Our 2020 programme is listed below, but is very much being affected by the restrictions from COVID 19 Virus which is affecting so many. Please refer to the programme updates.

If anyone has a topic or future speaker in mind please pass that on to The Secretary.

From April our new venue will be Christ’s Church URC 164 New London Road Chelmsford CM2 OAW. It is just down the road from the Museum. There is plenty of parking.

There will be coffee, tea and biscuits available at the meetings (including our new venue).

A prize raffle is now held at most of our meetings.

Please look up our ‘Essex Numismatic Society’ ‘Facebook’ Page and check us out. Join in the discussion.

Further news can be found by clicking on the links above or on the three barred icon. .


The Friday 22nd May and 26th June meetings have both now been cancelled due to the current advice from NHS and Government. We will review the situation regarding our future  meetings, and update accordingly. Please keep updated through posts here.  

Essex Numismatic Society Meetings

Meetings are held on the 4th Friday of every month at Christ’s Church URC 164 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0AW. . Doors open at 7:30 for 8pm start. A member of staff on duty to admit anyone who is late. So please arrive in good time. 

Numismatic Articles

The Corringham Essex Hoard 2009 

On August 2nd 2009 two detectorist’s, Brian Smyth and Nick Rowntree, unearthed a coin hoard on a field they had detected on many times in the past. In total there were 519 coins covering the period of the late 13th Century to an approximate deposit date of 1380. There were 492 English pieces including 5 Gold coins along with a small amount of Irish, Scottish and Continental Sterlings and two Counterfeit coins. There was also the remains of two pottery vessels. 

The Hoard was declared Treasure Trove at a hearing on 14th October 2011 in Chelmsford. The British Museum disclamed the Hoard and the coins were returned to the finders. The first picture is of the group photographed by the BM. 

The hoard was sold in two parts on 18th September and 5th December 2012 by the Auction Company Dix Noonan and Webb. 

The Five Gold coins consisted of one Noble and four quarter Nobles of Edward III. There were Groats and Halfgroats of Edward III along with Pennies from Edward 1st to Edward 3rd. 

Coin Hoards of this period are numerous, particularly in the North of England and Scotland. This is understandable due to the ongoing conflicts of the period so the hoard pattern, in many cases, can be explained. Essex though seems to have very little hoarding evidence of this period. There is the Brentwood Hoard containing 309 coins deposited later in about 1429 but containing coins from Edward 1st onwards. 

There is reference to a hoard found in the early 1800’s at Braintree of around 3000 Edwardian Sterlings but little else from the County. 

The condition of the Pennies of Edward 1st and 2nd were generally as Fine with some better. The coins of Edward 3rd seemed better but some of the coinage minted in Durham and York were, in many cases, poorly struck. This was not unusual for the coinage of this period. In many cases worn dies were used to keep up with the demand for coinage. 

It is difficult to conclude the reason in this case why the hoard was deposited. It certainly was of some value at the time and may have conceivably been a savings hoard. 

The photos are of the Group, the two DNW Auction sale catalogues, two photos of mixed Edward I/II Pennies, a nice Annulet Edward III Penny of Bishop Hatfield of Durham. Also a photo of the fragments of one of the pots.

The full breakdown of the hoard can be viewed by logging on to the DNW website ( and viewing the archive of the two sale dates. I am grateful to DNW for their help and permission to use the group photos.  

Caesaromagus back copies. Please use the link ‘About the Society and Museum‘ to see further information on back numbers and where complete runs of the Essex Numismatic Society Journal are held.

Programme for 2020

January 24thShort Talk followed by Exchange & MartTitle 'An unexpected find'
February 28th53rd Anniversary and 14th Ivan Buck Memorial Lecture.

Anja Rohde
A further look at Norman Coins. Normal meeting to be preceded by a Committee Meeting at 6.30pm)
March 27thGraham WarboysThis meeting was cancelled
April 24thAGM plus Annual Exhibition for the HVH Everitt Trophy and voting for the Caesaromagus cup.This meeting was cancelled. The AGM will take place at the first convenient opportunity.
May 22ndJohn Sadler'Some of my Prize-Guys' PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED
June 26thSophie Flynn

Essex Finds Liaison officer
'Some recent detector finds' *(Please note this meeting is now cancelled)
July 24thHarold Mernick'A closer look at Coins in Jewellery'
(Normal meeting to be preceded by a Committee Meeting at 6.30pm) (This meeting is now under review and it is possible will be cancelled)
August 28thShort Talks by Members TBC
September 25thTim Millet'Engraved Coins' Full title TBC
October 23rdAnnual AuctionFurther information will follow.
November 27thGary Oddie'Boy Bishop Tokens'
(Normal meeting to be preceded by a Committee Meeting at 6.30pm)
December Date TBCChristmas Supper the Baker Arms, Stock (TBC)

Buying, selling or swapping of coins between members guests and visitors is encouraged at meetings, but dealing shall not take place during the formal part of the meeting.

Officers and Committee

President: Mike Cuddeford

Chairman: G.Warboys

Hon. Secretary: R.M.Barrett 01279 814216 (Leave a message on the answer machine if no reply) email:-

Hon. Treasurer: R.Hudson

Webmaster: R.M.Barrett

Committee: C.Geddes, M.Pallett, K.Till

Hon Life Members: M.Anderson, A.J.Holmes, Mrs A.Cullum, Mrs P.Buck, M.Cuddeford, R.I.Thomas, Mrs J.Seaman, R.M.Barrett

Collecting interests of the members are wide ranging and include:-

  • Ancient Coins
  • Roman Coins
  • Hammered Coins
  • Modern Coins
  • Foreign Coins
  • Tokens of all types
  • Tickets, Passes and Checks
  • Medals
  • Banknotes
  • Bank and Credit cards

There is no need to be an expert to join the Society, on the contrary, newcomers and those just interested in finding out more are very welcome.

Annual Membership £15. Guests and Visitors £2.

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