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.

Currently the Warburg Institute, where the RNS/BNS Library is located, is closed in response to the government guidelines during this COVID-19 event. No date has been given for when it will reopen.  But work on re-cataloguing our library continues.  The RNS/BNS Numismatic Library holds over 19,000 items – and items are being added all the time. Our current electronic library catalogue is only accessible using an old computer in the RNS/BNS Library.  Over the past year all the books have been re-catalogued to provide more bibliographical information about each title held. Off-prints are now catalogued. New shelf marks have also been added, which are clearly labelled on the spine of each book – making it easier for you to find items on the shelves. The next step, when the library re-opens, is to get our new catalogue added to an online academic library website ( This will allow our library collection to be easily searched from the internet at any time.

As also holds the catalogues of many UK academic institutions, if we don’t hold an item you are looking for, you will be able to see who does.  The process to add our information on to is complex and will take time, so there will be an update once this has been completed.

In the meantime, a searchable spreadsheet of all the books held in the RNS/BNS Library is now available on the BNS website. Please note: It does not include the periodicals or sales catalogues, which still need re-cataloguing.  Finally, for anyone interested in looking for archived auction catalogues from the comfort of home, there are several excellent online resources:

The Newman Portal at Washington University in St. Louis, has thousands of scanned auction and sales catalogues from the U.K. and U.S.A. (

Issuu has hundreds of more recent auction catalogues from the U.K. around the world (

And, most auction houses now have archived catalogues that can be searched online from their own websites.


Sadly, we have to announce that the Society's meetings are likely to be suspended until October at least. 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 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 or check this website for news of when the Society's programme of meetings will recommence. 

The talk by Ken Eckardt that was planned for September has been deferred until next year.


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.

The latest news from the MMM may be found here.


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.