The British Museum has one of the world's finest numismatic collections, comprising about one million objects, in the Department of Coins and Medals, details of which are available on the online database. The collection spans the history of coinage from its origins in the seventh century BC to the present day, and related material such as coin weights, tokens and money boxes. The department also holds the national collection of paper money and the most extensive numismatic library in the country.
Both the collection and the library exist for the benefit of the scholar and general public alike and is brought to a wide audience through exhibitions, publications, a broad programme of educational events and through our study room facilities. The HSBC Money Gallery chronicles the development and use of money throughout the world, while special temporary exhibitions are mounted on a great variety of exciting and innovative themes › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website › Consult online database
Dr Richard AbdyRichard Abdy helps to curate the British Museum’s collection of Roman coins, and covers the middle imperial period of the second century through to Late Antiquity (late Roman and early Byzantine as well as the emerging 'barbarian' kingdoms). He is also responsible for the recording and reporting of the many Roman coin hoards discovered in England and Wales under the Treasure Act (1996).
He is interested in the world of the Roman Emperors in general – the notable historical events and personalities as well as evidence of daily life – and is particularly concerned with the way such information can be gathered from Roman coins and medals. Coins were as ubiquitous in antiquity as they are today. Whether lost by accident or buried for safekeeping, as offerings to the gods or in graves, their very survival has much to say about the people of the past. Their designs also carry the images and political messages of the emperors and empresses. › Personal Page
Catherine Eagleton is Curator of modern money in the Coins and Medals Department : Coins, paper money, tokens, credit cards and other money-related objects from the last 300 years.
She joined the British Museum in 2004, having previously worked at the Science Museum (London) and volunteered at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge.
The modern money collection numbers more than 150,000 objects and several thousand new objects are added to the collection every year. As well as looking after the collection, Catherine is currently working on several exhibitions, directing the Money in Africa project [›], and finishing a book on Sarah Sophia Banks and her collection of coins, medals and tokens. She is also interested in medieval history, and sometimes works on objects from earlier time periods, particularly scientific instruments, manuscripts, and books.
She is also website manager, e-journal editor, and board member for ICOMON (International Committee for Money and Banking Museums) [›], And affiliated Research Scholar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University [›]. › Personal Page
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a project, established in 1997, to record all archaeological objects, including coins, found by the public in England and Wales. It works through a network of 40 locally-based Finds Liaison Officers and a team of specialist Finds Advisers ensure the quality of the data, which are entered onto an online database. This currently contains records of over 650,000 objects, including 225,000 coins and is a unique resource which is increasingly being exploited for research (over 90 MA and PhD dissertations have used PAS data). › Website › Consult online database
Dr Roger Bland
Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities & Treasure at the British Museum, responsible for the Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a network of 50 archaeologists around England and Wales who record coins and other archaeological objects found by the public onto an online database, www.finds.org.uk.
Roger is a specialist in Roman coins and has recently published, with Xavier Loriot, Roman and early Byzantine Gold Coins found in Britain and Ireland (Royal Numismatic Society, 2010) and, with Kevin Leahy, The Staffordshire Hoard (British Museum, 2009). › Personal Page
Dr Sam Moorhead
BA(H.Hons), PGCE, MPhil, FSA, is National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman coins in the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum. He has been an active numismatist for over 30 years and has published extensively on Roman coin finds from Britain, Italy, Albania and the Near East.
His specialist interest is the period of late antiquity, from around AD 300 to AD 650, and he has developed an expertise in small module nummi, coins generally despised by archaeologists and numismatists.
At present, he is writing the new volume of Roman Imperial Coinage for the emperors Carausius and Allectus. He is also working on the recent hoard of 52,503 Roman coins from Somerset in England, which contains the largest group of Carausian coins ever found. › Personal Page › Personal Page
Watch this short presentation by Sam Moorhead ›
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world.
LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. LSE has 16 Nobel prize winners.
In 2008 LSE's outstanding success in the Research Assessment Exercise confirmed it as a world leading research university. The School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any university in the UK, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence. See also Video and audio |for a selection of podcasts and videos of public lectures and research.
LSE offers a very wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the social sciences. Teaching is carried out through academic departments and interdisciplinary institutes, and in partnership with internationally renowned higher education institutions.
Set up to improve society and to "understand the causes of things", LSE has always put engagement with the wider world at the heart of its mission. From its location in the heart of London, the School links communities across the world, from formal academic partnerships to advisory work with governments and international organisations. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website
Dr Nigel Dodd
Dodd's work in the sociology of money involves analysis of a range of different conceptions of money within social science, particularly for the light they shed on the financial crisis. He is particularly interested in the emergence of new monetary forms, such as community currencies, as well as the controversial financial instruments that have been at the heart of the 2007-9 financial crisis - were they “money” ?
He has been actively researching sociological aspects of the euro since its inception, and am particularly interested in what the present sovereign debt crisis means for the project as a whole : will it need to shrink to a few core states, can it be reformed and even strengthened by this crisis - or might it even disappear altogether ?
He is currently preparing a book, Laundering Money, for Princeton University Press, which investigates the increasing empirical and conceptual diversification of money, as well as writing various articles on aspects of the current financial crisis and their implications for sociological investigations of money, credit and indebtedness.
Theoretically, he seeks to bring a range of thinkers to bear on the sociology of money who have not hitherto been central to it, such as Agamben, Balibar, Bataille, Benjamin, Brown, Karatani, and Negri. Each of these thinkers opens up exciting new avenues of enquiry into the social, cultural and political nature of money. › Personal Page
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities.
The University's breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings and tree-lined avenues that form the city's elegant civic centre, the University's students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence in all areas of activity. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain's leading research universities.
Having gained national and international standing, Cardiff University's vision is to be recognised as a world-leading university and to achieve the associated benefits for its students, staff and all other stakeholders.
A place in one of the University’s 4,700 student rooms is guaranteed to all first-year undergraduates entering through the normal admissions cycle. The vast majority of student residences are single en-suite study bedrooms in self catered flats — and students enjoy some of the lowest rents in the UK, according to a survey by the National Union of Students. › Website
Cardiff School of History and Archaeology and the School of Religious and Theological Studies became Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion on 1 August 2010. The School is home to four Departments: Ancient History; Archaeology & Conservation, History & Welsh History; Religious Studies & Theology.
It brings together 60 academic staff and around 800 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates in a lively teaching and research hub, exploring disciplines anew and rekindling the synergies between these important subjects.
Its highly regarded research continues in more than thirty projects stretching across the British Isles, Europe and into Asia. › Website
Dr Peter GuestMy current research interests focus on the archaeology of Roman Britain. I am particularly interested in: the impact of Roman ideas and customs on native societies; archaeology of the Roman army; the role and use of coinage; funerary practices and beliefs in the afterlife in the Roman world; the social and cultural changes that occurred during Late Antiquity.
I am an active field archaeologist and have excavated several Romano-British settlements in Wales and England. My current projects are focused on the following sites: Isca, the legionary fortress at Caerleon; Venta Silurum, the Roman city at Caerwent; Tar Barrows near Cirencester.
In 2010 I am continuing the excavation of a probable legionary store building at Caerleon (this is a joint Cardiff University / UCL excavation, co-directed with Dr Andrew Gardner). To find out more about the various projects currently being undertaken at Caerleon please visit the Caerleon Research Committee’s website or the 2010 excavation blog site: Caerleon Research Committee; Caerleon Excavation Blog. › Personal Page
The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. The University of Leicester was the THE University of the Year 2008-9. In awarding the title the judges cited Leicester’s ability to “evidence commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good”. Leicester was, said the judges, “elite without being elitist”. Leicester is a member of the 1994 Group of internationally renowned universities engaged in leading-edge research and high quality teaching. › Website
Dr Stefan KrmnicekStefan Krmnicek is a research associate in the Tracing Networks project “Mint condition: coinage and the development of technological, economic and social networks in the Mediterranean” funded by the Leverhulme Trust at the University of Leicester. He is interested in everyday life in the human past, particularly in the use and function of money and coinage in the Graeco-Roman world. Stefan approaches Ancient Numismatics as research on material culture in an archaeological context and in the wider cross-disciplinary framework of cultural anthropological, historical and sociological theories in order to investigate human agency in the past. › Personal Page › Personal Page