On Friday 29th January a group of five members from the Northern Branch of the Society headed to Dublin to attend the annual Display Competition of The Numismatic Society of Ireland being held in Ely Place.
This competition has been a feature of The Society’s Calendar for many years and is designed to encourage members to create a visual display based on a theme of their own choice and interests. Each entrant is allowed a table on which to present their entry complete with coins, tokens or medals and illustrated in whatever way they wish with photos and explanatory notes.
The members present are then asked to view the entries whilst partaking of the refreshments supplied. Each entry is given a number and all are asked to vote for their favourite displays in order of preference.
The votes are then tallied and the winner is presented with a Society Silver Medal for 1st place and for 2nd place a Bronze Medal.
This year’s winner was Michael Joyce with ‘Remembering 1916’ a display featuring medals, photographs and details of the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916 - most appropriate for this the Centenary year.
Second place went to our own member John Rainey for his excellent display entitled ‘The use of tokens in Ulster’ from the 17th to 21st century.
After a most enjoyable evening, viewing some excellent exhibits, discussions were continued in the bar until after 11.00 when we left for home.
Members on the trip John Rainey, Neil McCormick, Randal Scott, David Collins and Alan Dunlop