Dr Simon Glenn


I joined the University of Leeds in 2023 as Lecturer in Ancient History and Curatorial Advisor (Numismatics). Before that I worked at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford on various numismatic projects including the coinage of Alexander the Great, the ARCH project to create a new online typology of Greek coinage, Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire, Roman Provincial Coinage, and Coins of the Bactrian and Indo-Greek rulers.I completed my DPhil in Archaeology at the University of Oxford on the coinage of the early Graeco-Bactrian kings in 2015.

In 2018 and 2019 I worked on a project in the Leeds University Library Special Collections to develop teaching and engagement with the University’s collection of over 20,000 coins, tokens, medals, and other numismatic objects.  


  • Curatorial Adviser (Numismatics), Leeds University Library Special Collections

Research interests

I am interested broadly in the ways in which coinage can be used as a source of evidence in the study of history and have worked on a wide variety of coinages with this aim. My work as Co-Investigator of the recent AHRC/NEH funded OXUS-INDUS project has resulted in the creation of a new digital typology of Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coinages: BIGR

I am a member of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum (SNG) and Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum (SNP) projects for which I am working respecitvely on a volume of the Seleucid and ‘Eastern’ coins in the collection of the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, and a major volume (SNP 1) on the early Parthian period. I am currently preparing an edited volume on Monetary Economies in the Hellenistic World with Marcus Chin and Leah Lazar.

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  • DPhil Archaeology
  • MSc Classics

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society
  • Fellow of the British Institute of Persian Studies
  • Member of the American Numismatic Society
  • Member of the Oriental Numismatic Society

Student education

I teach modules in Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology as well as supervising undergraduate dissertations on various subjects. I am also available to supervise research postgraduates in ancient history or broader numismatic topics.

Research groups and institutes

  • Classics and Ancient History