The Black Gate, where it all started for the Tyneside Numismatic Society
On the 10th March 1954, the inaugural meeting of the Tyneside Numismatic Society was held here at the historic Black Gate. This imposing property was originally part of Newcastle’s medieval city defences. In 1954, it was owned by the Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and housed their extensive coin collection.
62 years on and we have a growing membership that still meet at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month, although we now gather at The Plough public house, 369 Old Durham Rd, Gateshead, NE9 5LA.
The Tyneside Numismatic Society aims to foster local interest in the science of numismatics and enable collectors with like-minded interests to meet, exchange information and specimens. Our monthly meetings are well attended, friendly and informal nights.
Our members have a wide range of collecting interests including British coins and banknotes, Roman coins, foreign coins, tokens, cheques, banking ephemera and medallions. If you have an interest in any of these or other related subjects, whether you consider yourself an expert or novice we invite you to attend one of our meetings. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and members are very keen to meet and share their knowledge with others. Members often bring interesting items from their collections for others to see and we hold regular auctions of member’s lots. We seek speakers from outside our society to give informative talks on club nights. Prospective members can meet us at any of our meetings as our guest before having to decide to take out membership.
To help members learn more about their areas of interest, we maintain a small library of numismatic books and periodicals available for members to borrow. We also publish a newsletter for members and we encourage members to write informative articles for inclusion in the newsletter on their collecting areas. A number of our members have had articles published in the award-winning monthly magazine Coin News.