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The Wessex Numismatic Society (Bournemouth)

Catchment area:
Dorset, South Wiltshire, West Hampshire, Bournemouth, Poole, Ringwood, Salisbury, Southampton.

The 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 foundation 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 seventeen includes people whose interests encompass all these themes.


The Society's first Secretary, Ronald Bartlett (1921-61), was one of those who founded BANS in 1953. We have hosted the annual National Numismatic Congress in Bournemouth four times, In May 1953, April 1973, April 1992 and April 2012. The 1973 Congress coincided with our Silver Jubilee, for which we had a special commemorative medal struck.


Officers for 2018-2019:
Patron: Yvonne Johnstone, President: Robert Lee, Secretary: Bill Petts, Treasurer: Italo Volgano. Committee: Susan Stewart, Edward Colgan, Chris Latham, Roy Manners, Derek Stewart.


Programme 2018/2019

October 2nd AGM plus trading session  
November 6th     Quiz. Sue Stewart  
December 4th The Not So Humble Penny Bill Petts  
February 5th Coinage of Henry VII Chris Latham  
March 5th The Watlington Hoard James Mather  
April 2nd English Silver Crowns - four of the best! Mike Day  
May 7th Quiz Edward Colgan    
June 4th Founders’ Memorial Lecture Coins and Christianity John Finlay  
July 2nd Members’ Coin Burse A Trading Session  
October 1st    AGM and show of members’ coins  



All meetings are currently held at the Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 5LB, at 8pm on the first Tuesday in each month. The Society does not currently meet in January, August or September.



Subscriptions: £10 per annum, Juniors, aged 15-18 £1, accompanied Under 15s free. All subscriptions are payable at the November meeting.


Secretary: Bill Petts, 01425 501446 or

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