British Numismatic Society

Promoting the study of coins, medals, tokens and banknotes



The British Numismatic Journal (BNJ) is the Society's principal publication, and is the foremost journal for matters relating to British Numismatics. It contains a number of scholarly articles as well as notes, obituaries, reviews and transactions. the journal is produced annually in hard-back form, and a copy is sent free to all members of the Society.

The British Numismatic Journal is distributed for the Society by Spink. Any queries concerning the purchase of back-numbers should be directed to Spink.



Those wishing to contribute to the Journal are encouraged to read the Journal's guidance notes and to contact the editor for further information.


Coin Register

Coin Register was significantly redesigned in 2011 to provide a review of important single finds of Iron Age, Roman and Medieval coins with a supplementary appendix listing other finds recorded by the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds (EMC). PDF plates of the coins in the Appendix for 20112012 and 2013 are available here, with more recent coins viewable via the Corpus website.  


Digital British Numismatic Journal

Back issues of the British Numismatic Journal are available to read by following the links below. The volumes are arranged chronologically. If you are looking for a specific subject then you may find the Index of BNJ contents 1903-2016 helpful.

The majority of the files are PDFs and will require a reader to access them. To download a free reader (Adobe Acrobat) please click here.


Author Title Pages
Title Pages
Contents ii-iv
Philip V. Hill The animal, “Anglo-Merovingian” and miscellaneous series of Anglo-Saxon sceattas. I. The animal series 1-38
Philip Grierson The Canterbury (St Martin’s) hoard of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon coin-ornaments 39-51
C. E. Blunt Three Anglo-Saxon notes 52-57
R. H. Dolley and E. J. Winstanley Maidstone Treasure-Trove 58-65
Ian Stewart The attribution of the thistle-head and mullet groats 66-72
J. D. A. Thompson British currency and the importation of bullion, 1793-1840 73-79
J. D. A. Thompson Documents illustrating the export of counterfeit currency to the West Indies 80-87
Miscellanea 88-123
C. E. Blunt and R. H. M. Dolley The Chester (1950) hoard 125-160
C. E. Blunt The Smarmore hoard of tenth-century pennies 161-166
R. H. M. Dolley The significance of die-axis in the context of the later Anglo-Saxon coinage 167-172
Horace H, King Two numismatic journeys to Scandinavia: new moneyers for the types in the Sussex and Guildford mints 173-174
R. H. M. Dolley A piedfort lead trial-piece of Edward the Confessor 175-178
F. Elmore Jones New light on the Abbot of Peterborough in the Norman period 179-181
Ian Stewart The heavy silver coinage of James III and James IV 182-194
Herbert Schneider A note on Mr. Whitton's paper "The coinages of Henry VIII and Edward VI in Henry's name". To which are added certain addenda and corrigenda 195-203
R. H. M. Dolley, G. F. Howell and H. G. Stride A contemporary forgery of William III crown 204-210
Miscellanea 211-240
Presidential Address 1953 241-248
D. F. Allen Three ancient British coins 249-255
C. E. Blunt Saxon coins from Southampton and Bangor 256-262
R. H. M. Dolley A new Anglo-Saxon mint 263-265
R. H. M. Dolley The “jewel-cross” coinage of Ælfgifu Emma, Harthacnut, and Harold I 266-275
Ian Halley Stewart Double moneyers' names on early Scottish pennies 276-280
R. M. H. Dolley and I. H. Stewart The 1953 Bootham Treasure Trove 281-293
J. P. C. Kent The Yearby (Redcar) hoard 294-301
R. H. M. Dolley and Mrs. J. S. Strudwick An early seventeenth-century collection of Anglo-Saxon coins 302-312
C. Wilson Peck The Royal Farthing Tokens of James I 313-333
R. D. Beresford-Jones The Oxford mint and the triple unites of Charles I 334-344
D. W. Dykes Some local tokens and their issuers in early nineteenth-century Swansea 345-353
Miscellanea 354-361
Reviews 362-364
Obituaries 365-366
Proceedings of the British Numismatic Society 1954 367-383
List of Members 1955 384-389
Index 390-394