For the present, because of government restrictions enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Society is meeting online via Zoom.
Minutes of the Meeting of the British Numismatic Society, held online via Zoom on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, Dr Clancy, President, being in the chair and 46 other people present.
NOMINATIONS: Rona Cox (Dunmow), Philip George Hollywood (Great Wakering, Essex), Andrew William McLellan (Christchurch) and Dmytro Tupchiienko (London SW1) were nominated for Ordinary Membership.
ELECTIONS: Daniel James Wallace (Stirlingshire) was elected to Ordinary Membership. Alexander Green (Hampshire) was elected to Student Membership.
RESIGNATION: Hon. Robert William Erskine (London, 1946) had resigned with immediate effect.
DEATHS: Michael John Anderson (Sussex, 1956), died on 9 April 2021 at the age of 82, and William Jon McKivor (USA, 2008) died on 15 March 2021 at the age of 80.
Dr David Swan then read a paper entitled Crisis in the Eastern Channel: the transformation in Iron Age/Celtic coinage wrought by Cæsar.
The President then announced the date of the next meeting and closed the meeting.
Summer Meeting, 10 July, Oxford – book your place now
As a precursor to the hopeful re-introduction of in-person meetings of the Society in London from September, we are combining with the Royal NS to stage an all-day joint meeting which will focus on the reform and renewal of currency systems at different times and in different places.
The conference, titled Currency Systems: Reforms, Renewals and Failures will take place on Saturday 10 July 2021, starting at 9.30am and closing around 4.45pm, in the Headley Lecture Theatre at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
The day will comprise a series of papers by leading scholars working on monetary history that will explore why changes were undertaken, what worked and what did not. It will look at the experience of currency reforms and renewal in the ancient world, Europe and Britain c. 500 - c. 1650 and in the modern world after 1770. In so doing the conference will seek to identify some common factors behind the success or failure of coinage system reform and renewal.
As a consequence of the restrictions arising from the pandemic, the event offers the option of attending in person or online, via Zoom. In-person attendance will provide a welcome chance to meet up again after the lockdown, but places will be limited depending on the prevailing restrictions at any one time. It is expected that an easing of restrictions by July may allow more places to become available for in-person attendance, and any such increase will be advised if available. Online participation opens this event up to anyone interested in the subject, wherever they may be.
The day will be structured around four sessions:
The Ancient World – Interpretation and Implementation
Prof. Kevin Butcher (University of Warwick), Interpreting the coinage reforms of Nero.
Dr Dario Caolmino (University of Warwick), Reforming currencies in the Roman imperial provinces: strategies and failures.
Europe c. 500 - c. 1650 – Replacement and Revolution
Dr Marcus Phillips, The coinage reform of ‘abd al-Malik – why was it so successful?
Dr William Day (MEC Project, Fitzwilliam Museum), The 13th-century gold revolution and the advent of the late-medieval gold standard in Europe.
Britain c. 500 - c. 1650 – Reform and Renewal
Dr Rory Naismith (University of Cambridge), Late Anglo-Saxon England - reform and renovatio.
Dr Murray Andrews, Reform and recovery: the Tudor great debasement.
The Modern World – Transformation and Change
Dr Andrew Edwards (University of Oxford), The transformation of the American monetary system in the last years of the American revolution.
Dr Andrew Cook, UK decimalisation: Commonwealth and European influences.
Booking is required for all wishing to attend. Current restrictions mean that at the time of circulating this issue of E-NEWS, in-person attendance has to be limited to 20 people. If selecting to attend in person, bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We are expecting that this ceiling on physical numbers will be raised before the event, which will enable additional in-person attendance places to be available. If you wish to attend in person and find that no more places are available then you should book to attend online. If more in-person places become available we will contact all those who have booked online to offer the option to upgrade.
In person attendance: £30 per person
Online attendance: £10 per person
Students in full time education: FREE (online attendance only permitted)
HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE
To book your place please visit the Eventbrite facility:
Confirmation of your booking will follow a few minutes after placing your order. Those planning in-person attendance will be asked to produce a printed acceptance ticket or the relevant electronic equivalent on a cellphone.
For those in-person attendees wishing to book hotel accommodation in Oxford, the Randolph Hotel, opposite the Ashmolean Museum, remains closed, but the Vanbrugh Hotel, five minutes’ walk away, is open and currently has vacancies.
With the easing of government guidelines in England, the Warburg Institute in London, which houses the joint library of the Society and the Royal NS, has re-opened to visitors.
Please wait until your request has been confirmed by the Librarian before making any travel arrangements or venturing to the Institute. Visitors may be asked to register for 'track and trace' before they can enter the building; masks are obligatory and must be worn at all times. The library will be cleaned on Tuesday mornings prior to opening. The Institute stress that no-one without an appointment will be allowed into the building.
It is indeed momentous that the library has now re-opened, allowing members to again access this important resource. It is to be hoped that we will be able to return to normal access and hours before too long and when procedures permit. More news on this will follow in due course.
Also on the website, 'Membership' is now to be found under 'The Society', and 'News' is now exclusively accessed from the right-side menu under 'Latest from the BNS'.
May 22-23. International Token Congress (Online).
May 25. Society meeting (Online).
June 22. Society meeting (Online).
July 10. BNS/RNS Summer meeting (Oxford). See above for full details.
September 24-25. COINEX (London). CONFIRMED. https://www.google.com/url?q=http://bnta.net&source=gmail&ust=1621510621242000&usg=AFQjCNFWt9o2ZD21DZTqk7Foq_khSJI6Ow">bnta.net
September 24-25. Orders & Medals Research Society Convention (London). CANCELLED. https://www.google.com/url?q=http://omrs.org&source=gmail&ust=1621510621242000&usg=AFQjCNGjKLwZ3pYooCq7QdUXn2AUDsMMbQ">omrs.org
October 1-2. 50th World Paper Money Fair (London). CONFIRMED. https://www.google.com/url?q=http://wpmf.info&source=gmail&ust=1621510621242000&usg=AFQjCNGKeTPQf6aPNHCjxP4vCoYgScyhZw">wpmf.info
December 1 to 4. FIDEM Congress (Tokyo). fidem2020.tokyo
September 11 to 16. International Numismatic Congress (Warsaw). CONFIRMED. ihttps://www.google.com/url?q=http://nc2022.pl&source=gmail&ust=1621510621242000&usg=AFQjCNFUoLq3ANXW2-WLSASES18MFc200Q">nc2022.pl