York talk: Hoards and Wealth in Viking Yorkshire

York talk: Hoards and Wealth in Viking Yorkshire

By Gareth Williams - British Museum

3:00pm Friday 15th July 2016

Venue: The York Coin Fair, The Grandstand, York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York, North Yorkshire YO23 1EX

Coins of various types were used in Yorkshire from the initial capture of York by the Vikings in 866 to the death of the last Viking king of Northumbria in 954. These included pre-Viking Northumbrian stycas, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Viking silver pennies from south of the Humber, imported Carolingian deniers and Islamic dirhams, and from the 890s (if not earlier) silver pennies of Viking Northumbria, minted in York. In addition to coin-based exchange, there is also evidence for a bullion economy, and a ‘status’ economy in which high-value items in silver and gold were used to display the wealth and status of their owners.
The study of these coins has traditionally been based on hoards, found both in Yorkshire and elsewhere, and recent finds such as the Vale of York hoard and ‘Near York’ hoard continue to add to our understanding. However, hoards only form part of the picture. Drawing on a combination of site-finds, single finds and hoards, this lecture will explore variation in the character of coin use within Viking Yorkshire, including chronological developments and also an apparent difference between York itself and its immediate hinterland and the wider area of Viking rural settlement.

Where there’s muck, there’s brass

Talk by Tony Abramson at 2:30pm on Friday 18th March 2016

Where there’s muck, there’s brass:
The Monetization of Northumbria
C 6th   - 9th CE


The Old Swan Hotel
Swan Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SR

Phone:01423 500055

Please collect free parking voucher from reception if you are using the hotel car park and display in vehicle.

Lost Landscapes AD 400-1100

The 2016 Richard Hall Symposium - Lost Landscapes AD 400-1100

Website for information, costs and ticket bookings.


Numismatic speakers include Gareth Williams - British Museum, Andrew Woods - York Museums Trust and Tony Abramson - University of York



By Lee Toone

On: Friday 15th January 2016 at 2pm

Venue: The York Coin Fair, The Grandstand, York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York, North Yorkshire YO23 1EX
After Constantius regained Britain from Allectus in AD 296, the London mint set up by Carausius and continued by Allectus was incorporated into the Roman Empire’s network of Imperial mints and continued to produce official Roman coinage in Britain throughout the next three decades. Both Constantius and Constantine used Britain and the London mint as a key part of their power base as they rose through the ranks of Tetrarchic Rome.

This talk gives a historical survey of the period using the coin types produced at the London mint as evidence. During this period the coinage changed dramatically and many different types were produced. It is based on a new book,‘The London Mint of Constantius and Constantine’ by Hugh Cloke and Lee Toone and published by Spink. This book is a comprehensive catalogue and survey of the output of the London mint from AD 296 to 325. From when Constantius invaded Britain to regain the Britannic Empire back from Allectus to its closure in 325 when Constantine began to shift his power base to the East, the London mint was responsible for a vast output of Roman coinage. The Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC, volumes VI and VII)) records around 600 types; the authors of this book have increased the number of known types to 1,037 and have illustrated 90% of these with images on plates facing the catalogue tables in sylloge style. They have also provided a hoard census which lists numbers for each type found in four major hoards. This enables an objective rarity value to be assigned to each coin type. Supported with a comprehensive narrative, indices and a concordance with RIC, this will become the standard reference work on the London mint for years to come.