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Dr Mark Blackburn

Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum
Reader in Numismatics and Monetary History, University of Cambridge
Fellow, Gonville and Caius College

Contact details

Tel. (direct) 01223 332917
Fax 01223 332923

Responsibilities and research interests

Mark Blackburn is Head of the Department of Coins and Medals and is particularly concerned with the Medieval and Oriental coins and historical medals. He directs the Medieval European Coinage project and Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds from the British Isles. He teaches numismatics and medieval monetary history to students of History, Archaeology, Art History, and Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, and he supervises research students in Early Medieval numismatics.

His research interests include the monetary history of Early Medieval Europe, with particular focus on Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman coinages, and the Viking coinages of Scandinavia and the British Isles; the recording and analysis of single-finds and their application to monetary circulation.

Appointments and academic history


LittD, University of Cambridge


Fellow, Gonville & Caius College; Registrary (2007-2010); Bye-Fellow (1990-91)


Reader in Numismatics and Monetary History, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Department, University of Cambridge; Honorary Research Associate (2001-04)


Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum


Research Associate and Senior Research Associate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge


Kleinwort Benson, Merchant Bankers


Chancery Bar


Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, PhD under Special Regulations ('Anglo-Saxon and Norman Monetary History')


Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law


St Edmund Hall, Oxford, BA in Jurisprudence; MA (1978)

Other appointments/awards


Derek Allen Prize of the British Academy


Holst Medal of Gunnar Holsts Stiftelse för Numismatik Göteborg


Sanford Saltus Medal of the British Numismatic Society


Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society


Fellow, MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research


President, British Numismatic Society


Affiliated Lecturer, Archaeology Department, University of Cambridge


Fellow, Royal Historical Society


Fellow, Society of Antiquaries


General Editor, Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles


Editorial Board, Anglo-Saxon England


Co-Editor, Numismatic Chronicle


Co-Editor, British Numismatic Journal

Principal publications

Viking-Age Coinage in the Northern Lands, ed. M A. S. Blackburn and D. M. Metcalf, 2 vols. (BAR Internat. ser. 122; Oxford, 1981)

Early Medieval Coins from Lincoln and its Shire c. 770-1100, by M. Blackburn, C. Colyer and M. Dolley (Archaeology of Lincoln VI-1; London, 1983)

Anglo-Saxon Coins, by M. A. S. Blackburn and S. D. Keynes (Fitzwilliam Museum Exhibition Catalogue) (Cambridge, 1985)

Medieval European Coinage l. The Early Middle Ages (5th-10th centuries), by Philip Grierson and Mark Blackburn (Cambridge, 1986)

Anglo-Saxon Monetary History. Essays in Memory of Michael Dolley, ed. Mark Blackburn (Leicester, 1986)

Kings, Currency and Alliances. The History of Southern England in the Ninth Century, ed. M. A. S. Blackburn and D. N. Dumville (Woodbridge, 1998)

Royal Coin Cabinet, Stockholm, Supplement to Part VI: Anglo-Norman Coins, by Mark Blackburn and Kenneth Jonsson (Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 54B; London, 2007)

Medieval and Modern Western Coinages, ed. M. Blackburn, P. Ilisch and F. Elfver, in A Survey of Numismatic Research 2002-2007, ed. M. Amandry and D. Bateson (Glasgow, 2009), 228-471

The Coinage of Offa and his Comtemporaries, by D. Chick, ed. M. Blackburn and R. Naismith (London, 2010)

Viking Coinage and Currency in the British Isles, by M. Blackburn (London, forthcoming)

Further publications