Mark Blackburn (numismatist)
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Mark Blackburn Numismatist

Mark Alistair Sinclair Blackburn, (5 January 1953 - 1 September 2011) was a British numismatist and economic historian. He was educated at the Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was Keeper of Coins and Medals at Fitzwilliam Museum from 1991 to 2011, Reader in Numismatics and Monetary History at the University of Cambridge from 2004 to 2011, and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 2005. He was the President of the British Numismatic Society between 2004 and 2008.[1][2][3][4][5]


In 1983, Blackburn was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[1] In 1989, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).[1] He was awarded the 2008 Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society.[6] In 2008, he was awarded the John Sanford Saltus Medal by the British Numismatic Society.[7] In 2011, he was awarded the Derek Allen Prize by the British Academy.[8]

He died of cancer aged 58, and was survived by his wife and three children.[9]


  1. ^ a b c 'BLACKBURN, Mark Alistair Sinclair', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920-2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, April 2016 accessed 4 July 2017
  2. ^ Naismith, Rory (29 September 2011). "Mark Blackburn obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Mark Blackburn". The Daily Telegraph. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Naismith, Rory (2011). "Mark Blackburn, LittD, FSA 1953 - 2011" (pdf). British Numismatic Society. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Mark Blackburn". The Times. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "The Society's Medal". The Royal Numismatic Society. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Dr Mark Blackburn". British Numismatic Society. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Derek Allen Prize". The British Academy. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Guardian obituary.

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