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Numismatics is the study of how different forms of money have been used across different times and places. Our researchers use these objects to better understand the people and societies that used them. The Warwick Department of Classics and Ancient History is one of Europe's strongest numismatic research hubs, a strength formally recognised in REF 2014.

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Tokens and society

There are thousands of ancient tokens in collections around the world, but there is little research into the role they played in economic, political, religious and cultural life. By analysing these tokens and their contexts, Warwick’s research is uncovering more about the Hellenistic and Roman world. In doing so, they are helping us to understand the significance of tokens today, at a time when currency is shifting from physical to virtual.

We cover all aspects of ancient numismatics: Studies of iconography, metallurgy and scientific analysis, metrology, finds, the economy, numismatics in the Renaissance, and paranumismatics.

Find out more about our Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean project.

Discover our numismatic research hub

We host a yearly numismatic conference to showcase current research and develop new ideas, methodologies and networks with specialists from Europe and abroad. We have multiple national and international collaborations, including Historia Numorum, a project with researchers from Warwick, Edinburgh and the Royal Numismatic Society. We also host several externally funded projects. For example, our Rome and the Coinages of the Mediterranean project is a five year project funded by the European Research Council.

Our Coins at Warwick blog features numismatic research from both staff and students, while our online exhibition brings together tokens which are held around the world into one place to stimulate research.

Explore our research and find out how it is making a difference...