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Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis

Memberships: RNS, British Institute of Persian Studies, Iran Heritage Foundation (Member of the Academic Committee)


Career Summary: Curator of Iranian and Islamic Coins


Areas of interest/research: Royal and religious Iconography. Joint Director with Dr Michael Alram of The International Parthian Coin Project with the Coin Cabinet, Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Coin Cabinet, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; National Museum of Iran, Tehran; American Numismatic Society, New York.


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

  • ‘Fascination with the past: ancient Persia on the coins and banknotes of Iran’,  in S. Bhandaree and S. Garg (eds.), Felicitas. Essays in Numismatics, Epigraphy & History in Honour of Joe Cribb,  New Delhi, 2011.

  • From Persepolis to the Punjab, with E. Errington. BMC 2007, 2011.

  • A Sylloge of Sasanian Coins in the National Museum of Iran, Tehran, Vol. I Ardashir I-Hormizd IV, With M. Elahe Askari and E.Pendleton, (Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication No. 47, London, 2010). Vol. 2. Khusrau II-Yazdagard III, (London 2012)

  • The Rise of Islam, with S. Stewart (eds), London and New York, 2009.

  • The Sasanian Era, with S. Stewart (eds), London and New York, 2008.

  • “Religious iconography on ancient Iranian coins”, in J.Cribb and G.Herrmann, After Alexander. Central Asia before Islam, Proceedings of the British Academy 133: 413-434, Oxford, New York, 2007.

  • The Age of the Parthians, with S. Stewart (eds.), (London and New York, I.B. Tauris, 2007).

  • ‘The Iranian revival’, in V.S. Curtis and S. Stewart (eds.), The Age of the Parthians (London, New York, I.B.Tauris, 2007): 1-25.

  • Birth of the Persian Empire, with S. Stewart (eds.), (London and New York, I.B. Tauris 2005).

  • Persian Love Poetry, with S. Canby, (London, The British Museum Press, 2005, 2006, 2007).

  • ‘The legacy of ancient Persia’, in J. Curtis and N. Tallis, Forgotten Empire. The World of Ancient Persia (London, The British Museum Press, 2005): 250-7.

  • Persian Myths (London, The British Museum Press, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2005).



Curator of Middle Eastern Coins


Department of Coins and Medals,

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


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