Treasures in the Netherworld (lecture in Oxford, 19 July)

“Treasures in the Netherworld – a nineteenth-century Chinese local handicraft industry of mock money” – is the title of a talk by Dr PAN Weilin 潘玮琳 on Wednesday 19 July in the Heberden Coin Room, at the Ashmolean Museum.

Dr Pan, of the Institute of China Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, is currently a visiting scholar in the Dept of Coins and Medals, at the British Museum. Her visit is funded by the E.S.G. Robinson Charitable Trust, which commemorates the legacy of Sir Stanley Robinson (1887-1976), a former Head of the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, and Reader in Numismatics at Oxford, and “unquestionably the greatest Greek numismatist of his time”.


Pan Weilin’s publications include a long article (in Chinese) on this subject:

潘玮琳:《”祀鬼之业”:近代社会变迁中的江浙锡箔业》,复旦大学历史学系、复旦大学中外现代化进程研究中心编:《近代中国的物质文化》 (近代中国研究集刊 5),上海古籍出版社,2015,1-42页。ISBN978-7-5325-7958-7。[“The business of making offerings for ghosts”: the tin-foil industry in Jiangsu and Zhejiang during modern social changes]

Prof YANG Junchang, archaeo-metallurgist in London, 8 June

Prof YANG Junchang 杨军昌 is one of the leading scholars in archaeo-metallurgy and conservation in Shaanxi Province. After 20 years’ service as a conservation scientist in institutions of archaeology and cultural heritage, Professor Yang joined the Northwest Polytechnic University 西北工业大学材料学院 in Xi’an recently, setting up a new department to promote multi-disciplinary research combining material, archaeological and conservation sciences. (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

 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…)