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International Numismatic Conference, The Oriental Society of Australia, University of Sydney, Australia, July 2009

The conference will comprise seven papers by international speakers on aspects of oriental coinage and economy from Japan to the Mediterranean.

Conference Theme

Coins are ideas. There are two traditions of coinage, the Chinese in the east and the Greek in the west. These traditions meet in a line  roughly stretching from Iran to Nepal, through eastern India and Burma, and down south-east Asia to Indonesia. Along this line there are coins which reveal a mixture of both traditions. When two ideas meet, we get a better understanding of each idea, and in turn new ideas are created. This conference, involving papers considering coinage on either side of and on this line, as well as non-monetary economy, aims to investigate the nature of human ideas and the very nature of coinage.

There will be a numismatic exhibition of coins and books illustrating the theme of the conference, which will open shortly and be on view for a few weeks.

The topics will include:

  • Japan
  • China and Japan
  • China and Rome
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Iran
  • the Greco-Roman Near East

The papers will be published as a volume of JOSA after the conference.

The support of the ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network is gratefully acknowledged.

The Oriental Society of Australia is a member of the International Numismatic Commission (INC), founded in 1934 'to facilitate cooperation between scholars and between institutions in the field of numismatics and related disciplines'.



Registration costs

  • $100.00 (+$10.00 GST) = $110.00 (Full price)
  • $50.00 (+$5.00 GST) = $55.00 (Students)

    Venue: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre (Level 3), Eastern Avenue Auditorium and Lecture Theatre, Eastern Avenue (near City Road Gate), University of Sydney.

    Date: Friday, 17 July 2009, 9.00 am-6.30 pm



    A PDF version of all abstracts for easy viewing and printing is available here

    A PDF version of all biographies is available here




    Day preceding the Conference

    Thursday, 16 July 2009

    Visit by registrants to view the numismatic collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
    (hosted by Dr Paul Donnelly, Curator, Design, History, and Society, Powerhouse Museum).

    Conference Day

    Friday, 17 July 2009

    Venue: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre (Level 3), Eastern Avenue Auditorium and Lecture Theatre, Eastern Avenue (near City Road Gate), University of Sydney.
    9.00 am


    Professor Michael Carter, President, Oriental Society of Australia.

    9.10 am


    Associate Professor Anne Dunn, Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney.

    9.20 am


    Dr Nicholas Hardwick, FSA, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney, Numismatics from East to West.

    9.30 am

    Session 1. Chair: Nicholas Hardwick

    Keynote Lecture

    China and Rome: Professor Walter Scheidel, Head, Department of Classics, Stanford University, Coin quality, coin quantity, and coin value in early China and the Roman world.

    10.30 am
    Coffee break
    11.00 am

    Other Papers

    Session 2. Chair: Ms Seiko Yasumoto, Honorary Secretary, Oriental Society of Australia

    Japan: Ms Noriko Fujii, Senior Researcher and Director, The Currency Museum, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, The Bank of Japan, The history of Japanese copper coins illustrated by the collection of the Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan.

    11.45 am
    China and Japan: Dr Niv Horesh, Chinese Studies, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of New South Wales, The transition from coinage to paper money in East Asia: hallmarks of statehood in global perspective, 8th century BC-AD 2010.
    12.30 pm
    1.30 pm

    Session 3. Chair: Professor Soumyendra Mukherjee, Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies, University of Sydney.

    Thailand and Cambodia: Dr Michael Vickery, Cambodia/University of Sydney, Some problems in the discussion of trade and coinage in the early Thai polities within Thailand and at Angkor.

    2.15 pm
    Nicholas Hardwick, Some developments in numismatics at the University of Sydney
    3.00 pm
    Iran: Mohammad Younis, Faculty of Archaeology, Fayyum University, Egypt/ Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, The Salghurid coinage of Fars, Iran, citing the Mongols: the varieties of overlordships, form and content (AH 628-685/AD 1231-86).
    3.45 pm
    5.00 pm

    Session 4. Chair: Nicholas Hardwick

    Society of Antiquaries of London Keynote Speech

    Greco-Roman Near East: Professor Kevin Butcher, FSA, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, Coinage and communal memory in the Roman East.

    6.00 pm

    Vote of Thanks

    Professor Samuel Lieu, FSA, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University

    6.10 pm

    Final Comment

    Nicholas Hardwick

    Conference restaurant dinners

    Day following the Conference

    Saturday, 18 July 2009

    1.00 pm-3.00 pm

    Tour of the Coining Complex, The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney (hosted by Mr Robert Griffin, Curator of The Mint, Historic Houses Trust).

    Pratipal Bhatia was unable to attend to present her paper Emily Eden and early mediaeval Indian coins

    FSA = Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London


    Principal Sponsor

    Australian Research Council (ARC) Asia Pacific Futures Research Network

    Other Supporters

     the Oriental Society of Australia
    the University of Sydney
    Australasian Society of Classical Studies
    Bec Studio
    the Japan Foundation
    Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd
    Society of Antiquaries of London
    The Australasian Coin and Banknote magazine
    Islamic Egyptian Society of NSW
    World of Antiques and Art: a Magazine of Art Design and Collecting History


  • Dr Michael Vickery is supported the Khmer Toponymic Atlas Project of the University of Sydney Angkor Research Program.
  • Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney
  • School of Letters, Art, and Media (SLAM), University of Sydney
  • School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), University of Sydney
  • The assistance of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI), University of Sydney with the conference is gratefully acknowledged.


    Conference restaurant dinners

    We recommend the following restaurants within walking distance of the University:


    Contact person

    Please address all correspondence to:

    Nicholas Hardwick,

    (Conference Convenor, OSA Numismatic Conference 2009), Honorary Treasurer, The Oriental Society of Australia Incorporated, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.


    Tel: (61 2) 9516 0357

    Fax: (61 2) 9519 4359

    Mob: 0450 117 629







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