MONEY & MEDALS
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
email: vcurtis @ thebritishmuseum.ac.uk