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RNS early career lectures: call for papers!

The Royal Numismatic Society is looking for two students or early career professionals, or people who have recently begun working with numismatics, to give a lecture to RNS members in 2022.

If you are currently studying an aspect of numismatics at university or in the museums and heritage sector, involved in a numismatic research project, or if you are working on any cataloguing, display or public engagement projects featuring museum numismatic collections, and are interested in promoting this work to a wider audience then we would like to hear from you.

The Society is taking submissions for lectures now, so if you are interested please send a short proposal for consideration to this email address:

Your proposal should include:

•         Your name

•         Your job title and institutional affiliation (optional)

•         Your contact details

•         A title

•         A short abstract (up to 250 words)

•         A short personal biography (up to 100 words)

Please circulate this information to anyone who you think might be interested in this opportunity.

We welcome submissions from all over the world and can assist with travel costs, up to a limit of £250.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 21st May 2021

RNS/BNS Library – Announcement on reopening

In line with the Warburg Institute’s Coronavirus policies and procedures, the library will be open on Tuesdays between 11:00 and 15:30 only.

Beside the duty librarian, only one visitor can attend the RNS/BNS library on each Tuesday. Visitors must request an appointment to visit the RNS/BNS Library at least 1 week in advance by emailing the librarian at

Please wait until your request has been confirmed by the Librarian before making any travel arrangements. The Warburg will not admit anyone without an appointment into the building

It is momentous that the RNS/BNS Library is able to reopen, allowing members to again access this important resource. Hopefully we will be able to return to our normal access and hours before long; once COVID procedures allow.

Announcing the publication of an important new work

Coinage in the Orontes Valley of Syria (1st century BC – 3rd century AD), by Jack Nurpetlian

Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication no. 59

This book is a comprehensive study of the coins minted by Apamea, Larissa, Raphanea, Emesa and Laodicea ad Libanum in Syria during the late Hellenistic and Roman periods. It offers a historical overview of the individual cities, followed by in-depth discussions of the production, circulation, metrology and iconography of the coins. The text is supplemented with numerous die studies providing a structural framework of the various issues. A catalogue of 1,367 coins is also provided. Detailed discussions of the coinages and comparisons with contemporaneous issues of neighbouring mints reveal the diverse nature of the coins. The volume bridges the gaps in our understanding of coinage in the Orontes Valley and surrounding regions.
Jack Nurpetlian is a faculty member in the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut. His research interests focus on Hellenistic and Roman period coinages of the Syro-Phoenician territories, in addition to investigating coin production and minting techniques with the use of die studies. The author has participated in numerous excavations on the eastern Mediterranean coast and is actively engaged in several multi-national numismatic projects.

Price: £45 (Fellows of the Royal Numismatic Society £30). To order: visit the Spink online store.

Hardback pp. xx + 199, 5 plates. ISBN 0-901405-38-8

RNS Hardship Grants: applications now open

The Society is offering small hardship grants to those who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Anyone based in the UK whose work or study involves a significant amount of numismatic study is eligible to apply.

Ten grants of up to £500, to be used for academic or professional purposes, or living expenses, will be made to those who:

a) have held a temporary post in a UK Higher Education Institute, or in the heritage sector, in the last 12 months and whose employment has come to an end during 2020;

b) self-funded post graduate researchers (MA/MPhil/MSt/PhD students), especially those in their third or fourth year;

c) PhD students whose work in their final year was affected by Covid and whose funding has now come to an end

Applicants should email Andrew Burnett ( with the following details: a brief account of the personal circumstances necessitating the grant, the purpose for which the money is to be used, and the precise sum needed (not more than 300 words in total). They should also include the name of their previous line manager or thesis supervisor as appropriate and ask them to email the same address separately to confirm their personal circumstances in broad terms.

Applicants are responsible for contacting their referee and the reference should arrive before the closing date of 15 January 2021.

Call for Papers – Seventh Century Syrian Numismatic Round Table

Conference to be held at Wolfson College, Oxford (or online, depending on circumstances), Sunday 26th and Monday 27th September 2021

The Round Table aims to bring together numismatists, historians and archaeologist with an interest in Late Antiquity/Early Islam in Syria/Palestine and the surrounding area. We hold small informal conferences at roughly two-yearly intervals which usually include at least twelve papers with ample time allowed for discussion. The central focus is on the Syrian Arab-Byzantine coinage, but papers can cover Byzantine or Post-Reform Umayyad coinage, or deal with aspects of the history or archaeology of Syria/Palestine.  We also normally include one or two papers on related topics (e.g. seals, weights etc.) or adjacent localities (e.g. Egypt or the Sasanian Empire). Papers sometimes present completed pieces of research, but more often they deal with ‘work in progress’.

We are of course very conscious of the current problems associated with Covid-19, so we will only hold the conference in Oxford if we are able to do so without the need for social distancing etc., in other words under ‘normal’ or very nearly ‘normal’ conditions. If this is not practicable we aim to hold the event ‘on-line’ at about the same time, but probably spread over a number of sessions. Whatever happens we will publish all papers in a volume of ‘Coinage and History in the Seventh Century Nera East’ as for previous conferences.

If you are interested in presenting a paper (or would just like more information about the conference) please contact Tony Goodwin on Presentations should normally last no more than 40 minutes, but much shorter papers are equally acceptable.