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Dr Martin Allen

Dr Martin Allen

Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum

Department of Coins and Medals
Fitzwilliam Museum

Cambridge CB2 1RB
Office Phone: 01223 332915

Departments and Institutes

Wolfson College:
Fitzwilliam Museum:
Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals

Research Interests

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


Convenor of the Part I Themes and Sources option ‘Money and Society from Late Antiquity to the Financial Revolution’; classes on sources for monetary history, the interpretation of coin finds, and Renaissance medals.

Key Publications

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

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

‘The English coinage of 1153/4-1158’, British Numismatic Journal, 76 (2006), pp. 242-302.

‘The volume of the English currency, c. 973-1158’, in Coinage and History in the North Sea World, c. AD 500-1200. Essays in Honour of Marion Archibald, edited by B. Cook and G. Williams (Leiden and Boston, 2006), pp. 485-523.

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

‘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 Medieval England (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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

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