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Sovereign sensation

Open Residence?

THERE are a couple of subjects that dominate my “Comments” in any given year: a single is high prices paid at auction (and with the recent record set at Baldwin’s I could easily do the same once again this month) another is the future of our hobby with regard to encouraging new collectors and a third the fate of numismatic societies in the UK. I make no apologies this time around for rolling the latter two subjects with each other and I do crave your indulgence after again…

Final month Phil was the guest of the Exeter and District Numismatic Society giving his “I have got Coin News for you” talk—the topic of the Royal Mint lecture at the BANS Congress in 2010 and a number of numismatic society evenings considering that. In essence, the 45-minute talk comprises a brief history of COIN NEWS and Token Publishing Ltd, from its humble origins as a two individual organization based above a plumber’s shop in Hampshire, to today’s 14-powerful group in palatial surroundings of a penthouse in London’s Mayfair (OK I could have fibbed about that, we are really on an industrial estate in Devon but we do employ 14 folks). The history lesson is followed by a “State of the Hobby” address taking a look at how numismatic societies can support turn the hundreds of thousands of men and women with an interest in coins into “real” numismatists. This is inevitably followed by a discussion amongst the Society members and while some of the suggestions that get bandied about might not function, other individuals are eminently sensible. At the Exeter and District Society meeting a single member suggested that a clear way to encourage both new members and new collectors was to hold a valuation and open day/evening—persuading all those men and women who have jars of coins left to them by grandparents, and so on., to come in and be told each the history of the coins (which in fact men and women find fascinating after they get beyond the slightly geeky image) and the value of what they have. It was regarded at the really least that members could warn these with standard “Vicky Sovs” that what they had was worth considerably much more than the shyster “We Buy your gold” booths would be providing. This idea was met with full approval by all present and hopefully sometime in the Spring/Summer of 2013 the E&DNS will locate itself the centre of attention as hordes descend with their hoards—we shall see.

This suggestion by our local society —which I think to be an excellent one—got me thinking, if Exeter can do it then why can’t each other Society in the country? Each and every single Society has in its members enough understanding of the a variety of various coins/token/notes that make up our fascinating hobby to be in a position to field any question place to them, and while not each and every Society has dealers inside its ranks even the amateurs will be capable to take a excellent guess at value, and if they can’t they will at least have a library in between then that can come to their rescue. So here is my suggestion: all you Society secretaries out there, talk to your members, set yourselves a date and get a valuation day/open day organised. Wouldn’t it be great if we could co-ordinate them all to fall within the exact same couple of weeks? If you can organise it, then we’ll publicise it for you . . . we will place publicity inside COIN NEWS, yes, but we will go additional too—we can create press releases, make contact with the media (regional and national) and genuinely go to town on it. Some years ago the BNTA with each other with the Royal Mint, organised “National Coin Week”. It was a fantastic notion which somehow never took off, but now, with the renewed interest in “what’s it worth” Television (as demonstrated by the plethora of “Flog It/Bargain Hunt” style programmes), the huge upsurge in the “We acquire your gold” outfits, the ongoing recession and new forms of communication that make publicity of such issues so a lot easier, I think the time has come to try once again. So, if you’re interested in hosting an “Open Day”, if you consider you can get your members on board, then now is the time to begin considering about it. Late Could or early June would be an best time to hold such events but the organizing has to begin now. We are appropriate behind you, but ultimately it has to be up to you. Let us know what you believe . . .!
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