Sunday, 9 December 2018



December Austria, Austrian Italy and Austrian Netherlands  

The theme for this month was Austria and the Austrian Empire including Austrians in Netherlands and Italy. Not a particularly seasonal theme but then you cannot have everything.

1769 Jetton of Charles Alexander of Lorraine, governor or Austrian Netherlands 

coins of Austria, Austrian Italy, Austrian Netherlands and Burgau in Bavaria which belonged to Austria


The reverse of the jetton above celebrating 25 years of his humane rule. not sure what the Belgians thought! Answers please on a postcard!


The Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia was part of the Austrian Empire. It was created in 1815 by resolution of the Congress of Vienna in recognition of the Austrian House of Habsburg-Lorraine's rights to Lombardy and the former Republic of Venice after the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, proclaimed in 1805, had collapsed. It was finally dissolved in 1866 when its remaining territory was incorporated into the recently proclaimed Kingdom of Italy
The Lombardy-Venetia florins were the coins of Lombardy-Venetia (reduced to the sole Venetia three years before) between 1862 and 1866. It replaced the pound at a rate of 1 florin = 3 pounds. The florin was equivalent to the Austro-Hungarian gulden (also called the florin). Although it was subdivided into 100 soldi rather than 100 kreuzer, Austrian coins circulated in Venetia. The only coins issued specifically for Venetia were copper ½ and 1 soldo pieces.
The Austrian Netherlands was the larger part of the Southern Netherlands between 1714 and 1797. The period began with the acquisition of the former Spanish Netherlands under the Treaty of Rastatt in 1714 and lasted until its annexation during the aftermath of the Battle of Sprimont in 1794 and the Peace of Basel in 1795. Austria, however, did not relinquish its claim over the province until 1797.
The liard was a subdivision of the kronenthaler, the currency of the Austrian Netherlands (modern Belgium). There were 216 liards to a kronenthaler. Following the French occupation of the Austrian Netherlands in 1794, the kronenthaler was replaced by the French franc.
The kronenthaler was the currency of the Austrian Netherlands since 1755. It was subdivided into 216 liards or 54 sols. During the Brabant Revolution in the Austrian Netherlands in 1789–90, it was briefly replaced with a short-lived revolutionary currency.
Following the French occupation of the Austrian Netherlands in 1794, the Kronenthaler was replaced by the French franc.

Thanks to Wikipedia for information

Finally something Christmassy A real turkey

This is the only coin I know of with a turkey bird on it. It is an excellent design as it is not easy to make a flying turkey look good. It is the 2015 Kisatchie National Forest quarter featuring the National Forest of Louisiana and is the second national site to be honoured from the United State Mint’s program of America the Beautiful quarters.
The coin was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna, it depicts a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass, and a long leaf pine tree in the background. Sadly, the designer Susan Gamble died at a young age in 2015. Gamble also won the international Coin of the Year Award for Historical Significance for the United States of America for her 2007 Jamestown silver dollar design.

  

Saturday, 10 November 2018


Remembrance 2018 

The theme of this month's meeting was peace and war in Europe. 

This topic has plenty of scope for the collector, the coins of the belligerents, and the colonies and dominions. there are plenty of commemoratives that were issued  




The first selection starts with a small medalet commemorating the bombardment of Scarborough in 1914. next we go to Belgium and a 1923 franc. the design shows the country wounded but undefeated. the last coins are from the free city of Danzig which was created after the war.


the first medal is a Tzarist Russian piece dated 1914-15. then an medallion about the Italian unknown soldier and finally a souvenir of Aylesbury town war memorial.

Lastly we have some recent two pound coins.



Sunday, 14 October 2018





The theme of this month's meeting was harvest. There are plenty of coins which feature different crops, some of which are illustrated. There are many ancient coins with similar ideas such gold Celtic staters with barley or Jewish coppers featuring grapes. the Romans celebrated Ceres and Abuntia as well as many coins having cornucopiae.

The top coins have wheat, barley, olives and fish.

The bottom selection include agriculture and palm oil.

I cannot think of any British coins that include produce. we go in for heraldy and ships!




Saturday, 15 September 2018





ROMANIA 100 LEI 1994 Mihai Viteazul or Michael the Brave 


20 reis 1869 Peter II of Brazil or Peter the Magnanimous


Peter the Rabbit 50 p

Umberto I or Umberto the Good of Italy 5 centesimi 1896


the theme of the meeting was facial hair and styles which was one of our most successful ideas. members brought various coins with different fashions. The ladies of ancient Rome were well represented.

Pictured above are four coins featuring males with impressive whiskers of different sorts.

All of the above are national heroes in different ways.

Saturday, 1 September 2018


Programme for 2018 to 2019

Welcome to the new programme for next year. 

Here are some coins to illustrate some of the varied topics for next year.  

The coins of Austria which include parts of Netherlands and Italy I would like to know more about. 

The medalet at the bottom commemorates the Aylesbury War Memorial which was built in the 1920s after  a lot of discussion on how the fallen should be remembered. It was built by ex servicemen. 

the top middle token is from the King's Head in Aylesbury. 





15 September Hairstyles for men and women  
13 October Harvest and food on coins
10 November Europe at peace and war.
8 December Austria, Austrian Netherlands and Austrians in Italy
12 January anniversaries in 2019 beginnings and endings
16 February Token tales 
23 March Medallions
20 April Ancients
11 May coins and tokens of Ireland
15 June Peace treaties and alliances
13 July Queens and duchesses of Europe.
17 August The penny and copper coins



Saturday, 11 August 2018


Next week's meeting will be about coins from the Far East. What will members bring?
Here are a few modern coins to be going on with


Wednesday, 1 August 2018



Modern coins

I recently asked people where I live if they had any foreign coins they no longer needed. The idea was to raise money for a charity.

What I got gives me a good idea of where people go on holiday. The coins were mainly euros which I convert into cash quite easily and holiday destinations such as Croatia. There were also a few Canadian, Israeli and Gulf states.

What strikes me is the standard of design of many countries’ coins is very high. gone are the cheap aluminium, iron and dull coins featuring a tractor. (I have nothing against tractors!). Countries celebrate their culture and history much more. 

So, take a deep breath, should you collect modern? Why not? The advantages are they are cheap in good condition and interesting. I suppose every coin ever collected was a modern coin once. Perhaps the angels, testoons, drachmas and the rest were all sniffed at by some collectors as “too modern”!

So what is modern? One website said anything after 1950. I am not so sure. Modern is anything in circulation now, surely. Not convinced? I suspect every collector keeps some coins that he or she just likes. Here are some modern Bulgarian coins to be going on with.