Volume 6 Issue 9                    INTERNET EDITION                                    September 2001.

Selected items from the official  bi-monthly 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter may have been included in this Internet Edition version that has been provided for 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' members and any other readers who are interested in the hobby of numismatics. We draw readers attention to our notifications and disclaimers located at the conclusion of this monthly Internet Edition.




1. The Tasmanian Numismatic Society is currently in Winter Recess and, at this time, it is planned that members will re-commence meeting again at 8.00p.m. on Thursday November 8th. 2001, at the Masonic Club, Hobart. 

2. We have been advised by Roger McNeice and Chris Heath that T.N.S. stalwart and Life Member, Tom Williamson, is not currently enjoying the best of health.  Unfortunately, Tom - who is now in his eighties and who has been hospitalised on several occasions recently - had not been available to attend the recent Committee meetings. Tom has been regularly visited by both Roger and Chris and they reported that his overall condition had necessitated the most recent brief hospitalisation. 

We wish Tom well as he now recuperates. 

3. T.N.S. Member # 343, Ian McConnelly, is still enlightening readers of the Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine (CAB) with his enthusiasm for Australian coin varieties. His informative, sometimes 'close to the bone' articles are well worth the cost of the magazine for those numismatists who are now re-opening their Australian collections and re-assessing some of their small denomination coinage both pre-decimal and decimal.



Our Texan T.N.S. International Member Jerry Adams attended his first annual NATCA (National Token Collectors Association) token show in Omaha, Nebraska over the last weekend in August with the intention of buying a little, selling a little, meeting friends and colleagues and, hopefully, learning a lot more about his hobby!  

In fact he did all of those things and, even though he even missed a meal or two in trying to fit everything into his tight schedule it appears he has already resolved to attend the next annual show. What he did not know was the fact he was going to get singled out for a bit of special treatment - and he wasn't even there to experience it personally.

After his long flight from Texas and his exhausting day, he decided to go out for a Saturday evening supper and have an early night and, therefore, missed out on an event he knew was due to happen but he had no idea when. 

It was the NATCA presentation of Awards. 

Prior to his trip, Jerry knew he had been nominated for an Award - but  that was all he knew. Surprise! Surprise!   

The following detail has been edited from Jerry's email:

Hi Graeme,

I am back from Omaha. The NATCA show was a lot of fun, the travelling was very tiring and stressful for me, but I did okay.  

I may have lost a few pounds from not eating but that is okay as I was a bit overweight anyway. 

Brief summation, I missed the awards ceremony (on Saturday night) as I was not informed of the time the awards would be done, so I was away eating supper at the time so got my big surprise on the Sunday morning.  

It appears I had won four gold literary awards, and one bronze literary award, and one "special" literary award for my cartoons. 

I was very honored, as I thought that I was only getting the one award, and was red in the face from getting so many nice awards and honors. The extra gold awards were for Year 2000: Theatre Comique Saloon Tokens;.....Year 1999: Ghost Town at the Bottom of the Lake;........ Year 1997: An Immigrant's Story, the Story of Sam Rosen.  The Bronze award was for Year 1998: William McDole Lee, An Empire from Buffalo Hides. 

All of the Gold and Bronze awards were indicated by an engraved brass plaque on a polished exotic wood back, each indicates the level of award, the year, the recipient, the title of the article, and engraved in serif block lettering.  Very nice!  

The "special" award for the cartoons, covers years 1997 through 2000, and is a nice certificate which is printed on heavy stock paper with ornate border, the kind of thing that looks good framed.  It is also in a heavy cardboard folder for presentation.  

As to the "show" or bourse, it was a lot of fun.  Mainly I got to meet so many of the collectors whom I have known over the years through correspondence or email, and it was nice to put a face with the name.  

I sold a number of tokens, postcards, tintype photographs, etc. and  I bought about (I think) 66 tokens total, which was really not that many. I was purposely trying not to spend too much money on tokens......................... 

I learned a great deal!! The amount of things I learned would fill a double dozen emails, so will not make this a into a listing, but I did learn a lot.  I learned that I would like to do the NATCA show again next year because there is SO MUCH material there for sale, and so MANY people to meet and talk to.

By the way, I met a man from Australia who came by my table, with his son, he was from Adelaide.  

He bought some items from me and I gave him the Tasmanian Numismatic Society discount (on his purchase) because of his homeland! I told him that I was a member of the T.N.S., and he was somewhat surprised to hear that coming from someone with a Texas accent in Omaha, Nebraska! ....................

Regards, Jerry.



Your fellow T.N.S. members extend their hearty congratulations to you for the recognition shown by your peers at NATCA for your efforts in promoting the hobby area of your choice - and also remembering your Tasmanian connections at the show in Omaha!  For those fellow Tasmanian Numismatic Society members, and other readers, who would like further details of NATCA and also enjoy a bit of very good informative reading about U.S. tokens, particularly those of the old West, Jerry Adams invites them to look in on his homepage at: http://www.geocities.com/captain_america_1943/index.htm



Security System.

As Tasmanian Numismatic Society members should be aware, T.N.S. Vice-president Roger McNeice is also the very busy managing director of TasMedals and, whilst his main Showroom is located in Victoria St. in the City of Hobart CBD; he currently has his business offices located at his Taroona address. 

A courtesy 'phone call at either of the numbers listed below, preferably the day before, will soon ascertain whether he will be available at the office, personally, during a particular time or is otherwise engaged with his other business pursuits in the city - and this will possibly save a long trip down to Taroona and disappointment - or, perhaps, even a scare for those who are in the habit of wandering into the office entry area when it might appear to be unattended.   

Due to an upgraded hi-tech security system now installed and operational, Roger has asked that we advise all visitors, particularly T.N.S. members, to please 'phone him the day prior to 'just dropping in - unannounced'.

Whilst Roger always enjoys the opportunity to talk with fellow T.N.S. members from all areas of the state, he still has a business to run, appointments to keep and, occasionally, work that needs to be done away from his office desk - so please help him to avoid offending - or frightening - anyone by making that courtesy 'phone call first.

Roger McNeice (TasMedals)

Business Office Ph: (03) 6227 8825

Showroom        Ph: (03) 6231 5281



With the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' in Winter Recess we are featuring a few articles and notices that we had previously held over that may be of some interest to our cousins on the North American continent - both in Canada and the U.S. - as well as our other international readers.


THE DAY THE WORLD SIGHED.                                  by T.N.S. Member #332, Graeme Petterwood.

Of the many historically interesting Alaskan tokens and medallions that  I have procured over the years - mainly courtesy of members of the T.N.S. sister club, the Anchorage Coin Club - are two apparent metal finishes of the same design 39mm. 'token' depicting the Great Alaska Earthquake of Good Friday, March 27, 1964. 

(Even though this is technically a medallion I will still refer to it as a 'token' for the purpose of this article.) 

I believe that this particular item may have been issued in Anchorage some time after the event and sold as a souvenir token.

The actual event, that eventually prompted the periodic, on-going striking of several other commercial 'Good for...' Alaskan Earthquake Tokens from traders in various affected areas, is reasonably well known as part of it was captured on film in Anchorage and it is often shown on TV documentaries pertaining to the great natural disasters of the 20th Century. 

(The highest magnitude earthquake in our time was recorded in Chile in 1960 - but this one was an extremely close second!)

The antique bronze token that I possess appears to have a fine and even horizontal striation pattern across both sides whilst the bright brass token has polished and matte areas, on the obverse and similar areas on the reverse, that enhance the designs. The mass of both tokens appears to be a little over 18 grams each and, with a thickness of 2mm., they are quite substantial and well struck pieces. The dies appears to be almost identical in other respects and show a representation of the tsunami waves with a map of Alaska above being ripped asunder, plus the wording ALASKA - EARTHQUAKE - MARCH 27, 1964 in three lines on the obverse. The Richter seismic read-out recording the time that activity was first detected at 5.30p.m. until it peaked at 5.36p.m., and magnitude of the catastrophe is on the reverse in two lines RICHTER - 8.4 .  



1964 39mm Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964 Richter  8.4 Antique Bronze
1964 39mm Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964 Richter  8.4 Bright Brass



It appears that there are even some small variances in the recording and interpreting the force of the Alaskan earthquake but, by any scale, it was a massive display of the forces of Nature that occurred at  5.36p.m. Good Friday, March 27, 1964 (Anchorage time) - which lasted for the extraordinary long period of nearly 5 minutes and was picked up all around the world.


A few quotes from the US Department of Commerce report will give some of the key facts and provide some dramatic pictures if you care to look in at it:  http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/Seis/64quake/Alaska_1964_earthquake.html   

"March 27: 17:36:14.2. Epicenter 61.0 north, 147.8 west, southern Alaska, depth about 33 km, ... Magnitude 8.5," (Note: Since this description was published, the magnitude has been revised to 9.2.)

"... Maximum intensity IX-X. Felt over approximately 7000,000 square miles of Alaska, and portions of western Yukon Territory and B.C., Canada. This was one of the most violent earthquakes ever recorded and was accompanied by vertical displacement over an area of 170,000-200,000 square miles. The major area of uplift trended northeast from southern Kodiak Island to Prince William Sound, and east-west to the east of the sound. ..."

"This earthquake generated a seismic sea wave (tsunami) that devastated towns along the Gulf of Alaska and left serious damage at Alberni and Port Alberni, Canada, along the west coast of the United States, and in Hawaii."

"Only the sparse population and time of occurrence when schools were closed, business areas uncrowded, and tides low prevented the death toll from surpassing 131. (Civil Defense estimates included 122 deaths from the tsunami and 9 from the earthquake.) Total damage from the earthquake and tsunami was between $400 and $500 million."


The following copyrighted article was kindly authorised and supplied by Dan Goldstein of 'The Earthquake Museum' and gives the reason and a graphic written account of the events of Good Friday March 27, 1964. (See below.)

1964 Alaska Earthquake.

The Great Alaska Earthquake that struck the Anchorage area on Good Friday, March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM registered 8.6 on the Richter Scale, although scientists now favour a different magnitude scale for very large 'quakes that shows this quake as 9.2. 

This made it the largest 'quake that has hit the United States in recorded history and one of the largest known worldwide. Geologically, the effects were widespread and dramatic. Large areas were lifted up or dropped by several feet, landslides were extensive, ground failure led to large fissures in the ground, landslides into bays caused huge seiche waves (waves that slop back and forth in a confined area) locally and a tsunami caused damage thousands of miles away. Luckily, the casualties were considerably lighter than might be expected for a disaster of this magnitude. (In the local area) 115 deaths are attributed to the 'quake. This relatively low number can be attributed to the sparse population of the area and the fact that the 'quake occurred when most people were at home. (The additional deaths are believed to have occurred elsewhere along the Pacific Rim coastline as far south as California due to the tsunami.- Ed.)

Cause of the Earthquake.

The Great Alaskan Earthquake was the result of the movement of huge plates of the earth's surface. This process of plate tectonics causes 'quakes when neighbouring plates interact. In this case the Pacific Plate containing the Pacific Ocean is being pushed under the North American Plate. This kind of subduction causes the largest and deepest earthquakes known. As the Pacific Plate dives under the lighter continental crust it also pushes up portions of the ocean crust which rise as mountain ranges. Volcanos erupt as the descending ocean plate heats up in its descent towards the earth's mantle. The rock melts and magma rises to the surface in periodic eruptions.


The earthquake started with a few seconds of small tremors. These quickly built into intense shaking that knocked people down, threw objects from shelves and caused buildings to collapse. Amazingly this shaking lasted for a full 5 minutes. People reported that it seemed like an eternity. For comparison, the Northridge and Loma Prieta 'quakes in California each lasted less than 30 seconds. The time of shaking generally increases with increased magnitude. The longer the ground shakes, the more damage will occur as structures first weaken and then collapse under the strain. The long period of shaking in this 'quake doubtless caused much of the ground failure that was observed.


Downtown Anchorage was especially hard hit. Building facades crashed into the street. In some places one side of the street dropped down over 10 feet, leaving the facing buildings towering above. In places ground waves of over 3 feet high were observed. People reported feeling as if they were in ships at sea as the waves passed through. Fissures opened up as blocks of earth dropped and tilted. Underground layers of soil liquefied, allowing the more solid ground above to slide many feet, sometimes in solid blocks. Cliffs collapsed in huge landslides. One landslide occurred under an expensive housing development overlooking Cook Inlet. Other landslides into bays near Valdez and Seward sent 35 foot waves sloshing back and forth like water in a bathtub. In Seward an oil tanker was wrenched loose from a pipeline, which erupted in flames, spreading to the nearby oil tanks. Burning oil on the water washed inland. Ships were battered against piers.


Additional details can be located at: http://www.olympus.net/personal/gofamily/quake/index.html  and, if you choose to follow some of the absolutely fascinating Links supplied by 'The Earthquake Museum', the reader will see just how difficult it can be to 'keep both feet on the ground'.

Another detailed and illustrated site is available at:




IMPORTANT NOTES FROM ANCHORAGE. The editorial of the April 2001 edition of ACCENT, the newsletter of our sister club the Anchorage Coin Club, started with these optimistic words: 

"After thirteen years as the biggest, most successful coin club in Alaska it is time for us to take the next step.  Larry Nakata realized what that step should be. With input from member #1 Robert Hall he came up with the idea of the Anchorage Coin Club hosting a large dealer-oriented coin show in Anchorage- Alaska in the summer. Alaska is the best place to visit in the summer and we have the expertise to put on a quality, well organized coin show...a summer holiday coin show complete with everything from fishing trips to sightseeing tours to demonstrations at an active coin mint." 

In May, the ACCENT editorial began:  

"We are now working toward taking the biggest step into the numismatic world that any coin club in Alaska has ever taken. The “Top Of The World Coin Expo” will take all of the effort we can put into it." 

The June edition of ACCENT then started to define a time scale for the proposed expo:  

"To have the time to cover all the bases and put on a successful and repeatable event we decided to push the expo back to Summer 2003." 

Some of the other matters discussed in June were:

1.How many coin tables should be a target for this convention. (It was decided somewhere between 50-100 tables.)

2. What should table costs be for the event. (There was considerable discussion on this matter. For now, participants are looking at about US$300/table.)

3. Having the convention done professionally by a company that specializes in setting up such events.

4. What kind of affordable room rates and other deals can be negotiated for dealers and people coming to the convention.

Preliminary estimates at this time indicate that such a show could cost up to US$30,000 to organize.

In the ACCENT for July, the Executive Committee made the following comments: 

"It is suggested that the A.C.C. sponsor coin seminars for the general public. This would help educate the public so they would be more likely to go to the major coin expo in 2003.  It would also allow the club to practice putting on large coin events in preparation for the “Top Of The World Coin Expo" - and possibly earn some additional funds.

A number of committees were formed to oversee the preparations and to investigate all the additional things that the club realised would arise prior to the event."

This is a huge undertaking, and - from the 'Bottom of the World' - the Tasmanian Numismatic Society wishes the Anchorage Coin Club well with their proposed 'Top of the World Expo'.

Full details available from the A.C.C. newsletter: http://www.alaska.net/~nakata/coin_club.htm

As further A.C.C. bulletins are issued we will advise our Australian and international members and readers - some of whom may even be in a position to attend the proposed Expo at Anchorage in the Alaskan Summer - 2003.



Our Canadian T.N.S. Life Member #112, Jerry Remick (who has been a contributor to our newsletters since 1968 - at least to my personal knowledge) has advised us that according to the Charlton Press Catalogue of Collectables issued for 2001 there are, or will be, several books that will be of real interest to numismatists. Don't miss this handy catalogue about catalogues! 

Jerry also recommended that those numismatists who are banknote oriented should consider what he describes as "a terrific catalogue with SO much data." from MRI. This one could be described as a quarterly 'year book' of world banknotes!



Already published and available now are:-

Canadian Coins 55th Edition; Canadian Colonial Tokens 4th Edition; Canadian Communal Tokens 2nd Edition; Canadian Government paper Money 13th Edition.

Soon to be released:-

The Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins and Paper Money .

Soon to be published are:-

Canadian Exhibition, Fair and Carnival Medals; Canadian Association, Commercial and Society Medals; Canadian Scholastic Medals - each with over 400 pages and containing hundreds of illustrations.

Jerry mentions one book in particular that will soon be available 'Coinman to Canadians' by H. Don Allen. This book looks at 20th Century numismatics through the eyes of Jim Charlton, who was born in 1911, as the author traces the history of this subject over the last 70 years.

The Charlton Press Collectables Catalogue is free on request. Orders for any of the books listed can be placed direct:

The Charlton Press

Suite 208, 2040 Yonge St;

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M4S 1Z9       Ph: (416) 488 - 1418  Fax: (416) 442 - 1542.



The 39th edition of the quarterly catalogue by Arnaldo Efron was published early in July 2001 and is available at a special reduced price to numismatists. Details direct from: 

Monetary Research Institute,

1014 Wirt Rd; Suite 200 (77055)

P.O.Box 3174, Houston 

Texas 77253 - 3174.  Ph: (713) 827 - 1796  Fax: (713) 827 - 8665.


The catalogue consists of 256 glossy pages (approx 8.25 x 11.4 inches) in a soft cardboard cover and lists, describes and illustrates, in colour, the obverse sides of banknotes of each country currently in circulation. It also has a separate section for some countries detailing outmoded, but still redeemable, banknotes still in circulation and the limit of their redeemable dates.

About 220 countries are listed including those that use currency from another country or monetary union. 

There are approx. 800 photos (only obverse sides are shown) with a complete detail of size, colour, main features from both sides of the note and also giving Pick catalogue numbers as a reference.

Actual dates of issue are supplied for some notes as well as details of any major varieties, new security measures and information on counterfeit currency, demonetised (valueless) notes are also listed where pertinent.

One extra handy piece of information is the import - export restrictions on the amount of currency that a visitor may reasonably bring in or remove from some countries. Another handy 9page fully detailed and illustrated (obverse only) section concerns 20 countries and their issues of travellers' cheques. 

The last two pages list the currency exchange rate of each country in terms of U.S. Dollars.

Several expected information sections, such as a multi-lingual index of countries covered, currency Index, currency codes and abbreviations, several identification guides using both illustrations and the now familiar language aid tables, are also included.

For those who are involved seriously in the collection of world banknotes, Jerry Remick suggests that you should consider using this MRI Quarterly as a sensible method of quickly up-dating your major annual world paper money catalogues.

See a sample page of the catalogue: http://www.mriguide.com/sample1.html



Whilst we are featuring Jerry Remick's book reviews, I had another, rather different book arrive that I would like to recommend.

It is in the form of a CR-ROM - and I had mentioned that it would be released, in a previous newsletter along with details of Mike Metras' new site. (See Below - Press Release originally featured in our August 2001 edition).

It is entitled "Money Meanderings - An Introduction to Numismatics" and it has been compiled by Michael Metras of the Elgin Coin Club which is located in Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A.

Mike has drawn widely on published works featured in the E.C.C. newsletter over the 6years or so when he was editor and, whilst many of the 86 featured articles are from his own pen, he has peppered it with attributed items from many other sources -  including the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet Edition). The progression of Mike's 'meandering' is well considered and to follow his path is not difficult. The quality of the selected articles is excellent and I found that, once I started to read the CD-ROM book, "I couldn't 'put it down". The initial chapters focus on coinage of the United States as would be expected, but the selection then smoothly progresses to the historical reasons that coloured the issuance of many of the American coinage denominations  - including some very interesting facts that even most U.S. readers would be unaware of.

Mike has not forgotten the semi-official and truly unofficial coins and currency that have circulated and made their numismatic mark - the great American token range, private banknotes that were not worth the pretty paper they were printed on, fractional currency is discussed - and the intriguing stories of Certificates of Deposit issued by the multitude of colourful entrepreneurs with their private banks will give the reader an insight to those heady times past.

The CD-ROM book goes on to explore coinage from Rome to Eritrea, Philippines to Hawaii and all sorts of places in-between.

How are coins made, where are they made, how to buy and sell - and a huge amount of other information is tucked onto this one disc which is not  purely numismatic. This book is designed to stretch the imagination and feelings of wonder as it follows Mike Metras along the paths of discovery he has found amongst the hobby of his choice. 

 'Money Meanderings' is an interactive book on CD-ROM in HTML format for viewing on any computer with an internet browser and CD-ROM drive. The book includes the following:
* Eighty six articles are illustrated by more than 180 large clear graphics.
* The table of contents and extensive index allow you to jump directly to specific articles and topics.
* A bibliography lists over 75 sources including internet links.
* Internal links lead you between articles and to the internet for additional information.

Money Meanderings is available in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for $17.95 (US Funds) post paid and Australia for $21.95 (US funds) post paid.  You can conveniently order from Mike's product page on www.worksandwords.com.

If you have any questions or want to contact Mike about the CD-ROM book contact him at: mike@www.worksandwords.com.




Coins. Photography. Travel. Ethiopia. Eritrea. Africa. Poetry. Philosophy. Theology, Geography, History.  Do any of these meet your interest? [Also - Technical writing. Slide scanning. Photo retouching and rebuilding. Web page creation and maintenance. Text conversion to HTML for browser viewing (online books). Do you need help in any of these areas?] 

I have finally made my presence known on the World Wide Web. I go by the name www.worksandwords.com in cyberspace. 

I offer you Works and Words related to all the things in the first paragraph and more.  This has been a long time in coming.  But now that I have birthed it, I can get back to my other writing and offering the advertised services.

 Please, visit www.worksandwords.com and wander around it.  My advertisements are only a small part of it.  You will find pictures, poetry, and non-fiction writings too.  And as time goes on, I plan on adding a newsletter or two and many more writings.  I intend this to be a place where you can come and enjoy a bit of reading and maybe exchange words with me and others. To that end, I'll add a chat room sometime soon. I want www.worksandwords.com to be a dynamic place.  Please come and look and return often to contribute and see what is new. Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this and for looking in on me at www.worksandwords.com.  Do take care, Mike Metras: www.worksandwords.com



Please note that the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet Edition) provides names, addresses and other details of commercial organisations and/or individuals,  that are mentioned in our correspondents' articles or reviews, for our reader's information purposes only. It does not necessarily mean that the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet Edition) endorses those or any other organisations, individuals or products mentioned therein. Readers are reminded that any consequent dealings between correspondents is of a private nature and we take no responsibility for disagreements between parties.


The following news releases, e-XONUMIA #13 - 14, have been issued by regular correspondent, author, World Coin News columnist and Canadian Municipal Trade token designer, Serge Pelletier. Unfortunately, they just missed publication in our August 1st.issue - but better late than never!   

Canadian M.T.T. collectors can check out Serge's site at: www.eligi.ca/bonavita  

#13 - Date of Issue: August 9, 2001
CHANGE ISLANDS, NEWFOUNDLAND -  Change Islands, a small community located on the island of the same name, is on the northeast coast between Fogo Island and the main island of Newfoundland.  It is due north of Gander and has a lot to celebrate.  2001 marks its 50th anniversary of incorporation as a town and to leave an heirloom of this event for generations to come, it had a beautiful 3-Dollar bimetallic token struck.  The token was such a hit with the 350 local inhabitants that it sold out in about 15 minutes!  So the town council decided to have more struck.  To ensure pieces from the second strike can be clearly identified, a crab was added on the reverse immediately below the boat, underneath the central fisherman.
The reverse is a tribute to fishermen.  Fishing has always had a major impact on the people of Change Islands which has somewhat diminished since the fishery closed in 1991.  The first settlers moved north from the Avalon Peninsula in the late 1700s, to chase the cod.  By the mid-1800s, many large merchant firms had moved to the island.  A quarter of a century later, the island was the focal point for the Labrador fishery in the summer and the seal hunt in the winter.  By the early 1900s more than 75 schooners cleared customs for the Labrador fishery and many of the people who worked on these boats, settled and married on the island.
The town had the following 2001 tokens struck:
Metal / Mintage / Price
Bimetallic / 450 / $5.00
Nickel-Silver / 50 / $13.50
Commercial Bronze / 50 / $13.50
Gold Plated / 50 / $16.50
Metal / Mintage / Price
Bimetallic / 325 / $5.00
Nickel-Silver / 50 / $13.50
Commercial Bronze / 50 / $13.50
Gold Plated / 50 / $16.50
#14 - Date of Issue: August 9, 2001

PLUM COULEE, MANITOBA -  Plum Coulee was one of the first villages established in Manitoba's Pembina Valley.  In 1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through that part of Manitoba.  Surveyors picked plums from the wild plum trees that grew in abundance on the banks of the creek flowing through what is now known as Plum Coulee.  In September 1887, a letter appeared in a German language newspaper, stating that the harvest in the Plum Coulee was unusual.  "We now have two stores, a post office and a plan to build a school soon.  Next spring an elevator is to be built here. The wheat price fluctuates very much."
This growing trend continued, and more businesses sprang up in the Hub of West Reserve.  Businesses such as a leather tannery, several blacksmith shops, livery barns, grocery stores, a flourmill and even three hotels at one time, plus a bank.
On January 18, 1901, Plum Coulee was incorporated as a village.  One hundred years later, on January 18, 2001, it was incorporated as a town. The early settlers were mainly Jews, Germans and Ukrainians, with a good sprinkling of English-speaking people.  After 1901, the Mennonites from surrounding villages started moving to Plum Coulee.  As pioneer businesses closed down, new ones sprang up.  In the 1960s the town fathers designated the southwest corner for a park, which became a reality in 1967 and was named Centennial Park.  Sewer and water services were brought in and, by
1981, street paving was begun and completed.
To mark the occasion of the centennial of Plum Coulee, the District Chamber of Commerce had a beautiful 3-Dollar token struck as follows:
Metal / Mintage / Price
Bimetallic / 2,150 / $4.50
Nickel-Silver / 100 / $13.50
Commercial Bronze / 50 / $13.50
Gold Plated / 50 / $16.50
The obverse of the piece simply shows "100 Years" surrounded by a wreath while the reverse features the town's logo.
Bonavita was able to obtain a few of each of the above pieces.  Hurry, while supplies last! 

Since the preceding e-Xonumia newsletters were received we have also noted that # 15 - 25, featuring a group of associated municipalities on the Gaspé Peninsula, are now on the web for August.

The municipalities to participate in this series are:  Percé, Chandler, Pabos-Mills,  Port-Daniel, Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé, St-François-de-Pabos, Grande-Rivière, Newport,  Pabos and  Ste-Germaine-de-l'Anse-aux-Gascons.

As our space is limited we will only be able to give edited details so we recommend that readers add this site to their lists to ensure that they receive the most up-to-date information and illustrations about any new Canadian Municipal Token releases direct from the source as they occur. International Canadian M.T.T. collectors won't miss out if they know what is currently available. Web-site at: www.eligi.ca/bonavita  (This can be a very slow loading site for some - so please be patient!)


PERCÉ, QUÉBEC -  After selling out of their year 2000 2-Dollar token in only a few weeks last year, the Rocher-Percé Tourism Office has had a second token produced this year, but this time it is a beautiful bimetallic 3-Dollar piece featuring the local coat-of-arms. 
CHANDLER, QUÉBEC -The Rocher-Percé Tourism Office, in collaboration with the Local Development Centre, in an effort to promote the "Road to the Rocher-Percé (Pierced Rock)", had a series of ten 3-Dollar tokens struck, one for each of the municipalities in the Regional Municipality of Rocher-Percé. Reverse features the City logo.

PABOS-MILLS, QUÉBEC - Another version of the above featuring a local logo for the 'Parc du Borg de Pabos'.

PORT-DANIEL, QUÉBEC - Another version of the above featuring a famous local landmark 'LeGrand Hotel'

SAINTE-THÉRÈSE-DE-GASPÉ, QUÉBEC - Another version of the above featuring the local coat-of-arms.

SAINT-FRANÇOIS-DE-PABOS, QUÉBEC - Another version of the above featuring the local coat-of-arms.

GRANDE-RIVIÈRE, QUÉBEC - Another version of the above featuring the local coat-of-arms.

NEWPORT, QUÉBEC -  Called "Pointe-à-Genièvre" under the French regime, this municipality was renamed "Newport" when an influx of Loyalists moved in.  It has always been an important commercial fishing centre but its claim to fame is being the hometown of Mary Travers, known as "La Bolduc" to thousands of Quebecers. 

A representation of 'La Bolduc' is shown as the reverse of this token.

SAINTE-GERMAINE-DE-L'ANSE-AUX-GASCONS, QUÉBEC -  Commonly called "L'Anse-aux-Gascons" or just plain "Gascons" by the local people, this municipality has been witness to numerous ship wrecks.  It takes its name, L'Anse-aux-Gascons (Gascons' Cove) from the early colonial days when a ship hit a reef and went down, one of the sailors, from Gascony, held on to a piece of the wreck and ran aground in the bay that now bears the fateful name. The reverse of this token features a portrayal of another ship with all sails set, the 'Colborne', that also met with disaster in this bay with the loss of 38 souls.

PABOS, QUÉBEC -  Another version of the above featuring the local coat-of-arms.
All of the above have identical obverses - which depicts a superb rendition of the famous monolith Rocher-Percé (Pierced Rock) - and the production figures and prices for each are also identical.
Metal / Mintage / Price
Bimetallic / 1,000 /US$4.75
Gold Plated / 100 / US$15.00

NEPEAN, ONTARIO -  The foremost Canadian numismatic publication, Canadian Coin News, has announced on page 34 of its August 21 issue that its running its second annual "Canadian Municipal Trade Token of the Year" Awards competition.  Bret Evans, editor of Canadian Coin News said about the competition: "Although not unique to Canada, municipal trade tokens have a unique Canadian flavour and are a great way to get to know our country better.  They have been extremely innovative in the past few years making them quite worthy of recognition".

To qualify for this year's competition, the municipal trade token must bear a 2000 expiry date.  Only circulation issues are considered.  Thirty-eight pieces thus qualify. (A list is provided on the Bonavita 'e-Xonumia' page)

The choices will be very difficult.  Innovation wise, we would like to point out  three significant pieces: Dauphin, the first enamelled bimetallic piece; Kindersley, the first bimetallic piece and Manitoulin, 2000 Cents, the first 2000-Cent piece and the first to use translucent enamel.

As previously mentioned, an illustrated newsletter version of these new releases can be found at the Bonavita web site at www.eligi.ca/bonavita under "Newsletter".  Bonavita Ltd. is a subsidiary of Eligi Consultants Inc.
Bonavita Ltd, Box 11447, Station H, Nepean, ON K2H 7V1
Tel:  +1-613-823-3844 / Fax: +1-613-825-3092
MASTERCARD and VISA accepted.
E-Mail:  ray@eligi.ca



Algerio Bergonzo has been collecting coins for some considerable time and has an interesting selection to look at. 

His other hobby is using a metal detector and he is a well established amateur radio user. Most of his pages are in Italian text but he has a brief introduction in English and the many illustrations are self-explanatory.

Hi, my name Algerio, I live near Turin, for 20 years I have used metal detectors, first I used a C-Scope and now I use Minelab and lately the new Explorer SX that was brought to me from US by my friend Steve Hunter of Huntsville, AL 
You are invited to visit my web pages to see the better parts of my coin and photo collection. Regards from Algerio

Algerio Bergonzo   

str.S.Gillio 32, Pianezza 10044 (Turin) Italy
tlf.++39.011.9679681     e-mail: i1jab@libero.it   Homepage: http://digilander.iol.it/i1jab


Paul C De Tang of the Philippines has made available a comprehensive list of coins that he is interested in swapping. As we cannot include the full detail we suggest that anyone who is interested in exchanging world coins contact Paul direct at: pauldt@edsamail.com.ph or through his homepage at: http://www.geocities.com/pdt_ph/




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