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

Current/Previous projects

I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent, Room 35, 06 September 2018 – 20 January 2019

Currency of Communism, Room 69a, 19 October 2017 - 18 March 2018

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

I Hislop and T Hockenhull, I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent (London: Thames and Hudson, 2018).

T Hockenhull, ‘Rising above the Propaganda: German Medallic Art in Britain (1914–1919)’ in Phagan, Patricia and van Alfen, Peter (eds), The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War (New York: American Numismatic Society, 2017), 137–154.

T Hockenhull. ‘Stamped all over the King’s Head: Defaced Coins and Women’s Suffrage’, British Numismatic Journal, 86 (2016), 238-245. 

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.