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. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Random thought for today.

Some numismatic sites publish excellent articles on history and coins. The essays are informative and well illustrated. They give background information on historical events and subjects. However the coins that are used for illustrations are usually museum quality pieces. why not illustrate these articles with the sort of coins that collectors have?

Just a thought.

Monday, 9 July 2018