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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 2014/2015

All talks illustrated with PowerPoint

October 7th Members' Evening  
November 4th Quiz, hosted by Edward Colgan.  
December 2nd Winter Auction.
(viewing from 5pm, auction starts 7pm).
February 3rd Edward Colgan, One Thousand Years of Irish Coinage.  
March 3rd The 17th Raymond Lax Memorial Lecture.
Eddie Davies, The wonderful coins of the ancient Greeks and their neighbours.
April 7th The 59th Founders' Memorial Lecture.
Susan Stewart, Southampton's 18th century tokens.
May 5th The 1st Southern Tri-Society Lecture.
(Romsey, Southampton and Wessex)
Graham Dyer, The 1953 BANS Congress remembered.
June 2nd Summer Auction.
(viewing from 5pm, auction starts 7pm)
July 7th John Finlay, Rome - from Republic to Empire.  
September 1st    67th Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address.  


All meetings are held at the Edward Wright Room, Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 5LB at 8pm on the first Tuesday in each month (except for auctions and the trading session which start at 7pm).


The Society does not meet in August.


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

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

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