The Australian Numismatic Society

Meeting 968. 12th October, 1998.

Attendance: There were 15 members and 4 visitors present.

General Business and Interests:
1: Reminder of subscriptions given to those who haven't yet paid.
2: NAA Journal handed out to those members present. The rest will be mailed out this
month.
3: 1998 Bi-annual Journal to be delayed until early 1999.
4: NAA Fair is to be held on the 21/22nd  November 1998 at the Grace Hotel, cnr King &
York Streets, Sydney. Volunteers for our ANS table are always welcome!
5: November meeting will focus on the society's second and final auction for 1998.
Vendors as asked to deliver any material for the auction to  Noble  Numismatics before the next
meeting so a catalogue may be produced.
6: Mention of present archaeological dig at Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour that has
uncovered a number of early colonial relics including some coins (mainly nineteenth
century half-pence) The dig was also covered in the media.

Forum: Countermarked Coins.
There is an enormous scope for collecting and studying countermaked coins. The
meeting topic looks at some examples in this broad area; from official counterstamps
applied by governments, intrinsic test marks by merchants, advertising slogans and
private monograms.

T. H. started the display items with a wide variety of countermarked items.
DUTCH INDIES: one Spanish real with a "G" stamped.
BRITAIN: A number of advertising  counterstamped  on foreign coins -
J. LOCKHART STEVENSON S SH stamped on a Spanish eight real of 1812.
WINES / AND SPIRITS / BY MASSEY / LUDLOW on an English halfpence.
Irish coinage, in particular, seems to come in for much treatment.
J. STANTON / METAL / & / TUBE WAREHOUSE / 73 SHOE LANE on an Irish
halfpence.
Another Irish halfpence with PUBLISH NUMBER ONE OF LLOYD LAST  PENNY
PUBLICATION on one side, the other LLOYDS WEEKLY NEWSPAPER THREE
PENCE POST FREE.
PEARS / SOAP on a French 10 Centimes 1854.
OLD ENGLISH stamped on Irish halfpence of Geo ?
MAY 24 punched on to an English halfpenny of 1813.
T.H.  stamped on an English halfpence of Geo. III.
Copper penny of Victoria 1854.
AUSTRALIA: SUGAR WORKS TREACLE DELIVERED BY W. COOK BAY ST
SANDRIDGE on a copper penny.
W .WEDD / PHOTO on an English Penny of  1862. There was a photographer by this
name in Adelaide at this time.

J. H.  AUSTRALIA Florin of 1942, engraved on the obverse with the design
removed; W.R. GRISWOLD MD / Medical Corps / United States Navy, a
 penny 1943 stamped with NEW GUINEA 14 (?) and a threepence 1919 with 10 - 1 - 42
HILL 95.
BRITAIN penny 1874. The obverse is stamped May 26 /  Mafeking / 1900, with E.M.S on
the reverse.

B. C.: St VINCENTS B.C. presented a two real silver  Spanish colonial piece
struck in 1798. The coin was counterstamped in St Vincents.

R. B. displayed a coin of EUMENIA in PHRYGIA, (44-40 BC)now modern
TURKEY. (Ref AE18). Obv: shows a winged bust of FULVIA as NIKE with two
monogram countermarks . Rev: Athena standing left with Greek inscription in the left
and right fields. Historical Notes: Mark Antony renamed the city FULVIA after his first
wife in 44 BC and it returned to its original name when she died in 40 BC It was at this
stage the countermarks were applied to show it had returned to its original name of
EUMENEIA.

W. M.: CHINA A comprehensive reference on Chinese Chopmarks was displayed; the
US publication Chopmarks by F.M. Rose. A silver trade dollar-sized coin bearing a
number of marks where various merchants had tested the coin.

R. S..  BRAZIL R. S. interest in the coins of Brazil has presented us with three
examples.
(KM403), 20 Reis with M for Maranhao Province, (KM 444.1) 40 Reis overstruck on 80
Reis Peter I, and (KM446) 40 Reis overstruck on Peter II 80 Reis. These two examples
are somewhat unusual as a lower value is countermarked over a higher value coin.

Recent Acquisitions on the Table.

D. M.. GREECE - silver diadram  from Hereclea. Obv. Athena with a Corinthian
helmet, Rev. Hercules. ROME 3rd BC diadram with Janus (the two-headed god) and the
Quadraga (a chariot pulled by four horses).
FRANKFURT - Medieval coin of fifteenth century in gold bearing John the Baptist on the
Orb (or Reichsapple).

M. S.:-  FRANCE Testoon of 1625 (Francis II of Alsace-Lorraine).

L.C. - AUSTRALIA  - W.A. medals of Subiaco Fallen Soldiers, Jacks Day  and
Sheridan's Badge Makers of Perth. A book, The Family Business, with a chapter on
Sheridan Badge Makers, was also presented.

S. L. and D. H.: AUSTRALIA displayed their collection of Australian and
Pacific coins.

R. P. AUSTRALIA The Royal Australian Mint. The Olympic series has expanded
to include four more coins displaying Softball, Handball, Kayaking and Wrestling in base
metals, with information cards stuck in Canberra. The precious metal series now
included two large silver and a gold piece in a presentation case.
Two Australian Defence Canteen (WWII) vouchers were displayed.

T. H. - AUSTRALIA  coronation medal of Elizabeth II (Williamtown).

M. L.:- AUSTRALIA medal commemorating the Grand Opening of the Reef Casino
in Cairns in 1992.

R.S. - USA Bi-metallic tokens. Two token, GOOD FOR (five, two and a half cents)
from the OASIS OILMONT, MONTANA. The third GOOD FOR $17.50 IN TRADE,
WINTER BOOK BY EVANS BUNG TAILS of Chicago.
 

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