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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report

6th January 2011

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 III’


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.



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 again.

But while we are doing that, we will enjoy our festive pud, even if it is on a plate!

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2011 Programme


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.

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