Symposium explores links between money and war

Several topics to be covered at two-day Calgary event

By Mike Walsh

“Money, War and More” is the theme of the Second Annual Numismatics Symposium presented by Nickle Galleries and the Calgary Numismatic Society (CNS).

“The Money, War and More symposium examines the interplay between money, power and the capacity to wage war, starting in the ancient era and progressing through to the present,” explains Marina Fischer, curator of numismatics at Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary. “It shows the crucial importance of economic power as the basic underpinning of all strategic considerations and strategies. This event hopes to draw attention to a connection between the history of war and money, an aspect of military power that is often ignored.”

The April 27-28 symposium offers ten numismatic presentations by several experts from across Canada. It also includes two workshops that will assist collectors in “Making Good Purchases” and better understanding “Tools for the Coin Collector.”

See the story on page 26 for more details on the presentations and speakers.

“The reaction and feedback to last year’s symposium was overwhelmingly positive,” Fischer explains. “Comments also included great ideas and suggestions, one of them being to schedule the workshops one per day to balance the two-day program. I think this is excellent and we will try it this year. We are always open to suggestions.”

CNS president Stephen Hyde said the club received a “terrific response” to the inaugural symposium.

“We had over 40 attendees each day including CNS members and the general public,” adds Hyde. “The club was very supportive to build on last year’s success and host another session this year. One of our key focus areas is to promote numismatic education and the symposium provides a unique opportunity to reach a wider audience.”

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