The Australian Numismatic Society

Australian Numismatic Society.

Coffs Harbour Conference 10th & 11th June 2006
 

Dear Members,

John Cook is in the process of producing a full Report of the Conference.

This is my record of the Conference using my new camera.

Members met up at The Sanctuary Resort on Friday the 9th June 2006.  Some members arrived at noon and the rest later in the day and night.  I arrived about 5pm with Tony Hoare and Peter Atherden.  We obtained our door keys, but before unloading to our respective rooms we proceeded to the Conference Room, which was a hive of activity.  Members were setting up their displays and our hard working Qld Secretary John Cook was setting up his computer network to plug into the TV.  Peter and Tony were introduced to the Qld members, as this was their first Conference

I was going to set up the ANS Auction 8, but because we could not lock the room.  I locked it in my room.

Members assembled in the bar from about 6.30pm for a chat and drinks.  Some had already had dinner, others were having dinner in the Resort Restaurant and the rest of us (about 20) went to the RSL.

Upon return at about 10pm, we assembled in the room I was sharing with Tony, for a swap session.  Tony had lots of medals and badges for trade and I had a few coins, encased and bimetallics.  Unfortunately there was not much for us to swap with, as the other members had not brough a lot with them.

We turned in about 11pm.

SATURDAY

The Conference was scheduled to start at 9am sharp with assembly for registration at 8.30.  Luckily most of the registration had taken place the night before.


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Members assembling their displays and getting comfortable.

A quick breakfast and down to the Conference Room to set up my display.  When i arrived most of the displays had already been assembled.  What a wonderful assembly of displays.  Out came the camera and I hope I have managed to capture them properly.  These images are not in any order.  I apologise if I missed any, as they were not all set up when I started photographing them and time was scarce later.


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Bruce Canning's display on the how he produced the Conference Medal.


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Bruce Canning's display on his Bronzethong Race Medals


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George Snelgrove's display on the Convict Era.


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?'s display on the Ching Dynasty Emperors and Mint Marks.


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ANS Qld display on Producing the Penfold booklet and medals.


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Rod Sell's display on Queen Victoria Hong Kong bronze coin varieties.


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John Cook's display on Wooden Issues of Ward Greene


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Max Bulluss's display on WW II memorabilia.


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?'s display on Queensland Civil Defence WW II.


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Colin Thomas's display on Machines of Mass Production.


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John Veltmeyer's display on Iceland.


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Barry Scott's display on Treasures from Davy Jone's Locker.


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Fred Scarff's display on Treasures from Davy Jone's Locker.


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Tony Hoare's display of badges.


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?'s display of Money Boxes.


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Peter Lewis's display on Marsyas a cheeck satyr.


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Colin Pitchfork's display on Boiotian Coins.


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?'s display on Japanese WW II  Bond Certificates.


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Bernie Begley and Peter Lane preparing for the first Talk.


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Peter Lane giving his talk on The Exploration Project.


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Max Bulluss giving his talk on Trench Art

A short break for morning tea was followed by.


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Bruce Canning with hammer in hand giving his talk on how he produced the Conference Medal.


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Bruce then distributed his Conference Sisal medals which were produced from the scraps left over after producing the Conference Medal.  This is an image of  lot 17 in Auction 9 with the S counter mark.


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George Snelgrove giving his talk on A Survey of the Holey Dollars of NSW.


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David Mee giving his talk on The Coins of the Crusades.

We then broke for lunch.  There was very heavy rain outside, so many members had difficulty  getting a bite.  


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Colin Pitchfork giving his talk on Boiotian Coins and a Report on a book by Gilbert Heyde called "For Oscar", in which Gilbert mentions many numismatic events.


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Hugh Armstrong giving his talk on Rockhampton Token Issuers

A short break to vote on the Best Display and a comfort stop.


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Peter Lewis giving the first part of his talk on Marsyas a cheeky Satyr.

Tony Hoare gave a talk on Badge Collecting and his method on how to assemble, display and record them.

Rod Sell gave a talk on The Bronze Victorian Coins of Hong Kong and how to identify the varieties.

That was the end of the Talks for the day.

Members were given half an hour to view the lots in ANS Auction 8 and to advise any lots they were interested in bidding on. To speed this auction, members were given the current high bids on the lots plus if there were higher maximim bids.  Members advised the lots they were interested in bidding on and these lots were auctioned.  There was spirited floor bidding on many of the lots.  By 6.30pm the auction was over and members had collected and paid for their lots.

There was time to lock away the other Auction items and displays and then to proceed to the Dinner.  Members were seated in 3 long rows of tables.  The dinner was of three courses with three set alternatives for each course.  Much swapping of meals took place.  As you can see from the images below, we never lack conversation.



Now it was time to Present The Tom Hanley Cup for the next two years.  

Colin viewing The Cup and getting ready for the Presentation.


The winner was Mel Williams.


The members listening to Colin's Presentation.


The Presentation.


Mel William's thanks.


The Presentation of the Certificate.


The Presentation of the Best Display to George Snelgrove.


George Snelgrove's speach of thanks.


The Best Display Set of Medals

A very full day of activity.  Time for a good nights sleep and ready for the Sunday.

SUNDAY

Up early and pack as Tony and I return to Sydney after the Conference.

A quick breakfast and on to a  Joint Council meeting at 8.30.  
Luckily communication between us is so good via email that there is very little to discuss.


The first speaker was Bernie Begley with Australian Badges to Women.

I followed with the Hong Kong silver coins of Queen Victoria plus the brockage that I could not find during Saturdays talk.

Time for morning tea.  We all needed that cuppa.


The Peter Lewis took us on an entertaining trip with the second part of his Marsyas a cheeck satyr.


The Fred Dobbin gave a very interesting talk on the Victoria Cross.


The Colin Thomas gave a very interesting talk on Machines of Mass Production with wooden working models that he had made and supported by coins produced using that method.

At this stage I somehow managed to mess up my camera resulting in my not being able to take any more pictures.  I finally found the problem after returning home.  I had knocked the setting off automatic and not on to any setting.

John Veltmeyer gave a talk on the Coins and Banknotes of Iceland.

We then retired for a relaxing lunch around the pool or in the restaurant.

After luch the talks resumed at 1.30pm

Mel Williams gave a talk on ‘Bread Tokens of New Zealand Revisited’   

Barry Scott  spoke on ‘Treasures from Davy Jones’s Locker’   

Bob Greenfield spoke ‘Black Sheep Company of Wales Limited’    

Fred Scarffe spoke on  ‘A.N.S. Medal Issues’    

John Cook gave the last talk on ‘The Wooden Issues of Ward Greene’   

We were not finished yet.

There was still time to have a chat and do some trading.  I had brought the ANS stock with me and the members took this opportunity to purchase the books and medals they needed from our stock.

The spare conference medals were countermarked with an S and sold to members.  These are available to all ANS members at $15.

By the time everything had been packed away and our farewells said it was almost 6pm.

Time to hit the road.  Dinner at Kew a few hours later and arriving home just before midnight.

It was another wonderful ANS Conference.  I am now looking forward to the next Conference in two years time.  I would recommend the conference to all members.  It is a fun filled weekend with friends.