Gold Coins of Anglo-Saxon England

Gold Coins of Anglo-Saxon England

In 1948, Humphrey Sutherland published Anglo-Saxon Gold Coinage, the earliest truly comprehensive catalogue of the subject matter, including detailed descriptions of the Anglo-Saxon coins in the Crondall hoard of 1828.

There has been no complete, fully illustrated catalogue since. Such is the glacial rate of numismatic progress on early gold.

However, in the digital era advancement is accelerating. With the increasing popularity of metal-detection in recent decades, more finds have surfaced. The Portable Antiquities scheme has facilitated recording in the public domain. Popular metal detection websites and magazines have enabled improved access to information. Auction catalogues have broadcast high resolution images and recent results have obliterated previous records.

In an attempt to make identification swifter and more reliable, and readily eliminate bogus coins, the author of the ground-breaking Sceatta List now compliments that work with a prequel – a complete and beautifully illustrated account of all recorded early English gold coinage covering nearly 100 different varieties.

This attractive and accessible 160-page hardback, so essential to all detectorists, field liaison officers, curators, scholars, dealers, auction cataloguers and collectors, is comprehensively illustrated with large full-colour images throughout and is outstanding value at just £30 delivered (UK) from the author at


Some Scarce Shillings

We will be having a YNS Zoom Lecture Meeting on

Monday 21st of March 2022 at 02.00PM (UK time)

 Subject: Some Scarce Shillings

By Gary Oddie

You can book a free ticket at

Please note: Further information for joining online via Zoom will be provided to attendees prior to the event via e mail.

This talk will present items with the value of one shilling from several series around the world. Beginning with a discussion of what makes something rare, a die study of the testoons issued by Henry VII will be presented. The attached picture is the piece that started the study. This is followed by other pieces from the regal series that are a bit more obscure and then a tour of the less familiar numismatic byways of paper money, tokens, and counterfeits from Britain and around the world.

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