News | Published: Tue 10 Jan 2012
Prof Theodore Buttrey, Honorary Keeper of Ancient Coins since 2008 and former Keeper of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum (1988-1991) has been awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Medal of the Institut für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte of the University of Vienna. He is the second individual to receive the medal, a new international award in numismatics, which has been awarded in recognition for his studies of numismatics, ancient and modern, and for the longstanding collaboration with the Institute whose books and auction catalogue library he has helped to build over the years.
The ceremony took place on December 1st 2011, Saint Eligius’ Day, the patron saint of goldsmiths and of numismatists. The medal is the creation of Prof Helmut Zobl, the renowned Austrian medallic artist, his designs being used as well on several Austrian and German coins.
The focus of Prof Buttrey’s scholarly interests is Greek and Roman numismatics with important publications on Classical Greek coins, late Roman Republican and Flavian coinage, as well as Mexican monetary history. Through his efforts the numismatic auction catalogue library of the Fitzwilliam Museum is now the largest of its kind in a public institution in the world.