RNSNZ 2024 Conference Friday 11 – Saturday 14 October 2024

11 October 2024 @ 9:00 am

Most Conference events will be held at the Wellington Club, 88 The Terrace Wellington


Register for the 2024 conference hereWe strongly encourage early registration to help our planning.


Conference Programme

Friday 11 October, 8.30 am


Friday 11 October, 9 am – 4.20 pm

Numismatic Tour of Wellington, with viewing of behind the scenes highlights of Te Papa’s numismatic collections at the main museum at Cable St, the Police Museum at Porirua, Parliament and the Reserve Bank Museum. At each venue, material not normally on display will be available. A bus will be provided at $20 cost per person.

Friday 11 October, 2 pm – 4.30 pm

Conference Bourse for Dealers and Delegates only, West Plaza Hotel

Friday 11 October, 5pm to 7 pm

Cocktail Function (Free to delegates) and book launches at The Wellington Club

Saturday 12 October, 10 am to 4 pm

Public Fair at the West Plaza Hotel (early public entry at 9.30am will be available online at TradeMe)

Saturday 12 October, 6.30 pm for 7 pm

Conference Dinner at the Wellington Club with Dr Donald Brash (former Reserve Bank Governor) speaking on banknote designs.

Sunday 13 October, 9am – 5 pm

Conference Day 1

Sunday 13 October Evening Free

Possible specialist events

Monday 14 October, 9am – 5 pm

Conference Day 2

Prior booking is essential. We recommend booking accommodation early as the weekend is the last weekend of the World of Wearable art show, making accommodation harder to book.  Events listed are separately bookable. Times are draft.

Conference Attendance Costs

Thanks to the generous support provided by the Alistair Robb Numismatic Fund, administered by the Nikau Foundation, and Conference Sponsors, costs are $NZ 70 for each day for Sunday 13 October and Monday 14 October or $140 for the two days. The Saturday 12 October conference dinner will cost $70 and the bus for the Numismatic Tour groups will cost $20.

Payment instructions are included on the registration page or by arrangement with the RNSNZ through the Secretary contacts above. The Society can offer Paypal facilities.

Conference Commemoratives

Conference Overprint banknotes and medallions in sterling silver, bronze and silver coloured brass will be available for purchase to commemorate the conference.

Prices for these will be:

Overprint banknote – the first $2 overprint produced by the Society (About 60 available)


Sterling Silver Medals (30 available)


Silver coloured brass medals (50 available)


Bronze coloured brass medals (50 available)



The Conference has a strong line-up of speakers with some still to be confirmed, covering the full range of numismatic topics. The conference will contain a mix of specialist and plenary sessions with streamed sessions offering a choice of topics on modern coins and tokens, ancient coins, banknotes, and medals.

Keynote Speakers include:

Tom Hockenhull, Keeper of Coins and Medals, British Museum, London
Owen Linzmayer (USA), founder of The Banknote Book, rapidly emerging as the key reference for World Banknotes. Owen has recently drafted a chapter on New Zealand Trading Bank banknotes.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Other confirmed speakers include:

Modern Coins, Tokens and Notes: Paul Bicknell (James Berry’s 1967 Endeavour design); Vaughn Humberstone (Three Tales of Murder from the Issuers of Australasian Tokens; Andrew Clifford (The Bank of Aotearoa); Rob Pepping (NZ Notes); Peter Dormon (Coins of Tibet); Antony Harris (NZ Post); Peter Nagels (Grading and Encapsulating).

Ancient Coins: Associate Professor Jeremy Armstrong; Gwynaeth MacIntyre: Conjugal Concordia: “The wives of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander” Hamish Cameron; Alison Griffith “Tarpeia under Shields or Mithras on the Rocks? A defaced Augustan Denarius put to a New Purpose”; Gil Davis; Hamish MacMaster, and Rachel Mansfield.

Other speakers on military medals, ancient coins and modern coins and notes are expected from throughout New Zealand and from the UK and Australia.

Military Medals: Brett Delahunt FRNSNZ, Chris Bilham, (Auckland, Admiral Sir William Goodenough), Marcus Budgen (Spinks, London), Christopher Mellor-Hill (Noonans, London), Dr Rhys Ball (Auckland), Ryan Darby (Australia), Todd Skilton, John O’Reilly, and others.

Those attending must book their own accommodation in Wellington. We strongly recommend early bookings as there could be a conflict with the large World or Wearable Art event. Please email secretary@RNSNZ.org.nz if you need more information.