Edward Besly

Contact Details

Edward Besly
Archaeology & Numismatics
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3291

Staff Name

Edward Besly

Job Title


Areas of Responsibility:

Numismatic collections, principally coins, token and medals (both commemorative and personal awards). Treasure Act: numismatic cases and general administration. Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS Cymru).

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

MA Chemistry (Oxford); Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA); Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA); Editor, British Numismatic Journal (1990-98).

Awards: British Numismatic Society, Council Prize 1990; Sanford Saltus Medal 2003. Royal Numismatic Society, Gilljam Prizes, 1986 and 2007; Lhotka Prizes, 1991 and 1997.

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading; formerly Honorary Lecturer, Cardiff University.

Research Interests

Primary research in numismatics, with specialist knowledge of Roman Imperial coinage, early modern British coinage, manufacturing techniques, hoards and site finds of all periods. Specialised studies on the English Civil War, its mints and currency. Also published on general numismatics and civilian gallantry awards.


Coins, medals, Welsh hoards, Roman coinage, Civil War, mints, currency, gallantry awards.

Selected Publications

Besly, E. 2016. ‘A hoard of Anglo-Saxon and Norman pennies from the Abergavenny area of Monmouthshire’, British Numismatic Journal 86, 140-163.

Besly, E. 2015. Mapping Conflict: coin hoards of the English Civil War. In J. Naylor and R. Bland (eds), Hoarding and the Deposition of Metalwork from the Bronze Age to the 20th Century: a British Perspective, BAR British Series 615, 181-200.

Besly, E. & Briggs, C.S. 2013. Coin hoards of Charles I and the Commonwealth of England, 1625-60, from England and Wales. British Numismatic Journal 83, 166-206.

Abdy, R., Besly, E. & López-Sánchez, F. 2010. The Gloucester Hoard and other coin hoards of the Britannic Empire (Coin Hoards from Roman Britain XIII). Collection Moneta 113, Wetteren.

Besly, E. 2002. A Hoard of Tetrarchic nummi from Bridgend, South Wales. Numismatic Chronicle 162, 169-215.

Besly, E. 1997. Loose Change: a Guide to Common Coins and Medals. Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.

Besly, E. 1990. Coins & Medals of the English Civil War. Seaby/National Museum of Wales.

Besly, E. 1987. Roman Coins relating to Britain. National Museum of Wales.

Besly, E. 1984. The York Mint of Charles I [PDF]. BNJ 54, 210-41.

Besly, E. & Bland, R. 1983. The Cunetio Treasure: Roman Coinage of the Third Century AD. London, British Museum.