NAAC2009 Conference News

The Association`s third biennial conference, NAAC2009, was held at the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University, 27 – 29 November 2009. The format was similar to previous NAA conferences, with talks commencing the Friday evening and then going throughout the weekend. The Saturday sessions were devoted to ancients.

This conference featured a special event, a round-table discussion on the Friday night. The discussion focused on current US government legislation that makes it illegal to import certain coins from Cyprus and China. This may have future implications for many coin dealers and collectors in Australia, especially if the Australian government follows a similar path. For details of the Cyprus agreement see USA/Cyprus agreement and USA/Cyprus Federal Register, and for the China agreement see USA/China agreement and USA/China Federal Register

The NAA held conducted tours for NAAC2009 Registrants of ‘The Mint’ in Macquarie Street, Sydney, hosted by the Supervising Curator, Robert Griffin, on Thursday 26th November and the morning of Friday, 27th November.


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Plenary speakers

Rebecca Nason, A little piece of my heart: examination of the Convict Love Token collection at the National Museum of Australia
Clare Rowan, Slipping out of circulation: The afterlife of coins in the Roman world
Associate Professor Mark Stocker, Completing the change: New Zealand coinage designs 1935-1940
Peter Symes, Bank post bills and post notes

Session speakers

Bernie Begley, The rise and fall of the fob medal, 1830 to 1940
Cassandra Bennett, The Affair of the Coins: iconography in the coinage of the Abd al-Malik
Professor Walter Bloom, The Australia proof 1930 penny
Gil Davis, Can metallurgical analysis provide provenance?
Rev. Peter Dunstan, Biblical numismatics
Mark Hebblewhite, C.Julius Verus Maximinus: myth, military and class (‘The coinage of Rome’s first soldier emperor’)
Lauren Horne, A failed issue: Mark Antony’s fleet coinage
Dr. Peter Lewis, Did celators copy statues?
Christopher Malone, Heroic violence and militarism on late Roman coinage
Christopher Matthew, For valour: the recognition of individual military units on Hellenistic coinage
Professor John Melville-Jones, A reverse type of P. Sepullius Macer: desultor or Castor?
Barrie Newman, Commemorative coins for the Millennium 2000
Professor John Pearn, Australia’s first bank robbery
Colin Pitchfork* and Professor Walter Bloom, The 1921 hoards and what they tell us about the circulation of coinage in Australia
Dr. David Rampling, The cut pence of medieval Scotland
Mick Vort-Ronald, The disappearance of Australian high-value banknotes
Nicholas L Wright, Tarkondimotid responses to Roman domestic politics: from Antony to Actium