Sunday, 14 August 2022

 Lets be Franc!

We were in a holiday mood for our August meeting on a very hot day.

The most visited countries from the UK include

Spain     15.62 Million

France  8.56 Million

Italy       4.16 Million

USA       3.47 Million

And the most popular destinations in the world include

Cancún, Mexico.

Bali, Indonesia.

•Crete, Greece.

Rome, Italy.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Istanbul, Turkey.

Paris, France.

Hurghada, Egypt.

These details are all pre covid. I wonder how things have changed.


The collector on holiday will look at the coins the get and save some commemoratives. They will also find out about the history of the currency and visit museums. Why not look out for some local street markets or dealers. Your family will love waiting around while you look for bargains. Much better than time on the beach!

A visit abroad might inspire you to collect coins of that country. Members brought displays from France, Isle of Man, Lundy and Spain.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022


Get Real! The coins of Brazil

This month the theme for the meeting was the coins of South America. Judging by the response it is not a popular theme for collectors. I am not sure why not. the modern coins of the continent are have an interesting history reflecting the social and political history of the various countries that make up that area. Perhaps South America feels a bit too far away. we did however have tropical weather on the day.

here is something about Brazil.

Following the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, Brazil was claimed for the Portuguese Empire on 22 April 1500. The then largest colony in the world relied on sugar cane and slavery. The first coins were Portuguese followed by Spanish. Coins were counterstamped in 1643 with local denominations.

By the end of the 17th century, sugarcane exports began to decline but the discovery of gold and the Brazilian Gold Rush attracted thousands of new settlers to Brazil from Portugal. Brazil became a major producer of coins. The earliest colonial copper coinage was minted in Portugal in 1693.

In late 1807, Spanish and Napoleonic forces threatened the security of Portugal, causing Prince Regent João, in the name of Queen Maria I, to move the royal court from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro.

With the end of the Peninsular War in 1814 Queen Maria I and Prince Regent João were pressed to return to Portugal. In 1815, to justify continuing to live in Brazil, where the royal court had thrived for six years, the Crown established the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.

Coins especially copper ones were frequently counterstamped in the early Nineteenth Century.

The Brazilians declared the country's independence from Portugal on 7 September 1822. A month later, Prince Pedro was declared the first Emperor of Brazil, with the title of Dom Pedro I, resulting in the foundation of the Empire of Brazil. Portugal recognized Brazil on 29 August 1825.

On 15 November 1889, the monarchy was overthrown by a military coup. A few days later, the national flag was replaced with a new design that included the national motto "Ordem e Progresso". The country was known as the United States of Brazil.  

In half of the first 100 years of republic, the Army ruled directly or through intermediaries.  There was another period of counterstamping in the 1930s.

Civilians returned to power in 1985

In the fiercely disputed 2018 elections, the controversial conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party was elected president. In the early 2020s, Brazil became one of the hardest hit countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, receiving the second-highest death toll worldwide after the United States. Experts have largely blamed the situation on the leadership of President Bolsonaro, who throughout the pandemic has repeatedly downplayed the threat of COVID-19 and dissuaded states and cities from enforcing quarantine measures, prioritising the nation's economy.








Tuesday, 31 May 2022

 to mark the Royal Jubilee here are some Royal Medallions courtesy of Charles

Friday, 1 April 2022


special announcement for April 1st 

Archaeologists have discovered a hoard of countermarks which are not with the coins. This is unusual as countermarks are usually on coins. It is believed that these were either trial strikes, the ancient countermarker could not obtain host coins to stamp, or simply the person missed the coin when stamping.


In ancient times coins were sometimes countermarked for use by Legions or to refer to a new emperor. In these cases where only the countermark is left and not the coin – probably the ancient coin maker ran out of coins.



Friday, 18 February 2022


The theme this month was travelling mints. (Not travel sweets)

An army on the march would need vast quantities of coin and the technology for minting coins was quite portable. Roman armies may have had mobile mints. Some coins are common in some areas where there was campaigning for example this coin featuring Britannia.

Roman Denarius issued by T. Carisius (46BCE) showing the moneyer's die, anvil, hammer and tongs

By Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 3.0,


This bronze as (top coin) , dated to AD 155, was common in Britain but rare in other parts of the Roman Empire. It may well have formed part of a special shipment of coin to the island or produced at a travelling mint.

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Happy New Year  

The theme for the meeting was “one of a kind” which refers to the things in your collection which do not fit with anything. These could coins you got to begin a new series of collecting or simply you saw something interesting or unusual.
These are some random coins and medallions which were acquired for the interest 

Obscure collecting themes :-
Card counter (chevalier or esquire),
Birmingham Cathedral bazaar 6d. 1920s
Israeli telephone token
Oxford balloon token
Sheffield coal check
Souvenir of bombardment of Scarborough 1914 
Centenary of Bournemouth 1910

Wednesday, 22 December 2021




An Extremely Fine Christmas

And a very rare New Year


Oxford Numismatic Society 2021

                 Philip and Mary Shilling, 1554   Image used by kind permission of © Dix Noonan Webb