BRIEF HISTORY OF
B U L E T I N U L
SOCIETATII NUMISMATICE ROMÂNE
Founding the Romanian Society of Numismatics at the end of 1903, following the famous example of similar organizations from other countries, such as France, the UK, Germany, the United States of America, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with the national goal of our cultural integration in the European family, the motivation of “having a significant number of persons interested in coins and medals” and aiming to “communicate the discoveries and observations to them and therefore contributing to the development of numismatic information”, was followed by the printing, in February 1904, of the first issue of “Buletinul Societatii Numismatice Române”.The short monthly period soon became trimestrial, as decided at the proposition of M. C. Sutzu, who was Governor of the Romanian National Bank at the time and President of the Romanian Society of Numismatics, and “Buletinul” had access to the cultural exchange with similar famous magazines from Germany and France. (Berliner Münzblätter and bulletin International de Numismatique).
After two world wars and surviving the communist regime, the publication represented for more than a century one of the most prestigious Romanian and European issue of numismatics, today being one the most filled with tradition of the international periodicals of numismatic research. With no mistake, we affirm that the history of Romanian numismatic research is mostly linked to the history of “Buletinul Societatii Numismatice Române”.
Through a strange irony of history, the publication continued to appear during the communist regime, being financed by private funds of the Romanian Society of Numismatics, without making ideological compromises which would affect the scientific nature of the publication.
As a result of the course of history, cultural achievements and tradition, since 1990 the publication (once every two years) of “Buletinul Societatii Numismatice Române” was taken over by the Romanian Academy and its publishing house.
Exactly as the founding fathers of the Romanian Society of Numismatics, in 1903, considered that “it was time for Romania, as other countries, to have a Society of Numismatics”, today we consider that the existence of a site of “Buletinul Societatii Numismatice Române” is almost as important as the existence of the publication.