There are few things in our hobby more challenging and subjective than the identification
and grading of coins. One man’s EF is another man’s VG! This evening, our Secretary,
Alan Dawson, will conduct a ‘Coin Grading and Identification Quiz’ when we can all
see how we measure up.
3rd February 2011
There are many references in our language to one particular coinage, most of which
we do not identify as such. Piratical ‘Pieces of Eight’ and the famous ‘two-bit town’
- familiar from dozens of films - both come from this source. Society member Eric
Hodge will treat us to his presentation of ‘Some Aspects of Spanish Colonial Coinage.’
3rd March 2011
The most famous 1960’s pop-philosopher claimed that everyone had their fifteen minutes
of fame. In our case, it is five minutes, when we all have the chance to make a numismatic
point or two. ‘Members’ Five Minute Papers’ are always popular, always interesting,
and will be heard with rapt attention tonight.
7th April 2011
The first of our Guest Speakers for the year will be taking us into those dark corners
where most of us fear to tread. Dr Keith Sugden, Curator of Numismatics from Manchester
University Museum will set the scene for ‘Myths and Monsters on Ancient Coins.’
5th May 2011
One of the most divisive characters in our late-mediaeval history is a chivalric
knight who struggled to save the country from the depredations of a corrupt regime
or, alternatively, a murderous monster who killed the rightful boy king, and usurped
his crown. Our Secretary, Alan Dawson, will tell us more about ‘The Coinage of Richard
2nd June 2011
One of the pleasures of being a member of a society such as ours is sharing the frisson
which comes from tracking down that elusive piece missing from the collection. ‘Members’
Recent Acquisitions’ is when we exchange the tales of the hunt, and the sagas of
the junk box.
7th July 2011
When Henry VIII discontinued silver farthings in the 1530s, he left the country without
any official supplies of our smallest denomination. There were to be no more authorised
issues until ‘The Farthing Tokens of James I’ and our Chairman John Dawson will tell
their story tonight.
4th August 2011
We say this every year, and every year it proves true, that far from August being
a nondescript gap in the calendar, it is one of the year’s highlights. Our ‘Numismatic
Discussion Evening’ is an unstructured ramble through the highways and byways of
our hobby, and most of us learn quite a lot on the way. Always a great evening!
1st September 2011
The history books tell of the economic collapse and runaway hyperinflation which
affected the Roman economy during the second half of the third century AD. But how
accurate is the widely accepted interpretation? ‘Argenteus Binio - the Rise and Fall
of the Antoninianus’ by Chris Leather may provoke a few revisionist thoughts.
6th October 2011
This evening is the Society’s Annual General Meeting whereat we appoint the Officers
and Committee, scrutinise the books, and set the subscription for the coming year.
Then, to make up the difference, we have the annual Mini-Auction.
3rd November 2011 ●THE FOURTH FIELDING LECTURE
The numismatic history of the English Civil War would not be complete without some
account of the works of a peripatetic Mint Master, the man responsible for significant
amounts of the provincial coinage of the time. David Holt will give the fourth Fielding
Lecture on ‘The Life and Times of Thomas Bushell.’
1st December 2011
In recent years we have always assumed that the Christmas Pud would contain some
sort of silver piece. Now, with even relatively honest cupro-nickel seemingly to
be replaced by some kind of cheap and nasty plated horror, it’s perhaps time to think
But while we are doing that, we will enjoy our festive pud, even if it is on a plate!
Send Us A Message
Our Annual Programme of meetings runs from January to December. Each year, in Autumn,
our tireless Committee Members burn the midnight oil in industrial quantities, working
on the Programme for the year. The results of their labours can be seen here.
Obviously, the Programmes for past years have been and gone, but it can be useful
and interesting to refer to what has been as well as to look up what is to be. So,
to that end, we provide an archive.