Welcome to the January 2021 issue of BNS E-NEWS, which circulates in the week prior to each Society meeting to all members who have provided the Society with an email address.
For the present, because of government restrictions enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Society is meeting online via Zoom.
2021 subscriptions are now due – and do tell us if you change your address!
With the coming of the New Year it's time to remind members that prompt payment of your subscription not only means you keep receiving E-NEWS, and your annual copy of the British Numismatic Journal each autumn, but you will also save our Treasurer, David Young, a lot of time and effort spent chasing up outstanding payments.
Fortunately, the Society is financially sound and thriving, with a 2020 year-end membership of 625. Membership fees have remained unchanged since 2003, a situation which thankfully is not likely to change in the short term. About half of you pay by direct debit or standing order, which is a Treasurer's delight: others should pay online at www.britnumsoc.org and by navigating to Membership, then Renewals. The Society has also recently incorporated a PayPal facility for membership payments, for those with PayPal accounts. Any member not certain of his or her current membership status should contact the Secretary.
Those overseas members who traditionally pay their subscriptions in US dollars, cash, at either of the important opening-year coin shows in Florida and New York, will have existing memberships extended to January 2022, when two years'-worth of dues will be payable.
Whichever way you pay, we appreciate your support – and because we want to ensure that you receive your copy of BNJ safely, please don't forget to inform us if you change address.
The Society's Blog goes from strength to strength
Not sure who was nicknamed 'Tumbledown Dick', or what a 'Crown in Quarters' groat is? Then check out the last few months' contributions to the BNS Research Blog, which is fast becoming a must-visit source for British and British Colonial numismatics. Among the latest posts are important notes on modern forgeries of Anglo-Saxon, Norman and early Plantagenet coins which have appeared on the market in recent times, and a warning that not everything in a slab is what it is stated to be by a third-party encapsulation service. Elsewhere, Tony Abramson contributes a note on his namesake, the medallist Abraham Abramson, while Gary Oddie, David Holt and Colin Pitchfork combine to bring together a die study of the testoons of Henry VII.
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