The Numismatic Association of Australia acts as a united voice for all the major State numismatic organisations in Australia and has close ties with the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand and those Australian public institutions with numismatic collections. The NAA publishes an annual journal of international standard that covers all forms of currency and medals, and holds a biennial conference. Membership is made up of collectors, dealers, academics and museum numismatists, and is open to individuals and institutions in Australia and overseas.
The NAA follows the policy of museums and other public institutions in Australia, and does not value coins, medals or banknotes, nor does it give any opinion as to whether they are genuine.
Congratulations to Michael Meszaros on his winning in the first year of the American Medal of the Year (AMY) competition sponsored by the American Medallic Sculpture Association. Out of 29 medals entered, only two were not created by Americans— and one of those won–Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (Thus passes the glory of the world) by the venerable Australian medalist Michael Meszaros.
Congratulations to Peter Lane on his Ray Jewell Silver Award, the NAA’s highest honour and the only seventh such award since its inception in 1998. The award is given for exceptional work and service to Numismatics in Australia. Peter, who is from Adelaide, is a former Managing Editor, Secretary and President of the Numismatic Association of Australia and is the Honorary Numismatist at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
I am delighted to advise that Gwent Khoo has been appointed Treasurer of the Association; please see the About the NAA / Contact Us page for contact details.
Congratulations to Stephen Appleton on his Paul Simon Memorial Award for 2014, a well-deserved achievement.
The WANUMISMATICA website has been upgraded with a new look and many uploaded items. Please browse through the images and make suggestions on the information presented there. Note that there is also an ‘Identification sought’ category for which any feedback would be much appreciated.
Peter Lane has been awarded the Ray Jewell Bronze Award for his article S. Schlank & Co Ltd: medal and badge makers of Adelaide 1887-1971 that appeared in Volume 23 of the NAA Journal. Congratulations Peter on this wonderful achievement.
The National Sports Museum located at the MCG in Melbourne is holding an exhibition “Gold for Australia! Stories of our sporting medals” which brings together more than 500 medals from a huge range of sports, eras and levels in order to investigate why medals play such an important part of the material culture of sport. The doors will open to the public on Monday May 19 and the exhibition will be on display through to 31 March 2015; it includes prize medals from as early as 1862 through to the present day, a range of honour medals including civic awards, war medals and bravery awards relating to sport, and commemorative medals (some of which will be familiar to many collectors), as well as a very healthy dose of gold! For more details go to the National Sports Museum website.
It is with sadness that I advise that Gary Weston-Webb, who was a plenary speaker at last year’s NAAC2013 conference in Brisbane, died suddenly of a heart attack last week at his work place. Gary was one of the key people involved in organising the up-coming joint RNSNZ/NAA/NSA conference and was also RNSNZ Treasurer. More sadly, he leaves a young family.
I have just learnt that Paul Simon Memorial awardee Terry Pepperell from Victoria died on 18th December 2013.
The Association`s fifth biennial conference (NAAC2013) was held in Brisbane on the weekend of 9-10 November. The sixth biennial conference will be held at the Naval, Military and Air Force Club of South Australia in Adelaide during the weekend of 24 – 25 October 2015 with a reception on the Friday evening.
The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand, in conjunction with the Numismatic Association of Australia, and with the support of the Numismatic Society of Auckland, organized a major Conference and Fair in Wellington, from Thursday 3rd July to Sunday 6th July 2014.