Curator of East
Coins and banknotes of East Asia, seventh century BC to the
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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Editing a volume of papers on Chinese coin-shaped charms.
Working with scientists analysing Ming dynasty paper money.
External fellowships/ honorary positions
Hon. Secretary, Royal Numismatic Society
Helen Wang, 'A Short History of Chinese Numismatics in European Languages', Early China 35-36 (2012-2013), pp. 395-429.
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.