Numismatic Society of Nottinghamshire tonight and one month to go before giving my presentation.
I have done a few slides for it and tried them tonight after the speakers had finished. It didn’t work. That’s the trouble with using Open Office instead of Microsoft. Fortunately we have at least one member on hand to give IT advice and he tells me I can save my slides as PowerPoint slides. I will check tomorrow, as I really need to get moving.
It was short paper night tonight. First up was a video clip of an American talking about the design process for the Californian State Quarter, which I have never felt to be particularly inspiring. The State Quarter Program (sic) is interesting from a numismatic point of view (and an economic one, too) but some of the designs could be better. The Californian one won through in a competition
Second was one of the members talking about his series of books. He has spent 40 years researching the note-issuing banks of England and is now publishing his research (in 43 volumes!). That’s one per county and he has now done six. There is still some way to go. He also showed us a cheque from his collection, written by one member of a local banking family to a prominent local banker. That was quite interesting, I like anything with a story.
Another member gave us a short talk on the future of the 1p and 2p coins. They are now made in copper-coated steel, to keep production costs down. Nobody knows for sure how much they cost to make and the Mint won’t tell us, but the old bronze ones are now worth more as scrap than they are as coins. However, it is illegal to scrap them, so don’t try it. In the USA, they do release the cost of making coins – 2.1 cents to make a 1 cent coin last year. No wonder governments want to stop making small denomination coins.
Then we had a presentation on measuring the density of Roman coins to check their purity, and looked at the purity in relation to various historical events. It was very interesting, but by that time I had been sitting still for a long time and was beginning to feel chilly, so was glad when it ended and I could get up and walk round a bit. I’d been sitting still so long that I had trouble getting out of the chair. This won’t be a problem next month.
I will have to take a better look at the backs of quarters here. To do away with the penny, merchants, including gasoline companies, will have to stop charging $X.99 for goods and $X.99 and 9/10 cents per gallon of gasoline.
Your talk will go well next month. Do not worry!
There is a lot to look at.
Yes, part of the talk on the penny last night discussed the X.99 marketing strategy. 🙂
Thanks for the link. I’ve been to Crater Lake. It is beautiful.
X.99 never fooled me one bit! 🙂
Some research shows, in restaurants at least, that 20 (no £ or .99 is better. They used to say it was so that staff actually had to ring the sale into the till to give change instead of just pocketing the cash, but I’m not sure how true it is.
It was very sensible to test drive your slides. I hope that you get the format sorted. I love Open Office so I will be disappointed if it lets you down.
I don’t think it will – it has been OK so far and has saved me some money so I am steadily growing in my appreciation.
Good luck with your preparation
Thank you. So far, so good. 🙂