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Dr Martin Allen

Memberships: FSA, RNS, BNS


Awards/Prizes: John Sanford Saltus Gold Medal of the British Numismatic Society, 2011; North Book Prize of the British Numismatic Society 2006, for The Durham Mint, and 2014, for Mints and Money in Medieval England.


Career Summary: Martin Allen completed a PhD thesis in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University in 1999, and since the late 1990s he has worked in the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He is the administrator of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds (EMC), the Editor of the British Numismatic Society, and a Vice President of the Royal Numismatic Society. He is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History at Cambridge University, teaching monetary history.


Areas of interest/research: English coinage from the tenth to the sixteenth century; medieval mint organization; ecclesiastical mints; analysis of coin finds; medieval economic history.  


Published works relating to your work on Money and Medals


  • Mints and Money in Medieval England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

  • The Durham Mint, British Numismatic Society Special Publication 4 (London, 2003).


  Articles, book chapters

  • ‘John de Courcy and the early Anglo-Irish coinage’, British Numismatic Journal 88 (2018), pp. 4154.

  • ‘Coins and the Church in medieval England: votive and economic functions of money in religious contexts’, in Divina Moneta – Coins in Religion and Ritual, edited by N.M. Burström and G.T. Ingvardson (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), pp. 16073.

  • ‘Prices in medieval England: the influence of monetary factors’, in I prezzi delle cose. Nell’etá preindustriale: selezione di ricerche (The Price of Things. In Pre-indutstrial Times: Selection of Essays), Atti delle “Settimane di Studi” e altri Convegni, 48 (Florence, 2017), pp. 20114.

  • ‘The first Sterling Area’, Economic History Review 70 (2017), pp. 79100.

  • ‘The Calais mint and the wool trade’, in Money and its Use in Medieval Europe Three Decades On. Essays in Honour of Professor Peter Spufford, edited by M. Allen and N. Mayhew, Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 52 (London, 2017), pp. 3142.

  • ‘Medieval merchants and the English mints’, in Medieval Merchants and Money. Essays in Honour of James L. Bolton, edited by M. Allen and M. Davies (London: Institute of Historical Research, 2016), pp. 197212.

  • ‘The York local coinage of the reign of Stephen (113554)’, Numismatic Chronicle 176 (2016), pp. 283318.

  • ‘Currency depreciation and debasement in medieval Europe’, in Money in the Western Legal Tradition, edited by W. Ernst and D. Fox (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 41–52.  

  • ‘Coin hoards in England and Wales, c. 973–1544’, in Hoarding and the Deposition of Metalwork from the Bronze Age to the 20th Century: a British Perspective, edited by J. Naylor and R. Bland, British Archaeological Reports British Series 615 (Oxford, 2015), pp. 147–65.

  • ‘Coin finds and the English money supply, c. 973–1544’, in Money, Prices and Wages: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew, edited by M. Allen and D. Coffman (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), pp. 7–23.

  • ‘The mints of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian England, 871–1066’, in Towns and Topography. Essays in Memory of David H. Hill, edited by G. R. Owen-Crocker and S. D. Thompson (Oxford: Oxbow, 2014), pp. 68–73.

  • ‘The English Crown and the coinage, 1399–1485’, in The Fifteenth Century XIII, edited by L. Clark (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2014), pp. 183–99.

  • ‘Coinage and currency under William I and William II’, in Early Medieval Monetary History: Studies in Memory of Mark Blackburn, edited by R. Naismith, M. Allen and E. Screen (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 85–112.

  • ‘The Winchester mint and exchange, 1158–1250’, in The Winchester Mint and Coins and Related Finds from the Excavations of 1961–71, edited by M. Biddle, Winchester Studies 8 (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012), pp. 56–65.

  • ‘The mints and moneyers of England and Wales, 1066–1158’, British Numismatic Journal 82 (2012), pp. 54–120.

  • ‘Mints and money in Norman England’, in Anglo-Norman Studies XXXIV. Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2011, edited by D. Bates (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012), pp. 1–21.

  • ‘The currency and the economy in late medieval England’, Yorkshire Numismatist 4 (2012), pp. 175–82.

  • ‘The exchanges in the City of London, 1344–1538’, in Proceedings of the XIVth International Numismatic Congress Glasgow 2009, edited by N. Holmes, 2 vols (Glasgow: International Numismatic Council, 2011), pp. 1355–9.

  • ‘Silver production and the money supply in England and Wales, 1086–c.1500’, Economic History Review 64 (2011), pp. 114–31.

  • ‘A thirteenth-century enquiry into the administration of the Bury St Edmunds mint’, British Numismatic Journal 80 (2010), pp. 189–93.

  • ‘The output and profits of the Calais mint, 1349–1450’, British Numismatic Journal 80 (2010), pp. 131–9.

  • ‘Monthly mint output figures for the coinage of Richard III’, Numismatic Chronicle 169 (2009), pp. 213–15.

  • ‘The proportions of the denominations in English mint outputs, 1351–1485’, British Numismatic Journal, 77 (2007), pp. 190–209.

  • ‘Henry II and the English coinage’, in Henry II: New Interpretations, edited by C. Harper-Bill (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007), pp. 257–77.

  • ‘The volume of the English currency, c. 973–1158’, in Coinage and History in the North Sea World, c. AD 500–1200. Essays in Honour of Marion Archibald, edited by B. Cook and G. Williams (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006), pp. 485–523.

  • ‘The English coinage of 1153/4–1158’, British Numismatic Journal, 76 (2006), pp. 242–302.

  • ‘The Cambridge mint after the Norman Conquest’, Numismatic Chronicle, 166 (2006), pp. 237–44.

  • ‘The quantity of money in England 1180–1247: new data’, British Numismatic Journal, 75 (2005), pp. 44–9.

  • ‘The interpretation of single-finds of English coins, 1279–1544’, British Numismatic Journal, 75 (2005), pp. 50–62.

  • ‘The fourteenth-century hoard from Chesterton Lane Corner, Cambridge’, British Numismatic Journal, 75 (2005), pp. 63–90.

  • ‘Medieval English die-output’, British Numismatic Journal, 74 (2004), pp. 39–49.

  • ‘The English currency and the commercialization of England before the Black Death’, in Medieval Money Matters, edited by D. Wood (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2004), pp. 31–50.

  • ‘The archbishop of York’s mint after the Norman Conquest’, Northern History, 41 (2004), pp. 21–34.

  • ‘Italians in English mints and exchanges’, in Fourteenth Century England II,  edited by C. Given-Wilson (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2002), pp. 53–62.

  • ‘English coin hoards, 1158–1544’, British Numismatic Journal, 72 (2002), pp. 24-84.

  • ‘The volume of the English currency, 1158–1470’, Economic History Review, 2nd series, 54 (2001), pp. 595–611.

  • ‘Ecclesiastical mints in thirteenth-century England’, in Thirteenth Century England VIII: Proceedings of the Durham Conference 1999, edited by M. Prestwich, R. Britnell and R. Frame (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2001), pp. 113–22.

  • ‘The volume and composition of the English silver currency, 1279–1351’, British Numismatic Journal, 70 (2000), pp. 38–44.

  • ‘Ecclesiastical mints in fifteenth-century England’, Numismatic Chronicle, 160 (2000), pp. 249–59.

  • ‘Mint output in the English recoinage of 1247–1250’, British Numismatic Journal, 69 (1999), pp. 207–10.

  • ‘Documentary evidence for the output, profits and expenditure of the Bury St Edmunds mint’, British Numismatic Journal, 69 (1999), pp. 210–13.









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