Carausius, Allectus and the First Brexit, featuring the Frome Hoard

Carausius, Allectus and the First Brexit
Featuring the Frome Hoard
By Sam Moorhead
Monday 13th of September 2021
Via Zoom

In recent years, the ‘British’ emperors Carausius (c. AD 286-93) and Allectus (c. AD 293-6) have gained much publicity. This began in 2010 with the discovery of The Frome Hoard of 52,503 Roman coins, the largest cache of Roman coins ever found in Britain in a single pot. The coins have been saved for the Museum of Somerset at Taunton and should be published by the British Museum in the next two years. Because the hoard contains around 850 coins of Carausius, it enables us to carry out a major re-appraisal of the reign of Britain’s ‘forgotten emperor’, whose history can be told through some fine examples of medallic art that even include references to Virgil. More recently, Carausius and his ‘henchman’ Allectus have come into sharper focus as a result of 'Brexit' and this talk will outline the nature of the 'Breakaway British Empire' under Carausius and Allectus, how it began, how it faired and how it ended.


Lecture - Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage

Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage
By Dr Tony Abramson
Historians, medievalists, archaeologists and even those who study coins – numismatists – have largely neglected England's earliest coinage. Tony Abramson gives a zoom talk to Pontefract & District Archaeological Society presenting a guided tour to some of the remarkable designs on early English coinage, which has illuminated what is erroneously referred to as the Dark Ages. He will discuss the sources of inspiration, the evolving economy, the extent of trading relations and the use of metaphor in spreading Christianity – the medium is the message!
Friday September 17th 2021
7:15pm via ZOOM



The Horace Hird Collection

 The Horace Hird Collection of Tudor, Stuart
and Commonwealth Coins and Patterns
To celebrate the remarkable contribution of fabled numismatist Alderman Horace Hird, the Spink Coin Department is honoured to present a forgotten parcel from his astonishing cabinet, the first fresh material to surface in his name since 1989

Imperial Legitimation

Imperial Legitimation: The iconography of the Golden Age Myth on Roman Imperial coinage of the Third Century AD
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This fascinating study of the iconography of the Golden Age Myth on Roman Imperial coinage of the Third Century AD, which started as a master’s dissertation, also includes all Roman coins that have the Saecular Games types, down to 300 AD. The first study of its kind, it also gives a reconstruction of the Games and appendices with texts from well-known classical authors.

Coins of England 2021 Pre-Decimal - Hardcover

Coins of England 2021 Pre-Decimal - Hardcover By Spink
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This historic reference work for British coins is still the only catalogue to feature every major coin type from Celtic to the Decimal coinage of Queen Elizabeth II, arranged in chronological order and divided into metals under each reign, then into coinages, denominations and varieties. All decimal coinage since 1968 is listed in a separate volume, available as an independent publication. The catalogue includes up-to-date values for every coin, a beginner’s guide to coin collecting, numismatic terms explained and historical information about each British coin, from our earliest (Celtic) coins, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins, the coins of the Plantagenet Kings, the Houses of Lancaster and York, the Tudors and Stuarts, to the more modern Milled coinage, minted for the first time in 1561 during the reign of Elizabeth I. From the earliest of times, coins have been used by states or monarchs to communicate with people; Coins of England is therefore not only a reference book for collectors, but a fascinating snapshot of British history, illuminating its economics, technology, art, politics and religion. As always, the content has been updated and improved throughout by the editors, with numerous new images and revisions of key sections.

Coins of England 2021 Decimal - Paperback

Coins of England 2021 Decimal - Paperback by Spink
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The Coins of England and the United Kingdom Pre-Decimal and Decimal volumes together comprise the Standard Catalogue of British Coins, with the pre-decimal issues under Elizabeth II (and all previous coinage) listed in a separate volume. This volume of Decimal issues under Elizabeth II gives a comprehensive overview of all individual coins and sets issued by the Royal Mint since 1971 (and in circulation since 1968), offering an authoritative catalogue of modern British coins.