Martin Price

Martin Jessop Price (27 March 1939 – 28 April 1995) was a British numismatist who was made a Merit Deputy Keeper of the British Museum in 1978, a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute and was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, 1986-87. In 1992 he was awarded the medal of the Royal Numismatic Society.[1] He was educated at King's School, Canterbury and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a firsts in classics. In 1961, he won a Greek government scholarship which introduced him to the British School of Athens.[2] In 1966, he was appointed Assistant Keeper in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, under Kenneth Jenkins, and was eventually appointed Deputy Keeper in 1978 which is a position he held until September 1994 when he became Director at the British School of Athens until his death.[3][4]

Personal life

Martin had a lifelong connection with Greece and was fluent in modern Greek. He would eventually meet his wife in 1965 and have two sons and a daughter. He was described as an inspiration to his colleagues who would often throw himself into projects that had little reward but were necessary.[2]

Notable Work

  • Coins of the Macedonians[5]
  • The Seven Wonders of The Ancient World[6]
  • Coinage in the Greek World[7]
  • Coins and their cities: Architecture on the ancient coins of Greece, Rome, and Palestine[8]
  • The coinage in the name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus: a British Museum catalogue[9]


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  2. ^ a b "OBITUARY: Martin Price". The Independent. 4 May 1995. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink n80026800". Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  4. ^ "The Martin Price Fund for Ancient Greek Numismatics". The Royal Numismatic Society. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ Price, Martin, 1939-1995. (1974). Coins of the Macedonians. London: British Museum. ISBN 0-7141-0830-8. OCLC 2931798.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Clayton, Peter A. (1988). The seven wonders of the ancient world. Price, Martin, 1939-1995. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-00279-6. OCLC 16684005.
  7. ^ Carradice, Ian. (1988). Coinage in the Greek world. Price, Martin, 1939-1995. London: Seaby. ISBN 0-900652-82-9. OCLC 21195528.
  8. ^ Price, Martin, 1939-1995. (1977). Coins and their cities : architecture on the ancient coins of Greece, Rome, and Palestine. Trell, Bluma L., 1903-. London: Vecchi. ISBN 0-8143-1586-0. OCLC 3753066.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Price, Martin, 1939-1995. (1991). The coinage in the name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus : a British Museum catalogue. Swiss Numismatic Society. Zurich: Swiss Numismatic Society. ISBN 3-908103-00-2. OCLC 24719635.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)