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THE ORIGINS OF COINAGE

5:30pm-6:45pm on Friday 1 April

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Ancient India and Iran Trust, 23 Brooklands Avenue, CB2 8BG

Coins were invented in both Eastern and Western Asia. This can be demonstrated by tracing back from the coins of today through numismatic research. The dating of these first coins to c. 600 BC has been confirmed by recent archaeology in central northern China and western Turkey.

In the East coins were made by casting uniform imitations of bronze tools and in the West by stamping weighed amounts of gold alloy with seal-like tools. Once invented, coins spread quickly from around the Mediterranean and across northern China. Archaeology and numismatic research have shown when, where and how coins were invented, but the question of why still remains a matter for speculation. Here an alternative suggestion is made, that the first coins were made to manage taxation.

Joe Cribb, Adjunct Professor of Numismatics at Hebei Normal University, is former Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, where he worked for 40 years (1970–2010). He is also an honorary research associate of the Ashmolean Museum and a trustee of the Ancient India and Iran Trust. He is a specialist in the monetary history of Asia and has published catalogues on Chinese ingots and Javanese coin charms in the British Museum and Kushan coins in the American Numismatic Society, New York. His current research is focused on the ancient coinages of Pakistan, Afghanistan and northern India.

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Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 30
Theme: Discovery
Accessibility: Hearing loop, Step-free access
Image copyright: British Museum

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