American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Gilles Bransbourg, Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins

After winning an award in History at the French nationwide Concours Général in 1982, Gilles Bransbourg pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics in Paris at Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique from 1983 to 1990. Initially a market economist, he then held various executive positions in the banking sector in Europe and Asia. In 2005, Bransbourg decided to focus finally on his true lifelong passion for History and completed a PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris with Jean-Michel Carrié. His dissertation, “Fiscalité et enjeux de pouvoir dans le monde romain”, was awarded in November 2010 with the mention ‘’très honorable avec les félicitations du jury’’ and made available in 2014 at the Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses and at the American Numismatic Society on a digital format. He joined the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in 2009 first as a Visiting Research Scholar and then as a Research Associate in 2010, as well as the American Numismatic Society since 2011 as an Adjunct Curator. There, he was put in charge of the Online Coinage of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project, awarded a major grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in March 2014. He notably curated the exhibition “Signs of Inflation” held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2012.

His main academic axis of research relates to the monetary and fiscal history of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean world within the more general frame of a Political Economy-based comparative project.

Among his recently published papers are “La politique monétaire de la République romaine”, in: C. Doyen (ed.), Colloque International, Weights and Monetary Standards in Greece and Italy (2nd century BC - 1st century AD), Bruxelles, 5-6 septembre 2013, Numismatica Lovaniensia (21), Louvain-la-Neuve, 2016; “Currency Debasement and Public Debt Management at the Time of the Second Punic War”, in P. v. Alfen, G. Bransbourg and M. Amandry (eds), FIDES, Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke, New York, 2015; “The Later Roman Empire”, in A. Monson and W. Scheidel (eds.), Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Pre-modern States, Cambridge University Press, 2015, “Les taux d'intérêt flottants des Sulpicii”, in C. Apicela, M. -L. Haack, F. Lerouxel (eds.), Les affaires de Monsieur Andreau, économie et société du monde romain, Éditions Ausonius, 2014, “Les états de l’inflation”, Revue Numismatique 170, 2013, “Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire”, ISAW Paper 2012, the first two parts of Fides et Pecunia Numarata, “Chartalism and Metallism in the Roman World” and “The Currencies of the Roman Republic” in American Journal of Numismatics 23 and 25 (2011 and 2013), “Julien, l'immunitas Christi, les dieux et les cités” and “Fiscalité impériale et finances municipales au IVè siècle”, in Antiquité Tardive 17 and 16 (2009 and 2008). He coauthored La Politique de Change de l'Euro, La documentation française, Paris, 2008.

He is often invited to speak on topics close to his heart, his most recent contributions having been delivered at Yale in May 2016, in Paris at the Collège de France in March 2016, in Rome at the Istituto Italiano per la Storia Antica and the Istituto Italiano di Numismatica in November 2015, at the University of Orléans in October 2015, in Taormina at the XVth International Numismatic Congress in September 2015, in Jinan at the XXIInd International Committee of Historical Sciences Congress in August 2015, in New Orleans at the 46th Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies and the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2015, at the University of Bordeaux in November 2014, at the University of Marseilles in October 2014, in New York at the International Late Antiquity Network Conference, in June 2014 and at the Columbia University Classics Colloquium Series in October 2013.

He taught economics at Sciences Po from 1990 until 1994, at the Executive Master of Finance at Sciences Po between 2007 and 2015, and has been teaching for the Eric P. Newman Summer Graduate Seminar, American Numismatic Society, since 2011.

He is a member of the Society for Classical Studies, the Société des Professeurs d'Histoire Ancienne de l'Université, the Société Française de Numismatique, the Editorial Committee of the American Journal of Numismatics, the Scientific Committee of OMNI Revue Numismatique, the Comité de Patronage of Numismatique Asiatique, as well as the French American Cultural Exchange Dual Language Program Advisory Committee.

He was awarded a knighthood in the French Order of the Academic Palms in July 2014 and received a Numismatic Literary Guild award in September 2013.