of the QNS
was the last state in Australia to see the establishment of a
separate and distinctive state-based numismatic society.
before decimalization (pre-1966) a local coin club was formed
in Brisbane, largely through the efforts of Reginald Harrison.
It was known as the Numismatic Society of Queensland.
Unfortunately this club folded after a year or so. A branch of
the Sydney-based Australian Numismatic Society was formed in
Brisbane in 1962.
in January 1986 Graeme Stevens, George Dean and Terry Davidson
met to form a Steering Committee to discuss the feasibility of
starting a new Queensland-based club. Further Steering
Committee meetings and inquiries to prospective members rapidly
followed. The new society, known as the Queensland Numismatic
Society, held it's first general meeting on Friday the fourth
of July, 1986. An appropriate date for the foundation of a new,
independent coin club. Meetings have been held on every first
Friday of the month (except where such is a public Holiday)
ever since. Incorporation was obtained in December 1986.
grew rapidly during the 'boom years' of the 1980's, with 75
members signed up in the first two months and member number 100
in November 1987. Over half our membership has been collectors
from country and regional Queensland as well as interstate and
international members keen to support our aims. Current
membership stands at around seventy.
the first month of our existence, we have produced a monthly
Magazine containing meeting minutes and articles and papers
written by members. In 1995 a Literary Award for best article
in the QNS Magazine was inaugurated, with sponsorship from
Tasmanian numismatic entity Roger McNeice.
of the Society were originally held on the grounds of Newstead
House, a historic residence on Brisbane's inner northside. In
June 1999 rent increases forced the Society to move to premises
owned by the Royal Blind Foundation in Stone's Corner, on the
southside. In July 2001 the RBF sold those premises and we were
on the move again. We currently meet in the hall of the South
Brisbane Baptist Church in the inner southside. Click the link
for current meeting
Society has issued several commemorative medals since it's
foundation - see items for sale for
medals still in stock.
design illustrated here was selected by the members from a set
of options designed by George Shea in 1986, just prior to
monogram, Q over NS, is self-explanatory - the initials of the
Society. Our motto, NUMMORUM FAMULUS, is Latin for "Servant
of the Coinage". It first appeared on the edge of the
British tin farthing coinage of the 1680's. When King Charles
II used the motto, he meant that he would not abuse the
monetary system for personal gain but instead serve the
coinage, and through it the people, for the better.
crown-and-Maltese-cross on the top of the monogram is the badge
of Queensland, which has been used on the Queensland flag since
it's adoption in 1876.
here for a larger image.