Frank Robinson wins 2016 Paul Simon Memorial Award

Congratulations to Frank Robinson on his Paul Simon Memorial Award. Frank has been an active member of organised numismatics in Victoria since 1968, when he became a member of the Numismatic Association of Victoria. He was President of the NAV for the years 2000-2002 and 2007-2011, Vice-President in 1976, 1997-1999, 2003-2006, 2012-, and Secretary in 1973. Frank is also the Editor of the NAV journal, a position that he has held since 2001.

In addition, Frank is an active member of IBNS (Melbourne Chapter). He joined IBNS in 1990 and the Melbourne Chapter in 1991. Frank was the IBNS National Convention Manager from 2002 to 2004, and again from 2006, a position that he continues to hold.

Frank Robinson has contributed many articles to the NAV Journal, and various articles in CAB Magazine, Queensland Numismatic Journal and JNAA. There is no doubt that Frank is thoroughly deserving of this award, which was presented at the NAV meeting on Friday 17 January 2017.

2016 Paul Simon Memorial Award

Frank Robinson (left) being presented with his Paul Simon Memorial Award medal (centre) by NAV President Darren Burgess (right).

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Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand 2017 conference

The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand will be holding a numismatic conference in Auckland during the period of 14 – 17 July to celebrate 50 years of decimal currency in New Zealand. The conference will be held at the Quality Hotel, Parnell, an inner suburb of Auckland, with the actual conference held on 16 and 17 July, a commercial bourse on 15 July and some tours/closed conference bourse (as at NAAC2015 in Adelaide) on Friday 14 July.

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Numismatic collections in Australian institutions

Ken Sheedy has written a report on the numismatic collections in Australian institutions, which has appeared in International Numismatic Council Comptes Rendu, Volume 62, 2015.

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Two important milestones

This year sees two significant anniversaries. Noble Numismatics, NAA Gold Sponsor, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a celebratory dinner on Saturday 2 April, and MR Roberts celebrated its 50th anniversary on 12 February with the issue of a special medallion.

MR Roberts 40th anniversary.

Congratulations to both companies on their achievements.

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2016 AGM

This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Friday 8 April 2016 at Status International, Meeting Room, Level 3, 262 Castlereagh St, Sydney, commencing 1pm. All members of the Association are welcome to attend.

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The seventh biennial conference of the Numismatic Association of Australia will be held Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October 2017 in Melbourne, venue to be advised. The talks will be mostly on the weekend, there will be a bourse plus an evening talk and/or reception on the Friday, and Downies Auction 324 will be held 17-19 October. This all makes for a numismatically-packed week!

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Death of Dr William (Bill) Mira

It is with sadness that I advise the death of one of Australia’s numismatics greats, Dr William Mira, on the morning of 2 February 2016. Bill was a long time Member of the ANS, the authority on Holey Dollars, and wrote many books and articles on a range of Australian numismatic topics. His funeral was held on Monday 8 February at Forrest Lawn North Chapel, Leppington NSW.

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Death of our Auditor

It is with sadness that I advise the sudden death of our Auditor, George Cassim, on the morning of 15 December 2015. The funeral took place on Thursday 17 December 2015 at 12pm, Kogarah Greek Orthodox Church, followed by the burial at Botany Bay.

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Terry Davidson wins the 2015 Paul Simon Memorial Award

Congratulations to Terry Davidson on his Paul Simon Memorial Award. Terry has been an active member of organised numismatics in Queensland since 1975. He was President of ANS Queensland Branch for the years 1980 and 1981, held the positions of Past President and was on the committee for several years. As the Branch’s first Editor, Terry Davidson, was largely responsible for the introduction of a news bulletin within the then Brisbane and later Queensland Branch of the ANS. He had his detractors at the time, mainly due to the perceived costs of such a venture, but he persisted with his vision and so was born the first Local News Bulletin in August 1977. Terry also had a big hand in the production of the ANS Queensland Branch’s 1984 book Medals and Tokens of Queensland since 1962.

Terry Davidson was a foundation member (4 July 1986) of the Queensland Numismatic Society, and served as inaugural Editor of the Magazine from July 1986 until February 1993. His wife Therese was also a foundation member of the QNS and played a significant part in all of Terry’s numismatic endeavours over the years.

Terry Davidson contributed many articles to both the Bulletin and Magazine over a period of years, and as a strong contributor to organised numismatics in Queensland, he is thoroughly deserving of this award.

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Numismatic Association of Australia sixth biennial conference – Adelaide, 23-25 October 2015

Every second year the Numismatic Association of Australia (NAA) holds a conference in a major capital city, which gives an opportunity for coin collectors, dealers and those interested in numismatics to come together for the event. Held over 3 days, attendees can buy/sell/swap and display items of numismatic interest on the Friday of the event. The Saturday and Sunday timetable provides short talks about specific topics by numismatic luminaries, and their research and knowledge will be both entertaining and educational. An exclusive dinner will be held on the Saturday night where you’ll be able to bring your partner.

The sixth biennial conference is this year being held in Adelaide from 23rd-25th October 2015, at the Naval, Military and Air Force Club of South Australia (where smart casual dress is required). The location is 111 Hutt Street Adelaide City. If you’d like to participate in this event then you’ll need to register and pay the registration fee of $145 ($125 if you’re an NAA member). This includes entry for all three days of the event, all talks, the exclusive Saturday night dinner, savouries at the Friday night welcome function, Saturday and Sunday lunches, morning and afternoon teas and all day tea/coffee. It also includes a half table at the Friday afternoon bourse if you would like to sell, swap or display numismatic items -you’ll need to notify the NAA Secretary when you register to ensure a table is held for you. The only added cost is $75 if you wish to bring your partner to the Saturday night dinner.

Alongside the conference, the Numismatic Society of South Australia (NSSA), which is subsidising this event for attendees, has organised further activities for those interstate visitors who wish to take the time to see what Adelaide and South Australia have to offer. This includes a visit to the Army Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Other interesting nearby activities are tours of Adelaide Oval or further afield you could visit Adelaide’s wine regions.

For more information and registration please visit NAAC2015 Information and Registration.

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