The next meeting will be held at 7:30 on Wednesday 23rd May in Alwoodley, Leeds when Robert Barraclough will give a talk on "Coins of the British Commonwealth".
Coins of the British Commonwealth - This subject will be the token and unofficial checks issued in the British Commonwealth and Colonies to the end of the 19th century. As was seen in England in the 17th century when merchants issued their own tokens to meet the needs of small change, the attitudes of governments to providing sufficient coinage in the newly emerging colonies throughout the globe in the 18th and 19th was no different. Merchants and the local governors were often forced to take matters in their own hands. There are extensive issues for Canada, Australia and New Zealand and a smaller number for the other areas where our intrepid forebears travelled.
Robert Barraclough - Robert has been collecting since his early teens and joined the Society in 1960, becoming President in 1973. He has always focussed on British Colonial and Commonwealth coins and, in the last ten years, this interest developed into the token issues in particular. Other areas of interest include Yorkshire tokens, paranumismatics and provincial banknotes.
Upcoming - The Society will meet at the Leeds Museum Discovery Centre (link here) at 2:00pm on Saturday 23rd June to view the Baron Collection. Please gather at Reception.