The Australian Numismatic Society
THE AUSTRALIAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY
INVITATION TO THE 2016 BIENNIAL COFFS HARBOUR
& ATTENDEE INFORMATION
The 2016 Conference Medal,
made from 1913
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met for a drink at 6pm on the Friday Night. Julie and Phil
Benjamin, speaking with Rudi Talmacs on St George.
Mervin Meads, with Colin and Pat Thomas, checking their Conference kits.
Hugh Armstrong and Peter Atherden, finding a seat for dinner. Vi
Armstrong already had her seat.
Stephen Appleton, Bernie Begley and Peter Lane, getting ready for
After dinner we had an Auction. Rod Sell and Pat Walsh, checking
the different weight lots.
John Veltmeyer and Peter Atherden, checking some Canberra Stamp Show
Hugh Armstrong and Gerry Doyle, in deep discussion.
Tony Hoare watching the sale of his Tinnies.
Stephen Appleton and Colin Thomas, checking some of the lots.
Tony Hoare checking some of the lots, ticked as being of
Only the lots with a tick, were auctioned.
Rod Sell recording the winner of each lot and sale price.
Checking the correct price was recorded.
8.30 am registrations and issue of Conference name badges,
Certificates of Attendance,
voting slips and programmes. Set up displays.
Checking the Powerpoint file loaded correctly.
Pat Walsh taking Pictures with, a noisy camera.
Sharing a joke before the serious talks started.
Another joke is told.
John Pearn checking his Talks loaded OK.
John Armstrong wondering what to expect.
Rudi Talmacs checking his messages.
Checking another Tinnie.
Checking the Video camera can record OK.
Morning Session was conducted by John
President John Veltmeyer, welcoming the Members to our 2016 Conference.
A minutes silence, in memory of ANS Members no longer with us.
Members had passed on since our last Conference 2 years ago.
As each name was mentioned, members told a little of their story.
Members then introduced themselves and advise what they
address: A.N.S. Patron/A.N.S. President
John Pearn The Numismatic Heritage of Medicine.
John was presented with a recent RAM Medal set, featuring 3 Australian
Gerry Doyle Fractional Farthings
11am Morning Tea
Some members preferred to look for treasures.
Vi Armstrong gave the Tea a miss, because of the many steps.
Members getting ready for the next session.
David Mee The Coins of the Angevins
Judith Mee The Chaucer connection.
Colin Pitchfork Some Interesting Coin in my
14.00 pm LUNCH
Afternoon Session was conducted by Gerry
Bernard Begley The Fineness of 19th
& 20th Century Silver Coinage.
Barry Scott Chinese Money Trees
Michael Tichy Counting Jetons.
16.00 pm Afternoon Tea
Phil Benjamin St George.
John Pearn Secreto in Numismatica - Hidden
Messages in coins and medals.
6.30-7.30 pm gather for drinks
Sandy Pitchfork chatting with Bernie Begley
Michael Tichy and John Veltmeyer. Who took the photo?
Stephen Appleton, Rod Sell & Barry Scott
The group around the bar
Judith & David Mee, with Phil Benjamin
Bernie Begley, Rod Sell and Hugh Armstrong
Colin Thomas, Rudi Talmacs and Pat Thomas
How big was that fish?
John Kennedy, Julie Benjamin and Heather Meads
Michal Tichy having a break from taking photos.
Conference Dinner in the
John Pearn making sure the glasses were filled.
Members in conversation.
Waiting for the food.
Plenty to talk about.
Stephen Appleton won the Quiz John Pearn set. Questions based on the
Sunday Morning Session was conducted
by John Pearn
Patron John Pearn, getting ready to Chair the session.
John welcoming members for the Sunday Morning session.
Judith Mee and John Kennedy, waiting for the Talks
Peter Lane A collection of 19th & 20th
John Pearn introducing Hugh Armstrong
Hugh Armstrong Medals of the Horticultutal Society of
Colin Thomas The Six Georges
10.30 to 11.00 am Morning Tea
Welcome back from Morning Tea.
Mervin Meads Australian Bank Notes
Close ups on the star and radar notes.
Colin Pitchfork Some
More Interesting Coin
Time to review the displays and vote for
the Best Display
Schnitzel or Spaghetti Bolognaise, and
assorted fruit juices, tea & coffee
John Veltmeyer announcing the Winner of the Best Display.
The Medal was struck on a 1913 florin.
Presentation of the Best Display Medal to David Mee
After lunch we had a Group Photo taken.
Rudi Talmacs exercising for the Group Photo.
Hugh Armstrong helping Vi to the Group Photo.
John Pearn arranging the photo.
The young girl from the resort, who took a dozen or more of the
We all said CHEESE.
Sunday Afternoon Session conducted by
John Pearn Family Medals - Enduring
John Veltmeyer - 47 Prefectures of
Rudi Talmacs Pistrucci's
slaying the Dragon" a study of it's conception.
Rudi getting enthused.
15.30 to 16.00 Afternoon Tea
Ross Pratley Some Bits and Pieces from a
Puzzel Down Under.
Ross gave a very good talk on Postal Notes, mainly from Queensland.
A.N.S. President John Veltmeyer.
of Those Attending and their Talks.
Lynette Adamik - Dinner only
Hugh Armstrong - "Medals of the Horticultural Society of New South
Bernard Begley " The Fineness of 19th & 20th Century Silver Coinage"
many challenges in the years immediately after the arrival of the First
Fleet, and as numismatists we take a great interest in the details of
Gov. King’s 1800 Proclamation which set the values to be given to the
hotchpotch of coins then found in the colony of NSW. Setting these
values in excess of what they were accepted for elsewhere, creating
fiat currency, was designed to keep coinage in the new colony and
similar tactics were tried elsewhere in the world. The Holey Dollar and
Dump’s stated value of 6/3 was well above their silver value of
approximately 5/-, did the same thing.
Philip Benjamin " St George"
Gerry Doyle "Fractional Farthings"
Peter Lane - "A Collection of 19th and 20th Century Seals"
Mervyn Meads "Australian Banknotes"
David Mee - "The coins of the Angevins"
Angevin means someone from the former French county of Anjou,
specifically the count, his family and descendants. Anjou is a small
region on the northern bank of the Loire river in France with capital
Angers. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the counts owed allegiance to
the Kings of France, but ruled fairly independently. In the middle ages
there were 3 separate instances of the house of Anjou which firstly
became powerful, only to be eventually absorbed into the domain of the
French crown. They then became separated again, as the county, a few
generations later was given to a younger royal brother. This happened
twice until finally Anjou was incorporated into the French kingdom till
the revolution. This talk is about their successes, territorial
expansion, failures and the coins they produced for their various
Judith Mee - "The Chaucer connection"
people have heard the name Geoffrey Chaucer, and almost as many would
be able to name his best-known work, The Canterbury Tales. Fewer people
are aware that he is considered the ‘father of English poetry’, and
even fewer still know that he was to 14th century English literature as
great as Shakespeare was to the 16th century. So, what’s the
‘Connection’ to a numismatic conference? This talk will examine some of
the coinage mentioned specifically by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales,
explore some little-known facts about Chaucer’s career, and look at
some of the important coins he would have encountered in his extensive
John Pearn -" Family Medals - Enduring
Medals and medallions are the
most enduring of all family heritage. As the generations pass, the
artefacts of life are discarded or degraded; and often the sole
physical referent of a forebear is a military or tribute medal,
preciously conserved down the generations. Numismatists have a role in
fostering such heritage, and in the preservation of history which such
endeavours entail and promote. Two medals are documented which
illustrate this theme. The James Benn-Doreen Carbutt Family Medal
(2015) and the Pearn Kindred New Horizons Medal (2016) both commemorate
a family’s emigration from England to the Antipodes and the foundation
of new kindreds. Patronyms are thus preserved, and great personal
family events documented in this most enduring of all archives.
John Pearn - " Secreto in Numismatica -Hidden messages on coins and
encoded messages are a pragmatic necessity in commerce, diplomacy and
in warfare. They also hold a fascination in peacetime and are common
themes in art, literature and the symbols of communication.
Steganography, or “spy writing”, has existed since the time of ancient
Greece. Cryptic pictorial images, secret initials and codes are
portrayed in many art mediums. But fine numismatic art on coins and
medals also contains many examples of secret images. Such include
hidden graffiti, codes, chronograms and enigmatic messages. There is a
pleasurable frisson in hiding or burying treasure, as moneyers and
medallic sculptors have enjoyed for more than a millennium. Equally,
there is pleasure in deciphering secrets. This paper describes the
enrichment of discovering a horde of hidden numismatic treasure.
John Pearn -
" The Numismatic Heritage of Medicine"
history and heritage of medicine is recorded in many forms. The most
enduring archives are those to be found in the numismatic record. From
the era of ancient coinage are preserved images of healthcare themes.
Such range from medical herbs to deities. Every significant discovery
in medicine has been commemorated in medallic form. Significant men and
woman in the history of medicine also have their enduring memorials in
medallic record; and occasionally on coins and bank notes as well. More
than 15,000 medals comprise the international medical numismatic
cabinet, of which more than 600 different Australian medals are but one
part. The selected review of this numismatic collection gives a
perspective of the evolution of healthcare which we enjoy today.
Colin Pitchfork - "Some Interesting Coins in My Collection"
Sandy Pitchfork - Dinner only
Ross Pratley - "Some bits & pieces from a puzzle down under"
Barry M Scott - " Chinese Money Trees"
fascinating story of how MONEY TREES began in China and their
evolution. The method of casting coins in moulds began in the period
before Christ was born. Some real ancient and very rare
exhibits will be presented as well as other MONEY TREE stories. Some
most unusual designs of MONEY TREES will be shown and the stories of
their background will be told. Chinese legend has it that the MONEY
TREE is a kind of holy tree, which can bring money and fortune to
the people, and that it is a symbol of affluence, nobility and
auspiciousness, It can be traced back to primitive
societies where the adoration of a holy tree was prevalent.
Whilst MONEY TREES may be derived from the Sun tree myth associated
with Paradise, the coins link paradise with a material bounty in this
world. Some modern MONEY TREES have evolved and large examples
are shown in Chinese shopping centres. This is an unusual and different
numismatic story from ages past and will give an early perspective of
how the present Chinese economy has grown.
Talmacs Pistrucci's "St. George Slaying the Dragon" a study of it's conception.
purpose of my talk (actually done in conjunction Michael Tichy) will be
the art-historical analysis of the actual design of Pistrucci's iconic
image. To show some aspects of the analytical implications and
historical origins, I will try to bring out the ambiguity in
Pistrucci's design, where his "St George" is not quite the same guy as
on, say, the 1935 "Rockinghorse" crown, and others. I hope from this
study to offer a judgement as to the best understanding of Pistrucci's
Michael Tichy- " Counting Jetons"
counters were used as calculation instruments in Europe in the middle
ages. According to medieval taste, they were always decorated. These
decorations always had a purpose, sometimes religious, but usually
related to the user or the principal. In the 16th century, jetons were
mostly used to propagate political messages and to glorify the deeds of
Colin Thomas - "The Six Georges"
Pat Thomas - Dinner only
John Veltmeyer " The 47 Prefectures of Japan "