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CSNA 1268 - NASC 3026                                                                   ANA C-71399

Year LX                                                                                No. 3

Fourth Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Allied Gardens Rec Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego

5:15 p.m., Doors Open at About 4:45 p.m.

Topic This Month:


Steve Album – Central Asia Before Islam

Asia is Earth's largest, most populous continent and is located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.  Bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the east, Indian Ocean on the south, and Arctic Ocean on the north, the western boundary is most commonly accepted as east of the Suez Canal, the Ural River, and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian and Black Seas.  The history of Asia can be seen as the distinct histories of several peripheral coastal regions: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, linked by the interior mass of the Central Asian steppes.  As of 2011, the largest economies in Asia are China, Japan, India, South Korea and Indonesia.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the economies of China and India have been growing rapidly, both with average annual growth rates of more than 8%.  Many of the world's major religions have their origins in Asia, including the five most practiced in the world, which are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Chinese folk religion (classified as Confucianism and Taoism), and Buddhism, respectively.  Steve Album will provide us with a presentation as indicated above.  You’re encouraged to bring any material to show.  Invite a friend.

In-person meetings: We have a new meeting place. Allied Gardens Rec Center, Gardens Room,

5155 Greenbrier Ave, San Diego CA 92120, just off Waring Rd.  Easy to reach from I-8: Waring Road exit, up the hill, left on Greenbrier (one block beyond the Zion Ave. intersection).  In 2 blocks, Greenbrier ends at the Rec Center parking lot.  Entrance: left side of building.  (Greenbrier has two portions: the other one starts at Mission Gorge Rd. and ends at the opposite side of the park, at Glenroy St., which loops around the park to near the rec center. Get map.)

In-person meeting times: The formal meeting starts at 5:15 PM.  The room is rented from 4:45 - 7:45 PM.  We will need to set up tables and chairs and put them away.  We must be 100% out by 8 PM.

We are investigating the possibility of conducting hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) meetings.



The Treasurer is now receiving dues for 2022 by mail or in-person at this meeting.  The dues are still $5 per year and can be paid by check made out to “INSSD ℅ Joe Yager” and mailed to P.O. Box 161081; San Diego, CA  92176.

2022 INSSD Meeting Topics

April – What We Collected During the Pandemic

May – Northern Europe

MARCH QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

Spring is springing all over New England, with a snowstorm one day and record temperatures the next.  The crocus are starting to shoot up from the ground and soon we will have nice weather.

Asia this the theme this month with Steve Album giving one of his wonderful presentations.  Here are some questions about banknotes.

1.  What nation depicts Chinggis Khann on its paper money?

2.  What currency is used by that nation?

3.  Kazakhstan’s current banknotes are beautiful and depict what two monuments?

4.  Bhutan banknotes feature their recent kings.  What is the name of that dynasty?

FEBRUARY QUIZ by Bob Fritsch

My three weeks in San Diego were wonderful – I enjoyed seeing and talking with you.  I won’t wait five years for the next visit.

This month’s topic is Important Historical People and Places on Numismatic Objects, which makes this a tough quiz to write since the field is so wide.  So we shall concentrate on the 5 Euro series from Austria which started in 2002, knowing there are about a zillion other things we could explore.

1.  What Austrian institution was featured on the very first coin in the series?

2.  Name at least two musicians featured.

3.  What high Alpine road is featured?

4.  What institution celebrated its 650th anniversary in 2018?


1. Schönbrunn Zoo. (2002, KM-3091)  

2. Mozart (2006, KM-3131), Hayden (2009, KM-3170), and conductor Herbert von Karajan (2008, KM-3156).  

3. Grossglockner (2010, KM-3184).  

4. Austrian National Library (2018, KM-3277/3277a).