BANS Banner


The Wessex Numismatic Society (Bournemouth)

Catchment area:
Dorset, South Wiltshire, West Hampshire, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Poole, Ringwood, Salisbury, Southampton, Weymouth.

The Wessex Numismatic Society was founded at a meeting held at St Peter’s Hall, Hinton Road, Bournemouth on September 10th 1948. The originators of the Society were Vivian du Bedat Smythe (1889-1954) and Dr Edward Burstal (1879-1967). From our inception we have endeavoured to promote the study of numismatics in its widest sense — not only coins from classical times to those of the present century, but also commemorative and campaign medals, trade tokens and paper money. The current membership of 35 includes people whose interests encompass all these themes.

The Society’s first Secretary, Ronald Bartlett (1921-1961), was one of those who founded BANS in 1953. We have hosted the annual National Numismatic Congress in Bournemouth three times, in May 1953, April 1973 and April 1992. On each occasion we have staged a public exhibition of coins and medals in the town. The 1973 Congress coincided with our Silver Jubilee, for which we had a special commemorative medal struck. To mark our Golden Jubilee in 1998 members received a special Society paperweight.

Our varied programme of events caters for all tastes. Usually we play host to at least three distinguished visiting speakers a year, augmented by papers from members who compete for the Society’s Sir John Hanham medal (first awarded in 1956), a members’ evening, a quiz and two auctions a year. We’re a friendly group with a warm welcome for everyone, from beginners to serious-minded collectors. For further information, please contact the Secretary.

President: Mrs. Susan Stewart. Secretary: Peter Preston-Morley. Treasurer: Italo Volgano. Committee: Edward Colgan, Philip Cox, Geoff Crawford, Robert Lee, David Palmer, Derek Stewart.


Programme 2013/2014

All talks illustrated with PowerPoint

October 1st No meeting.  
November 5th Winter Auction.
(viewing from 5pm, auction starts 7pm).
December 3rd Quiz, hosted by Edward Colgan.  
January 7th Members' Evening, of short papers.  
February 4th The 16th Raymond Lax Memorial Lecture.
Michael Day, English Silver Crown Pieces 1551-1658.
March 4th David Young, Tickets, Checks and Passes of Devon.  
April 1st Karen Brown and James Walmsley, A History of Dorset through Metal Detecting Finds.  
May 6th John Finlay, Greek and Roman Coins from North Africa.  
June 3rd Summer Auction.
(viewing from 5pm, auction starts 7pm)
July 1st The 58th Founders' Memorial Lecture.
Tim Everson, Royal and Rose Farthing Tokens.
September 2nd    66th Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address.  


All meetings are held at the Edward Wright Room, Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth and commence at 7:30pm for 8pm on the first Tuesday of each month (except for auctions which commence at 5pm for 7pm). The Society does not meet in August.

Subscriptions: £7 per annum. Juniors aged 15-18 £1. Under 15s free. All subscriptions are payable in October.

Contact address: Peter Preston-Morley, c/o Dix Noonan Webb, 16 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BQ. Tel. 020 7731 1702, E-mail

To return to the BANS Home Page, please click the ' BANS' button