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The BRITISH NUMISMATIC SOCIETY exists to promote the study and understanding of British Numismatics. The Society was founded in 1903 with only three members but today has over 600, with interests which embrace all forms of coinage, tokens, banknotes and medals relating to the British Isles and former parts of the British Empire. Members of the society include academics, students, collectors and enthusiasts. The society prides itself on being open and welcoming to all. Find out more about our equality and inclusion strategy and goals for 2023 here.
The society promotes the understanding of numismatics through holding regular lectures and meetings as well as producing a number of publications. These include the British Numismatic Journal, the major journal for British Numismatics.
This website provides an outline of the activities of the society, as well as much information of numismatic interest. You can find out more about the benefits of membership or how to join the society. Many parts of this website are frequently revised or added to, so check back often.
Launched today, November 22nd at the BNS Anniversary Meeting, is a major new website module - "MCHBI" - which may be accessed from the top menu. It is a comprehensive mapping application that details Medieval hoards deposited from c.AD 450 to 1544. Users may filter hoards using many different parameters to generate a list of hoards of interest - these can be downloaded as a report with one page per hoard.
Currently containing some 1900 hoards from Britain and Ireland, this is the largest hoard compilation for the Medieval period; it will be continually updated as and when further data becomes available. Users are encouraged to use the included contact form to notify the hoards coordinator of any errors or omissions.
In addition to the application's User Guide there is also an informative article on the BNS Research Blog.
The BNS hopes that users will find this new application of interest, and would welcome any feedback.