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!
7th February 2019
Those who remember the times before decimalisation will recall the thrill of finding
really old coins in circulation, with the portraits of former monarchs back to Queen
Victoria. One monarch whose portrait was never found was King Edward VIII whose coinage
was designed for issue in 1937, but by which time he had abdicated. Our Society member
Eric Hodge will tell us the story of what might have been.
7th March 2019
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
4th April 2019
These days, it seems we are bombarded with warnings about ‘fake news’ so it is appropriate
that OWLNS does the same. Most of what we hear this evening will be fake news, and
only a bit will be real. Can we tell the difference? This evening, our Chairman David
Regan will offer a novelty quiz: A Numismatic ‘Call My Bluff’
[And this is real news!]
2nd May 2019
Where two or more collectors are gathered together, there is an opportunity to learn
something new, as nearly everyone has interests different to everyone else. This
is highlighted in one of the widest ranging meetings of our Society year: Members’
Five Minute Papers. Whatever the subject, however wide or focused the scope, there
is always plenty to interest the enquiring mind.
6th June 2019
Numismatics includes coins, of course, but it also includes other lines of interest,
whether tokens, badges or, as in the case of this evening, medallions. Much of this
country’s history has been reflected in gold, silver and bronze discs, with masterpieces
of art in miniature by some of the finest engravers. Today, Visiting Speaker Phyllis
Stoddart will tell us more about The Design of English Medallions.
4th July 2019
This evening’s presentation is by our Society Secretary Alan Dawson, well known as
one of those whose knowledge of Tealby pennies is second to none. But his subject
this evening is not those enigmatic, not to say challenging, fragments of silver,
but some good, solid, workmanlike bits of small change: Six English Bronze Pennies
to jingle in our collective pockets!
1st August 2019
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!
5th September 2019
The coins which form our collections have come down to us in many different ways.
Some we have collected ourselves from circulation; some have been acquired from earlier
collectors, but quite often coins come to us from hoards - put aside at some time
in the past for reasons which we can only try to imagine. This evening, Visiting
Speaker Ian Doughty from Congleton Museum will tell us about recent discoveries from
Cheshire, and what can be learned from them.
3rd October 2019
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.
7th November 2019 ● THE TWELFTH 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 this evening David
Holt who is known to us as our fourth Fielding Lecturer, and who will open the window
on ‘Early American Colonial Coinage.’
5th December 2019 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.