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?
5th February 2015
Our first guest speaker of the year will introduce us to a coinage which is not well
known to most of us. Jonathan Morris will introduce us to ‘Wild Men and Running Horses:
the Hanoverian Coinage’ with an illustrated presentation.
5th March 2015
One of the delights of membership in a Society such as ours is the opportunity to
see, and examine, coins and other items which are outside our own regular collecting
interests. ‘Recent Acquisitions’ is an evening where we can show and talk about that
star find of our own, and enjoy those things which our friends and colleagues have
2nd April 2015
‘Finders Keepers? Treasure, Coin Hoards and the 1996 Treasure Act’
As temporary custodians of items of our cultural heritage, we all need to be aware
of the laws which protect this heritage. This evening, Peter Clayton from the Treasure
Valuation Committee will explain and illustrate how the Treasure law works and is
7th May 2015
British coins from the eighteenth century are full of interesting historical details
and this evening will will hear about and see the story of ‘The First Two Georges
And Their Coinage’ which will be told by Society Member Eric Hodge
4th June 2015
Have you ever noticed how the words 'eclectic' and 'mix' always seem to occur together?
‘Five Minute Papers’ is our tribute to eclectic mixes, and allows our Members to
offer their thoughts and insights on those numismatic nuggets which interest them.
And at the end of the evening, we will all know a bit more about all sorts of things.
2nd July 2015
In 2011, Society Member Chris Leather highlighted the rise and fall of the Antoninianus
- the coin which is synonymous with the decline of the Roman silver coinage in the
third century AD. Tonight, we will hear the next part of the story: ‘Beyond The Antoninianus:
Radiates from Aurelian to the Tetrarchy’ and look at how attempts were made to reform
6th August 2015
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!
3rd September 2015
After his enforced departure from Great Britain, James II attempted to re-establish
his kingship in Ireland. This evening our Society Secretary, Alan Dawson, will fire
us up with the history of ‘Irish Gunmoney and the Second Siege of Limerick’ and explain
how James tried to make money from old cannon.
1st October 2015
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.
13th November 2015 ●THE EIGHTH FIELDING LECTURE
The Fielding Lecture is the highlight of our year of events. This year, in a change
from our earlier published listing, the lecture will be delivered by Matthew Ball,
Numismatic Curator at the Harris Museum in Preston for the ‘Money Matters’ project.
His theme will be ‘The Fleetwood Hoard of Roman Clipped Siliquae’ which was earlier
this year delivered to considerable acclaim to the joint meeting of the Royal and
British Numismatic Societies
3rd December 2015 The Christmas Dinner
Given the date, it is almost certain that the OWLNS Christmas Dinner will be the
first of the festive season for most of our members. That being the case, it is fortunate
that it will almost certainly be one of the best. The backroom boys and girls at
the Eagle and Child will, we confidently expect, work their usual magic.
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.