSUES
These banknote issues originated in cities that were under the control of various factions during 1918 - 1920.
Baku, on the west coast of the Caspian Sea. changed hands several times - in the first half of 1918 it was in Bolshevik control and then, until September 1918, it was in British hands - until it fell to the Turks in late October. The British retook Baku in November of that year.
The city government of Baku, issued notes bearing its City Arms - Three Flames - which is sometimes tucked away - but it is a handy aid to recognition.
However, Batum, which is on the east coast of the Black Sea - at the other end of the Caucasian Mountains - was occupied by the British from December 1918 until June 1920 as World War I came to a weary end and the Bolshevik Revolution reached out to play out its final moments in these areas of Transcaucasia and Azerbaijan - and the real horrors started to occur behind the guise of a new beginning.
Block One - top row (l. to r.):- #S721 - 1918 One Ruble; #S722 - 1918 Three Rubles
second row (l. to r.):- #S724 - 1918 Ten Rubles; #S723 - 1918 Five Rubles
bottom row:- #S 725 -1918 Twenty-five Rubles
Block Two - top to bottom:- Reverses Five Rubles; 10 Rubles; Soviet issue - #S733 - 1918 Fifty Rubles (Obverse)
BAKU #S726 - 1918 (N.D.) 5 Kopeks; #S728 - N.D. 50 Kopeks
Block Three -(top & bottom):- Soviet issues - #S731 - 1918 Ten Rubles; #S732 - 1918 Twenty-five Rubles
Block Four - (top):- Soviet issue - #S733 - 1918 Fifty Rubles (Obverse -enlarged);
(bottom):- BATUM - #S 736 - 737 - 740 - 1919 (N.D.) British Occupation 1, 3, 10 Rubles which have printed signatures on a plain back
The people of Armenia, Georgia, and those of Azerbaijani Turkic origin, decided to break away from Russia on Nov. 24 1917 and form their own federation. The groups established their own independent republics on May 26 1918. The notes shown below continued to circulate in all three republics as legal tender until they were swallowed up by the Socialist Soviets in 1923. Some of these notes are loosely refered to as 'Babylon Notes' due to the fact that several scripts, other than the usual Russian Cyrllic, are used to identify the notes.
Various scripts, other than Russian Cyrllic, are used to identify the notes.
Top row:- #S601 - 1918 One Ruble
Second row:-S603 - 1918 5 Rubles
Third row:- #S604 - 1918 10 Rubles
Fourth row:- #S605 - 1918 50 Rubles
GEORGIA - AUTONOMOUS INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC
1919 State Notes (St. George on horseback).
During the period from May 26,1918 through until March 18, 1921, Georgia was an independent republic and it was the last Transcaucasian area to fall under Bolshevik control. It originally issued its own state notes and debenture bonds and after the Socialist Soviet Republic take-over another short series of Rubles of 5000 and 10,000 face value were issued plus an 'accounting token' note of 50,000 Rubles and a Debenture Bond series consisting of 100 Thousand; 500 Thousand; 1million, and 5 Million Rubles was also issued.
Top row:- #S751 - 1919 (N.D.) 50 Kopeks
Centre row:- #S758 - 1919 500 Rubles
Bottom row:- #S759 - 1920 1000 Rubles
SIBERIA & URALS
PROVISIONAL RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT - Admiral Aleksander Kolchak, Supreme Ruler
Admiral Kolchak, aided by the Cossacks and British troops, installed himself as virtual dictator in this area from Nov. 18 1918 until Nov 14. 1919 when the Bolsheviks defeated his armies at Omsk and forced him to flee. The 46 y.o. was eventually caught and shot by the Red Army, on Feb. 7 1920, near Irkutsk
#S828 - 1919 (N.D.) Unsigned 50 Kopek note (Printed by American Bank Note Company - no imprint)
#S855 - 1919 Uniface 25 Ruble - 5% Interest bearing note (Payable on 1 May 1920)
SIBERIAN REVOLUTION COMMITTEE
After the Bolsheviks killed Kolchak in 1920, they over-printed unused 4.5% Interest bearing Bonds of various values and stamped the 4 Ruble 50 Kopek Interest Coupons (dated 1917), seized from the Irkutsk branch of the State Bank, to use as interim currency.
#S899 - (Blue o/print 1920 on 1917) 200 Ruble - 4.5% Interest bearing State Bank Bond used as currency
#S904 - (Red o/print) 4 Ruble 50 Kopek - State Bank Interest Coupons used as small change currency
In future newsletter issues, I will feature a few more illustrations of specialized issues from other nations - of which I just happen to have a sample or two.
As mentioned, my collection is certainly not anywhere near adequate enough to have it separated into a field of its own - and, in some cases, the samples are rather the worse for wear after all these years. However, the few Russian regional notes I do have are sufficient to be able to tell a story of a time in history when the blood of hundreds of thousands was spilt for a political cause that was proven to be unsustainable after nearly 75 years.
'Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Specialized issues - Volume One' - by Albert Pick - Krause Publication 1990
Photoscans: - 'Numisnet World' scans collection. (Refer copyright terms and stated conditions of use.)
40th. ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVESTITURE
OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
July 1st. 1969 - 2009
32mm. Pewter Medallion issued to celebrate the Investiture
of H.R.H. Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales
Caenarvon Castle 1st. July 1969.
NOTE:- An identical item in a damaged case was advertised on eBay in mid-May - with a starting price of US$4.95 - by a seller who had little idea of its value or details of its manufacture or even the metal it was made of. Other recent sales have been seen in the region of U.S.$8.00 for this identical item.
There were other Investiture medallions available in various larger sizes and more noble metals - so be aware that there is a wider selection out there.
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Vive! - pour les Petites Differences! - Sometimes they're obvious - but, at times you need to look very hard, because some coins have more differences that just the date!.
"Work Still in Progress!" - Australian Pre-decimal Paper bank-notes. - A collection that may take more than an effort to finish - and time is running out!
"...and what comes next? AUSTRALIA GOES DECIMAL" - What happened in the land of Oz just prior to our changeover to decimal currency.
Vale - Frank Hrinkrow - the T.N.S. loses a long-time colleague and friend.
General Index Update - Refer next issue of 'Numisnet World'.
'NUMISNET WORLD' July 2009 - to date
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The Numismatic Library - A Collector's 'Second Best Friend' - the importance of colleagues - and a reasonable library - are essential for hobby happiness.
Russia - 20th Century Regional Paper Currency Issues - You will find details of these in "Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Volume One."
Investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales July 1st. 1969 - One of the well-presented pewter medallions issued to celebrate the ceremony at Caenarvon castle.
General Index Update - Refer last issue of 'Numisnet World'.
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