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.


Sadly, we have to announce that the Society's meetings in March and April have been cancelled because of the concerns over Covid-19, the coronavirus. The health and safety of our speakers, members and guests remain the Society's top priority at the present time. It is hoped that our scheduled speakers, Sir Mark Jones and David Swan, will be able to present their lectures on our 2021 programme. While the present emergency persists, E-NEWS will continue to circulate to members at monthly intervals, so please watch future issues for news of when the Society's programme of meetings will recommence.

Update 31/03:  Meeting suspension likely to continue to September at least....




 Application deadline now extended to March 9th.


Chew Valley Hoard BM


The DCMS have recently launched two campaigns for the Treasure Valuation Committee to find a new Chairperson, and a new Committee member with specifically a knowledge of Early Medieval, Medieval and Post-Medieval coins found in Britain.  The competition for both of these appointments closes on the 24th February 2020 and full details of the roles, and how to apply, can be found at the following links:



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The latest news from the MMM may be found here.

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.


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.