Royal Numismatic Society

Royal Numismatic Society

The Royal Numismatic Society is a learned society and charity based in London, United Kingdom which promotes research into all branches of numismatics. Its lectures and publications deal with classical, Asian, medieval and modern coins, paper money, tokens and medals.

It was founded in 1836 as the Numismatic Society of London and received the title of the Royal Numismatic Society from Edward VII by Royal Charter in 1904. Its present patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Presidents of the RNS

  • 1836-39 John Lee
  • 1839-41 Edward Hawkins
  • 1841-43 H.H. Wilson
  • 1843-45 Lord Albert Conyngham
  • 1845-47 H.H. Wilson
  • 1847-49 W.D. Haggard
  • 1849-51 Edward Hawkins
  • 1851-55 The Lord Londesborough (Formerly Lord Albert Conyngham, President 1843-45)
  • 1855-74 W.S.W. Vaux
  • 1874-1908 Sir John Evans
  • 1908-14 Sir Henry H. Howarth
  • 1914-19 Sir Arthur Evans
  • 1919-30 Sir Charles Oman
  • 1930-35 Percy Webb
  • 1935-36 Sir George MacDonald
  • 1936-37 Percy Webb
  • 1937-42 E.A. Sydenham
  • 1942-48 Harold Mattingly
  • 1948-53 C.H.V. Sutherland
  • 1953-56 Michael Grant
  • 1956-61 C.E. Blunt
  • 1961-66 Philip Grierson
  • 1966-70 D.F.Allen
  • 1970-74 Colin M. Kraay
  • 1974-79 R.A.G. Carson
  • 1979-84 D.G. Sellwood
  • 1984-89 J.P.C. Kent
  • 1989-94 T.V. Buttrey
  • 1994-99 D.M. Metcalf
  • 1999-2004 H.B. Mattingly
  • 2005-2009 Joe Cribb
  • 2009-present Nicholas Mayhew


The Numismatic Chronicle is the annual publication of the Royal Numismatic Society. A decade index is published in every tenth volume, and the most recent decade index is on the Royal Numismatic Society website.

The RNS also publishes the series Coin Hoards.

The RNS also publishes Special Publications (SP). These include the following titles:

  • SP12: P. Balog, Coinage of the Ayyubids, 1981.
  • SP20: A.S. Robertson, An Inventory of Romano-British Coin Hoards IX, 2000.
  • SP23: M. Archibald & M. Cowell (eds), Metallurgy in Numismatics III, 1993.
  • SP24: D.J. Macdonald, The Coinage of Aphrodisias, 1992.
  • SP25: R.T. Williams, The Silver Coinage of Velia, 1992.
  • SP26: G.L. Duncan, Coin Circulation in the Balkan and Danubian Provinces, A.D. 294-578, 1993.
  • SP30: W.A. Oddy & M. Cowell (eds), Metallurgy in Numismatics IV, 1998.
  • SP31: N.J. Mayhew (ed.), The Gros Tournois, 1997.
  • SP32: D.M. Metcalf, An Atlas of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Coin Finds, c. 973-1086, 1998.
  • SP34: K. Butcher, Coinage in Roman Syria, 2004.
  • SP36: R. Abdy, I. Leins & J. Williams (eds), Coin Hoards from Roman Britain XI, 2002.
  • SP37: D. Hartill, Qing Cash, 2003.
  • SP38: Y. Courtney, Public House Tokens in England and Wales c.1830-c.1920, 2004.
  • SP39: H.M. Malek, The Dabuyid Ispahbads and Early 'Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan: History and Numismatics, 2004.
  • SP40: K.A. Sheedy, The Archaic and early Classical Coinages of the Cyclades, 2006.
  • SP41: W. Seaby & S.A.Ireland, A Catalogue of Ancient Coins in the Cabinet of Sir Rodger Newdigate of Arbury Hall, * Warwickshire: A Grand Tour Collection in the Warwickshire Museum.
  • SP42: J.A.W., The Bronze Coinage of the Achaian Koinon, The Currency of a Federal Ideal.
  • SP43: A. Johnston, Greek Imperial Denominations, ca 200-275: A study of the Roman Provincial Bronze Coinages of Asia Minor.
  • SP44: J. Casey, A Catalogue of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine Coins in Sinop Museum (Turkey) and Related Historical and Numismatic Studies.
  • SP45: R. Penhallurick (ed. by P. Guest and N. Wells), Ancient and Early Medieval Coins from Cornwall and Scilly.
  • SP46: R. Bland and X. Loriot, Roman and Early Byzantine Gold Coins Found in Britain and Ireland.
  • SP47: V.S. Curtis, M.E. Askari, E.J. Pendleton, R. Hodges, A-A. Safi, Sasanian Coins: A Sylloge of the Sasanian Coins in the National Museum of Iran (Muzeh Melli Iran), Tehran. Vol 1: Ardashir I - Hormizd IV.

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