John Casey Fund

The purpose of the fund, financed from a generous bequest to the British Numismatic Society by the late John Casey is to provide grants for research by individuals into the coins, medals, tokens, jettons and paper money of the British Isles, the British Commonwealth and other territories that have been subject to British rule.

It is envisaged that the annual sum of money available for distribution from the fund will be around £3000 and that within that total each grant made will normally be for a sum of not less than £500. Applications will be particularly welcomed from younger scholars enrolled with higher education institutions, although applications from independent scholars and from other researchers will also be considered favourably.

Full details can be found on regulations page.

Research Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to promote the study of coins, medals, jettons and paper money of the British Isles, the Commonwealth and other territories that have been subject to British rule. Requests for travel to visit collections or to attend conferences and for support for conferences are all eligible. The Fund is open to Fellows and non-Fellows alike, and the Society particularly welcomes applications from younger scholars. The grants are usually less than £500. 

Full details can be found on regulations page.

Student Bursary

Each year the society offers bursaries for Museum placements. All undergraduate and postgraduate students currently studying at a UK university are eligible to apply. This year, a bursary of up to £2000 is offered as a contribution towards travel and living expenses for the successful applicant. The 2022 bursary will be hosted by the Fitzwilliam Museum
(Cambridge), and will be for a period of up to four weeks in late July and August. Applications will only be accepted by completion of the Student Bursary Application Form available here.

Please send completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Application deadline is 23.59 on 17th July.

Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Founded in 1816 the Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge. With over 220,000 numismatic objects, the Coins and Medals collection is one of international importance, and the Museum is one of the three principal centres for numismatic study in the United Kingdom.
The volunteer will be based in the Museum’s Department of Coins and Medals for a period of up to four weeks (dates to be arranged with the applicant). To encourage a wide range of applicants the focus of the work undertaken during the placement is negotiable. Applicants should explain which area of the collection they would like to focus on during their internship and why.
During the placement the volunteer will have the opportunity to:
 Identify and document objects, including weighing, measuring and cataloguing
 Carry out object research for a UCM blog
 Assist in the preparation of material for exhibition
 Photograph coins
 Spend some time in metals conservation
The volunteer will be supervised by Dr Adrian Popescu (Keeper), Dr Martin Allen (Senior Curator) and Dr Richard Kelleher (Senior Curator).

UK numismatic Trust

The Society, alongside the Royal Numismatic Society, contributes to the UK Numismatic Trust (UKNT). An Independent charity its aims are to encourage, support and develop numismatics in the United Kingdom. It does this through the award of small research grants, and by supporting numismatic conferences, colloquia and seminars in the UK.

UKNT welcomes applications. For further information and the application form contact:
Joe Bispham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


The Society holds a number of other funds which support specific activities...

Linecar Fund

Established in 1986 following a bequest from Howard Linecar, it endows a biennial lecture in his memory. The invited lecturer is generally a distinguished scholar from some associated field of history or archaeology, who may see numismatics from a different perspective. A fee of £500 is paid to the lecturer on delivery of a manuscript for publication in the British Numismatic Journal.

North Fund

Established in 2006, following a donation from Jeffrey North the fund supports the award of the North Book Prize

Osborne Fund

Established in 1991 following a Bequest from Mr B R Osborne, this fund supports the Society's Special Publications.

Prize Fund

Established in 2005, it supports the Society's prizes and medals.

Benefactors' Fund

This fund consists of bequests and gifts to the Society, notably ones from Helen Frizzell and Wilfred Slayter. The fund is used to support special activities and events.