The Royal Numismatic Society of London have awarded Bernd Kluge, the former director of the Berlin Münzkabinett, its medal of honour. Andrew Burnett, president of the Royal Numismatic Society and former director of the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, presented the medal, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, at the Society’s annual general meeting in London on 15 December 2015.
Established in 1836, the Numismatic Society of London (known as the Royal Numismatic Society since 1904) is the oldest numismatic association in the world and has published, also since 1836, the most definitive numismatic magazine in the world: The Numismatic Chronicle. Each year since 1883, the Society has confered its medal of honour on “some person highly distinguished for services to numismatic science”. The previous German winners were: Theodor Mommsen (1895), Alfred von Sallet (1897), Heinrich Dressel (1908), Max von Bahrfeldt (1912), Kurt Regling (1933), Behrendt Pick (1935), Peter Berghaus (1979), Peter Robert Franke (1988), Maria R.- Alföldi (1995) as well as Gert and Vera Hatz (2003).