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Change: The Development of the Monetary Economy of Ancient Anatolia, c. 630-30 BC

The European Union is providing some two million euros in funding to a joint research project between the University of Oxford, the British Museum and the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The aim of the five-year project is to produce a comprehensive, digitally accessible catalogue of pre-imperial coinage in Anatolia.

Digitalisation is the order of the day for numismatics as for so many disciplines, but the research materials are often spread far and wide and are difficult to access. There is currently no complete overview of the coinage produced in pre-imperial Anatolia. The catalogue will cover the mints in some 336 cities, numerous different rulers and a time period stretching from the 7th century BCE when the cultural techniques of coin production were first invented, through to the region’s absorption into the Roman Empire in c. 30 BCE.

Now also supported by the EU, the project „Change: The Development of the Monetary Economy of Ancient Anatolia, c. 630-30 BC“ is based at the University of Oxford. The British Museum in London and the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are project partners. With more than 540,000 numismatic objects from antiquity through to the present day, the Münzkabinett boasts one of the six most important numismatic collections in the world.


Project Leader: Professor Andrew Meadows, University of Oxford
Project Partners: Dr Amelia Dowler, The British Museum, Prof. Dr Bernhard Weisser, Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu BerlinProject Advisory Committee: Professor Alain Bresson, University of Chicago, Dr Frédérique Duyrat, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Dr Ulrike Peter, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Prof. Dr Oğuz Tekin, Koç University, AKMED, Antalya Dr Karsten Tolle, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt
Duration: September 2020 to September 2025 (with the Münzkabinett as a procect partner until September 2023)
Funding: European Research Council (ERC)