The following list seeks to compile useful, mainly English-language, resources available for the study of numismatics. We try to keep the list up to date, but if you find any links which no longer work or have other recommendations to make, please email Matthew Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org). Where sites are useful but no longer being updated we have tried to indicate this. The following links are arranged under the headings:
- RNS and Money and Medals Network
- Numismatic Organisations
- Numismatic Societies
- Major Numismatic Collections
- Bibliography and Further Reading
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RNS and Money and Medals Network
The RNS is on Facebook and you can find out about current events and connect with other numismatists there.
‘Money & Medals’ is the newsletter associated with the Money and Medals Network based at Warwick University and in association with the RNS, BNS and a number of key partners. The Network aims to act as an information exchange for museum professionals within the UK whose collections include coins, medals and other objects relating to monetary and economic history and numismatics. This includes a map, regularly updated, of collections with such material in the UK. To contribute information or articles to the Newsletter or to subscribe by email just click on this link and follow the instructions on the page.
- International Numismatic Congress 2021
- Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies
- Corpus of Early Medieval Coins
- Portable Antiquities Scheme
- Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
- American Numismatic Society
- Berlin Numismatic Society
- British Art Medal Society
- British Association of Numismatic Societies
- British Numismatic Society
- Israel Numismatic Society
- Oriental Numismatic Society
- Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium
- International Bank Note Society
- Indian Numismatic Society
Major Numismatic Collections
N.B. This is a list of museum with significant and/or well-published numismatic collections. It is not comprehensive. For a regularly updated list of British collections with numismatic material, see the Money and Medals Network (above).
- Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France
- British Museum, London
- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- Geldmuseum, Utrecht, Netherlands
- Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
- Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
- Israel Museum of Jerusalem
- Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna
- National Museum of Denmark
- National Museums and Galleries of Wales
- Numismatic Museum, Athens
- Royal Mint Cabinet, Stockholm
- Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
Bibliography and Further Reading
As the compilers say this bibliography is not comprehensive – it is only 12 pages. Works are divided into 15 categories such as ‘Co-operative coinages’ and ‘Coinage in Fiscal and Monetary Systems’.
Not up-to-date (last up-dated 15 July 2005) but a useful list compiled by Oliver D. Hoover.
This will take you to a number of bibliographical tools on Parthian subjects in general, not just numismatics. The bibliographies seem to have been last updated in 2009 – the site owner has been working on the Sylloge of Parthian coins. This lists are searchable.
Complied by Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. In alphabetical order of author.
A specialist, up-to-date, listing in alphabetical order by author, maintained by Vincent West.
Another specialist bibliography, arranged alphabetically by author, compiled by Vincent West. It includes sale catalogues.
A list compiled and maintained by Forum Ancient Coins, which includes links to Byzantine coin collections, images of coin types from sales and published catalogues.
Africa and Asia
As well as an enormous collection of oriental and African coins the Zeno website shows and comments on books on the series. This is not a systematic bibliography but lists books which readers might not otherwise be aware of. It is updated by its members.
Tom Mallon-McCorgray’s website had a very useful bibliography on oriental coins in addition to all the illustrations and information on the coins themselves. Following Tom’s sad death in 2014 the original website went offline but much of the material has been saved in the archive of the waybackmachine, to which this link will take you.
This is a list, in alphabetical order by author, of a collector’s (Jim Farr’s) library of books, articles, reviews etc. on oriental and other numismatics. It is extensive (261 pages) and annotated.
Compiled by Francois Thierry. Not up-to-date (dated 14 January 2002).
Covers all fields of numismatics. You can download a pdf of the 2002 to 2007 survey. The Survey is published every five years by the International Numismatic Council in conjunction with the International Numismatic Congress (see link under ‘Organisations’ above for information about the next congress).
Covers all fields. It was published by the American Numismatic Society, though has now been discontinued. Back issues are available to read and download via the Hathi Trust website, which is where this link will take you.
You will find here a full and up-to-date listing of the museum’s remarkable collection of auction sale catalogues and fixed price lists.
- Portraits of famous numismatists who died before 1800 (this database falls under the scope of the recently launched international project Fontes Inediti Numismaticae Antiquae – FINA)
- Portraits of famous numismatists who died after 1800
‘Portraits of Famous Numismatists’ is a new resource on Pinterest from François de Callataÿ (Head of Department at the the Royal Library of Belgium).