Professor Christopher Howgego

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Academic Background

I joined the staff of the Ashmolean in 1988, initially as curator of Greek and Roman Coins. I became Acting Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room in 2005, and was Keeper from 2006 to 2023. I am currently Research Keeper.  I was lead curator for the new Money Gallery for the Ashmolean and supervised the creation of numismatic displays for 25 other galleries. I was Research Coordinator of the Ashmolean Museum from 2012 until 2020. I was Vice President of the Royal Numismatic Society for five years and am an Honorary Member of the Société royale de Numismatique de Belgique, a Corresponding Member of the American Numismatic Society, and hold the bronze and silver medals of the Norwegian Numismatic Society. I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Archaeological Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

I lectured on Roman Numismatics in the University of Oxford from 1988 until 2022. I have supervised 19 doctoral students and 10 masters' students, and taught many more. I currently welcome graduate students wanting to undertake research relating to Roman Hoards.

Research Interests

My research is linked by an interest in how ancient coinage can contribute to our understanding of history. I am the author of Ancient History from Coins, which is currently available in six languages, and have written widely on Roman coinage and history.

My interests have ranged across many relevant spheres of history, including economic, monetary, political and cultural. My first book was a standard work on countermarks on Roman Provincial Coinage (then called ‘Greek Imperials’), using that data to explore the relationships between coinage and the army, the movement of people, inflation and the function of coinage. Since then I have written on why ancient states struck coins, on the supply and use of money in the Roman world, on coin circulation and the integration of the Roman economy, on coinage and identity in the Roman provinces, and on the process of monetisation of temperate Europe.

I have been heavily involved in initiatives to further the online presentation of numismatic data. I was the founding Director of Roman Provincial Coinage Online and, with Professor Andrew Wilson, of the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project. I continue to direct both projects. I am also part of the team which developed Iron Age Coins in Britain and Celtic Coin Index Digital.

I act as an editor of the series Roman Imperial Coinage and Roman Provincial Coinage.

My current research is focussed on the Antonine coinage of Roman Egypt (AD 138–192) in preparation for volume 4 of the Roman Provincial Coinage series and on Roman hoards and hoarding.

Research Keywords

Roman Numismatics, Coin Hoards, Roman Provincial Coinage, Roman History




Full Publications: Howgego_C_Publication 2022

Selected Publications: 

Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire 

Roman Provincial Coinage Online

1990: Why did ancient states strike coins?, Numismatic Chronicle 150: 1-25.

1992: The supply and use of money in the Roman World 200 BC - AD 300, Journal of Roman Studies 82: 1-31.

1994: Coin circulation and the integration of the Roman economy, Journal of Roman Archaeology 7: 5-21.

1995 Ancient History from Coins, Routledge

2005 Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces with V. Heuchert and A. Burnett (eds.), Oxford University Press

2013 The Monetization of Temperate Europe, Journal of Roman Studies 103: 16–45

2022 Coin Hoards and Hoarding in the Roman World with J. Mairat and A. Wilson (eds.), Oxford University Press