3 July 2014
Contact: David Galt 0220321143;
First New Zealand International Numismatic
Conference and Fair, 3 to 6 July 2014, Opens in Wellington
The Royal Numismatic Society of
New Zealand today starts 4 days of Conference and Fair Activity. The event is held in conjunction with the
Numismatic Society of Auckland and the Numismatic Society of Australia.
Numismatics is the study of
coins, tokens, medals and banknotes. The
Society, founded in 1931, aims to promote numismatic knowledge and foster
trading opportunities. It produces a
Journal, the New Zealand numismatic Journal and is based in Wellington, where
it holds regular meetings. It has 260 members in New Zealand and overseas.
President of the Royal Numismatic
Society of New Zealand, David Galt said, “This International Conference and
Fair is the biggest event we have held in many years. We have 120 people registered to take part
over the 4 days, starting with a walking tour of numismatic sites of interest,
including a special exhibit of medals held at Parliament, the Reserve Bank
Museum, Archives New Zealand and BNZ Museum at Harbour Keys.
Two full conference days will be held
at the West Plaza Hotel, opposite the Town Hall at 110 to 116 Wakefield Street
on Friday 4 July to Saturday 5 July, with 22 speakers. Key note speakers
include Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum and
Scott Douglas from the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. Philip will speak on the work of Frank Bowcher, an important British medallist and Scott will
speak on the currency issues of the Hudson’s Bay company. New Zealand Speakers include Geoff Bascand,
Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, Simon Allison, head of coins and stamps at
New Zealand Post and Paul Foster-Bell MP.
The event will close on Sunday 6
July at the West Plaza Hotel with a fair with 11 dealers from New Zealand and
Australia buying and selling coins medals and banknotes. The fair is open to the public with free
Philip Attwood will give a public
lecture at Te Papa on Sunday 6 July for the Friends of Te Papa. An admission
charge of $15 applies”
Details of the fair are available
on the Royal Numismatic Society web site: www.RNSNZ.org.nz
The Friends of Te Papa web site
provides details of Philip Attwood’s lecture.