Coin News

Volume 37, Number 10, October 2000

A mammoth month

Volume 37, Number 10, October 2000

SO, Autumn is upon us already and with it comes the start of the Numismatic season, October has always been a good month for our hobby and this year looks set to be no exception. Inevitably the "kick-off" will come in the first full month (Friday October 6 - Sunday October 8) with the 'double-header' of the BNTA'S showcase Coinex and the World Paper Money Fair organised by the London Chapter of the International Bank Note Society. The Token Publishing team will be attending both of these fairs and is at the latter event that we are launching the long-awaited BANKNOTE YEARBOOK. This price guide to the paper money of England, Ireland, Scotland and the Islands was first announced back in April and judging by the number of books pre-ordered it promises to be a huge hit. As has been previously mentioned before in this column, the hobby of banknote collecting is enjoying something of a renaissance currently and we are confident that this new publication will further increase both its profile and the number of collectors involved. Further details of the BANKNOTE YEARBOOK are included with this issue of COIN NEWS but should you require any more information don't hesitate to call our offices on 01404 46972, we'll be happy to help. Of course October isn't just about the fairs, with no fewer than five major auctions taking place this month. For coin enthusiasts Spink are holding the Coinex sale on October 4-5, Baldwin's will conduct a general sale on October 9-10, and Glendining's auction will take place October 11. For banknote collectors Phillips will be holding a sale of world banknotes on October 5 and the next day Spink are to conduct their auction. Rounding off this mammoth month we have the British Museum's second annual "Money Week", a week of numismatics centred on the Museum's Coin and Medal department and excellent HSBC Money Gallery. The week will comprise both the more formal Gallery Talks on a wide range of topics and the fun elements of collecting with "Metellus the Moneyer" striking Roman Coins, a story teller and the opportunity to print an Arabic banknote. Last year's event was a great success with the "Open Day", where visitors could have their coins, banknotes, tokens, etc., identified, attracting literally hundreds of people. This year's Money Week runs from October 23 to 30 with the Open Day taking place on Wednesday, October 25. More details can be found on the "Back Page" this month, although we did publish a full programme of events in last month's edition. We will be attending the event and hope you will too. October is, of course, just the start, with next month bringing us the London Coin Fair and the launch of the COIN YEARBOOK, as well as major sales from Sotheby's and Dix Noonan Webb. It promises to be a sparkling season. John Mussell .

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