An article by Donal Bateson in the August 2014 Money & Medals newsletter announces the upcoming International Numismatic Congress to be held in Taormina, Sicily in 2015. Here's an excerpt.
It seems hard to believe that five years have passed
since the Glasgow Congress and that another is
now rapidly approaching. The XVth International
Numismatic Congress will be held in Taormina from
Monday 21 to Friday 25 September 2015. It is being
organised by the Department of Ancient and Medieval
Numismatics at the University of Messina.
Taormina is an ancient town situated on the northeast
coast of Sicily in the shadow of Mount Etna. The
old town sits on the hills above the modern town built
around a typical Mediterranean bay. It is a beautiful
and popular seaside resort with much of interest for
the archaeologist, historian and numismatist. Sicily
with its splendid numismatic tradition could not be
a more apt place for a coin congress and Taormina
produced its own issues in the third century BC.
The organising committee is chaired by Maria
Caccamo Caltabiano, with Mariangela Puglisi acting
as Secretary. Much progress was reported by Professor
Caltabiano to the INC Committee at its recent annual
meeting held in Glasgow.
The congress will take place in the old town with
the main venue being the Palazzo dei Congressi, a
modern conference centre situated just off the main
street. It has a variety of lecture theatres and meeting
rooms which can accommodate everything from the
opening and closing sessions to the needs of a large and
varied lecture programme. There are breakout areas
for morning and afternoon coffee and discussion.
Registration, information, book fair and poster show
will be here too. The nearby medieval Palazzo Corvaja
will also be used.
As always the core of the congress will be the scientific
programme. This will consist of ten parallel sessions:
General Numismatics; Communicating Numismatics;
Ancient Greek coins; Roman coins; Other ancient
coins; Medieval European and Byzantine; Modern
Western European; Islamic, Asian and African;
Oceanic and New World ; Medals. The Call for Papers
is now open and there is a limit of 400, essentially
on a first come – first served basis. The deadline for
submitting a proposal and abstract is 30th November
2014. Anyone considering giving a talk should perhaps
make their submission sooner rather than later. There
is a limit of 50 for the poster session. Round Tables will
include The New Landscape for Greek Numismatics
and Religion and Money in the Middle Ages.
Registration is also open. The cost is 300 euros,
reduced to 150 for members of the INC and students,
and 75 for an accompanying person. However, after
1 June 2015 these rise to 450, 250, and 100 euros
respectively. The registration fee covers entrance to the
opening and closing ceremonies, all sessions, congress
materials, tea and coffee breaks, an Inauguration
Show, Welcome Reception and Cocktail Party.
is a wide variety of accommodation which can be
booked at the same time. For those staying in or
visiting the new town there is a frequent, cheap and
convenient funicular linking the old and new towns.
There is a reasonable air service from Britain to Sicily,
to Palermo and Catania airports. The latter is closer to
Taormina with a direct airport bus link though there
also a train service between Catania and Taormina.
A number of excursions have been organised for
the Wednesday afternoon, 23 September, and all
day on Friday, 25 September. The half day trips are
to Ancient Naxos, Catania and the Alcantara Gorges
(and Winery) while the full day ones go to Mount
Etna (the volcano and its wines), Messina and Reggio
Calabria, Syracuse and Noto, and Piazza Armerina,
Morgantina and Aidone. There is a separate charge
for these excursions which can be booked when
registering. There is also a Congress Dinner in the
San Domenico Palace Hotel on Thursday evening
(24th September) which can also be booked and paid
for with registration.
For more information on the Congress, see:
XV International Numismatic Congress
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