Jambu, Jérôme

University Professor, Expert on French and Modern Numismatics

Jérôme Jambu (*1977) studied at the University of Caen Normandy where he earned his PhD in 2008 with a thesis on money production and circulation in Lower Normandy from the 16th to the 18th century.

In 2009, he started teaching modern history at the University of Lille. From 2015 to 2020, Jambu was Curator of Foreign Coins at the “Cabinet des médailles” of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the French national library.

In 2021, he qualified as a professor at Sorbonne University in Paris with an “Habilitation à diriger les recherches” (the last university degree in France, after the PhD) on the significance of numismatics in Atlantic history, whose unpublished dissertation examined the coins of the French West Indies. Jambu is now Professor (Maître de conférences) of Modern History, Researcher at the institute IRHiS (UMR CNRS 8529) and Associate Researcher at the IRAMAT-CEB (UMR CNRS 7065). Jambu’s research also deals with topics such as gender studies in numismatics and paper money. However, his main focus is modern numismatics, particularly France and the monetary history of the French colonies in America. In 2019, he published a catalogue of hoards and finds of Spanish coins compiled and lost in France in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In 2021, he presented the first volume of a catalogue presenting all coinage of the French colonies in North America and the West Indies, which is kept in the national library of France.

In 2000, he received the Prix Jean Bouvier (AFDE) and in 2019 he was awarded the Premio Javier Conde Garriga (ANE). In 2020, he received the Eric P. Newman Research Fellowship granted by the American Numismatic Society for his research on monetary history in America. He also received an award from the Numismatic Literary Guild (in 2022) for his article “The Coins of the French West Indies Company, made ‘for the islands and mainland of America’ (1670)”.

Jambu advises the French Ministry of Culture as a numismatic expert on archaeological finds and is also one of the experts on the numismatic research committee of the Banque de France.


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Can you guess which coins Jérôme Jambu selected as the most beautiful coins from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France?