Richard Kelleher

Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals

Contact details

Tel. (direct) 01223 332918
Fax 01223 332923

Responsibilities and research interests

Richard Kelleher curates medieval and modern coins, medals, tokens and banknotes. His research interests include the coinage of medieval Europe and the crusades, interpreting single finds and excavation assemblages and the secondary use of coins.

Appointments and Academic History


Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals


Project Curator, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum


PhD, Durham University (Coins, monetisation and re-use in medieval England and Wales: New interpretations made possible by the Portable Antiquities Scheme)


Museum Assistant, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum


MA, Museum Studies, University of Leicester


Field Archaeologist, Wessex Archaeology


BA (Hons), Archaeology, King Alfred’s College

Other appointments and Awards


Member of the Money and Medals Newsletter editorial committee


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award


Secretary of the British Numismatic Society


Website Officer of the British Numismatic Society


Member of the Council of the British Numismatic Society

Principal Publications

‘The re-use of coins in medieval England and Wales c.1050–1550: An introductory survey’, Yorkshire Numismatist 4 (2012), pp. 183-200.

‘Saxon, Medieval and post-Medieval Coins’ (with N. Cooke), in P. Andrews, et al, Settling the Ebbsfleet Valley: High Speed I Excavations at Springhead and Northfleet, Kent. The Late Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval Landscape, vol 4: Saxon and Later Finds and Environmental Reports, (Salisbury, 2012), pp. 19-21.

‘The Tutbury Hoard of 1831’(with G. Williams), in Tutbury: ‘A Castle Firmly Built’ Archaeological and Historical investigations at Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, edited by M. Hislop, M. Kincey and G. Williams, British Archaeological Reports 546/Birmingham Archaeology Monograph Series 11, Oxford, 2011). 62-87.

‘Reused coins in the English later medieval period (c1200-1600)’, in M. Carver, and J. Klàpste (eds.), The Archaeology of Medieval Europe Vol. 2. Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries, (Aarhus, 2011), 267-8.

‘Coins in Context: Archaeology, Treasure and the Portable Antiquities Scheme’, in The British Museum and the Future of UK Numismatics (with I. Leins), Edited by B. Cook (London, 2011), pp. 18-24.

‘Interpreting single finds in medieval England – the secondary lives of coins’ in Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow, Vol II, edited by N. Holmes (Glasgow, 2011), pp. 1492-99

The coins in ‘St Mary's Church, Barnes, Surrey: archaeological investigations (1978-83)’, by R. Cowie and S. McCracken, Surrey Archaeological Collections 96 (2011), pp.

‘Coins and Tokens’, in Caldecote. The development and desertion of a Hertfordshire village, G. Beresford, (Leeds, 2009), pp. 211-212.

‘Medieval and later coins from near Orford Castle, Suffolk’, British Numismatic Journal 78 (2008), pp. 248-254.

‘Roman, Medieval and Later Coins from the Vintry, City of London’ (with I. Leins), Numismatic Chronicle 168 (2008), pp. 167-240.

‘Gold is the strength, the sinnewes of the world: Continental gold and Tudor England’, British Numismatic Journal 77 (2007), pp. 210-25.

‘1343 and all that: previously unnoticed documents relating to England’s new gold and silver coins’ (with C. Eagleton), British Numismatic Journal 76 (2006), pp. 340-44.