Karnataka Numismatic Society was formed on 6th August 1974, Sri. Bryon Hannon was its first president. Our members include some stalwarts from the field of Numismatics and people from different walks of life.
The society was formed with 17 Members with numismatic interest. The first meetings were conducted under a tree. Their enthusiasm and zeal laid the very foundation of what we are today. The society though it had its ups and downs, has after 42 years has presently over 1050+ membes making it the largest society of its kind. Though we no longer meet uder a tree, our activities are conducted in the premises of one of our members. It is our prime aim to have our own premises to house our office, library and meeting hall in the near future.
Our montly meetings are held on every second Sunday of the month. Eminent numismatists are invited to address the meetings. W are thankful to our senior members who are keen to help and guide the novices. Further, the members improve their knowledge through interaction with other members (exchanges both in kind and thoughts). The society, whenever possible arranges distribution of current coins and currencies to the members at cost. Auction of members items and presence of dealers are added benefits members derive from the meetings.
We are proud to state that we possess one of the best collection of books on numismatics. Due to want of space and personal the lending of books to members is presently restricted to the meeting days only. Plans are afoot to enlarge the library facilities for the benefit of our members.
Our society has till date conducted several highly successful exhibition since its inception in 1974, with kind patronage from Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank, RBI, Amanath Co-op Bank, SBI etc., Currently our society members are involved in extensive study on the numismatic history of Karnataka Rulers such as Hoysalas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Wodeyars, Alupas, Hyder Ali & Tipu Sultan. The main objective of conducting such exhibitions is to bring in awareness among general public about the history of Coins & currencies, with emphasis on Karnataka Coinage, it’s influence over the economy of various kingdoms & countries, and more importantly to see through them history of the world unfold.