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 coming year. The results of their labours can be seen here.
Although it happens extremely seldom, there is always the possibility that, for whatever
reason, a meeting may have to be re-arranged or cancelled. If this is the case, the
Meeting Status indicator will be updated to show amber or red and full details will
2nd January 2020
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!
6th February 2020
The end of the 18th Century and the beginning of the 19th saw enormous changes in
the structure of almost everything, not least the circulating medium. The coinage
of King George III goes from the almost invisible to the ubiquitous. Our Society
member Eric Hodge will tell us the story of how our modern coins originated.
5th March 2020
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 2020
Our numismatic forbears tended to regard Roman money in terms of what was known as
the High Empire - the coins of the Twelve Caesars for example. But there is much
more than this. Tonight our member Chris Leather will offer an insight into the Money
of Ancient Rome starting at the time when cash consisted of lumps of bronze.
7th May 2020
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.
4th June 2020
This evening will see the celebration of our Society’s Fiftieth Birthday, to be attended
by members, and friends from other societies whom we will welcome with much pleasure
and some refreshments!
4th July 2020
Mention the name of King Offa, and most of us will immediately think of the dyke
which has been named after him, which separated the English and Welsh. But Offa was
responsible for more than just an earthwork, he also produced a coinage which will
be explained to us this evening by our Secretary, Alan Dawson.
6th August 2020
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 2020
The coins of Scotland are by the measures applied to the English coinage, rare and
seldom encountered. As a result they are less well understood by most of us. This
applies especially to the gold coins which are indeed fascinating. This evening we
will enjoy an illustrated talk on this subject by visiting speaker Ian Jones of the
Lancashire and Cheshire Numismatic Society.
1st October 2020
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 2020 ● THE THIRTEENTH 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 Laura
Clancy from the Royal Mint who will enlighten us on ‘How to make lots of money.’
3rd December 2020 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.