Royal Numismatic Society

The Royal Numismatic Society (RNS) is a learned society and charity based in London, United Kingdom which promotes research into all branches of numismatics. Its patron as of 2014 was Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal Numismatic Society
RNS logo
TypeLearned Society
Registration no.221850
Legal statusCharity
PurposeHistorical Study and Research
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Research & Publications, Lectures & Events
Library, Archives
H.M. The Queen
34th President
Roger Bland


Foremost collectors and researchers, both professional and amateur, in the field of numismatics are amongst the fellows of the Society. They must be elected to the Society by the Council. The Numismatic Chronicle is the annual publication of the Royal Numismatic Society.


The society was founded in 1836 as the Numismatic Society of London and received the title "Royal Numismatic Society" from Edward VII by Royal Charter in 1904. The history of the Society was presented as a series of annual Presidential addresses by R.A. Carson – these were published in the Numismatic Chronicle between 1975 and 1978. The fifth and latest instalment was written to mark the 150th anniversary of the Society in 1986, and the full text was published in 1986 as A History of the Royal Numismatic Society, 1936-1986 (London, 1986).[1]


The society has an annual journal, The Numismatic Chronicle,[2] and publishes a book series known as the Special Publications.

Awards of The Royal Numismatic Society

See also