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Optional Module - Numismatics


Numismatics is the study of systems of coinage. The module covers the coinages of Greece and Rome from the end of the seventh century BC to the seventh century AD. The module looks at the various ways that coinage can be used in the study of the ancient world, as a source for history, art history, archaeology and ancient economics.

The aim of this module is to train students both how coinage may be used as an element in studying the material culture of the ancient world and how to investigate coins as historical entities in their own right.

Convenor and tutor: Professor Suzanne Frey-Kupper

Schedule 2018, autumn term - Mondays 12-2 pm Room H2.33


  • Week 2 Monday 8/10, 12-2 pm, H2.33: Why did ancient states strike coins?
  • Week 2 Tuesday 9/10, 1-3 pm, H.2.04: Ancient Coinage, induction to resources (replaces Monday 1/10, 12-2 pm) – all students taking Core and/or Numismatics modules
  • Week 3 Monday 15/10, 12-2 pm, H2.33: Hellenistic coinages, die-links and quantification
  • Week 4 Monday 22/10, 12-2 pm, H2.33: Roman Republican coinage and banking & business
  • Week 5 Monday 29/10, 12-2 pm, H2.33: Augustus to c. AD 190.
  • Week 6 Reading week, no class.

    Week 7 Monday 12/11, 12-2 pm, H2.33: The third and fourth centuries AD. Imitations. Discussion of essay topics
  • Week 8 Monday 19/11, 12-2 pm, H2.33: Coin hoards and site finds.
  • Week 9 Monday 26/11: Visit to Oxford, Ashmolean. Heberden Coin Room 2.30-4.30pm (tbc)
    Meet Suzanne at the main entrance of the museum at 2.30pm (trains from Coventry/Leamington arrive at 2.14).
  • Week 10 Monday 3/12, 12-2 pm, H.2.33: Essay presentations.
  • 5,000 word essay

All essay titles and topics must be discussed well in advance with the module leader.

Deadline for essay titles to be approved by SFK: Wednesday 16th January 2019, 12 noon
Please submit your title by email.

Deadline for essay to be submitted: Wednesday 12th December 2018, 12 noon

You can expect to receive feedback within 20 working days electronically via Tabula. You are also encouraged to attend a feedback tutorial with the module tutor.

Numismatic events:

  • The Royal Numismatic Society has a monthly lecture series at the Warburg Institute or the British Museum in London for its members (student annual membership is currently £18).

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