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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Helen Wang

Curator of East Asian Money
Coins and banknotes of East Asia, seventh century BC to the present

Department: Coins and Medals 


+44 (0)20 7323 8172

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Helen Wang looks after the Museum’s collection of East Asian coins and banknotes. She also has a special interest in the archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943), his extensive collections, the Silk Road and the use of textiles as money.

Current projects

Editing a volume of papers on Chinese coin-shaped charms

Recent projects include:

Ming dynasty paper money (completed 2014)

Textiles as Money on the Silk Road (completed 2013)

Sir Aurel Stein. Colleagues and Collections (completed 2012)

Catalogue of the Japanese Coin Collection at the British Museum (completed 2010)

Chairman Mao badges (completed 2008)

Handbook to the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the UK (completed 2008)

Catalogue of the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (completed 2007)

Dunhuang Textiles in the UK (completed 2007)

A Hundred Years of Dunhuang (completed 2007)


Membership of professional bodies

Hon. Secretary, Royal Numismatic Society