2:00pm Friday 20th January, York Coin Fair: 'Quite devoid of sense'?
Tony Abramson will show that far from being
'quite devoid of
sense', as one of our most eminent numismatists thought, the
York gold shilling
is at the forefront of English coinage. Our new understanding of
inscriptions and iconography challenge the chronology of early
coinage, dating the York shilling to the time of the ship burial
at Sutton Hoo
and casting new light on the history of Northumbria,
particularly its balance
of power. The distribution of finds evidences evangelical
activity in the
Conversion Period and the literacy of the inscriptions
Northumbrian coinage from southern emissions.