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Dr Martin Allen

Senior Assistant Keeper

After a career in local government and research for a PhD thesis in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University (published as The Durham Mint in 2003), Martin Allen was appointed to the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1997, where he is now a Senior Assistant Keeper. He administers the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds (EMC), and he teaches numismatics and medieval monetary history to students of History and Archaeology. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History and a College Research Associate of Wolfson College, and in 2013 he received the degree of Doctor of Letters (LittD) in recognition of his published research. He is the author of two books and about 100 other publications, and the editor of the British Numismatic Journal.


Research Interests

The English coinage from the tenth to the sixteenth century; medieval mint organization; ecclesiastical mints, the analysis of coin finds, and money supply as a factor in medieval economic history


Recent/Major Publications

Mints and Money in Medieval England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

‘The volume of the English currency, 1158–1470’, Economic History Review, 2nd series, 54 (2001), pp. 595–611.

‘English coin hoards, 1158–1544’, British Numismatic Journal, 72 (2002), pp. 24-84.

‘Italians in English mints and exchanges’, in Fourteenth Century England II, edited by C. Given-Wilson (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2002), pp. 53–62.

The Durham Mint, British Numismatic Society Special Publication 4 (London, 2003).

‘The archbishop of York’s mint after the Norman Conquest’, Northern History, 41 (2004), pp. 21–34.

‘The English currency and the commercialization of England before the Black Death’, in Medieval Money Matters, edited by D. Wood (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2004), pp. 31–50.

‘The fourteenth-century hoard from Chesterton Lane Corner, Cambridge’, British Numismatic Journal, 75 (2005), pp. 63–90.

‘The interpretation of single-finds of English coins, 1279–1544’, British Numismatic Journal, 75 (2005), pp. 50–62.

‘The Cambridge mint after the Norman Conquest’, Numismatic Chronicle, 166 (2006), pp. 237–44.

‘The English coinage of 1153/4–1158’, British Numismatic Journal, 76 (2006), pp. 42–302.

‘The volume of the English currency, c. 973–1158’, in Coinage and History in the North Sea World, c. AD 5001200. Essays in Honour of Marion Archibald, edited by B. Cook and G. Williams (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006), pp. 485–523.

‘Henry II and the English coinage’, in Henry II: New Interpretations, edited by C. Harper-Bill (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007), pp. 257–77.

‘The proportions of the denominations in English mint outputs, 1351–1485’, British Numismatic Journal, 77 (2007), pp. 190–209.

‘Henry I type 14’, British Numismatic Journal 79 (2009), pp. 72–171.

‘The output and profits of the Calais mint, 1349–1450’, British Numismatic Journal 80 (2010), pp. 131–9.

‘Silver production and the money supply in England and Wales, 1086–c.1500’, Economic History Review 64 (2011), pp. 114–31.

‘Mints and money in Norman England’, in Anglo-Norman Studies XXXIV. Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2011 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012), pp. 1–21.

‘The mints and moneyers of England and Wales, 1066–1158’, British Numismatic Journal 82 (2012), pp. 54–120.

‘Coinage and currency under William I and William II’, in R. Naismith, M. Allen and E. Screen (eds), Early Medieval Monetary History: Studies in Memory of Mark Blackburn (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 85–112.

‘The English Crown and the coinage, 1399–1485’, in L. Clark (ed.), The Fifteenth Century XIII (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2014), pp. 183–99.

‘The mints of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian England, 871–1066’, in Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Susan D. Thompson (eds), Towns and Topography. Essays in Memory of David H. Hill (Oxford: Oxbow, 2014), pp. 68–73.

‘Coin finds and the English money supply, c. 973–1544’, in M. Allen and D. Coffman (eds), Money, Prices and Wages: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), pp. 7–23.

‘Coin hoards in England and Wales, c. 973–1544’, in J. Naylor and R. Bland (eds), Hoarding and the Deposition of Metalwork from the Bronze Age to the 20th Century: a British Perspective, British Archaeological Reports British Series 615 (Oxford, 2015), pp. 147–65.