Dr Volker Heuchert

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Academic Background

I am the curator of Greek and Roman Provincial coins at the Ashmolean Museum. As Research Lecturer in Greek Coinage I lecture on the subject. I also teach Greek coinage to undergraduate and graduate students.

I received my education at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf and the University of Oxford. From 1994 to 2002 I studied the Roman Provincial coinage of the Antonine period (AD 138–192) as part of a seven-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In 2002 I became Collections Manager of the Heberden Coin Room and was heavily involved in the re-development of the Ashmolean Museum. I have held my current position since late 2012 and am on the committee of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum project of the British Academy.

Research Interests

My main research interest is the Roman Provincial coinage of the Antonine Period – the time from the accession of Antoninus Pius to the death of Commodus (AD 138–192).  During that period around 380 cities (and other institutions) issued coins, representing an enormously rich resource for the study of the cultural, religious, political, economic and administrative history of the Roman Empire. My work on this vast topic, which I began in 1993 with my doctorate at the University of Oxford, will result in a standard typology of the provincial coinage of the Antonine period and be published as the fourth volume of the Roman Provincial Coinage (RPC) series. A temporary version of the catalogue has been made available since 2006 through the innovative RPC Online website. How the material can be used has been demonstrated through a book entitled Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces, which I co-edited.


Together with Stanley Ireland and Philip Kinns I am also working on the publication of the Greek coins of Ionia in the Ashmolean Museum as a Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum volume. Finally, as curator of Greek and Roman provincial coins I am involved in the digitising of the museum’s collection to make coin images and descriptions freely available via the Heberden Coin Room’s WebApp.


Full Publications:

Selected Publication:

1) A tooled coin and a forgery of the 'Koinon of the Thirteen Cities', in K. Dörtlük, O. Tekin, O.; R. Seyhan Boyraz (eds.), First International Congress of the Anatolian Monetary History and Numismatics, 25-28 February 2013, Antalya. Proceedings (Antalya, 2014), 207-306.

2) The Chronological Development of Roman Provincial Coin Iconography', in C. Howgego, V. Heuchert and A. Burnett (eds.), Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces, (2005), 29-56.

3) 'Roman Provincial Coinage', in C. Alfaro and A. Burnett (eds.), A Survey of Numismatic Research 1996 - 2001, (Madrid: International Numismatic Commission and International Association of Professional Numismatists 2003), 313-43.