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Harrogate Spring Coin Fair, Old Swan Hotel Lecture Programme

Harrogate Spring Coin Fair, Old Swan Hotel
Lecture Programme
Celebrating YNS110!
Friday 15th March, 12:00 – 4:00pm and Saturday 16th March, 10:00 – 2:00pm

Fri 12:00 Tony Abramson Welcome: The Yorkshire Numismatic Fellowship
Early Anglo-Saxon coins
Fri 13:00 Adrian Marsden 17th century tokens
Fri 14:00 Richard Abdy Are not two sparrows sold for an as
A brief survey of Roman coppers in Britain
Fri 15:00 Richard Fynes Collecting tokens and medals Some examples from Yorkshire C17-20th
Fri 16:00 John Philpotts Iron Age coins in Britain
Sat 11:00 Barrie Cook The coinage of the Wars of the Roses
Sat 12:00 Frances Simmons 20th century medals 
Sat 13:00 Pam West Collecting banknotes
Sat 14:00 James Booth Late Anglo-Saxon Coin 'Portraits'

Tony Abramson will open the congress with a few words about the Yorkshire Numismatic Fellowship, 1909-17.

Early Anglo-Saxon
Is it possible to assemble a meaningful selection of early Anglo-Saxon coins without breaking the bank? Tony will suggest some ideas for the collector on a modest budget.

Tony is President of YNS and has written a number of books on early-pennies (sceats).
Adrian Marsden: 17th century tokens
Seventeenth-century tokens have, over the last few years, become a popular area of collecting. It isn’t hard to understand why this has become the case – as well as furnishing attractive examples of 17th century art with a wide range of interesting designs, the issuers themselves can be traced in the historical records and sometimes prove to have led interesting lives. This talk will show the sort of research that can be carried out and will focus on the lives of some of the Norfolk issuers.
Adrian works as Numismatist for Norfolk County Council and runs the Norfolk Token Project (www.norfolktokenproject.wordpress.com). He is also a specialist on the Roman Imperial coinage and interested in imitations of coins of all periods.
Richard Abdy: Are not two sparrows sold for an as? A brief survey of Roman coppers in Britain
It is commonplace to say there was a 'big problem over small change' in antiquity due to the limited technology available for manufacture and supply. With Roman Britain being an island at the edge of a vast empire, the logistics were as hard as they could get. This talk focuses on the copper as, the humblest coin generally available in Britain in the early centuries of Roman rule. How were they made and used in Roman society? More specifically, how did they get here and which types were the Britons likely to encounter - as no doubt many such types may still be encountered at this weekend event!

Richard is the curator of Roman Coins at the British Museum.

Richard Fynes: Collecting tokens and medals: some examples from Yorkshire
The aim of the talk is to provide novice collectors with an introductory overview of the material known as paranumismatica. Tokens and medals, ranging in date from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries will be discussed and illustrated by examples with a Yorkshire provenance.   Within this broad range of material, much of which remains unstudied, there are many potential themes for a collection that is inexpensive in terms of initial outlay but rich in terms of its interest and significance

Dr Richard Fynes is a long-standing member of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society.  He is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  

John Philpotts: Iron Age coins in Britain
A brief introduction to the coinage circulating in Britain during the Iron Age, we will look at the tribes, denominations and Roman influences on coinage during the 1st Century B.C./A.D.
John is the Iron Age coin specialist at Silbury Coins Ltd, one of very few companies who specialise in Iron Age coins and bring them to the market for private collectors to study and enjoy.
Barrie Cooke: The coinage of the Wars of the Roses
An examination of the 15th-century English coinage, focussing particularly on the silver, from the reigns of Henry VI to Henry VII.  It will cover the denominations issued and the mints involved, design changes and problems of identification.
Barrie Cook is curator of medieval and early modern coinage in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.

Frances Simmons: 20th century medals 
From royal commemoratives to funky artworks, the 20th century has lots of variety for the collector to choose from and at rather modest prices too.  Spanning the century this short talk will feature medals struck for royal events like the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, coronations and jubilees.  Also we’ll look at medals published in series, to celebrate anniversaries and to hoard precious metal.  Finally, we’ll look at so-called art medals, produced as provocations or simply for pleasure.
Frances is a Director of Simmons Gallery Ltd, the numismatists, and has collected of medals since 1980’s. She has often written about and lectured on the 20th century medal.

Pam West: Collecting banknotes
Just an overview of collecting banknotes, muses and suggestions for collectors.

Pam is a long-time collector and dealer. Publisher and editor of various books on the subject and currently chairperson of the London branch of the International Bank Note Society.

James Booth: Late Anglo-Saxon Coin 'Portraits'
From the coinage reform of Edgar (c.973) until the Conquest in 1066 (and well beyond) the coinage shows a uniform design template: on the obverse the king's 'portrait'; on the reverse a cross, plain or ornamented, to facilitate the division of coins into cut halfpennies and farthings. Between 973 and 1066 the type changed at regular intervals (six years, later 2-3 years) and there are 25 substantive types, struck at more than 60 mints. The king's 'portrtait' frequently copies a fourth-century Roman clean-shaven diademed bust, though 'Anglo-Saxon' elements increasingly occur: crowns, pointed helmets, beards. This talk illustrates some of the types alongside their Roman or Byzantine prototypes. All the types shown can be found at the Harrogate Fair.
James Booth devised the standard classification of the Northumbrian coinage of the 8th century (1984; 1987). He wrote a biography of Philip Larkin (2014) and has amassed and dispersed various coin collections since 1974.

YNS AGM 2019 resolution:

YNS AGM 2019 resolution:

It is proposed that membership will lapse if the annual subscription is unpaid at the end of February in any year.

YNS Transactions

YNS Transactions

On our History page the late Michael Whiteley noted that 'Throughout the Society’s history Transactions (small booklets with the proceedings of the Society) have been produced. By the outbreak of World War I they included photographic plates.' Does anyone have copies of YNS publications ('Transactions') from commencement?  The earliest edition in the Society's archives is 1951 (Second Series, vol. 1, pt. 1). Leeds Museum's archive also starts at this point. It's possible the previous copies were lost when Leeds Museum was hit by a bomb, but Michael must have had access to other copies.

Chris Comber - Great Loss To Numismatics

Chris Comber

YNS salutes the death of Chris Comber, a suave gentleman with a happy
disposition. A stalwart of BANS, he was the leading authority in his
field of Tudor hammered coinage and his passing represents another great
loss to numismatics.

PS: We'll miss those wonderful waistcoats!

YNS will hold a Congress at the Old Swan

YNS 110

YNS will hold a Congress at the Old Swan, in parallel to the Harrogate Spring Fair, 15-16 March 2019, to celebrate its 110th year. A number of speakers, including John Philpotts, Tony Abramson, Barrie Cook, Adrian Marsden, Frances Simmons, Richard Abdy, Richard Fynes, Rob Tye and Pam West will illustrate their chosen topic by reference to a dozen or so readily available coins, which the audience can then search out among the traders present at the fair.
The appeal will be broad, placing coins in their historical context and conversely illustrating history through coinage. We will promote the event to collectors, historians, detectorists, and local residents with the aim of offering engaging talks spread throughout the fair, introducing newcomers to the delights of collecting and providing a stimulus to dealers to continue attending the fair.
The coin fair, now organised by John & Sophie Philpotts of Silbury Coins, is now fully booked with several new exhibitors joining the regulars.

For more information please visit: http://www.harrogatecoinfair.co.uk/