Charles Batten Hillier (1820-1856)

A few years ago, Andrew Hillier visited the Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum, in search of information about his great-great-grandfather, C.B. Hillier, who had published two pieces on Chinese numismatics in the Transactions of the China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society in the 1840s and 1850s. Since then, Dr Hillier has completed a PhD on the Hillier family in China and Hong Kong. Now a Research Associate at the University of Bristol, he kindly agreed to write this guest-post, putting C.B. Hillier’s work into a broader context. (more…)

Money in Ancient China: People and their Everyday Life around Money

Money in Ancient China: People and their Everyday Life around Money, by KAKINUMA Yōhei (Yoshikawa Kobunkan, 2015, ISBN 978-4642057950)  —  thanks to Wen-yi Huang for highlighting this book on her EarlyChinaSinology blog. The book is in Japanese, and I’ve tried to put the abstract and contents into English below. (My Japanese isn’t very good, and if you spot any errors, please let me know so I can correct them.) (more…)

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…)

Lord Charles Beresford’s Chinese coins at the V&A

In 1899, “a small but interesting collection” of Chinese coins was displayed in the Cross Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London. Gertrude Burford Rawlings, author of The Story of the British Coinage, Coins and How to Know Them, The Story of Books, and Old London (and a translator of 17th-century French philosophy) wrote a short, descriptive note about the display in Spink’s Numismatic Circular in September 1899. She noted that the collection was lent by Lord Charles Beresford, but offered no further information about him, suggesting perhaps that he was too well known to need an introduction.  (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…)