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!
1st February 2018
We have become used to a range of portraits of the Queen on our pocket change, and
our first speaker of the year,our own Society member Eric Hodge, who will take us
around a veritable picture gallery of ‘The Five Faces of Elizabeth II’
2nd March 2018
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
5th April 2018
Wherever one looks these days there are superheroes of one sort of another seeking
our attention. But it is not just our generation which can leap tall buildings in
a single bound: society member Tony Parkinson will take us back to ancient times
with his review of ‘Two Superheroes on Coins.’ A herculean task?
3rd May 2018
Not everything we collect is honest, straightforward and genuine! This shocking claim
is meant to highlight that throughout time there have been the scallies in society
who have forged money for their own benefit. Tonight, our Secretary, Alan Dawson,
will tell the story of ‘The Shadwell Forgers’ better know perhaps as the perpetrators
of ‘Billies and Charlies.’
7th June 2018
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.
5th July 2018
The exigencies of war affect many aspects of daily life for people unfortunate enough
to be involved, and the pounds, francs or marks in their pockets were not immune
from change. This evening Chris Leather will look at some of ‘Those Nasty Zinc Coins
of World War II’ to see just how the change changed.
2nd August 2018
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!
6th September 2018
Official coinage has not always supplied all the needs of the people, and this evening
Philip Mernick will tell us about some ‘Mediaeval Jettons made in Britain.’ Among
other distinctions, Philip is Treasurer of the British Numismatic Society.
4th October 2018
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.
1st November 2018 ● THE ELEVENTH FIELDING LECTURE
The Fielding Lecture is the highlight of our year of events, and is named in honour
of our late Chairman Mr Ben Fielding. We are delighted to welcome back a regular
guest of our Society, Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, who will
tell us something of the history of ‘The Chief Coin of the World’ - the gold Sovereign.
6th December 2018 The Christmas Dinner
Given the date, it is almost certain that the OWLNS Christmas Dinner will be one
of 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.