These are trying times, and the performance of our members is being tested and evaluated
this evening. Whether our performance is Extremely Fine, or merely Very Good, won’t
actually make any difference as we take part in our Coin Identification and Grading
Quiz organised by Society Secretary Alan Dawson. Expert Numismatists? What more Proof
do we need?
7th February 2013
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the presentation originally scheduled for this evening
has been postponed. There will be differences to the schedule appearing in our printed
programmes for March and April, for which we offer our apologies. From May onwards,
normal service will be resumed!
7th March 2013
Last September, we were given a presentation about the money of the French Revolution
by Society member Chris Leather. This evening we will hear, and see, part two of
the story: ‘The Coinage of Napoleon’ as General Bonaparte moves from First Consul,
through Emperor, to deposed Corsican Tyrant.
4th April 2013
This evening’s presentation by Alan Dawson could be said to fit the Bill, as we learn
more about ‘The English Coinage of the first two Norman Kings’ William I ‘the Conqueror’
and William II ‘Rufus’ who reigned from 1066 to 1087 and 1087 to 1100 respectively.
2nd May 2013
Looking at a coin from the ancient world, and seeing ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ in a form
immediately recognisable to any 21st Century person, it would be easy to assume that
coinage doesn’t change very much. This evening, David Regan will tell us that, perhaps,
it does, with a presentation titled ‘Innovations in Coinage.’
6th June 2013
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!
4th July 2013
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.
1st August 2013
We say this every year, and every year it proves true, that far from being a nondescript
gap in the calendar, August 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!
5th September 2013
We are always pleased to welcome visiting speakers from other Clubs and Societies,
and this evening we welcome back an old friend: George Martin will enlighten us on
the subject of ‘Claspe Manus’ - the handshake seen on coins, tokens and medals.
3rd October 2013
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.
7th November 2013 ●THE SIXTH FIELDING LECTURE
Dr Kevin Clancy is well-known throughout the numismatic world, not least for his
current position of Director of the Royal Mint Museum, a museum which contains examples
of some of the most spectacular products of the Minter’s art. This evening, Dr Clancy
will present, as the Sixth Fielding Lecture, his presentation on ‘The Design & Manufacture
of Medals at the Royal Mint.’
5th December 2013 The Christmas Dinner
We are all aware of the unprecedented rise in the prices of precious metals - and
even non-precious metals! Who would ever have thought we would live in a world where
it would be possible to buy .999 fine copper bullion ingots on the internet? Be that
as it may, copper is not an ideal metal for adding to Chrismas Puddings, and a real
silver sixpence is currently worth rather a lot, so it looks as though this year
we will have to make do with a memory. Tonight is our Society’s Christmas Dinner.
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.