The author’s interest in south-eastern Europe was first aroused in 1954 when, as an undergraduate, he studied the geography of the area. He has subsequently made several visits to the former Yugoslavia and Greece, in order to work on the coins in museums in Athens, Corinth, Ljubljana, Thessaloniki, and Zagreb.
The present work originated in an essay which was awarded the Society’s Parkes Weber Prize in 1955. From it, there grew a Ph.D. thesis at Cambridge. Then, was published as a book under the title Coinage in the Balkans, 820-1355, by the Institute for Balkan Studies (Thessaloniki, 1965). The edition was exhausted in 1966, and the book was ‘pirated’ in the United States. After that the text had been extensively re-written and expanded, to take accounts of the hundreds of new books, articles and hoard-reports; its scope had also been extended, to deal with the second half of the fourteenth century and with Wallachia; so, a second revised version emerged under the slightly changed title, Coinage in South-Eastern Europe, 820-1396 (Royal Numismatic Society, London, 1979).
To the current third edition a new extensive introduction and an Appendix have been added, while the new bibliographical references have been incorporated into those of the previous editions; so far as it concerns the main text, this edition exactly reproduces that of 1979, except that a few spelling error have been silently corrected.