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Dr Barrie Cook

Memberships: FSA, RNS, BNS, BAMS


Awards/Prizes: Lhotka Prize 1990 (The Coin Atlas with J. Cribb and I.A. Carradice)


Career Summary: Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coins


Areas of interest/research: The history of the English mint, medieval counterfeiting, the coinages issued by kings of England in France in the medieval period; coins and ceremony; the city view on coins and medals of early modern Europe.


Details of books/publications relating to your work on Money and Medals:

  • ‘Two new coin brooches of tournois type; British Numismatic Journal 78 (2008), 236-9.

  • ‘Medieval coins excavated at the Tower of London’, Numismatic Chronicle 168 (2008):233-240.

  • ‘The medieval coins’, in D. Williams, ‘Green Lane, Wanborough: excavations at the Roman religious site 1999’, Surrey Archaeological Collections 93 (2007): 149-265 at pp. 255-7.

  • Coinage and History in the North Sea World c.500-1250: essays in honour of Marion Archibald, with G. Williams, The Northern World vol. 19 (Leiden: Brill, 2006); including the article ‘En monnaie aiant cours: the monetary system of the Angevin empire’:617-86.

  • Encounters: Travel and Money in the Byzantine World, with E. Georganteli, (Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2006).

  • ‘A hoard of medieval English coins from Yuretta, near Bilbao’, Numismatic Chronicle164 (2004).

  • ‘Tudor Coinage’, British Numismatic Journal 73 (2003): 107-115.

  • Survey of Numismatic Research (Madrid, 2003), co-editor of the medieval and modern papers.

  • Reports incorporated into A.J.L. Winchester, ‘A medieval coin hoard from Waverton’, Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society 3 (2003): 237-9.

  • Reports incorporated into M. Clement, ‘A hoard of 13th century silver pennies found at Arnside’, Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society 3 (2003): 233-4.

  • ‘New hoards from seventeenth century England II’, British Numismatic Journal 72 (2002): 95-114.

  • English Medieval Coin Hoards I: Cross and Crosslets, Short Cross and Long Cross Hoards, with M. M. Archibald, (London, British Museum Occasional Paper 87, 2001)

  • ‘The late medieval mint of London’, in I Luoghi della Moneta: le sedi delle zecche dall’Antichita all’eta Moderna, (Milan, 2001).

  • B. Cook, ‘Crimes against the currency in twelfth and thirteenth century England’, in P.D. Clarke (ed.) Owens’s Historical Essays in Honour of Professor Jeffrey H. Denton, published as Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 83, no. 4 (2001): 51-70.

  • ‘The British Museum’s collection of coins of the Gonzaga’, in Le Monete dei Gonzaga, vol. VII (Milan, 2001).

  • ‘The afterlife of a coinage: the Lancastrian salut in England and elsewhere’, Numismatic Chronicle 161 (2001).

  • ‘The coins’, in ‘An unusual early 17th century burial at the Roman villa at Pinglestone Farm, Old Alresford’, by A.P. Fitzpatrick and M Laidlaw, with B.J. Cook, J.I. McKinley and N.A. Wells, Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club Archaeological Society 56 (2001), 219-228.

  • ‘Coining dies in late medieval England, with a catalogue of the British Museum collection’, Numismatic Chronicle 160 (2000): 219-47.

  • ‘Foreign coins in medieval England’, in Local Coins, Foreign Coins: Italy and Europe 11th to 15th centuries. Proceedings of the Second Cambridge Numismatic Symposium, ed. L. Travaini,  (Milan, 1999).

  • ‘The bezant in Angevin England’, Numismatic Chronicle 159 (1999).

  • ‘New hoards from seventeenth century England’, British Numismatic Journal 69 (1999).

  • ‘Medieval and early modern coin finds from South Ferriby, Humberside’, British Numismatic Journal 68 (1998).

  • ‘Humphrey Cole at the mint’, in Humphrey Cole: Mint, Measurement and Maps in Elizabethan England, ed. S Ackermann, BM Occasional Paper no.126 (1998).

  • ‘Treasure and treasure trove: coins and antiquities law in Britain’, and ‘The early European coinages for Sri Lanka’, both in Origin, Evolution and Circulation of Foreign Coins in the Indian Ocean, ed. O. Bopearachchi and D.P.M. Weerakkody (1998).

  • ‘A farthing of Henry VI’s Annulet issue from York’, Numismatic Circular 106 (December, 1998).

  • World of Money CD Rom (1998), as contributor.

  • Money: A History (1997), as co-author.

  • ‘An early 16th century silver hoard from Downham, Lancs.’, British Numismatic Journal 66 (1996): 131.

  • 'Showpieces: medallic coins in early modern Europe', The Medal 26 (1995)

  • 'Recent Tudor hoards', British Numismatic Journal 64 (1994): 70-83.

  • 'A small sixteenth century hoard of European gold coins', British Numismatic Journal 62 (1992): 194-5.

  • 'The Pinchbeck, Lincs., Treasure Trove', Numismatic Chronicle (1991): 183-97.

  • The Coin Atlas (1990), with J. Cribb and I. Carradice (winner of the Royal Numismatic Society's Lhotka Prize, and the American Numismatic Library’s Special Award); hardback reprint in 1999, and paperback version in 2000.

  • 'Four seventeenth century Treasure Troves', British Numismatic Journal 60 (1990): 87-98.

  • 'The Teynham, Kent, hoard of coins and banknotes', British Numismatic Journal 60 (1990), with V.H. Hewitt: 139-41.

  • 'The royal household and the mint (1279-1399)', Numismatic Chronicle (1989): 121-33.

  • 'An addition to the coinage of Bergerac', British Numismatic Journal 59 (1989): 212.

  • 'The 1987 Ryhall Treasure Trove', British Numismatic Journal 58 (1988): 96-101.

  • Editor - Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Numismatics, London 1986 (the medieval papers).










Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coins


British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG


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