Minutes of the Meeting of the British Numismatic Society, held online via Zoom on Tuesday, 26 October 2021, Dr Clancy, President, being in the chair and 37 other people present.
NOMINATIONS: David Berry (S. Yorkshire), Jonathan Michael Dagg (London), Duncan Grahame Eccles (W. Yorkshire), Dr Chloe Knox (Sussex), Murdo Kennedy Macleod (Outer Hebrides), Horia Mihailescu (Norfolk), Dickon Perryman (Devon), Alessandro Rohl (Dumfries & Galloway), Laurent Schmitt (France) and David Sucha (Czech Republic) were nominated for Ordinary Membership. Thomas Jack Payne (W. Yorkshire) and Wendy Scott (Leicestershire) were nominated for Student Membership.
ELECTIONS: Hunter McAuley (Argyll & Bute), Lyle Curtis Molina (London), Anthony Gerard Rea (Cheshire) and Nicholas John Welch (Berkshire) were elected to Ordinary Membership. Simon Elie Emmanuel Bertaud (France) was elected to Student Membership.
RESIGNATIONS: Richard Worsley Edmondson (Hampshire, 1968), Jack Hanson (Worcestershire, 2017) and Akhil Narayanan Nair (Hertfordshire, 2018) had tendered their resignations.
DEATH: Edward Tomlinson-Fort (USA, 1986) died on 5 October 2021 at the age of 60.
The President reminded those present that the November meeting of the Society would be held in-person, at Swedenborg Hall.
Carl Savage then read a paper entitled Coinage, landscape and society in the borderlands: economy, politics and identity in Scotland and northern England, 1136-1603.
The President then announced the date of the next meeting and closed the meeting.
After what seems like an eternity because of the pandemic, next week the Society returns to hosting a live event in London, with a chance to meet old friends and new and to socialise afterwards.
The Society's Anniversary Meeting next Tuesday, 23 November, will be the fifth to be held at Holborn's charismatic Swedenborg Hall. The Hall is located at 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. Please use the entrance in Barter Street. Doors will open at 6pm and the meeting commences at 6.15pm. The wearing of masks within Swedenborg Hall is discretionary.
The main business of the evening will be Dr Kevin Clancy's Presidential Address, entitled Change through time: a long view of coinage reform. The lecture will be preceded by tributes to the memory of the Society's longest-serving member, the late Dr Stewart Lyon, who died earlier this year.
At the conclusion of the meeting all are welcome to stay for the Society's Anniversary Reception. This is being kindly co-sponsored by Philip Mernick, the Society's former Treasurer, and Peter Preston-Morley, its Secretary, to mark their belated 50th anniversaries of membership in 2020.
If you are in London that day we look forward to your company; the nearest Underground station is Holborn.
In his four previous papers to the Society as President, Dr Kevin Clancy has looked at how the coinage has been reformed at key moments over the last 350 years. In his final paper in the series he intends to look back further still, to investigate what common themes might be evident and the particular circumstances that resulted in recoinages of a more distinctive nature. These passages of reform have had far-reaching implications determining specifications, design and usage, but the motive forces behind them have often been far from purely monetary or economic. At times political or military forces have had a substantial influence and, by taking a long view, his intention will be to present some observations that might not otherwise be apparent.
Kevin Clancy is the Director of the Royal Mint Museum, Secretary to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the design of coins, medals, seals and decorations, and President of the British Numismatic Society.
Although we hope that our regular meeting venue, London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, may be able to welcome us back from the start of next year, it will not initially have the facility to host hybrid meetings via live streaming, although it is hoped that a lecture capture setup might assist us in recording lectures for future hosting on the Society's website.
For those who like to plan these things in advance, the Society currently has four live meetings scheduled for 2022. These are Saturday 15 January at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York, Tuesday 24 May and Tuesday 22 November at Swedenborg Hall, and Tuesday 25 October at the Travellers Club.
The Society's postponed Summer Meeting, in the form of a conference entitled Currency Systems: Reforms, Renewals and Failures, will take place as a hybrid event on Saturday 2 July in the Headley Lecture Theatre at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Have you hosted a webinar, or know someone who has? Then you may be able to help us!
Over the past 18 months our member Natasha Burbridge has hosted and co-ordinated the Society’s meetings over Zoom, but because of other commitments in the New Year, she will not be able to continue.
So the Society is looking for someone to take over this very valuable role – whether from the membership at large, or even if you know a suitable candidate who isn't a member. Natasha has offered to help whoever takes over the position and explain how things work.
The Royal Numismatic Society and British Numismatic Society are each offering ten bursaries to the value of £750 for those wishing to attend the XVI International Numismatic Congress in Warsaw in September 2022.
Applications are invited from UK residents who are members of either Society, or students (full- or part-time), or employees of UK academic institutions. Priority will be given to those who have submitted papers/posters by the deadline, which is 31 December. If all bursaries have not been awarded by then, further applications can be considered until 1 March 2022.
1 – abstract (max. 500 words)
2 – status (Society member/Student/Staff)
3 – UK academic institution (where appropriate; independent scholars are also eligible). If from an institution, please state whether your institution has been approached for funding.
Thanks to our Website Officer Rob Page and a loyal band of contributors, over 100 articles have been published on the Society's blog so far this year, bringing the total to 220 submissions since the launch in April 2018.
Among the 17 contributions posted in October are submissions on cut and countermarked coins of St Kitts, an overlooked series of English card tickets, coins and medallions of Lady Jane Grey and the Scottish 40-shilling pieces of James VI.
Why not check out these and other articles: https://britnumsoc.
November 17. Holloway Collection. (Link)
November 23. Society Anniversary meeting (London)
December 1 to 4. FIDEM Congress (Online). fidem2020.tokyo
January 15. Society meeting (New York)
January 25. Society meeting (to be advised)
May 7. Historical Medal Congress (Warwick). historicalmedalsociety@gmail.
July 2. Summer Meeting: Currency Systems: Reforms, Renewals and Failures (Oxford)
September 11 to 16. International Numismatic Congress (Warsaw).