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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report

2nd January 2014

These are trying times, and this evening we will be taking our Pyx of various coins presented by our Society Secretary, Alan Dawson. Whether our performance is Extremely Fine, or merely Very Good, won’t actually make any difference as we take part in a Coin Identification and Grading Quiz. Expert Numismatists? What more Proof do we need?


6th February 2014

The question posed by our speaker this evening is ‘What’s in a Name?’ Our members are agog to find the answer, or answers, but we will have to wait until Society Member Tony Parkinson discloses all!


6th March 2014

Most collectors interested in ancient coins are familiar with those issued by the Roman Empire. They are relatively easy to understand, perhaps because we can read their inscriptions without too much difficulty. Coins bearing legends in other scripts are more difficult, which is why this evening’s ‘Introduction to Jewish Coins’ by guest speaker Brian King will be of particular interest.


3rd April 2014

The theme of our April meeting is ‘Members’ Five Minute Papers.’ Given the wide range of interests of our members, we are assured of learning something new and seeing something different. As always, one of our most popular evenings


1st May 2014

Unavoidably held over from last year, 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.


5th June 2014

We are not just interested in coins, and this evening’s presentation will confirm our move to a parallel universe, as our Society President, Colin de Rouffignac, will describe to us ‘Another Medal.’


3rd July 2014

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, or, possibly, the recollections of the auction.


7th August 2014

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!


4th September 2014

‘Operation Bernhard’ was the cunning plan put in place to destabilise the British paper currency during World War II. The forged notes, produced by inmate forgers at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, form a poignant backdrop to the story, told by Society Member Chris Leather.


2nd October 2014

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 Fielding Lecture is the highlight of our year of events. This year, Society Member Eric Hodge’s presentation ‘Charles II - Changing Times, Changing Coinage’ will look at the revolution in our metal currency which took place after the Restoration.


4th December 2014 The Christmas Dinner

In recent years we have looked for and failed to find silver threepences, sixpences, and even five pound pieces, in our Christmas puddings. We have bewailed the onset of nasty nickel plated steel buttons to replace ‘proper’ coins and been astounded at the sale of copper ‘bullion’ on the internet. Tonight, we will abandon all this and concentrate on the here and now. Tonight we will be grateful for what we have and what we are about to receive. Tonight is our Society’s Christmas Dinner.

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2014 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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