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The Nicholas Rhodes Collection of Tibetan Coins

A reminder of how useful auction catalogues can be…  The Nicholas Rhodes Collection of Tibetan Coins  (羅寶士收藏 : 中國西藏錢幣 中國西藏紙幣), sold by Spink China, 21 August 2013, in Hong Kong – is available online.  (more…)

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Marco Polo Studies and Yuan dynasty money

There was a very interesting conference in Tübingen this week: Marco Polo Studies: Past, Present, Future (I’ve copied and pasted the programme below). It was an intense, and friendly, workshop, bringing together expertise from different fields. I’m not an expert in this period, and felt very honoured to be invited, and to have the chance to learn from specialists from Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy and the USA. I gave a powerpoint presentation packed with images, aiming to illustrate representative pieces and introduce some recent work. I mentioned, for example: (more…)

Richard von Glahn – 4 lectures in Paris, May 2017

Richard von Glahn is Professor of History, at UCLA, and author of Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China, 1000-1700 (1996) and The Economic History of China from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (2016) – and many other books and articles. This month he is in Paris, giving four lectures in different seminar series. I’ve copied the details below from the EHESS website, as a record. (more…)

Auspicious Symbols – ONS Study Day, London, 18 Nov 2017

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 On 18 November 2017 the ONS Study Day will focus on auspicious symbols. Coins (bank notes, tokens, and charms) are not decorated just with images or inscriptions. They also preserve a range of symbols and devices which might be considered under the term auspicious. This is a somewhat imprecise term but is often used to cover those parts of a design which cannot be considered either images or inscriptions. These symbols are amongst the most ambiguous elements in coin iconography with it being very unclear why an engraver added them to the coin. (more…)