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Trinity Term 2023 Ancient History Sub-Faculty Seminar, University of Oxford: Monetary Economies of the Hellenistic World – All Welcome!

Organised by Marcus Chin, Simon Glenn, and Leah Lazar

We are pleased to circulate the programme and abstracts for the Oxford Ancient History Sub-Faculty seminar series taking place in Trinity Term 2023 (April to June). All are welcome.

All meetings will take place at 4pm on Tuesdays in the Lecture Theatre of the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU. Papers will be followed by informal discussion over drinks. 

The seminar series is generously supported by the Royal Numismatic Society, the Classics Faculty Board, and the Craven Committee.


Week 1 (April 25th)

Véronique Chankowski, Université Lyon 2/ Ecole Française d’Athènes: ‘Observing monetary changes in the Mediterranean from Delos: elements for a new narrative’.

Week 2 (May 2nd)

Catherine Grandjean, Université de Tours: ‘Monetization and the History of Hellenistic Greece’.

Week 3 (May 9th)

Marcus Chin, Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford: ‘Beyond the Attalids: dynastic rulership, coinage, and regional authority in Hellenistic Anatolia’.

Week 4 (May 16th)

Julien Olivier, Bibliothèque nationale de France: ‘Managing coinage. Creating, (re-melting) and reforming Ptolemaic gold and silver coinage from the 4th to the 1st century BC’. 

Week 5 (May 23rd)

Simon Glenn, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: ‘The Bactrian Mirage: coins and the economy of a “minor” Hellenistic kingdom’.

Week 6 (May 30th)

Zosia Archibald, University of Liverpool: ‘Money and Economy in Thrace: Pistiros and its context in south-eastern Europe’.

Week 7 (June 6th)

Suzanne Frey-Kupper, University of Warwick: ‘Hellenistic coinage in Sicily as part of other material culture, from the late fourth century to the first century BC’.

Week 8 (June 13th)

Selene Psoma, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: ‘The Alexanders issued by Greek Cities of Western Asia Minor: a Reappraisal’.

Special Offer on Andrew Burnett’s “The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Island – A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment” (RNS Special Publication 58)

In celebration of the British Numismatic Society’s decision to award SP 58 its North Book Prize for 2022, Spink are delighted to offer a discount of £25 on every copy sold (RRP £150), with an additional 25% off for RNS and BNS members, until the end of December 2022!

Click here for the Spink Books website. When checking out, use code: SWE0FCM0BBG1

Apply now! RNS Travel Grants for the British School at Athens Postgraduate Course in Numismatics

The Royal Numismatic Society is pleased to announce four bursaries worth £500 each to assist students with travel and meal expenses associated with the British School at Athens Postgraduate Numismatic course in 2023. Potential applicants should indicate they wish to apply for a grant on the application form to the BSA – for more information on the school and applying see

Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-2022

On behalf of the Society the President has posted our sincere condolences on the death of our patron, Queen Elizabeth on the Monarchy website. All Fellows will wish to be associated with the Society in expressing our great appreciation and admiration of her seventy years of service to her country. The Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, was an Honorary Fellow of the Society and as a Society we value our royal patronage very highly.

Seventh Century Syrian Numismatic Round Table

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on Monday 26th-Tuesday 27th September 2022

The Round Table aims to bring together numismatists, historians and archaeologist with an interest in Late Antiquity/Early Islam in Syria/Palestine and the surrounding area. This will be a small, informal conference which will include at least 16 papers with ample time allowed for discussion. The central focus will be the seventh century Byzantine coinage circulating in the Near East and the Syrian Arab-Byzantine coinage, but there will also be a few papers on related historical topics. A full programme will be published around one month before the conference date.

All papers will subsequently be published in a new volume of ‘Coinage and History in the Seventh Century Near East’.

There is a conference fee of £35 which covers refreshments and sandwich lunches over the two days. A limited number of college rooms will also be available at a cost of £60 per night.

The conference is open to all, but numbers are limited and pre-registration is essential.

This is not an event run by or in conjunction with the Royal Numismatic Society. If you would like to register, book a room, or just need further information, please contact Tony Goodwin on