AGM and the Future of the Society

The Society at the AGM has decided to continue after a discussion of its future and will be issuing a program shortly.

Please check back for lectures and other events.

Attached are the minutes from the AGM 

The following were unanimously elected to hold office for 2019/2020:-

    President - Robert Barraclough
    Vice-President - David Lee
    Acting Secretary – Robert Barraclough
    Acting Treasurer – Robert Barraclough FCA
    Media Administrator – David Lee

Council: The Officers, Richard Fynes, Mike Roberts, Peter Watson, Alan Humphries, 
Peter Spencer, Frank Moore, Paula Turner and Tony Abramson.

 Other business:

a) The Special Resolution was not put to the vote as there was unanimous opinion that the Society had a future and every effort will be made to ensure its continuation.

b) The decision as to when and where meetings are to be held was unresolved, but preference seemed to be on Saturday afternoons in Leeds. However the possibility of holding meetings in York or Pontefract during the liquorice fair will be investigated. The possibility of meeting at the Leeds Library in Commercial Street is to be looked into.

c) The Programme for 2020 will start in March and talks have been so far offered by Robert Barraclough, Richard Fynes, Alan Humphries, Mike Roberts, and Peter Watson. Mike Roberts has also volunteered to use his contacts to obtain further speakers. David Lee is keen to put on activities etc with Museums, Libraries.

d) On the propositions of Mike Roberts and Richard Fynes it was unanimously approved that Honorary Life Membership would be awarded to our retiring President Tony Abramson.

Follow up: 

The Council and any other interested persons will meet up in the not too distant future to firm up and arrange the programme and location / dates of meetings – possibly at the York Coin Fair on January 17th – 18th.

David Turner

Sad news that David Turner has passed away. A regular on the Yorkshire Coin Fair circuit

David Turner RIP

President’s Report, 2019

President’s Report, 2019

In celebration of its 110th anniversary, the Yorkshire Numismatic Society held a weekend of lectures alongside John Philpotts' Harrogate Spring Coin Fair at the Old Swan Hotel on 15th-16th March. The intention was to provide newcomers to numismatics with a guide to available, affordable coins, tokens, medals and notes from a variety of periods in an historical context.

The lecture programme commenced with Tony Abramson’s review of the early days of The Yorkshire Numismatic Fellowship followed by a brief introduction to early Anglo-Saxon coins. Adrian Marsden gave the social history of a number of 17th century tokens issuers and Richard Abdy gave a brief survey of Roman coppers in Britain. in Are not two sparrows sold for an as

Richard Fynes returned to tokens with ‘Collecting tokens and medals, some examples from Yorkshire C17-20th’ and John Philpotts spoke on Iron Age coins in Britain followed by Barrie Cook on the coinage of the Wars of the Roses. Frances Simmons described some 20th century medals illustrated by several trays of specimens. Pam West addressed collecting banknotes and the event concluded with James Booth on Late Anglo-Saxon Coin Portraits.

Funds remain healthy with around £6,000 in hand. Membership includes 5 honorary, 35 ordinary and 14 Associate members.

Regrettably, attendance at the above lectures was extremely disappointing, challenging the ongoing viability of the Society. I will be stepping down from all offices at the AGM, and in the absence of one or more suitable candidates to run the Society, propose a motion of dissolution at the Special Meeting to be held under a different chairperson, immediately after the AGM subject to alternative proposals.

Tony Abramson
23rd October 2019

Notice to Members

Notice to Members

The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society for 2019 will be at 2:30pm on Saturday, 23rd November 2019, at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS3 1AD.

(1) record apologies for absence.
(2) receive the minutes of the previous AGM and deal with matters arising,
(3) receive the reports of the president, editor, webmaster and publicity officer,
(4) receive from the treasurer and, if approved, adopt the society's audited accounts for the preceding financial year,
(5) consider any duly made alterations of the rules, which may be adopted by formal majority,
(6) approve the election of duly nominated honorary member(s) and awards, by formal majority,
(7) approve the programme for the following year,
(8) elect the officers and other council members,
(9) deal with any other matters tabled or notified by the council.
It is proposed that membership will lapse if the annual subscription is unpaid at the end of February in any year.

Notice of Special Meeting

Notice of Special Meeting

A Special Meeting of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society will be held immediately following the AGM on the afternoon of 23rd November 2019, at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS3 1AD.

To consider the future of the Society, its continuation or possible dissolution.

In accordance with Rules 8 and 9 of the Society, the following motion has been proposed:

That forthwith the Yorkshire Numismatic Society be dissolved. Remaining funds be handed to whichever of the British Numismatic Society or British Association of Numismatic Societies present the better case for supporting future numismatic events in Yorkshire. The Society’s other assets, including the archives in all forms and medals, be presented to the Yorkshire Museum. The President be empowered to implement this proposal in an orderly fashion.’
Time and Money
Multi-period approaches to coin finds in Rendlesham and beyond

Saturday 28 September 2019, 10.00-16.30

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Recent archaeological work at Rendlesham, Suffolk has recovered thousands of coins, representing material from the Roman to the Post-Medieval periods. These have been precisely recorded across a landscape, which has also been the subject of a number of other archaeological techniques. The site provides an opportunity to consider coinage over the long term in a rural environment. It also offers a chance to think across periods, comparing and contrasting approaches and conclusions.

This conference will bring together the latest results from Rendlesham alongside approaches and analysis from other scholars working with coin finds, landscapes and broad periods.

You can register for the conference here:
There is registration fee of £10.00 to cover part of the cost of catering, which includes lunch for all attending the conference.


From 10.00

Session 1
Martin Allen
Welcome and Introduction
Andrew Woods and Stuart Brookes
Coinage in the ploughzone: Methods from Rendlesham
Ellie Blakelock
Analysing the Early Medieval coinage from Rendlesham

11.20 - 11.45
Tea and Coffee

Session 2
Jude Plouviez and Sam Moorhead
Roman Coinage from Rendlesham
Andrew Brown
Approaches to Roman PAS data
Lunch (provided)

Session 3
Andrew Woods
Early Medieval Coinage from Rendlesham
Richard Kelleher
Medieval and Post-Medieval Coinage from Rendlesham

Tea and Coffee

Session 4
Murray Andrews
The other side of the coin? Comparing medieval single finds and hoards
Rory Naismith
Reflections on common themes
Closing remarks

The ‘Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia’ is a Leverhulme Trust Project. You can read more about it here:

The Conference has been supported by a generous grant from the British Numismatic Society’s Casey Fund (