We are delighted to announce that the Modern Coins Curator at the British Museum, Tom Hockenhull, has agreed to be a keynote speaker at the RNSNZ Conference in Wellington in October 2020. He will be joined by Owen Linzmayer, publisher of The Banknote Book, from the USA, Christian Hawkesby, Assistant Governor, Economics, Financial Markets and Banking, at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and Dr Mark Stocker, returning to New Zealand from the UK to present research on British Decimalisation.
The conference format will be similar to that for "Decimal 50" in 2017 in Auckland. The programme will be:
Friday 16 Oct.
- a tour of Wellington numismatic sites;
- a closed bourse, available for all those attending the conference;
- a welcome function and book launches for new publications;
Saturday 17 Oct.
- a public bourse with dealer tables for all numismatic wares;
- the conference dinner
Sunday 18 Oct.
- the first of two full conference days, with three streams of speakers;
- free evening for delegates to arrange own dining companions
Monday 19 Oct.
- second full conference days, with overseas keynote speakers;
There will be an opportunity for breakfasts on site for those staying elsewhere on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings; lunches will be provided on site, and there will be a conference dinner on the Saturday evening.
Conference medals and special banknote overprints will be produced for the event. Attractive sponsorship packages are also available.
Where this conference will differ from previous numismatic conferences is that it will offer separate streams for those interested in military medals, banknotes and ancient coins during the first conference day, with broader interest plenary sessions reserved for the second day.
Confirmed speakers include Andrew Clifford (on UK provincial notes), Robert Tonner (NZ trading banknotes), Trevor Wilkin (banknotes), Hamish MacMaster (coinage of Persia through the ages), Mike Carter (NZ milk tokens), David Mee (mediaeval coins) and Andy Cook (on his research on the politics of British decimalisation).
More details will be coming as plans advance but we suggest you reserve the dates in your diaries now and make sure that you will be in Wellington on 16-19 October 2020. Register your interest at secretary@RNSNZ.org.nz if you want further details.