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Department of Coins and Medals
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
The Department of Coins and Medals is home to one of the world's finest numismatic collections.
Spanning the history of coinage from its origins in the 7th century BC to the present day, it contains about 800,000 objects from around the world. As well as coins and medals, it also includes:
- Related objects such as coin weights, tokens and money boxes.
- The national collection of paper money, ranging from 14th-century Chinese banknotes to the euro.
- An internationally renowned collection of commemorative and art medals from the Italian Renaissance to those made by contemporary artists working around the world today.
Temporary exhibitions curated by the department are on a range of themes that allow us to highlight different parts of the collection.
History of the collection
- Richard Abdy – Curator of Iron Age and Roman Coins
- Barrie Cook – Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coins
- Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis – Curator of Middle Eastern Coins
- Amelia Dowler – Curator of Greek and Roman Provincial Coins
- Henry Flynn – Project curator: Money and Medals Network
- Eleanor Ghey – Curator of Iron Age and Roman Coin Hoards
- Thomas Hockenhull – Curator of Modern Money and Medals
- Janet Larkin – Manager of the Enlightenment gallery (Room 1), Money gallery (Room 68), and Collecting the world gallery (Room 2).
- Helen Wang – Curator of East Asian Money
- Gareth Williams – Curator of Early Medieval Coins
The work of the department is supported by a team of Collection Managers and administrative staff.
The Department of Coins and Medals is committed to furthering knowledge and conducting research into the field of numismatics:
- Study facilities are offered to anyone wishing to examine the collections or the extensive library.
- Curators teach all levels of students – from primary school to university groups – through the study room, galleries and externally.
- Curators are involved in a wide range of research projects, some of which stem from our legal role in the Treasure system of England and Wales, and through collaboration with universities and other research bodies.
- We communicate this research through publications, exhibitions, and educational events.
Visit our Reading list to learn more about coins and medals through history.
Find out about some of our research projects below.