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. 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 were not awarded due to the Covid situation.

The Roman Baths, Bath

The placement will be based at the Roman Baths Museum, although we do have 2 off-site stores, and you will be undertaking a project to identify Roman coins from the Sacred Spring in the Roman Baths. Although these coins were found in 1979 and published in 1988, there were always a number that were too worn or corroded to be fully identified and so subsequently were never catalogued onto the museum’s database.  By weighing and comparing these with other coins in the collection, we hope to expand the number which could be dated.

As part of this placement, you will also have the opportunity to view our other numismatic and paranumismatica collections as you will have the opportunity to choose a subject, research and run your own handling table for the public during the placement.

We will draw up a placement timetable for you based on your particular learning interests and skills, and ensure you have the training to do these projects. We are part of the Bath & North East Somerset Council, you will be covered for insurance and have the same rights as an employed person. The hours will be 9.15-4.30 with an hour for lunch. 

At least once a month Heritage Services organises training courses, usually as background to the Service or Visitors Services skills, e.g. disability awareness and equality issues.  You are welcome to attend these.  

As a team we try to be flexible and accommodating in the hope you will be flexible and enthusiastic in return!

Norwich Castle Museum Coin Room, Archaeology Department

Norwich Castle Museum has various numismatic holdings, certain categories of which await further work, including several Roman coin hoards and a good collection of the county’s 17th century tokens. The volunteer will be based in the Museum’s Archaeology Department for a period of four weeks between late June and July and there will be a varied range of tasks to undertake:

Compiling catalogues of Roman coin hoards the coins of which have already been identified.

Photographing certain elements of those hoards and processing the photographs.

Working on the Norfolk Token Project website, adding material as needed.

Working on the Norfolk Token Project’s forthcoming catalogue of the county’s 17th century tokens.

The volunteer will be supervised by Dr. Adrian Marsden, the Numismatic for Norfolk Historic Environment.

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.