Director, Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Ancient History
- Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney, 1983-1987.
Thesis title: The Archaic Coinage of Paros and the Cycladic City-States.
- Master of Arts (Hons)
Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney, 1977-1982.
Thesis title: Archaic Paros: Studies in Pottery and Sculpture.
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)
Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney, 1972-1975.
Thesis title: A Classification of Unstratified Late Bronze Age Pottery from Amman, Jordan.
Awards and Fellowships
- 2014 Robinson Visiting Scholarship (Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) in association with the Kraay Visitorship (Wolfson College, Oxford)
- 2010 Australian Academy of the Humanities, Elected Fellow.
- 2010 Visiting Lecturer. The Gunnar Holsts Stiftelse för Numismatik Göteborg, Sweden.
- 2002 Early Career Research Fellowship, Macquarie University.
- 1988 Research Fellowship, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.
- 1984-5 Research Fellowship, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.
- 1983-87 Postgraduate Studies Scholarship, University of Sydney.
- 1972-75 Commonwealth Scholarship, Australian Government Education Award.
1. Macquarie University.
Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies.
Dept of Ancient History
Associate Professor. 2012-
2. The British Museum.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Curator, 1997-2000.
3. The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
Deputy Director. 1991-1996 (July)
4. Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)/ Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
- Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Australia I. Numismatic Association of Australia. (Sydney 2008).
- Alexander and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The Westmoreland Collection. Numismatic Association of Australia. (Sydney 2007).
- The Archaic and Early Classical Coinage of the Cyclades. Royal Numismatic Society. Special Publications 40 (London 2006).
- Pella in Jordan 1979-1990. The Coins. Near Eastern Foundation (Sydney 2001). With R. A. G. Carson and A. Walmsley
- Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum. Great Britain XI. The Stancomb Collection. British Academy (London 2000). With A. Burnett, A. Meadows, and U. Wartenberg.
- Numismatic Archaeology Archaeological Numismatics. Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Monographs (Oxford 1997). With Ch. Papageorgiadou-Banis.
- Archaeology in the Peloponnese. New Excavations and Research. Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Monographs (Oxford 1994).
- ‘Strange Objects and Strange Explanations: understanding the incuse coinages of South Italy’. Studies from the Trendall Centre. To be published in 2015.
- ‘The Emergency Coinage of Timotheus (364-362 BC)’ In W. Wartenberg and M. Amandry (eds.). Studies in Honor of BCD. To be published in September 2015.
- ‘The Crowned Ram's Head on Coins of Alexander the Great and the Rule of Ptolemy as Satrap of Egypt’. In Pat Wheatley and Elizabeth Baynham (eds.), East and West in the World Empire of Alexander. Essays in Honour of Brian Bosworth (Oxford 2015), Pp. 197-239. With Boyo Ockinga.
- ‘Archaic coins from North-Western Asia Minor in Cycladic hoards?’ In: Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Sumer Atasoy, Alexandru Avram, Sevket Donmez and James Hargrave (eds.), The Bosporus : gateway between the ancient west and east (1st millennium BC-5th century AD) : proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities, Istanbul, 14th-18th September 2009 (Oxford 2013), Pp. 145-149.
- ‘Aegina, the Cyclades and Crete’, in: W. E. Metcalf (ed.), Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage (Oxford 2012), pp. 105-127.
- ‘The Heroic Image and the Portrait Coinages of Lykian Dynasts’, in N. Wright (ed.), Coins from Asia Minor and the East: Selections from the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ancient Coins in Australian Collections vol. II (Adelaide, 2011), pp. 23-29.
- ‘The Early Hellenistic Coinage of Tenos’, in P. Tselekas (ed.), Coins in the Aegean Islands. Proceedings of the Fifth Scientific Meeting, Mytilene, 16-19 Septembre 2006, Obolos Vol. 9 (Athens 2010), pp.335-346.
- ‘Scenes from Alexandria in the time of Domitian’, in Woods, A., McFarlane, A., and Binder, S. (eds.), Egyptian Culture and Society: Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati (Cairo 2010) 205-218.
- ‘Ios and Syros. Studies in the Hellenistic coinages of the Cyclades’ in Kermatia Philias. Timetikos tomos yia ton Ioanni Touratsoglou (Athens 2009) 263-269
- ‘Asia Minor in the Archaic and Classical Periods’, in M. Amandry and D. Bateson (eds.), A Survey of Numismatic Research 2002-2007.. International Numismatic Commission/IAPN, Glasgow; 2009. pp. 65-75.
- “The Marion kouros in the British Museum”, in Y. Kourayos and F. Prost (ed.s), La sculpture des Cyclades à l'époque archaïque, Actes du colloque international organisé par l’Éphorie des antiquités préhistoriques et classiques des Cyclades et l’École française d’Athènes (7-9 septembre 1998), Bulletin de Correspondence Hellénique Supplément 48, (Paris 2008), pp. 335-365.
- “The Delos Colossus project”, Y. Kourayos and F. Prost (ed.s), La sculpture des Cyclades à l'époque archaïque, Actes du colloque international organisé par l’Éphorie des antiquités préhistoriques et classiques des Cyclades et l’École française d’Athènes (7-9 septembre 1998), Bulletin de Correspondence Hellénique Supplément 48 (Paris 2008), pp. 495-509.
- ‘Magically back to life: Some thoughts on ancient coins and the study of Hellenistic Royal Portraits’, in K.A. Sheedy (ed.), Alexander and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The Westmoreland Collection. Ancient Coins in Australian Collections vol. I (Adelaide, 2007), pp. 11-16.
- “The Early Classical Coinage of Siphnos; some thoughts on the influence of Athens”, in C. Alfaro, C. Marcos and P. Otero (ed.s), Actas del XIII Congresso Internacional de Numismática. Madrid 2003. (Madrid 2005), 303-305.
- “Archaic Parian Coinage and Parian Marble”, in Paria Lithos. Parian Quarries, Marble and Workshops of Sculpture. Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, Paros, 2-5 October 1997. ed.s. D. Schilardi and D. Katsanopoulou (Athens 2000), 117-121.
- “The Louvre Kouros (MND 888) from Paros”, in Paria Lithos. Parian Quarries, Marble and Workshops of Sculpture. Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, Paros, 2-5 October 1997. ed.s. D. Schilardi and D. Katsanopoulou (Athens 2000), 173-177.
- "The Dolphins, the Crab, the Sphinx and ‘Aphrodite’", in Studies in Greek Numismatics in memory of Martin Jessop Price ed.s. R. Ashton and S. Hurter (London 1998) 321-325.
- “The Coinage of Kythnos "(with Ch.Papageorgiadou) in Kea-Kythnos: History and Archaeology. Proceedings of an International Symposium, Kea - Kythnos , 22-25 June 1994 ed.s L. Mendoni and A. Mazarakis - Ainian (Athens 1998) 649-655.
- ‘Changes in Personnel at the Archaic Mint of Paros’, in CHARAKTER .Studies in Honour of M. Oikonomidou , V. Penna et al (ed.s) (Athens 1996) 277-281.
- Contributor to Decorative Arts and Design From the Powerhouse Museum , written and edited by the Museum Curatorial Staff (Sydney 1992).
- “Delos” in The Enduring Past, ed. A. Cremin (Sydney 1986).
- ‘The Sounion ‘Wappenmünzen die’ Revisited’, Nomismatika Khronika 32 (2014). Pp.21-26.
- ‘Sicilian Accessions for ACANS: Akragas, Messana, Syracuse and Katane’, Journal of the umismatic Association of Australia 25 (2014). Pp. 80-89.
- 'Nymphodorus of Abdera: mint magistrate and proxenos?',Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia 24 (2013). Pp. 39-47.
- ‘Ancient coins for the colonies : Hellenism and the history of numismatic collections in Australia’, Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) Special edition. 2012. Pp. 109-122.
- ‘A spring of silver, a treasury in the earth’: Coinage and Wealth in Archaic Athens. Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 39 (2012), 248-57. With D. Gore and G. Davis.
- ‘Asyut 422, Seltman GROUP P, and the Imitation of Attic Coins’, Revue Belge de Numismatique et de Sigillographie 157 (2011) 37-54. With D. Gore.
- ‘Bad Hair Day’, Antichthon 44 (2010) 33-49 (with B. Puetz).
- “The Wreath of Naxos and Some Thoughts on an Unwreathed Wreathed (?) Archaic Naxian Staters in ACANS”, Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia 18 (2007), pp. 23-28.
- “The Marble Walls of Siphnos”, in J.-P. Descoeudres and S. Paspalas (ed.s), AAIA 25th Anniversary Symposium, Mediterranean Archaeology 19 (2006/7), pp. 67-74.
- “Portraiture and the Persians”, JNAA 17 (2006), 120-125.
- “New Acquisitions at ACANS 2000-2004”, Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia 15 (2005) 45-49.
- “The Richest of the Islanders”, in Praktika A’Diethnous Siphnaikou Symposiou, Siphnos 25-28 June 1998, (Athens 2000), 219-226.
- “The Idalion Stater found in a tomb at Marion in 1886”, NC 159 (1999) 281-284.
- “Some Greek coins in the British Museum”, (with R. Ashton, A. Meadows and U. Wartenberg), NC 158 (1998) 37-51.
- “Keian federations and Keian coinage. A review article”, NC 158 (1998) 249-257.
- "J. M. Cook (1910-1994): a bibliography" (with R. Barber), BSA 92, 1997, 441-446.
- “Late Archaic Hoards in the Cyclades and some thoughts on a regional pattern of trade”, in Numismatic Archaeology Archaeological Numismatics , ed.Kenneth A. Sheedy and Ch. Papageorgiadou - Banis (Oxford 1997) 107-117.
- "The Defence of Kythnos and the Origins of the Second Nesiotic League", Historia 45 (1996) 423-449.
- “Some Observations on Three Examples of Archaic Sculpture found on Siphnos”, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Athenische Abteilungen 107 (1992) 107-117.
- “The Late Geometric Hydria and the Advent of the Protoattic Style” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Athenische Abteilungen 107 (1992) 11-28.
- “Ancient Greek Coins in the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney”, Mediterranean Archaeology 5/6 (1992/3) 143-160.
- “Attic and Atticizing Pottery in the Cyclades During the Eighth Century BC”, in Ceramic and Iconographic Studies in Honour of Alexander Cambitoglou ed. J. P. Descoeudres (Sydney 1990) 31-40.
- “A Prothesis Scene from the Analatos Painter”, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Athenische Abteilungen 105 (1990)117-151.
- “An Archaic Sphinx from Siphnos”, Annual of the British School of Archaeology at Athens 83 (1988) 363-373.
- “Three Vase-Groups from the Purification Trench on Rheneia and the Evidence for a Parian Pottery Tradition”, Annual of the British School of Archaeology at Athens 80 (1985) 151-190.
- “Of Moulds and Mourners”, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 32 (1985) 11-124.
- “The Delian Nike and the Search for Chian Sculpture”, American Journal of Archaeology 89 (1985) 619-626.
- “A Computer Program for Isolating Groups of Dramatic Masks of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods”, Australian Archaeology Sept. 1978, 32-43.
- “A Computer Program on New Comedy Masks”, Classicum 9 (1978) 12-14.
- N. Kourou, CVA Greece, Athens, National Museum Fasc. 5, Classical Review 56 (2006) 201-203.
- F.L. Holt, Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions, Ancient History 34 (2005) 75-79.
- N. Kourou et al. Limestone Statuettes of Cypriot Type Found in the Aegean.
Provenance Studies, Classical Review, Oct 2004; 54: 542 - 544.
- W. Fischer-Bossert, Chronologie der Didrachmenprägung von Tarent (Berlin 1999), in AJA 106 (2002)338-9.
- C. Souyoudzoglou-Haywood, The Ionian Islands in the Bronze Age and
the Early Iron Age 3000-800 BC (Liverpool 1999), in Classicum 2000.
- M. Oeconomidou, Archaia Nomismata (Athens, 1996), in NC 159,
- F. S. Knauss, Der Lineare Inselstil: Eine Kykladische Keramikwerkstatt am
Übergang von der Spätgeometrischen zur Archaischen Zeit (Saarbrucken, 1997), in AJA 103 (1999) 559-561.
- J. Bouzek, Studies of Greek Pottery in the Black Sea (Prague, 1990),
in CR 44 (1994) 160-161.
- K. H. Waters, Greek Coins in the University of Tasmania (Hobart, 1981), in NC144 (1984) 249.
- THEODORA ROMBOS: The Iconography of Attic Late Geometric II Pottery, in the Classical Review, (1990), pp. 418-419.
- Barter', Berkshire Encyclopaedia of World History, 242-244. Great Barrington, Mass. 2005
- Money', Berkshire Encyclopaedia of World History, 1292-1295. Great Barrington, Mass. 2005
- PRESVEIS. An electronic exhibition on Common Currencies in Antiquity. Website sponsored by the Hellenic Ministry for Culture and the European Union. Launched 1998. Primary contributor of texts.
- The Coinage of Ephesos. Exhibition organised and curated by K. A. Sheedy. With B. Burrell.2004.
- The Coinage of Julius Caesar. Editor. 2008.
- A/Prof Peter Keegan (deputy director for research) [Profile] [Academia.edu]
- Dr Peter Edwell (deputy director for research) [Profile] [Academia.edu]
- A/Prof Ted Nixon (honorary deputy director)
- Dr Anne Lykke (visiting senior fellow) [Academia.edu]
- Mr Jason Blockley (junior fellow) [Academia.edu]
- Mr Christian Cuello (junior fellow) [Academia.edu]
- Mr Charles Barnett (PhD candidate, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University) [Academia.edu]
- Dr Gil Davis (Director, Program for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University) [Profile] [Academia.edu]
- Professor Damian Gore (Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University) [Profile]
- Ms Lyn Kidson (PhD candidate, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University)
- Professor John Melville-Jones (Emeritus/Senior Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia) [Profile]
- Dr Clare Rowan (Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick) [Profile] [Academia.edu]
- Dr John Shannahan (Early Career Research Fellow, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University; University of New South Wales) [Academia.edu]
- Mr James Tindall (Former Librarian, NSW State Library)
Senior research fellows:
- 2001 Dr Tom Stevenson (University of Auckland)
- 2002 Professor Barbara Burrell (University of Cincinnati)
- 2003 Dr Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney)
- 2004 Dr Andrew Burnett (The British Museum)
- 2005 Mr Donald Ariel (Coin Department, Israel Antiquities Authority)
- 2006 Dr Sergei Kovalenko (Pushkin Museum, Moscow)
- 2007 Professor John Melville Jones (University of Western Australia)
- 2009 Professor Brian Bosworth (Macquarie University)
- 2010 Dr Sencan Altinoluk (Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University)
- 2011 Dr Michel Amandry (Cabinet des Medailles, BNF, Paris)
- 2012 Dr Nikola Carsule (Macquarie University)
- 2014 Dr. David Pritchard (University of Queensland)
- 2016 Dr Anne Lykke (Aarlborg University)
Gale distinguished lecturers:
- 2002 Professor Harold Mattingly (University of Leeds)
- 2003 Professor Dan Potts (University of Sydney)
- 2004 Dr Andrew Burnett (British Museum)
- 2005 Mr Donald Ariel (Coin Department, Israel Antiquities Authority)
- 2006 Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter)
- 2007 Professor John Melville Jones (University of Western Australia)
- 2008 Professor Osmund Bopearachi (Sorbonne-Paris)
- 2011 Professor Keith Rutter (University of Edinburgh)
- 2012 Professor Matthew Trundle (University of Auckland)
- 2014 Dr David Pritchard (University of Queensland)
- 2015 Dr Jeremy Armstrong (University of Auckland)
- 2016 Dr Clare Rowan (University of Wawick)
The Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies is an internationally recognized leader in the study of ancient numismatics. It is one of the few university-based institutions in the world which offers facilities and financial support for the study of this discipline. Among its resources are a dedicated numismatic library with extensive journal holdings (in addition to the resources of the university library for the teaching of ancient history). Its numismatic collections, numbering over 3,000 coins, are of world class standing in the areas of the Greek cities in South Italy, the Roman Republic, and the coinages of the Emperor Hadrian.
ACANS has a permanent director. It has an annual senior visiting fellow and a Gale lecturer in numismatics. Both are in residence at ACANS for a defined term. It also annually appoints two junior fellows who are students enrolled in a postgraduate degree. In addition, ACANS is able to drawn on the expertise of the staff of Macquarie University's Department of Ancient History.
Numismatics is presented as a postgraduate unit and incorporated into the curriculum of undergraduate units (notably 'Archaeology and Society') offered by the Department.
ACANS is housed in Building X5B, room 341. This is next to the Museum of Ancient Cultures in which the Centre's exhibitions of coins are displayed. The Centre's room offers a working research environment with access to computers, the library and the collections.
ACANS sponsors and conducts an energetic program of research. A primary focus has been the on-going publication of the different Gale collections now held by ACANS (see Gale and ACANS Collections). The director of ACANS, Dr K. A.Sheedy, is the editor of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Australia project. The aim of this venture is to publish all ancient Greek coins in Australian public collections.
Aims and objectives
The mission of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies is to promote research in the field of ancient numismatics, and to thereby further the study of ancient history. Its objectives, as stated in the Centre's constitution are:
- To establish a Centre of international excellence in the study of ancient numismatics.
- To act as a major linkage to national and international research programs in the study of ancient numismatics.
- To facilitate reciprocal visits by staff members with other Universities, Museums or similar bodies in support of the Centre's objectives.
- To assist qualified Macquarie University students to participate in the study of ancient numismatics both at Macquarie University and elsewhere.
- To arrange publication of the results of the Centre's research, and to publish catalogues of Macquarie University's ancient coin collection.
- To arrange lectures on ancient numismatics for Macquarie University Ancient History students.
- To undertake such ventures, incidental or conducive, that would bring about the achievement of the above objectives.