Curator of East Asian Money
Coins and banknotes of East Asia, seventh century BC to the present Department:
Coins and Medals
Helen Wang looks after the Museum’s collection of East Asian coins and banknotes. Her special interests include the archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943), his extensive collections, the Silk Road and the use of textiles as money.
She has also published other lesser known aspects of the British Museum’s East Asian money collection: for example, Chinese secret society money and membership certificates; the logistics of transporting copper for coinage in nineteenth century China; paper money design in Shanghai in the 1900s; bronze token money of Jiangsu province in the 1930s; images of Mao Zedong on Chinese money in the twentieth century.
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Working with specialists on the subject of textiles as money on the Silk Road.
Editing a collection of papers relating to the machine-struck coinage of China.
External fellowships/ honorary positions
Hon. Secretary, Royal Numismatic Society
Shin’ichi Sakurai, Helen Wang and Peter Kornicki, with Nobuhisa Furuta, Timon Screech and Joe Cribb,Catalogue of the Japanese Coin Collection (pre-Meiji) at the British Museum (British Museum Research Publication 174, 2010)
Zhao Feng, Helen Wang, Helen Persson, Frances Wood, Wang Le and Xu Zheng (eds), Textiles from Dunhuang in UK Collections (Shanghai: Donghua University Press, 2007). Published in two separate Chinese and English editions. Chinese edition:《敦煌絲綢藝術全集：英藏卷》, 上海东华大学出版社, 2007 年.