This webinar told the story of Carl Subak, who died recently at the age of 103, and had a passion for coins that spanned a century. Carl left a legacy of $5m to the Heberden Coin Room of the Ashmolean Museum for the acquisition of coins and research, in what is one of the leading international coin cabinets with particular strengths in the fields of Greek, Roman, Celtic, Byzantine, Medieval, Islamic and Chinese coinages.
Watch the recording to join us on a journey from the first Roman coin Carl found on his 5th birthday, from the fertile soils of his family’s farm in Austria to him fleeing, literally penniless, from Nazi persecution and building a highly successful business in the US from where he continued collecting coins into his 10th decade.
Dr Frédérique Duyrat (Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room and Director of Collections) and Professor Chris Howgego (Research Keeper, Heberden Coin Room) detailed Carl’s incredible life story, the interaction with curators at the Heberden Coin that inspired him and the acquisitions and development plans that Carl’s legacy will enable at the Heberden in the future.
A recording of this event is available on My Oxford Online +. The transcript is available here.