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Joe Cribb

Memberships: RNS, ONS, Royal Asiatic Society.


Awards/Prizes: Royal Numismatic Society Medal 1999; Lhotka Prize 1986 (ed. Money: from Cowrie shells to Credit Cards); Lhotka Prize 1990 (with Barrie Cook and Ian Carradice The Coin Atlas); Lhotka Prize 1993 (with Elizabeth Errington, The Crossroads of Asia).


Career Summary: British Museum Curator of Asian Currencies 1970–2003, Keeper of Coins and Medals 2003–2010 ; RNS Honorary Secretary 1983–94, President 2004–2009; ONS Secretary General 2011–


Areas of interest/research: Coins, Paper Money and other currencies of Asia, particularly ancient Central, South and South East Asia; Eric Gill.


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

  •  Eric Gill: Lust for Letter and Line, London, British Museum Press, London, 2011 (at press), 112 pp.

  • The Kidarites, the Numismatic Evidence, in Coins, Art and Chronology II, editors M. Alram, D. Klimburg-Salter, M. Inaba & M Pfisterer, Vienna 2010: 91–146.

  • Money as Metaphor, Numismatic Chronicle, part 1 (Money is justice), 2005: 417–38, pl. 47; part 2 (Money is order), 2006: 493–517, pls. 83–96; part 3 (Money is time), 2007: 361–95, pls. 83–96; part 4 (Money is power), 2009: 461–529, pl. 50–6.

  • The Kushan pantheon,Coins and the chronology of Gandhara, in Gandhara – The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan, editors M. Jansen & C. Luczanits, Bonn 2008: 64–9, 88–92, 109–12, 122–6 and 145–53.

  • Coins from Kashmir Smast – New Numismatic Evidence, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, 2008, co-authored with M.N. Khan and E. Errington, 286pp.

  • Coins from Kashmir Smast – New Numismatic Evidence (with M.N. Khan & E. Errington), Peshawar 2008, 286 pp.

  • Eric Gill and Ditchling: The Workshop Tradition, Ditchling Museum, Ditchling, 2007 (co-authored with R. Cribb), 92 pp.

  • Rediscovering the Kushans, in From Persepolis to the Punjab – Exploring Ancient Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, editors E. Errington & V.S. Curtis, London 2007: 179–210.

  • After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam, Proceedings of the British Academy 133, London, 2007 (co-edited with G. Herrmann), 530 pp

  • Monnayage préislamique de Bangladesh, IIIe siècle av. J.C. – XIIIe siècle ap. J.C., in Chefs-d’oeuvre du delta du Ganges, editors V. Lefèvre & M.-F. Boussac, Paris 2007: 45–8.

  • Money as a marker of cultural continuity and change in Central Asia, in, After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam, editors J. Cribb, J. & Herrmann, G., London 2007: 333–75.

  • Metallurgical Analysis of Chinese Coins at the British Museum, British Museum Research Publication no. 152, British Museum Press, London, 2005 (with H. Wang, M. Cowell and S. Bowman), iv and 100 pp.

  • The Greek kingdom of Bactria, its coinage and collapse, in, Afghanistan – ancien carrefour entre l’Est et l’Ouest, editors O. Bopearachchi & M.-F. Boussac, Turnhout 2005: 207-25.

  • The Indian Coinage Tradition: Origins, Continuity and Change, Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies, Nasik, 2005, 72 pp.

  • The origins of the Indian coinage tradition, South Asian Studies, 19, 2003: 1–19.

  • Ancient Indian Coins from the Chand Collection, Rarities International Pte Ltd. (in association with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore), Singapore, 2003 (with V.K. Chand), 66 pp.

  • The coins from Akra, Ancient Pakistan, XV, 2002: 65–84.

  • The Order of Industrial Heroism – Eric Gill’s Medal for the Daily Herald, Orders and Medals Society, London, 2000 (with W.H. Fevyer and J.W. Wilson), xii and 197 pp.

  • Early Indian History, in Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India, by M. Willis, London 2000: 39-54

  • Kanishka I’s Buddha image coins revisited, in Silk Road Art and Archaeology, 6, 1999/2000: 151–89

  • Magic Coins of Java, Bali and the Malay Peninsula, 13th century to 20th century – A Catalogue based on the Raffles Collection of Coin-shaped charms from Java in the British Museum, British Museum Press, London, 1999, 208 pp., 80 pl.

  • The early Kushan kings: new evidence for chronology, in Coins, Art and Chronology, Essays on the pre-Islamic History of the Indo-Iranian Borderlands, editors M. Alram & D.E. Klimburg-Salter, Vienna 1999: 177–205.

  • Western Satraps and Satavahanas: old and new ideas of chronology, in Ex Moneta, Essays in Honour of D.W. MacDowall, editors A.K. Jha & S. Garg, Nasik 1998: 151–64.

  • Debasement and sequence of late Kushana gold coins, in Ex Moneta, Essays in Honour of Dr. David W. MacDowall, editors A.K. Jha & S. Garg, Nasik 1998: 253–68 (with W.A. Oddy).

  • The end of Greek coinage in Bactria and India and its evidence for the Kushan coinage system, in Studies in Greek Numismatics in Memory of M.J. Price, editors R. Ashton & S. Hurter, London 1998: 83–98, pls 21–23.

  • Shiva images on Kushan and Kushano-Sasanian coins, in Studies in Silk Road Coins and Culture, Papers in Honour of Professor Ikuo Hirayama on his 65th Birthday, editors K. Tanabe, J. Cribb & H. Wang, Kamakura 1997: 11–66.

  • India and South East Asia, in Money – a History, editors J. Williams, J. Cribb & E. Errington, London 1997 (2nd edition, 2007): 108–134.

  • Numismatic perspectives on chronology in the Crossroads of Asia, in Gandharan Art in Context – East-West Exchanges at the Crossroads of Asia (editors E. Errington, N. Kreitman, & al.), New Delhi 1997: 215–30.

  • Numismatic evidence for the Roman trade with ancient India, in The Indian Ocean in Antiquity, editor J. Reade, London 1996: 309–19, (with P. Turner).

  • A new Bactrian inscription of Kanishka the Great, Silk Road Art and Archaeology, 4, 1995/6: 76–142 (with N. Sims-Williams).

  • The 'Heraus' coins: their attribution to the Kushan king Kujula Kadphises, c. AD 30–80, in Essays in honour of Robert Carson and Kenneth Jenkins, editors M. Price, A. Burnett & R. Bland, London 1993: 107–34, pls. XXIII–XXVII.

  • A Catalogue of Sycee in the British Museum, Chinese Silver Currency Ingots, c.1750–1933, British Museum Press, London 1992, 366 pp., 71 plates.

  • Crossroads of Asia, Transformation in Image and Symbol in the Art of Ancient Afghanistan and Pakistan (co-edited with E. Errington), Cambridge 1992, 306 pp.

  • Numismatic evidence for the date of the Periplus, in Indian Numismatics, History, Art and Culture, editors D. W. MacDowall, S. Sharma & S. Garg, Delhi 1992: 131–45.

  • Eyewitness Guide: Money, Dorling Kindersley, London, 1990, revised edition, 2000, 64 pp.

  • Numismatic evidence for Kushano-Sasanian chronology, in Studia Iranica, 1990: 151–93, pls. I–VIII.

  • The Coin Atlas, London, Macdonald, London, 1990, with I Carradice and B Cook, 337 pp.

  • Money in the Bank, an Illustrated Introduction to the Money Collection of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1987, xii and 204 pp.

  • The Sino-Kharoshthi coins of Khotan, Numismatic Chronicle, 1984: 128–52; 1985: 139–49, pls. 20–23.

  • Dating India's earliest coins, in South Asian Archaeology 1983, edited by M. Taddei & J. Schotsmans, Naples 1985: 535–54.

  • The origin of the Buddha image – the numismatic evidence, in South Asian Archaeology, 1981, editor B. Allchin, Cambridge 1984: 231–44.

  • Investigating the introduction of coinage in India – a Review of Recent Research, in Journal of the Numismatic Society of India, XLV, 1983: 80–101.

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