December 19th 2022.
Next club meeting Monday 9th January 2023.
Please let me know if you intend to give a short talk so we can plan things.
· Please continue thinking about Auction lots for March. All lots should be given to Ian, preferably at the January meeting or the February meeting at the very latest.
· We now have details of the next BNS season, please ask for details if you require them.
The Club meeting in December was a members evening: buying and selling, a buffet supper, a quiz, and presentations by members about interesting coins. The buffet supper was organised once again by Henry and was much appreciated by the 20 or so members attending the meeting. There were four displays this year.
Gavin was indisposed this year, so Michael devised the quiz. Once again the quiz was out of 20, there were three winners, with eleven points apiece. The quiz was multi part with a compulsory first section followed by a pick any two from three sections to follow. The answers will be in next months newsletter.
The first 10 Questions are compulsory
1 When was the Reading Coin Club founded ? .
Year . Month ½ point per answer
2 The new Charles III 50 pence has what reverse and when was that design LAST used ?
CIII Rev .. Rev. LAST used ½ point per answer
3 Which are the scarcest currency Britannia & Commemorative 50 pence according to R.M. mintage?
Britannia 50p . Commemorative 50p .. ½ point per answer
4 There has been ONE Christmas coin issued by the Royal Mint in the UK. What date & denomination
5 What was the date of the British first base-metal decimal currency £1 Coin ? Date
6 How many sides does our new £1 Coin have and similar to what other British coin ?
Sides .. Other British coin ½ point per answer
7 What did our first modern non-gold £5 commemorate and what was the date ?
Commemorate . Date ½ point per answer
8 From 1862 to 1967 Florins were made for currency every single year except for two years ! When ?
Year Year .. ½ point per answer
9 What coin has got the nickname of Bar-maids grief. For how any years was it made ?
B-M grief Years it was made (Dates from) ½ point per answer
10 How many quarter farthings in £2.12.1d ? Quantity?
Answer any TWO sections
Section 1 (Earlier British Coins)
1A The first halfcrown was issued in whos reign and with what date ?
Reign . Date .. ½ point per answer
2A Siege coins were made during Charles I Civil war but where ?
3A ½ point per answer
4A What was the face value of the BROAD and give any date that they were made or issued ?
Value .. Date ½ point per answer
5A During Elizabeth I reign the Tower Mint made coins for the East India Company
The Obverse has E R & Royal Arms what was on the reverse & the denominations called ?
Denom Called .. ½ point per answer
1B Date & Month of last white £5 banknote ? Date Month ½ point per
2B Who is on the back of the last paper ? £5 ½ point per answer
£10 . ½ point per answer
3B The Bank of England was founded in what year and who was the reigning monarch ?
Year . Monarch . ½ point per answer
4B What was the highest denomination white note issued for general circulation in the UK ?
5B What was the watermark on the first Bradbury issue £1 & 10/- notes ?
1C Half Farthings & Third Farthings were issued for which countries?
½ Farthing . 1/3 Farthing .. ½ point per answer
2C Edward VIII coins where issued for which countries and used as normal currency ?
1 . 2 .. ½ point per answer
(3C) 3 . 4 .. ½ point per answer
4C Where were Kissi Pennies & Bullet money made and used ?
Kissi .. Bullet .. ½ point per answer
5C Which country and in what year is there a Bird of Paradise on the obverse of the coin ?
Country: . Year: .. ½ point per answer
1D What country and denomination has SEX written on the front of their banknote ?
Country .. Denomination ½ point per answer
2D What is the highest denomination banknote ever issued for currency in the United States ?
3D Which country and in which year was the first 100 Billion (value) banknote issued ?
Country . Year .. ½ point per answer
Country .. Year: (5 years either side) . ½ point per answer
5D What countries have KIP & DONG as their currency ?
(Greek & Roman) [Questions by Alistair Mackay]
1E The coins of the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nimes) bearing the back-to-back portraits of
Augustus and Agrippa have the reverse type of a crocodile chained to a palm tree.
(an unlikely device for a coin from France!), why?
2E From the reigns of Augustus to Gallienus the reverses of the base-metal coins almost
invariably bear the letters SC, what do these stand for and why are they there?
3E From 328 to 340 a mint other than Constantinople used the letters CONS(T) and similar as
a mint signature, where was this?
5E The personification Elpis occasionally appears on Greek coins and frequently on Roman
coins, by what name was she known as on Roman coins, and what did she represent?
Roman name .. Represent .. ½ point per answer
4E In the Attic weight system, widely used in classical Greek coins, how many obols were
there to the drachm?
There were four show and tells the first from Graham. He showed us a coin from Amisos, in the Pontos region of Greece. It is a silver Drachm from somewhere between 400 and 350BC. The obverse shows the Head of Tyche of the city left, wearing turreted stephanos, hair rolled. On the reverse we have an Owl standing facing, on shield, wings spread; and with sword in sheath to right of owl, seahorse to left, letters below shield. Λo under wing to right, two spearheads under wing to left.
Graham bought it from a friend only a few hundred yards from his home. He had hoped to buy a tetradrachm but ended up with this instead. Intriguingly it shows the owl head on with wings open. Graham guessed incorrectly where the piece might come from but his friend assured him it came from Amisos. It is an attractive and tactile piece and didnt cost the Earth.
Amisos was founded in the 6th century B.C. and was a flourishing Greek city on the Black Sea coast commanding an important trade route to the south. It was re-settled by Athenians in the following century and they renamed the place Peiraeeus.
Next, we had Michael who talked about two of the coins mentioned in his quiz (spoiler alert!). One of the coins is an extremely rare Broad by Thomas Simon, with only 2,400 being made. Originally thought to be only patterns, they are now regarded as currency coins. The other coin Michael brought in was the late 19C five Mark from New Guinea, with a splendid portrait of a Bird of Paradise, Michaels favourite coinage design of all.
Next Stuart showed some coins he had picked up on a recent trip to Poland, a set of seven silver coins celebrating the life of Chopin but issued by the Bank of Mongolia! He had a Kuresh and a quarter Krugerand. Back in the 1960s South Africa was producing 7-800 tons of gold a year, more than the combined output of China, Russia and Canada nowadays. Since then South Africa have dropped to about 12th in the Worlds gold producers. Another coin had a picture of the SS Great Britain on it though it was from the Falkland Islands.
Finally, Neil told us about an enamelled medal he had brought along that interested him because it was for a sailing yacht. He used to work in a factory that did enamelling and explained that it was a very difficult process. Coloured glass is added to the raw medal and the whole fired. It comes out black all over and is then polished with a pumice stone to bring back the shine. The medal celebrated the Centenary Regatta for Torbay, in 1913. It was awarded to the Borough Surveyor at the time. He had also brought along a couple of contemporary postcards of the time, showing a view of the harbour, including warships.
The Cunning Man being fully booked this year (what recession?) so we retired to The Bull at Streatley, where a dozen of us celebrated Xmas in the usual fashion, with crackers, turkey, mince pies and all the usual paraphernalia accompanying entertaining chatter around the table till it was time for our carriages to be ordered for the trip home. Thank you to Peter for organising the affair and we look forward to doing the same next year.
Finally a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to All Our Members.