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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report

4th January 2018

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 found.


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.



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.

The Fielding Lecture

2018 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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