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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 4, January 28, 2024, Article 4


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Wang and Bracey cover.indd Look at the Coins! Papers in Honour of Joe Cribb on his 75th Birthday
Edited by Helen Wang, Robert Bracey

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The twenty-four contributions in Look at the Coins! reflect the vast scope of Joe Cribb's interests, including Asian numismatics, museology, poetry and art. The papers are arranged geographically, then chronologically or thematically.

The first seven papers look at coins, charms and silver currencies in or from China: Chinese coin-shaped charms, Han dynasty gold unearthed in the Tomb of the Marquis of Haihun, Jiangxi, silver in the history of Chinese currency, a metallurgical and historical study of Song dynasty coins, the Department of Iron Coins at Dongtangzi Hutong in Beijing and the only known annotated plan of a Chinese mint, the six million dollars in silver of the Canton Ransom, and a hoard of Chinese coins found in Turkey. One paper focuses on the coins and medals of the two Pahlavi Shahs of Iran.

Nine papers look at finds from ancient Central Asia and Afghanistan: coins of South Soghd in the first two centuries AD, the identity of the rider on Indo-Greek coins, the phonology of Greek names in Kharo??hi script, questions of identity and interpretation in Gandharan reliefs, first-century AD coins in stupa deposits and the beginning of the Buddhist relic cult in Afghanistan, a hoard of Kushan gold coins from Swabi, Gandharan Jatakas, Avadanas and Purvayogas, Indian imitations of Kushan coins, and a new gold coin of Vasudeva I.

Four papers relate to India: Roman coins found in India, ‘Hera?ika' in the inscriptions of the Western Deccan (c. 200 BC–300), the peck and shroff marks of sixteenth-century North India, and Henry Ernest Stapleton and the coin collection in the Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Two papers relate to South East Asia: one revisits the Stamford Raffles' Collections, and the other discusses a hybrid pendant found in Thailand. The last contribution celebrates some of Joe's less well-known interests: poetry, art medals and art photography.


  • Look at the Coins!
  • Auspiciousness in Ancient Chinese Coins – Dai Zhiqiang
  • Han Dynasty Gold Currency Unearthed in the Tomb of the Marquis of Haihun, Jiangxi – Yao Shuomin
  • A Thousand Glistening Years — Silver in the History of Chinese Currency – Wu Danmin
  • A New Interpretation of the Jiaxiqian (Coins Containing Tin) of the Song Dynasty – Dai Jianbing, Tong Yu, Nan Fang
  • Cast Iron Furnaces of Modern Diplomacy in China: The Department of Iron Coins at Dongtangzi Hutong in Beijing – Alex Chengyu Fang
  • The Canton Ransom – What Happened to the Six Million Dollars of Silver? – Helen Wang
  • A Hoard of Chinese Coins Found in Turkey – François Thierry
  • Un dépôt monétaire chinois trouvé en Turquie – François Thierry
  • Coins of Kesh with the Legend FS??G? X???S (South Soghd, Second Half of the 1st to the End of the 2nd Centuries AD) – Aleksandr Naymark
  • Imperial Ambitions: Coins and Medals of the Two Pahlavi Shahs of Iran – Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
  • The Identity of the Rider on Indo-Greek Coins – Simon Glenn
  • The Phonology of Greek Names in Kharo??hi Script – Stefan Baums
  • Questions of Identity and Interpretation, or When is a Parrot a Goose? – Elizabeth Errington
  • First-Century AD Coins in Stupa Deposits and the Beginning of the Buddhist Relic Cult in Afghanistan – Wannaporn Rienjang
  • A Hoard of Kushan Gold Coins from Swabi – Pankaj Tandon
  • Gandharan Jatakas, Avadanas and Purvayogas – David Jongeward
  • Notes on Indian Imitations of Kushan Coins – Emilia Smagur
  • A New Gold Coin of Vasudeva I with Investiture Scene – Gul Rahim Khan and Wasi Ullah
  • Speculation is Futile: Reflections on 30 Years of Studies of Roman Coins Found in India – P.J. Turner
  • Interrogating ‘Hera?ika' in the Inscriptions of the Western Deccan (c. 200 BC–300 AD) – Suchandra Ghosh
  • Preliminary Thoughts on the Peck and Shroff Marks of Sixteenth Century North India – Robert Bracey
  • Henry Ernest Stapleton and the Coin Collection in the Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Impact, Importance and Insight – Sutapa Sinha
  • Stamford Raffles' Collections: Entangled Objects – Alexandra Green
  • Key to the Riddle of Hybrids: a Pendant from Khlong Thom – Susmita Basu Majumdar
  • My Mate the Poet Joe Cribb – Stephen Sack

About the Author
Joe Cribb is a world authority in numismatics. He retired in 2010, having worked in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum for over forty years, the last ten years as head of the department. Since then he has continued his research in Asian numismatics, producing over 40 publications. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Numismatics in the School of History and Culture at Hebei Normal University, Honorary Vice President of the Royal Numismatic Society, and Deputy General Secretary and member of the Editorial Board of the Oriental Numismatic Society. This volume has been prepared for his 75th birthday by friends and colleagues in appreciation of his contribution to the field, and especially for his support and guidance.

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