Bring along a bit of extra cash of the Super Raffle.
Bring along some show and tell. I'll have my new bills (see later for details.)
Note: This was originally announced for April, but we didn't get the tickets for the March meeting. So now it will have to be in May.Return to Contents
President Doug Nelson called the 482nd meeting of the Elgin Coin Club to order at 7:45pm at VFW Post 1308.
The minutes were accepted as published.
The membership accepted the Steve Hardman family as members. Steve and Alysia were present. Welcome, Steve, Alysia, and Jason.
The membership also accepted David Jones, who has returned to the fold after a four-year absence. Welcome back, David.
The membership also heard the first reading of Joe Miller. Welcome, Joe. We should be accepting you next month.
Don gave us the numbers in the box and you accepted them after discussion. The numbers in the box do not reflect the $480 we paid the VFW that night for use of the meeting room for the rest of the year.
Doug reported that the annual show will be on the last Sunday in October this year, October 25.
Marty K. asked whether I had sent the letter to the ANA. Yes. And whether we had received any answer. No. [Since the meeting, I received the answer that the items have been placed in a time capsule to be opened in 2092. I'll have the answer with me at the next meeting.]
Roger Bear, Clayton Hagemann, and Bill Shepard held a grading seminar. Before they started, Roger started five coins around the room for us to grade while the discussions progressed. During his talk, Clayton passed around sets of Indian and Lincoln cents and Buffalo nickels in the whole range of grades from good to the high MS range.
In the end Roger told us the grades of the coins he passed around. We didn't have the opportunity to question those grades.
We all enjoyed the evening. Everyone went away knowing a bit more about our hobby. Thanks Roger, Clay, and Bill.
Frank S. showed us several beautiful calendar medals with animals.
|Raffle winners:||Harry W., Marty K., Steve H., Margaret M., Alysia H., Jim D.|
|Door:||David J., Don E., Dennis K., Jim D., Bill S.|
After a break to sell tickets, we drew the winners listed in the box. By then it was 8:50. Doug closed the meeting.
Submitted by Mike MetrasReturn to Contents
We agreed to have the Super Raffle in April and set the prizes as listed earlier in this Newsletter. Mike Cerny will be making the tickets.
We also tentatively decided on the annual show raffle prizes: $10, $5, $2.50 gold and a couple Prestige proof sets. As last year, we will have a "gold or cash" clause so you can sell tickets to your non-collecting friends, telling them they can win cash instead of the gold coins.
We talked about the advertisers at the end of the Newsletter and on the internet. I will be sending all who advertise here a letter in the near future as an official recognition of their contribution.
We also talked about a possible club library, a way to have books available to members. The consensus was that it would demand too much work for someone, to say nothing of a place. See Book Sharing below for the alternative that we came up with.
Finally, we set prizes for March.Return to Contents
Everyone of us has several books we do not have to have available all the time. We're proposing that we share these with each other. How could we do this?
I'm sure each one of us has something that someone else in the club would love to borrow for a while. And I think most of us would like to share many of our books. Just think, you can get a fellow member hooked on some of the same things you're hooked on. Let's at least talk about it.Return to Contents
Please notice that we have two new advertisers this month: Sonny Henry's Auction Service of Mendota, IL, and Pioneer Coins of South Elgin.Return to Contents
One more piece of business. If you are one of the few who have not paid your 1998 dues, this is your last Newsletter.Return to Contents
The Chicago Coin Club (CCC) will hold its March meeting during the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) on Saturday, Mar 14, at 1 PM. Jane Guyer will talk on Primitive Money in 19th Century Equatorial Africa. The CCC will give out a genuine manila, brass ring money used in West Africa. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are taking in the show Saturday, please stop in and join them. CICF is at the Merchandise Mart downtown Chicago from March 13 to 15.Return to Contents
Click here to see a map of Eritrea.
Eritrea's capital, Asmara, a long time trading crossroad, sits at 7,600 feet on the northern end of the Ethiopian Highlands. It enjoys 70 to 80 degree F temperatures year round while the Red Sea Port of Massawa just 35 air miles away scorches in 100+ temperatures in the cool season.
Eritreans are about equally divided between Moslim and Christian. They speak several languages, the dominant being Tigrinya and Arabic. Many also speak English, as you can see on their money. There is no official language.
The area was once part of the great ancient kingdom of Axum. You can find ruins all over from that time. This route between the Red Sea, the Nile River, and the African interior has seen much turmoil. Among others, the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century and the Egyptians and Italians in the 19th century took their turns stirring up things. Finally in 1899, Italy moved in and established the permanent colony of Eritrea. In 1936 after acting as a base for invading Ethiopia, Eritrea became a province of Italian East Africa. When England drove out the Italians in 1942, Eritrea became a United Nations Mandate under joint Ethiopian and British control. In 1952 England handed external control over to Ethiopia of a still-internally independent Eritrea. But in 1962 Ethiopia annexed Eritrea and the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) was born to begin a 30-year fight for independence.
Over the years several groups joined in the fight for independence. They sometimes fought each other. In the end independence came on May 24, 1993, after the final fall of Mengistu Haile Mariam and his Marxist military government.
I was one of many American soldiers at a communications station in Asmara in the late 1960s. In our off time we wandered the highlands and lowlands of Eritrea, down many roads we were not supposed to be on. We were stopped many times by the ELF. I know of no one who was harmed by them nor had anything stolen. But I do admit it is hard to say no to a "request" for binoculars or some food when looking down the barrel of an AK-47.
After four years of getting back on their feet, reestablishing basic services, they have finally issued their first series of coins and paper money as an independent nation. Until this January they had been using Ethiopia's money.
Their new unit, the Nakfa, is named after the northern city of that name that was their base of operations during the 30- year war. The Nakfa is divided into 100 cents with coins of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents and one Nakfa (more on them later).
Click here to see the note.
The 110 x 70mm (5-1/2 by 2-3/4 in.) notes come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Nakfa denominations. The front of each is in multi-color intaglio (raised) printing. Each has a group of three distinctively different young Eritreans as the central portrait. Soldiers plant the Eritrean flag on the left and a camel stands below a camel-head watermark on the right. All denominations above 1 Nakfa have a silver hologram on the right side with multi-colored camels that appear and disappear as you move the bill around in the light.
The reverse is uniformly green on all notes though the design varies from denomination to denomination as follows:
All words are in English. Only the denomination is written along the edge in the local Tigrinian alphabet. It is also written in Arabic.Return to Contents
As many of you know, I do not make collecting notes and their vaguerities a habit. I have only a few special ones. When I bought this most necessary set, I looked at them closely and found several intriguing details. Many of these details may not be unusual to modern bill collectors, but they are to me. Each is keyed to the 10 Nakfa note here.
Look at the Elgin Coin Club Home Page for more information.
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