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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

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5th January 2012

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.


2nd February 2012

The Channel Islands have always been a bit different; British, but not part of England or the United Kingdom; for many years using French currency rather than sterling, and even now possessing coins and notes entirely their own. Dr David Goodall will, this evening, take us on a trip into ‘The Numismatic History of the Channel Islands.’


1st March 2012

The shilling is one of those denominations central to our pre-decimal currency. It was an integral part of our culture from ‘taking the Queen’s Shilling’ to ‘Bob-A-Job Week.’ Our Society Silversmith, Martin Sergeant, will take us on a voyage of discovery to ‘English Milled Shillings


5th April 2012

There is always a temptation to think of Numismatics in terms of small metallic discs called coins, but the term also encompasses paper money and financial instruments. Tonight, Mr George Martin will introduce us to the fascinating world of ‘Cheque Collecting.’


3rd May 2012

Our modern world is one in which coins have little or no intrinsic value, and we have little or no interest in whether they weigh precisely the right amount. But when our money was made of gold and silver, the weight of the coin was of real interest. Our member, Dr John Dawson, will put matters in the balance with his presentation on ‘Weighing Coins.’


7th June 2012

Our members are interested in many different areas of numismatics - whatever it is we have each chosen to collect. From time to time we tap into this trove of accumulated knowledge and present ‘Members’ Five Minute Papers’ which can be about anything to do with our hobby. There can hardly be a better way of spending five minutes!


5th July 2012

We say this every year, and every year it proves true, that far from July 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!


2nd August 2012

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.


6th September 2012

The principal characteristic of France at the end of the eighteenth century was that it was revolutionary. Everything had to be new and different. This applied to politics, literature, art, morals, and money. This evening, society Member Chris Leather will tell us more about the ‘Money of the French Revolution.’


4th October 2012

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.



Held over from our last year’s programme, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Fifth Fielding Lecture will take 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.’ But don’t worry, most of them are quite friendly, really...


6th December 2012 The Christmas Dinner

We all know that the price of bullion has been going through the roof, and anything made of gold is now extremely valuable. Yet, due to careful management by the Committee, all the diners at our annual Christmas Dinner can look forward to receiving, free and gratis, their own gold coin. Of varying types, designs and denominations, our precious coins do have one main characteristic in common. Put them too close to the fire, and the chocolate will melt!

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2012 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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