Barrie Cook

Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coinage
Coinage of Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe

Department: Coins and Medals 


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Barrie Cook holds curatorial responsibility for the coinages of Britain and Europe and their dependencies c.1200-1800, and the coinage of Byzantium and its dependencies c. 700-1460. As well as coins, this remit covers tokens, tickets, coin-weights, jettons and other related material. He is responsible for processing and recording relevant Treasure cases: identifying and publishing new coins hoards from England dating from 1180 (the introduction of the Short Cross series) onwards.

Barrie’s particular research interests include the history of the English mint, medieval counterfeiting, the coinages issued by kings of England in France in the medieval period; coins and ceremony; the city view on coins and medals of early modern Europe.

Current and previous projects

Heavily involved in the BBC / British Museum project 'A History of the World in 100 objects'

Working on the publication of English coin hoards

Elizabeth (National Maritime Museum, 2003)

London 1753 (British Museum, 2003)

Gothic (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2003-4)

He has also curated a number of BM exhibitions including:

Humphrey Cole: mint, measurement and maps in Elizabethan England (1998)

Cityscapes: panoramic views on European coins and medals (2003)

Michelangelo: money and medals (2006)

Encounters: travel and money in the Byzantine world (2006-7)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Recent publications

B. Cook, Coinage and History in the North Sea World c.500-1250: essays in honour of Marion Archibald, with G. Williams, The Northern World vol. 19 (Leiden: Brill, 2006); including the article ‘En monnaie aiant cours: the monetary system of the Angevin empire’, pp. 617-86

B. Cook, Encounters: Travel and Money in the Byzantine World, with E. Georganteli, (Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2006)

B. Cook, English Medieval Coin Hoards I: Cross and Crosslets, Short Cross and Long Cross Hoards, with M. M. Archibald, (London, British Museum Occasional Paper 87, 2001)

B. Cook, ‘Coining dies in late medieval England, with a catalogue of the British Museum collection’, Numismatic Chronicle 160 (2000)

B. Cook, ‘Crimes against the currency in twelfth and thirteenth century England’, in P.D. Clarke (ed.) Owens’s Historical Essays in Honour of Professor Jeffrey H. Denton, published as Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 83, no. 4 (2001), pp. 51-70