Images courtesy of Portable Antiquities Scheme. For coin description and discussion see the BNS Research Blog article,  Ceolbald  of Northumbria: A New Look at an Old Moneyer, by Arthur Gran.

The Society's Anniversary Meeting next Tuesday, 26 November, will be the fourth to be held at Holborn's charismatic Swedenborg Hall. The Hall is located at 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. (Map) Please use the entrance in Barter Street. Doors will open at 6pm and the meeting commences at 6.15pm.

The main business of the evening will be Dr Kevin Clancy's Presidential Address, entitled Managing the gold coinage in the nineteenth century. The lecture will be preceded by the initial presentation of the Society's new 50th anniversary silver-gilt membership medals to nine recipients.

At the conclusion of the meeting all are welcome to stay for the Society's Anniversary Reception. This is being kindly sponsored by Raymond Sancroft-Baker, formerly of Christie's, to mark his 50th anniversary of membership.

Our lecture on 26 November
During the hundred years following the formal adoption of the gold standard in 1816, sovereigns and half-sovereigns came to be produced in huge numbers. The cost to the country was significant but Britain’s growth as an industrial power, the expansion of its international presence and the remarkable stability in the price of gold made it possible to maintain an extensive coinage of gold. Sovereigns became increasingly accessible but keeping a mass precious metal coinage in good condition over an extended period of time was a challenge for the Royal Mint, the Bank of England and the government. The paper will explore how Britain’s nineteenth-century gold coinage became embedded in the national consciousness and how the authorities met and ultimately overcame the operational problems of the gold standard.
If you are in London that day we look forward to your company; the nearest Underground station is Holborn.


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The 2019 Summer meeting was held at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, on Friday 28 June. This all day Symposium considered the academic legacy of Lord Stewartby (1935-2018), a distinguished member of the Society.

This Symposium, sponsored by the British and Royal Numismatic Societies and the British Academy’s Sylloge of Coinage of the British Isles committee,  comprised a series of papers by leading figures who place the use of numismatic evidence at the forefront of historical and archaeological interpretation. Structured around topics with which Lord Stewartby was deeply engaged it explored recent work which builds on his contributions to Numismatic scholarship. 

Details of the meeting, together with photographs, can be seen here.

Each year the society offers bursaries for Museum placements. These are month long placements for which all undergraduate or postgraduate students at UK/EU universities are eligible to apply. A bursary of £750 is offered as a contribution towards travel or living expenses for the two successful applicants. Additional funds can be made available if this is not sufficient for the successful applicants to undertake the placement.

Two bursaries for summer 2019 were offered to current students to work on numismatic collections at the Roman Baths, Bath and Norwich Castle Museum. Bursaries for 2020 will be advertised in the spring.

Established earlier this year, the John Casey Fund provides grants for research by individuals into coins, medals, tokens, jetons and paper money of the British Isles, the British Commonwealth and the territories that have been subject to British rule.

Financed from a generous bequest to the Society by the late John Casey (†2016), it is envisaged that two or three awards will be made annually. The first such award has now been granted to Richard Brickstock, for the analysis and publication of the Roman coin moulds from Fulford, York.

Applications are particularly welcomed from younger scholars enrolled with higher-education institutions, although applications from independent scholars and from other researchers will also be considered favourably.