Sunday, 8 December 2019

Four recent purchases straight from the oddments box. The man with the crown is probably Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The coin with lion and castle is medieval Spanish. the others are possibly early lead farm tokens. Not bad for £3.00 

The theme of the this month was Children on Coins,
Young Rulers and Children’s Stories

Members brought items with portraits of young rulers and plenty of modern 50 p with childhood characters on them

Below are images (courtesy of the Royal Dutch Mint) of the coin designed by a child who won a competition to mark the last guilder. It is a lion.

If sterling had been abandoned in favour of the euro what design would we have chosen? Answers on a postcard please.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

The theme this month was war and remembrance, tomorrow being Remembrance Sunday.

I will start with two South African medallions. the left one is from Johannesburg and is inscribed 1914-19 Peace with Honour. This is an interesting phrase, rarely used to refer to the First World War although it was used by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.

The second marks peace in 1945

Next we have some more modern coins. Two from Canada showing the national memorial on a dollar coin and veteran and serving soldier on a 25 cents. The other coin is a penny from the Isle of Man. This shows the Santon War Memorial.

Lastly we have three coins from Danzig. all dated 1932
The Free City of Danzig was a semi-autonomous city-state that existed between 1920 and 1939, consisting of the Baltic Sea port of Danzig and nearly 200 towns and villages in the surrounding areas. It was created on 15 November 1920 in accordance with the terms of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles after the end of World War I. In July 1923 it was announced that a new and independent currency (the gulden) was being established with the approval of the League of Nations finance committee to replace the German mark. A first series of coins was issued in 1923, followed by a second in 1932. Coins were issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 pfennige and ​12, 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 gulden. Danzig was annexed by Nazi Germany on 1 September 1939, the day the invasion of Poland had begun

Notes and coins of 5 and 10 gulden were withdrawn that day and could be exchanged for reichsmarks until 15 October. Coins of 5 and 10 pfennig and ​12 and 1 gulden remained in circulation until 25 June 1940 and were redeemed until 25 July. (information from Wikipedia

Floating Trophy medal
Just an interesting side light. When I was sorting out items for the meeting I noticed something familiar about the Johannesburg medallion. the style of the figures looks similar to this medallion. I struggled to identify this. It is clearly South African but through help from numismatic colleagues overseas found it was issued for or by the
Witwatersrand Native Labour Association Ltd. They recruited native workers to work in the mines of South Africa. The WNLA Ltd presented a floating trophy for various athletic events. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Why join a coin club?

Numismatic societies exist to encourage our hobby and learn from each other. 

We meet on a Saturday lunchtime at a pub in Kidlington. Each month has a theme and members can items that reflect that theme. It may be a subject or an event or a place. The idea is to include as many collecting experiences and backgrounds as possible. We very occasionally have a speaker but most meetings are informal discussions over food and drink. Members’ interests are varied and include most aspects of numismatics. We often display new purchases and swap stories about how coins used to be cheap. We pass around items to identify and usually someone knows what they are.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Maps on coins and medals

Putting a map on a coin is a modern thing. It is often used by newer states to present themselves. Here are a few

Louisiana state quarter, Western Australia medallion commemorating Pacific Railway, Falklands liberation 50 p
coin from Azerbaijan Armenia and India
Euro and euro with map of Estonia. 

(I did not know that Azerbaijan had a detached enclave.)
The Canadian medallions mark the 1939 Royal Visit and have the route the Royal couple went on, mainly by rail.

I cannot think of any coin from Britain that has a map on it. Can you? there is a Charles II medallion showing two globes. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The theme this month was political coins including coups revolutions and voting. No picture this month as for some reason the photograph would not load. You will have to use your imagination.

Members brought medallions featuring Eighteenth Century elections and political groups and more modern coins. these included a coin commemorating the recent Turkish coup, some heroes of various independence struggles and newish 50 p relating to voting reforms.

Being political is a good way to get your head on a coin. think of all the presidents, freedom fighters and rulers. I wonder which politicians you would like to see on a coin?

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Some one not a fan of Cromwell

I bought this Commonwealth shilling recently. It has a sun mintmark and the date is 165? I do not mean the final digit is a question mark! It is difficult to read. Any suggestions? I just thought it was worn but if you look at it carefully it has been deliberately damaged on both sides. The legend around the edge is in quite good condition. 

Most Commonwealth coins must have been recalled after the Restoration. This one was deliberately damaged by a Royalist. One shilling would have been a significant amount - perhaps two days’ pay for a craftsman. There are examples of ancient roman coins that deliberately damaged but I have not come across one like this. Damnatio memoriae is the Latin phrase for those coins.