At the British Numismatic Society’s Anniversary Meeting on 23rd November 2021, Dr Kevin Clancy ended his term as president of the society, and Dr Elina Screen, the society’s new president, took up office. Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, became President in 2016. His term saw important developments for the BNS, including an enhanced website and the move to online meetings during the COVID pandemic.
Dr Elina Screen is the first woman to hold the presidency of the British Numismatic Society. Although a number of women have made major contributions to British numismatics and the life of the BNS, including Helen Farquhar (1859-1953) and Marion Archibald (1935-2016), assistant keeper of medieval coins at the British Museum, this is the first time that either the British or the Royal Numismatic Society has elected a female president.
Elina Screen is a university lecturer in medieval history, and General Editor of the Medieval European Coinage project. She has published the Norwegian collections of Anglo-Saxon and British coins for the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles series. Her numismatic interests include the use of coins and money in the Viking age.
This article was first published in Money and Medals Newsletter 84 (2022).
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