BNS Awards

BNS Awards

At the AGM of the  British Numismatic Society  on Tuesday  28h November, YNS members
were prominent among award recipients. Andy Woods won the Blunt Prize, which, according
to the BNS website: ‘was instituted in 1986 as the 'Council Prize', but its name was changed in
2005 to mark the outstanding contribution to the Society and to British Numismatics made by
Christopher Evelyn Blunt (1904-1987).  The Prize takes the form of a triennial cash award to
an  individual,  whether  a  member  of  the  Society or  not,  who  has  made  a  significant  recent
contribution to the study of numismatics which falls within the Society's remit. Its purpose is
principally  to  encourage  younger  scholars,  and  preference  is  therefore  given  to  suitable
candidates under 35 years of age.’ Hearty congratulations to Andy, who joins an illustrious list
of previous winners:
1987   M. A. S. Blackburn
1990   E. M. Besly
1993   B. J. Cook
1996   M. R. Allen
1999   P de Jersey
2002   K. Clancy
2005   S. Bhandare
2008   T. Crafter
2011   R. Naismith

In 2008, the Jeffrey North Medal was instituted. This is presented, biennially, for exceptional
services to British Numismatics. The new medal was beautifully crafted by Nicola Moss on
the  theme  of  a  bee-hive  rich  in  metaphor -  pollination,  navigation,  community  service,
creativity, energy and purposeful flight - in a form which imaginatively and subtlety integrates
numismatic symbols.

The award went to Bob Thomas, Peter Clayton and YNS’s President Tony Abramson, who in
2008 was also runner-up for the North Book Prize.
The Sanford Saltus Gold Medal, for prolific numismatic authorship, was closely contested by
Dr David Dykes, Dr Rory Naismith and Nicholas Holmes, and won by the latter. All three
entries attested the high standard of British numismatic scholarship.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society for 2017

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society for 2017

The AGM was held at 7:30pm on Thursday, 30th November 2017.

(1) Apologies for absence: Anthony Conway, Richard Fynes, Frank Mellor, Lee Toone, Peter Watson.
(2) The minutes of the previous AGM were approved. There were no matters arising.
(3) The reports of the president is given below.
(4) The accounts for the year to 30th September 2017 were approved and adopted. The subscription will remain unchanged at £15pa.
(5) The officers and other council members were re-elected.
(6) Other business: The President displayed the North Medal for services to British numismatics, awarded at the British Numismatic Society’s AGM, earlier in the week. Andy Woods received the Blunt Prize for the encouragement of younger scholars.
The programme for 2018 was discussed over a glass of Ch»Éteau Le Coin. Prospective speakers include Andy Woods on the Wold Newton Hoard, Richard Fynes ‘'Portraits of a lady; the numismatics of the goddess Nana', William Mackay on the pennies of Burgred. Emma Herbert-Davies has been working on the Leeds University collection, and is prepared to speak on the Winchester Cabinet. The President has suggested to her that this should be a joint meeting with other local interest groups. Also, Mike Roberts is in touch with a couple of prospective speakers.
The meeting closed at 8:30pm.

President’s Report, 2017
2017 was dominated by the BANS Congress hosted by the Society in the Crown Hotel, Harrogate, 7th-9th April. A full report of this highly successful event was posted on the Society’s blog. Otherwise, the programme consisted of talks given at the major local coin fairs. These included:

20th January, York Coin Fair, ‘Quite Devoid of Sense’. Tony Abramson revealed his interpretation of one of the two inscriptions on the York Gold shilling to read Paulinus Ep(iscopus), having been issued 627-633 by Paulinus the first Bishop of York, during King Edwin’s reign, making it among the earliest of English coins.

17th March, Harrogate Spring Fair, when Mary Garrison, of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, discussed the significance of the Paulinus shilling.

21st July, York Coin Fair, The Wonderful World of Paranumismatics, Mike Roberts. The presentation included the well- known series of trade tokens in the 17th, late 18th and early 19th centuries and also described and explained, refreshment tickets, co-op checks, transport tokens, imitation spade guineas, communion tokens, pit checks, works tallies and local and prize medallions.

The Society’s finances remain healthy. David Lee reported that the Society has 797 followers on Twitter, the Facebook page has 177 members and 400 likes. The flag-counter of original visits reads 17,253, and the total page views including repeat visitors reads 35,415.
Tony Abramson, 13th November 2017.

Speaker's required

We are looking for some speakers on Numismatics.

Can you help?

Dates required  York 19-20 January 2018, Harrogate 16-17 March 2018, York 20-21 July 2018. 

Proposed time 2.30pm

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Many thanks

Money Talks - British Monarchs and History in Coins

Money Talks
British Monarchs and History in Coins

Bob Whittington

  • An illustrated story of British Monarchs and history featuring over 60 images of coins
  • Reveals the hidden stories behind coins and the background to designs
  • The story of Great Britain from the Iron Age to the present day

Money Talks is a fast-paced history of the humble British coin, the events which at times literally shaped it and the stories reflected in its creation. It has been used to barter and to bribe, to pay a king’s ransom, been an object of pride and a symbol of power and courage. The coin has witnessed the great events in history and it speaks to us of past generations, of battles and heroic deeds and of countries and empires.

Money Talks demonstrates how monarchs down the centuries have used hard cash to fund wars, maintain their lifestyles and portray their image to prove their position or legitimatise dubious claims to the throne.

From time to time the coin has slipped out of use altogether as bartering goods was preferred to poor quality coinage but even as the modern world turns increasingly to electronic transactions, the coin retains its place at the heart of everyday life.

ISBN 978-184995-316-0 216 x 138mm, 176pp, colour throughout
60 photographs and maps softback £16.99

Money Talks can be ordered from Whittles Publishing, t: 01593-731333, from any good bookshop or the usual online retailers

The Wonderful World of Paranumismatics; 300 Years of British Tokens

Talk: 2:00pm Friday 21st July 2017

“The Wonderful World of Paranumismatics; 300 Years of British Tokens”

By Mike Roberts

The presentation will include the well- known series of trade tokens in the 17th, late 18th and early 19th centuries and also describe (inter alia), refreshment tickets, co-op checks, transport tokens, imitation spade guineas, communion tokens, pit checks, works tallies and local and prize medallions. An explanation as to how these numismatic items were used will be a central feature of the presentation.

Venue: The York Coin Fair, The Grandstand, York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York, North Yorkshire YO23 1EX

Quite devoid of sense

Harrogate Spring Coin Fair

Swan Hotel,

Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR 
 (car parking tickets at hotel reception)

3:00pm, Friday 17th March 2017

 'Quite devoid of sense'?

Humphrey Sutherland and many subsequent eminent numismatists have condemned the York gold shilling as ‘quite devoid of sense’ and later than seventh-century southern shillings. New research on the inscriptions and iconography now puts the York gold shilling at the forefront of English coinage. This finding challenges the chronology of early Anglo-Saxon coinage, dating the York shilling to the time of the ship burial at Sutton Hoo around 625CE and casting new light on the history of Northumbria, particularly its balance of power. The distribution of finds evidences evangelical activity in the Conversion Period and the literacy of the inscriptions, as with sceats, distinguishes Northumbrian coinage from southern issues.
In January, speaking at the York Stamp and Coin Fair, Tony Abramson gave the first part of this lecture, disclosing that one of the two inscriptions on the York shillings reads PAULINUS EP – Paulinus, first Archbishop of York, 627-33. Uninscribed varieties are arguably earlier.
Mary Garrison of the University of York's Centre for Medieval Studies will now complete the other inscription, revealed in March 2015 by Jonathan Mann, to commence SANCTE….
Mary will also explored possible interpretations of the intriguing iconography on this coinage.