British Museum Anglo-Saxon Coins I: Early Anglo-Saxon Gold and Continental Silver Coinage of of the North Sea Area, c. 600-760

British Museum Anglo-Saxon Coins I: Early Anglo-Saxon Gold and Continental Silver Coinage of of the North Sea Area, c. 600-760


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This volume is dedicated to the British Museum's collection of early Anglo-Saxon gold coinage as well as the Anglo-Saxon and Continental silver coinage of the North Sea area, dating from the early seventh to the mid-eighth centuries. This was the coinage which circulated during the age of Bede, the Lindisfarne Gospels and Sutton Hoo, and which is widely celebrated for its historical significance and artistic accomplishment. Both these features are well illustrated in this volume by more than 850 coins, which together form one of the largest, oldest and most representative collections of this complex coinage. The last catalogue of this part of the British Museum's collection was published in 1887 and since then the collection has more than tripled in size. This new catalogue includes comprehensive coverage of all new acquisitions, among them material from several significant hoards, as well as full details on the provenance and identification of individual coins. A major introduction sets the coins in context and reassesses their classification. New metallurgical analyses of the gold coinage and authoritative interpretation of the results, as well as a survey of the history of the collection, constitute further valuable supplements to the catalogue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780714118239
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Series: Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles , #63
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.73(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

Formation of the Early Anglo-Saxon Coin Collection in the British Museum Marion M. Archibald 1

Sales, Auctioneers, Collectors and Vendors 15

Abbreviations 27

Bibliography 28

Hoards and Other Finds 38

Appendix: Hoards and Single-Finds Arranged By Type 46

Classification and Chronology 51

Analysis of Gold Content and Its Implications for the Chronology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage Gareth Williams Duncan Hook 55

List of Types Represented in the British Museum Collection 71

Concordance of BMC and BMA with Sylloge Numbers 80

Survey of the Coinage 84

Gold Coinage 84

Silver Coinage 98

Plates 137

Gold Coinage

Silver Coinage/Sceattas

Coinage of Northumbria

Index of Finds 280

Index of Types 281

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