The Samir Shamma Prize for Islamic Numismatics

Thanks to the generosity of our late Honorary Fellow Mr Samir Shamma, in 1992 The Royal Numismatic Society established a prize to be awarded every two years for the book or article(s) published, normally and preferably in English, during the previous three years which in the view of the Council is most useful to students of Islamic numismatics.

  • The value of the prize will be £2,000.
  • The winner will be chosen at the February Council meeting from a short-list agreed at the January meeting.
  • The Council reserves the right to make no award if in its opinion no work of sufficient quality is nominated.

Past winners of the Samir Shamma Prize

  • 1993 G. Rispling (‘The Volgar Bulgarian imitative coinage of al-amir Yaltawar (‘Barman’) and Mikail b. Jafar’, in Sigtuna Papers New series 6, Stockholm, 1990)
  • 1995 L. Ilisch (Sylloge Nummorum Arabicorum Tuebingen. Palaestina IVa Bilad ash-Sham I, Tuebingen, 1993)
  • 1997 H.M. Malek (papers on Tabaristan) and R. and M. Tye (Jitals, South Uist, 1995)
  • 1999 N.G. Goussous (Umayyad Coinage of Bilad al-Sham, Amman, 1996)
  • 2000 S. Album (Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean Museum, 10 : Arabia and East Africa, Oxford, 1999)
  • 2003 S. Goron and J. Goenka (The Coins of the Indian Sultanates, New Delhi, 2001)
  • 2005 S. Heidemann (numismatic contributions to Raqqa, die Islamische Stadt, Mainz, 2003) and S. Album and A. Goodwin (Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean Museum, 1: The Pre-Reform Coinage of the Early Islamic Period, Oxford, 2002)
  • 2007 Aman ur-Rahman (Zahir uddin Mahammad Babur. A Numismatic Study, Karachi, 2005) and J. Bacharach (Islamic History Through Coins: an Analysis and Catalogue of Tenth-century Ikshidid Coinage, Cairo and New York, 2006)
  • 2009 Tony Goodwin (Studies in the Khalili Collection, IV: Arab-Byzantine Coinage, London, 2005)
  • 2012 Giulio Bernardi (Arabic Gold Coins. Corpus, vol. I, Trieste, 2010)
  • 2013 Norman ‘Doug’ Nicol (Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean Volume 3 – Early ‘Abbasid Precious Metal Coinage (to 218 AH) and Volume 4 – Later ‘Abbasid precious metal coinage (from 219 AH) (both Ashmolean Museum, 2012)
  • 2014 Yahya Jafar (The Seljuq Period in Baghdad 447-552 AH. A Numismatic and Historical Study, London, 2011) and Luke Treadwell (Craftsmen and Coins: Signed Dies in the Iranian World (3rd to 5th Centuries, AH), Vienna, 2011)