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Friends of PUL Small Talk: Byzantine Numismatics

The acquisition of two major collections, that of Peter Donald and Chris and Helen Theodotou, with a generous contribution by the Friends of PUL and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies has placed Princeton University at the forefront of Byzantine numismatic research. On May 15, the Friends will be joined by Elena Baldi, PUL’s Byzantine Numismatics Cataloger, who will discuss Byzantine numismatics and talk about what we can learn from the study of Byzantine coins. Baldi will also share with the Friends key highlights from a recent international conference dedicated to Byzantine coinage held at Princeton University, an update on the online catalog project, and the progress in the cataloging of the coins from the Donald and Theodotou collections. A selection of coins will also be on display.

The event will be in person only for current Friends of PUL members. A reception will follow the live talk. 

Registration is required. Due to limited capacity, membership status will be checked after registration.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Special Collections Large Classroom - C Floor
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Elena Baldi joined Princeton University Library in 2022 as Byzantine Numismatics Cataloger and Linked-Open-Data Coordinator. In this capacity, Baldi is responsible for digitizing Princeton University Numismatic holdings, putting together coins from separate origins, primarily from the Donald and Theodotou collections. Baldi is also responsible for collaborating with our partner institutions, Dumbarton Oaks, American Numismatic Society, and the University of Oxford, coordinating a project that aims at creating a shared Linked-Open-Data Catalogue, that will become a leading tool for scholarly research into Byzantine Numismatics. 

Baldi is an Italian native, and received a BA (hons) in Archaeology from the University of York (UK), followed by a MA in Commensuration of Historic Objects and specialization in archaeology at the University of Durham (UK). Baldi also gained an MPhil in Conservation and Valorization of Archaeological Heritage from the University of Bologna, followed by a PhD in Ancient History/Numismatics from the same institution.

Baldi has worked in field archaeology, conservation, and in the role of finds and numismatic specialist in the UK, Italy, and Albania. She completed postdoctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis, before coming to Princeton University.