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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report



7th January 2016

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? We get the Pyx!


4th February 2016

Our speaker of the year is our own Society member Tony Parkinson who will give an illustrated presentation on ‘Names & Nicknames on Ancient Coins.’


3rd March 2016

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 found.


7th April 2016

As a group we are interested in not just coins but all of the para-numismatica which accompanies the subject. Not least among these are the medallions which have been issued to commemorate historical events. The presentation this evening is by Society member David Regan who will enlighten us on ‘Medallions of Charles I.’


5th May 2016

The seventeenth century was one of the most revolutionary in our country’s history from the Civil War, and the execution of Charles I, to the Glorious Revolution. This evening, Society member Eric Hodge will tell us more about the times of ‘James II and  William & Mary etc.’


2nd June 2016

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.


7th July 2016

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 the coinage. Rescheduled from July 2015


4th August 2016

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!


1st September 2016

This evening, we welcome Guest Speaker Dr Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics at the Yorkshire Museums Trust, who will tell us, and show us, more about the Vale of York Hoard found near Harrogate in 2007 and comprising more than six hundred Viking-era coins and other items.


6th October 2016

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, and is named in honour of our late Chairman Mr Ben Fielding. Our Lecturer this year is Dr Megan Gooch from Historic Royal Palaces who will give us her presentation on ‘The Mint At The Tower Of London.’

Dr Gooch was latterly Mint Street Project Curator at the Tower.


1st December 2016 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.

Menu choices will be needed in advance, please, with notification to the Secretary. For the menu options, please click on the Christmas Pud, and a .pdf file will download to your device.

The Fielding Lecture
Christmas Menu 2016.pdf

2016 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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