The Australian Numismatic Society
Ronald Jack Byatt . 20
Ron's exact date of joining the Australian numismatic Society is not
known with certainty, however he was member 93 and a regular attendee,
as a lad, at Society meetings in Dr. Abbott's room in Macquarie Street,
Sydney mid 1930s.
My earliest memories of Ron were at the Society
meetings when he would update us with the latest yearly issues produced
by AMORs. There were always an interesting collection of medals
and badges produced, some very elaborate one offs for University Prize
During my years as editor I needed a photo of the Naval General Service
Medal with YANGTZE bar, for an article on the "Escape of HMS Amethyst"
that I was writing for the report. Ron responded to my request
and I spent a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon at Castlecrag photographing
his medal. He also gave me a spare copy of British Battes
and Medals, fouth edition which I still use.
In recent year I managed to pick up on EBAY a collection of the report
of the ANS and NSNSW of the 1940s. These belong to member
G. C. Crump of Huntington W. Va. in the USA. Ron was the
Secretary and editor at the time and the Reports make very interesting
reading of the amalgamation of the two Societies.
From Bill Mira, published in Australian Coin & Banknote
Magazine November 2009.
This would have been circa 1935 when, after leaving his school at
Scot's College, he became an apprentice to W.J.Amor/A.H.Byatt,
Medalists and Die Sinkers, Sydney.
In 1934/5 Ron's father, A.H.Byatt of Harvey C. Smith, Lodge and Regalia
Supplier and W.J.Amor (aged 70) amalgated and traded under the name
In the late 1920s and into the 1930s, the ANS became virtually inactive
with a new generation of numismatists forming The New South Wales
Numismatics Society spearheaded by Owen Fleming and Ron, the founding
Secretary with Membership number 3.
An amalgamation of the two numismatic groups became a reality in
1949. W.J.Amor was a member of both groups with number 30 (old
ANS) and 142 (new ANS/NSNSW)
Ron rose through the ranks, completing his working life as the general
Manager of what had become Amor Sanders Ltd.; having absorbed
W.J.Sanders, silversmiths (1970) and Denham, Neal & Treloar, badge
Versed in all areas of numismatic and paranumismatic design and
production Ron's own collecting forte was the Naval General Service
Medal. His personal collection, significant in numbers and of
high quality, was sold in London by Spinks a few years ago.
Ron's interest in the ANS never wavered; Recent Medals by Amor was a
regular presentation at Society meeting for many years.
In 1988 Ron co-authored the publication of The Amor Centenary and issue
of the AMOR Centenary Medal.
The Society extends its sincere condolences to Ron's wife and family
and its apprectaion of Ron's contribution to our Society and
Australian numismatics in general.