Autumn Ladies Lunch: Numismatist John - A Specialist In Coins

£40.00 per person

We are delighted to invite you to our Autumn Ladies Lunch, as we enjoy fine food, great company and a guest speaker, Numismatist John - A Specialist In Coins.

The friendly gathering will begin with a drinks reception on arrival at 12.00 midday. This will be followed by a delicious three-course set lunch (vegetarian option available), with a glass of wine per person and coffee with petit fours to finish.  

Come with friends or by yourself and enjoy this sociable event, making new friends and acquaintances.  

Please email your interest or any enquiries to Tracy at or call 01323 412345 to book your space for the event.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Numismatist John - A Specialist In Coins: "Where there is cash, there is a crime"

John will be giving a very hands-on talk on the following coins, their history and the crime associated with them. 

HENRY III  1216-1272
Long Cross Coinage (1247-1272)
Cross on the reverse being extended to the edge of the coin in an attempt to prevent clipping.

HENRY VIII  1509-1547
Groat (4d)  young portrait of Henry
Third coinage (1544-1547) silver progressively debased.

CHARLES I  1625-1649
Clipping of the coin.

GEORGE III  1760-1820

More forgery & robbery.

Puffins & Half Puffins in Lundy.

Pirate treasure – pieces of eight.

John started collecting coins when he was about 10 years old. Whilst living in Dorset in the 1970s and now a man, he went to monthly coin auctions held by S.W. Cottee & Son. The grading of the coins was always very satisfactory until one month they were not. The grader had died and John was asked to take over the job, which he did for 10 years, learning as he worked for the firm. In January 1975, John was interviewed on BBC South Today about his research into a very rare coin found by two boys at a school near Swanage. This led to a further two years of research and receiving a second teaching qualification, this time in History - John had qualified to teach Geography many years before. John has given talks on coins for many years.

More About John Wilton

John was born in Mandeville, Jamaica in 1942 and educated at St. Hugh’s and Edmund’s College, in Hertfordshire. After a short period in the army he entered teaching, working in Berkshire, Dorset and Sussex. On retirement after 40 years in teaching, including 10 years as a housemaster, he took up part time work in public relations and now finds time for writing and after-dinner speaking.



Chicken Caesar Press, Garlic croutons, Baby Gem Lettuce Salad (F,E,M,G,Su)
Poached Pear, Stilton & Dried Cranberry Panna Cotta, Micro Salad (M,E,Ce,Su,)

Slow Braised Belly of English Pork, Cider & Granny Smith Apple, Seasonal Vegetables & Potato (Ce,Su,M)
Nut Roast Crumble Tart, Seasonal Vegetables, Spiced Tomato Sauce (G,M,Su,N,P)

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cornish Cream & Toffee Sauce (G,M,E)

Ce – celery     C – crustaceans     E – egg     F – fish     G – cereals containing gluten     L – lupin     M – milk & dairy     Mo – molluscs     Mu – mustard     N – tree nuts     P – peanuts     Se – sesame     Sh – shellfish    So – soybeans     Su – sulphur dioxide and sulphites    Vg – vegan     V – vegetarian *can be adapted to gluten free

Please inform me at the time of booking if you have any food allergies or intolerances relating to the above set menu.