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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


Thomas Hockenhull

Project curator: modern money
Department: Coins and Medals


+44 (0)20 7323 8288


Until 2015 Tom is responsible for the modern money collection, numbering more than 150,000 objects.

He is currently editing a book of short biographies of monetary terms called Symbols of Power (forthcoming Spring 2015) and has recently curated an exhibition about the First World War, entitled The other side of the medal: how Germany saw the First World War (9 May – 23 November 2014) to coincide with its centenary.

He is also responsible for coordinating volunteers and interns in the department.

Previous projects

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

Recent Publications

‘‘Mediocre essays in Medallic Vituperation’: German First World War medals and the British Museum’, The Medal, 64 (2014), 16-31

‘The British Museum and the Blitz: Coins and Medals in Wartime’, British Numismatic Journal, 82 (2012), 192-202