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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 15, April 11, 2010, Article 9


Warner Talso has written a series of articles on a rare and interesting numismatic periodical called The Emergency Money Collector. They are being published in the MPC GRAM, an electronic newsletter for collectors of Military Payment Certificates and other war-related numismatica. With permission I'm republishing them here for E-Sylum readers. This article appeared in the April 6th, 2010 issue (Series 11, No. 1915). Thanks, Warner! To subscribe to the MPC Gram, write to -Editor

Emergency Money Collector Winter_51_52 Cover “We Resume Publication”. So states Arlie after a hiatus. This issue (and future issues) is printed by “duplicator” machine. At this date it is faded and hard to read. Arlie notes the high cost of printing for this change. The magazine is now up to 20 pages.

Arlie reports that efforts to create a Club are still in progress. It seems that despite his optimism and suggestions from readers, it has not come to fruition. The hold up is finding someone to manage/lead the Club. Arlie feels too busy to take on the task himself.

Josef Ulm of Austria and M. Ouahkoff of France want to change the name of The Emergency Money Collector. They also think the magazine should deal with paper money only. Arlie does not agree, but asks for opinions. (It seems there is always someone on the sidelines who has suggestions to improve a product, but won't get involved.)

In the last issue Arlie noted that O.P. Eklund of Spokane, Wash. was ill. Since that writing he has passed on. Mr. Eklund was a well-known collector of minor foreign coins. He had a collection of over 30,000 books and 40,000 coins. His collections were sold to Mrs. D. Dee DeNise of Seattle, Wash. Arlie regrets that the collection will probably be broken up, but that will give many collectors a chance to own some of these coins. And is this not better than to have the collection hidden away in a museum (A variation of an on-going argument we have all heard.)

Chapter III of “Russian Emergency Paper Money” by Wladimer M Oushkoff is presented. This Chapter starts by dividing Russia into regions for discussion purposes. This suggests how vast the Russian landmass is. Can you image instituting a currency policy, after the Civil War (preferred term), on an area this size. The first four regions to be presented are:

North Russia was the stronghold of the White Russian government. In 1918, the government made a deal with the British government to back the currency with pounds sterling. Notes were printed by Waterloo & Sons, LTD, London.

Northwest Russia was noted for local issues starting in 1918. Many were associated with a strong Jewish community.

Baltic Region includes Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The White government issued currency in Marks, probably as a holdover the German occupation (up to 1916).

Ukraine & West Ukraine. Ukraine declared it's independence in 1915. There were two historical units of currency: Karbovanatz (given that name for the rouble in that province) and Grivna.(given that name for the Austrian crown because Austrian Galicia joined the Russian Ukraine on a federation basis).

“Paper Money of the Spanish Civil War” by Andra L. Helfar, is the other article. This article refers to a similar article in the previous issue and a list Arlie provided previous to that. Arlie opines that between these three lists, one may have a reasonably complete of emergency notes from the Spanish Civil War. (Wait a minute – last issue he said in the province of Catalonia, alone, there were over 700 communities that produced their own notes. These combined lists don't seem long enough.)

W.E. Daniels, 4736 45th Avenue N.E., Seattle 5, Wash. wants to buy or trade WWII emergency or military notes or Philippine Guerrilla notes. (I mention the complete address because I know the area well. It is next to the University District.) Theodore Kemm of New York City is selling “U.S. Invasion Currency”. He offers $1 Hawaii overprinted notes for $1.50 and $1 Africa Yellow Seal notes for $1.50. A set of “Africa Invasion Notes” ($1, $5, and $10) is $19.00.

This is the fifth issue of this magazine. Only two more to go.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE EMERGENCY MONEY COLLECTOR, VOL. 1 NO. 4 (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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