UK & Eire region

UK Section meetings

The UK & EIRE secretary is Helen Wang

The Society holds meetings in London (British Museum) and Oxford (Ashmolean Museum) and online.

In the United Kingdom the society usually holds two study days each year at the British Museum, London, and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. For details contact Helen Wang.

Upcoming meetings

16th December 2023 at Spink and Son Ltd

67-69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET

The meeting will be hybrid using Teams. Contact your regional secretary for the link.

11.00–12.30, 2.00–4.30

11.30–12.00 Shailendra Bhandare, Ashmolean Museum: Early Buddhist Art in Deccan: Numismatic Underpinnings of Chronology and Political Backdrop

12.00–12.30 Vesta Curtis, British Museum: Parthian Coins – From Mithradates II to Orodes II (124–37 BCE)

Lunch available at various local restaurants

2.00–2.30 Zhang Ruiqi, Hebei Normal University: Han emperor Wudi’s baijinsanpin – three silver coins (119 BCE)

2.30–3.00 Richard Morel, British Library: An introduction to Southeast Asian Paper Money Collections in the British Library

3.00–3.30 Ray Liu Ruiliang, British Museum: Mixing and recycling: a new perspective to interpret the chemical composition of Chinese coinage (copper-alloys and silver) (with Mark Pollard, Oxford University)

3.30–4.00 Joe Cribb, Hebei Normal University: Numismatic Evidence of the Kushans in Xinjiang (1st – 2nd century CE)

With many thanks to Spink & Son Ltd for their support of the ONS.

Past meetings

ONS Study Day, Coin Study Room, Ashmolean Museum, Saturday 13th May 2023

  • 10.30 – meet in the Café before moving to the Coin Study Room
  • 11.00 – 11.45 – Alessandro Magnani, University of Bologna: The ‘Roman’ coin of Kujula Kadphises – an issue for merchants
  • 11.45 – 12.30 – Joe Cribb: A new Kushan inscription from Tajikistan and its bearing on coinage
  • 12.30 – 2.30 – lunch break (at own expense)
  • 2.30 – 3.15 – Shailen Bhandare: Satavahana silver coins – new insights
  • 3.15 – 4.00 – Paul Stevens: Satavahana coinage in a new comprehensive database of Indian coins

22nd June 2019: ONS Study Day, Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


  • “Afghanistan: coinage during the transition to Islamic rule 690-750” – Joe Cribb, London
  • “Excavations an Indo-Greek Site in the Peshawar Valley: Spring 2019” – Dr Gul Rahim Khan, University of Peshawar
  • “Islamic Art and Coinage: Some Insights” – Shailendra Bhandare, Oxford
  • “Umayyad Gold Coinage” – Graham Byfield, London

11 August 2018: Study Day, Ashmolean Museum


  • Shailen Bhandare, Oxford – The life of John Flaxman’s ‘Lion and Palm Tree’ in India
  • Joe Cribb, London – Some Kushan golden moments
  • Karan Singh, London – Lead coins of the Mitra kings of Punjab.
  • Paul Stevens. Great Missenden – Works in Progress: an Update
  • Gul Rahim Khan, University of Peshawar – Latest Archaeological Excavations at Hayatabad, Peshawar
  • Amol Bankar, independent scholar, Pune









May 6th 2017: ONS Meeting in Oxford

photo Karan Singh talking on Gupta coinage

photo Rahul Raza talking on Oriental-Greek understandings of Hellenistic coin imagery

photo Joe Cribb talking on Numismatic evidence for Kushan Chronology

photo The audience enjoying the humour of numismatic research.