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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

Curator: Modern Money
Department: Coins and Medals


+44 (0)20 7323 8288


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Tom is currently 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, banknotes, share certificates, cheques, tokens, tickets, passes and credit/debit cards.

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.