It was founded in 1836 as the Numismatic Society of London and received the title of theRoyal Numismatic Society from Edward VII by Royal Charter in 1904. Its present patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Members, called Fellows, are first nominated by an existing Fellow or by the Council, then elected by at least three quarters of the votes. Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "FRNS" after their names.
The Numismatic Chronicle is the annual publication of the Royal Numismatic Society. A decade index is published in every tenth volume, and the most recent decade index is on the Royal Numismatic Society website.