Thomas Hockenhull

Curator: Modern Money
Department: Coins and Medals


+44 (0)20 7323 8288

Academia profile


Tom is responsible for the modern money collection (post 1700). Numbering more than 150,000 objects from around the world, this part of the collection includes:

-milled coins

-paper money including banknotes (except South-East Asia), cheques, banking posters, bonds and share certificates

-credit/debit cards

-British and overseas tokens, tickets and passes


His other responsibilities include:

-Coordinating volunteers and interns in the Department of Coins and Medals

-Managing the Room 69a changing displays programme

Previous projects

The Other Side of the Medal: how Germany saw the First World War, Room 69a, 09 May - 23 November 2014

Bubbles and bankruptcy : financial crises in Britain since 1700, Room 69a, 29 November 2012 - 5 May 2013

Recent Publications

T Hockenhull (ed), Symbols of Power: Ten Coins that Changed the World (London: British Museum Press, 2015).

T Hockenhull, ‘‘Mediocre essays in Medallic Vituperation’: German First World War medals and the British Museum’, The Medal, 64 (2014), 16-31.

T Hockenhull, ‘The British Museum and the Blitz: Coins and Medals in Wartime’, British Numismatic Journal, 82 (2012), 192-202.