Minutes of the Meeting of the British Numismatic Society, held at The Society of Antiquaries of London on Monday, 24 April 2023, Dr Screen, President, being in the chair and 57 other people present [21 in person, 36 on Zoom].
The minutes of the meeting held on 27 March 2023 were approved.
NOMINATIONS: Dr Robin John Eaglen (Berkshire, 1978) was nominated for Honorary Membership for the first time. Peter John Allen (USA), Barry Hepplewhite (Cumbria), Ivo Kostadinov (Surrey) and Bryan Reid (USA) were nominated for Ordinary Membership.
ELECTIONS: Dr Barrie John Cook (London), a member from 1985 to 2022, was re-elected to Ordinary Membership. Lindsay Hardcastle (London), Peter McClelland (London), Martin Scammell (E. Sussex) and Kai J. Towe (Essex) were elected to Ordinary Membership.
Laura Burnett then read a paper entitled The industrious revolution illustrated: 17th century trade tokens – trade, retail and occupational identity.
The President then announced the date of the next meeting and closed the meeting.
The Society's Summer Symposium, themed under the heading Coin hoards – discovery and interpretation, is being staged on Saturday 15 July as a hybrid meeting in the Headley Lecture Theatre at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. For those interested in all aspects of coin hoards and hoarding, this is an event not to be missed.
For many centuries portable wealth in the form of coins was hidden and lost. Its rediscovery in later times has provided the raw data not only on coinage typology, chronology, production and circulation but also as a source of information able to contribute to archaeological, historical and economic research.
At this this all-day event, focused on the British Isles, leading figures working on coin hoards and related material will look at recent discoveries and what we can learn from them, along with the latest thinking on how coinage came to be hoarded and then hidden. It will then consider the latest techniques being used to recover and interpret hoards and to make available hoard data for researchers and collectors.
The Symposium will be a hybrid event, with the option of in-person or online attendance. To book a place, visit https://www.eventbrite.
Click here for full program details.
Our sister Society have announced the award of their Parkes Weber Prize to Annika Ester Maresia (above), a D.Phil. candidate in English Language at Jesus College, Oxford. The Prize, instituted in 1954, is awarded for an original essay of not more than 5,000 words on any subject relating to coins, medals, medallions, tokens or paper money, and this is the 49th such award since its inception. To be eligible the essayist needs to be under the age of 30 at the time of submission.
Annika's winning essay "Follow the Money: The evidence of Offa’s coinage in tracing Kentish runic literacy" tackles a little-understood subject and it is to be hoped that it can be published in the near future, for the benefit of all those studying early Anglo-Saxon numismatics.
Dates for your diary
May 25. Deane Collection, Part II (London). thestrand.com
June 3. London Coin Fair (London). coinfairs.co.uk
June 24. Historical Medal Congress (Warwick). historicalmedalsociety@gmail.
June 26. Society meeting (London)
June 28. Comber Collection, Part IV (London). stjauctions.com
July 15. The Society's Summer Symposium: Coin hoards – discovery and interpretation (Oxford)
July 18. Haddenham Collection (London). spink.com
July 19. Sanders Collection (London). noonans.co.uk
July 21-22. York Stamp & Coin Fair (York). stampshows.net
August 3 to 6. Orders and Medals Society of America Convention (Orlando). omsa.org
August 8 to 12. American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money (Pittsburgh). money.org
September 2. London Coin Fair (London). coinfairs.co.uk
September 29-30. COINEX (London). bnta.net
October 3. Richardson Collection (London). noonans.co.uk
October 10 to 14. FIDEM XXXVII (Florence). fidem-medals.org
November 4. London Coin Fair (London). coinfairs.co.uk