Guidance for Contributors

The Editors of The Numismatic Chronicle welcome articles and short notes from Fellows of the Society and others. They may deal with coinage, medals, tokens, or paper money of any period. In the interests of economy and clarity all contributions should be written concisely. They should where possible show the relevance to historical or general knowledge of the numismatic information that is discussed.

Contributions concerning all coins, and reviews of books about coins, dating from pre-c.400 AD should be sent to Mr Richard Ashton,, c/o Dept. of Coins and Medals, The British Museum, London WC1B 3DG. All other contributions should be sent to Dr M.S. Phillips and Miss S. Tyler-Smith,, PO Box 348, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8EQ.

It is often helpful to discuss an intended contribution with one of the Editors at an early stage in its preparation.

The Numismatic Chronicle does not reproduce articles which have appeared, or are going to appear elsewhere, either in print or electronically, even in summary form.
Abstracts from conference proceedings may be an exception but their existence should be indicated.

In submitting a contribution to an Editor the author gives authority to the Society to publish the work in substantially that form. Any changes that an author wishes to make must be submitted before the work is sent for typesetting. Changes at proof stage are costly, and any author’s corrections or insertions are liable to be assessed and charged to contributors.

Contributions are normally sent to one or more referees, and they cannot be regarded as having been accepted for publication until they have been through that process.

Authors of articles receive an electronic offprint in the form of a pdf file.

The Editors are responsible for the publication of The Numismatic Chronicle and authors are requested to correspond with them and not, unless authorised, with the typesetters.


The space available for text and illustrations, excluding margins, is 20 cm × 13 cm.


All contributions should be submitted as an email attachment or on CD, in Microsoft Word. Copies of any non-standard fonts should be submitted at the same time. In cases where exotic fonts are used the editors may request hard copy of the article as well.

Footnotes should begin at 1 (not with an asterisk or similar), and authors should be aware that endnotes will be converted to footnotes during typesetting.

Graphs, charts and tables that will not fit the NC page width may be rotated . Extra-wide tables may be published across facing pages.

Authors should provide an abstract not exceeding 150 words for insertion at the head of the article.


Images submitted electronically are preferred. They should be in as an unmanipulated a state as possible, and preferably at a minimum of 600 dpi. The diameters of each coin must be supplied. Hard-copy photographs should be mounted economically on white card or transparent sheets.


Contributors should conform with the general style of recent volumes of the Chronicle.


References to books should be set out as follows: author’s initials each followed by a full stop and surname, comma, title in italics, parenthesis, place of publication, comma, stated date of publication, parenthesis, comma, vol. and the volume number if needed, comma, p. or pp. and the opening and closing page numbers using the fewest possible figures (but note that the number 1 is retained for numbers in the ’teens, e.g. 213–17). The entry should end with a full stop. Thus:

  • A.H.M. Jones, The Later Roman Empire, 284–602. A Social, Economic, and Administrative Survey (Oxford, 1964), vol. 3, pp. 347–80.

Very long footnotes with irrelevant bibliographical detail should be avoided.

Note that the principal words in the titles of books written in English have the first letter capitalized.

For articles in journals, a slightly simpler form is to be used. The title of the article should be enclosed in single inverted commas, and principal words should not be capitalized. The titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with the published list (NC abbreviations), and other accepted abbreviations may be used for historical or archaeological journals, and for numismatic journals as listed in Numismatic Literature. Authors are asked to supply the Editors with a key to any unlisted abbreviations they have used, so that they can be incorporated into the list for the volume. Articles thus:

  • A.S. DeShazo and M.L. Bates, ‘The Umayyad governors of al-‘Iraq and the changing annulet patterns on their dirhams’, NC7 14 (1974), pp. 110–18.

After the first mention, shortened references may be given, omitting authors’ initials, and these should be used in preference to op. cit. or loc. cit. Subsequent references thus:

  • DeShazo and Bates, ‘Umayyad governors’, p. 115.

If authors wish to adopt the ‘Harvard’ system, they should retain the use of p. and pp.

Numbers in the text from one to ten should be written as words. Higher numbers should be written in figures.


Abbreviations should be used as little as possible in text that is intended to read as continuous English prose. When c. (circa) is used before a date it should be typed close up to the date and italicised. Roman, not italic, should be used for the following abbreviations: ad loc., cf., e.g., ibid., id., i.e., etc. No full stop should be used after contractions: Dr, Revd, Mr, Mrs, Mme, or Mlle, or after metric units such as g or km.


Dates should be given in the form 13 October 1066. The era (BC, AD, AH) should be added sparingly. It will be printed in small capitals without full stops and, except for BC, should precede the figures: 39 BC, but AD 117, AH 396.


Capitals should be used sparingly. They should be employed for titles and dignities of individuals only when these are followed by the person’s name (thus ‘Duke William of Normandy’, but ‘William, duke of Normandy’, or ‘the duke’).

Coins in auction catalogues

Coins in auction catalogues should ideally be cited as follows: name of auction house; serial number of auction if any; place and date of auction; name of collector if known; title of auction if any; lot number of coin. For dealers’ lists the abbreviation FPL = Fixed Price List should be added, e.g. R. Ratto (Milan) FPL 2 (1921), 1. Note also the need to provide initials for certain homonymous auctioneers or dealers, e.g. M. or R. Ratto; H. or J. or L. or R. Schulman.

Coin Hoards

Since 1994,The Numismatic Chronicle has carried a section entitled ‘Coin Hoards’. This publishes concise accounts of hoards in a format similar to Coin Hoards, vols 1–9. The purpose of this section is to publish material submitted to the Editors in the nature of: (i) new finds; (ii) additional information about published finds; or (iii) summary reports of finds that have been published in non-numismatic journals.

Unlike the periodical Coin Hoards, The Numismatic Chronicle does not attempt to summarise finds already published in numismatic journals or numismatic books. It does, however, carry preliminary reports of finds that are to be published more fully elsewhere. The section is additional to the usual contents of the Chronicle and it should not deter the fuller publication of hoards as Articles.

For the format, authors should look at the ‘Coin Hoards’ section of the Chronicle. The degree of detail provided in the listing of the contents of any hoard will vary according to the information available, the nature of the coin series, and whether it is a preliminary or final report. Authors should provide full bibliographical details (in the Chronicle’s house style) of any references and abbreviations used. These will be included in a consolidated list or a footnote, as seems most appropriate.

An estimate of the date of deposit, under the rubric ‘Dep. c. …’ or ‘Dep. after…’, will be included at the head of each entry. Please provide the modern name of the findspot, region/province, and the country, and the date of discovery, so far as is known. Comments about the circumstances of the find or the nature of the hoard/parcel may be included. If the author wishes to include a discussion of the numismatic significance of the find the Editors may advise that the report should be published as an Article in the Chronicle or elsewhere.

Illustrations are Home, but if more than one plate is required contributors should consult the Editors, who may suggest depositing sets of photographs with one or more major institutions. Photographs should be submitted as described above. The author’s name will appear after the entry, unless it is specifically requested that the entry be anonymous. Please indicate the form in which you would like your name to appear.

Contributions to the ‘Coin Hoards’ section and to the ‘Excavation Coins’ section should be sent to the appropriate Editor, as indicated above.