Coin club is in mint condition

Chairman Kenneth Clark cuts the cake
Chairman Kenneth Clark cuts the cake

Members have celebrated the 45th birthday of Mid-Lanark Coin Circle, once at 60-plus strong the largest numismatic group in Scotland.

It was founded in the old Motherwell Times office by, among others, then editor Robin Stirling.

Current chairman Kenneth Clark said: “This is a proud moment with so many bodies like ours going out of existence.

“Numbers have dropped but the current membership remain as enthusiastic as ever about the history of coins.

“We have talks on a wide range of subjects, from Scotland’s own unique coinage to Greek, Roman, Chinese and Carthaginian coins.”

Speaker over the years have included Marion Archibald, keeper of coins at the British Museum, and Dr Donal Bateson, curator of coins at Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum.

The club meets at Motherwell South Church on the last Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.

Mr Clark and treasurer Ian Somerville cut a special cake to mark the birthday.