About the Author

Stuart John Adams

For much of his working career Stuart was an analytical chemist working for the Geology Department of Queen Mary College London, and has published several papers relating to his work there. Stuart was involved in field work in the UK and also Europe, Asian and Australia. He investigated various structural failures caused by salt migration in concrete and submitted a thesis on this problem for which he was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree. It was during his time at Queen Mary College that he developed a keen interest in geology and became a leading member of the Essex Rock and Mineral Society.

He became involved with several major museums on dust ingress. The museums were concerned with how to monitor and control dust infiltration which they looked upon as major problem. Stuart devised a successful monitoring device and started up a freelance business recording and reporting dust build up in important areas of the museums.

However his pursuits were not all academical, he started training in martial arts and achieved the grade of black belt 1st Dan in judo, going on to form and run thriving clubs in East and North London. Later on he switched to another martial art, Aikido, and went even further, obtaining a black belt 2nd Dan. He attending various teaching courses and is now an instructor in this sport.

Starting as a boyhood interest in coin collecting his passion for numismatics grew in his adult years, first with regal coinage and later in tokens, often referred to as the unofficial coinage, his particular forte being those issued for his home county of Essex. The reasons for issuing tokens are many and varied, but they all play an important part in the local history of an area, and give invaluable information on markets, farms and other small businesses.

Stuart is life President of the Havering Numismatic Society and an active member of the Token Corresponding Society of Britain. With the Havering Numismatic Society he has been responsible for setting up several numismatic exhibitions in local museums and libraries. Lecturing plays a large part in Stuart’s curriculum, giving talks on tokens in schools, libraries and other societies. Nor is this confined to the UK, he regularly presents talks in Canada and has spoken at the Numismatic Congress in Seattle, America.

His second book, The Essex Collection published in 2014, is a comprehensive work on post 1820 tokens, tallies and medallion issued in Essex. Years of painstaking research has resulted in a well laid out reference book invaluable to token collectors and students of local history.