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Buckingham gold hoard

Around midday on Saturday 16 December 2006 two metal detectorists strolled onto a field near Buckingham and within a few minutes picked up a valuable gold coin that was lying on the surface. By the end of the weekend ... more ]

50 Years of Celtic Coin Index

Setting up an index of Celtic coins found in Britain was first thought of in 1959 by the archaeologist Professor Sheppard Frere and the numismatist Derek Allen. The growth of the CCI testifies to a commensurate increase in co-operation between professional archaeologists and amateur metal detectorists... more ]

Jersey – the Treasure Island of Celtic Coins

Jersey Post has just issued stamps featuring six iron age coins from a hoard found at Le Catillon, Jersey, in 1957. Celtic coin expert Chris Rudd reveals how it comes that Jersey may truly be called Treasure Island of iron age coins... more ]

Unique gold coin of Bodvoc found

On 16 April 2012 a 2000-year-old gold quarter stater of the ancient British ruler Bodvoc was discovered near Bristol. It was found by Dennis who has been metal detecting for 33 of his 53 years and it can rightly be described as ‘the find of a lifetime’ because of its numismatic importance. more ]

Introduction 'The People of Zurich and their Money' Part 1

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. Follow along in this first section as we trace the evolution of Swiss numismatics from the beginning all the way through to the 16th century. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money 1: The Celts’ First Contact with Greek Money

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. In this first chapter, we’ll be eavesdropping on a conversation from the 3rd century BC between a Celtic farmer and his wife. Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to help underscore and illustrate this conversation. more ]

Was king of east Kent son of badger killer?

On 20 December 2012 an exceedingly rare gold coin of the Cantiaci tribe was found south of Canterbury in Kent. The coin is a gold quarter stater attributed to Sego, an elusive king who probably ruled in east Kent shortly after the birth of Christ. more ]

Unique coin of British king who fled to Germany

On 2 June 2013 a silver unit of a previously unrecorded type was found in east Kent, former land of the Cantiaci. It was struck by Amminus, a Cantian king who ruled in Kent around AD 30-40, shortly before the Claudian invasion in AD 43, which he may have encouraged. more ]

Another forger in north Hampshire?

On 5 August 2012 a late iron age coin punch was discovered by a metal detectorist near Andover, north Hampshire. Its function is unclear, it may be a trial or apprentice piece – or even an ancient forgery. more ]

Did a British king pay gold to Augustus?

The last series of gold staters issued by British ruler Tasciovanos poses a riddle to experts as the coins differ considerably from previous series. A possible explanation now suggests that the gold staters were made as tribute money to Augustus. more ]

Has Tom found Togodumnus?

Chris Rudd tells us how a newly discovered gold coin helps to reveal the possible identity of a long-forgotten British prince who died fighting during the Claudian invasion of AD 43. This coin was sold on January 13 for a record price of 10,200 Pounds. more ]

Rediscovery of Celtic gold in Brentonico

Helmut Rizzolli presents three Celtic gold coins which were found in Tyrol in the 19th century. A hundred years ago, a museum used them to pay off their heating bills, now they have reappeared on the collector’s market and can finally be analysed and interpreted. more ]

Unique dragon coin from Kent

On 20 February 2014 an ancient British silver coin of the highest rarity was unearthed by a metal detectorist near Canterbury in Kent. It was probably struck sometime around the birth of Christ by an obscure Cantian ruler. more ]

Celtic hammer-god found in Kent

Last year an exceedingly rare gold quarter stater, minted over 2,000 years ago in the Somme valley, northern France, was found near Ringwould, Kent, by a metal detectorist. Struck c.250-225 BC in the land of ... more ]

Killer’s gold to be sold

A rare gold stater of Tasciovanos, believed to be one of the finest known, will be auctioned in early May by Celtic dealer Chris Rudd...
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Rare Gold "Diss" Torc fetches £50,700 at Auction

Spink / London sold a fine and rare gold Torc, from the Iron Age of Great Britain, for £50,700 at their auction in London...
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A new Celtic coin book

“It is very easy to use, not just for people with Dr. in front of their name, but for everyone, from schoolkids to scholars.” more ]

52,000 coins found in Somerset in England

British detectorist found and reported one the biggest hoards found in Britain ever. Buried in a big jug approximately 30 cm underground were 52,000 antoniniani from the 3rd century A. D. ... more ]

Unique Celtic gold coin to be sold in May

Before this coin had been found, nobody knew about the British king Anarevitos... more ]

Celtic gold strong

A previously unrecorded gold stater of a hitherto unknown British king, Anarevitos, was recently auctioned by Chris Rudd for GBP 21,000. This is a record price for an Iron Age coin of Britain... more ]

The eye of God

A rare silver coin of the Iceni, struck in Norfolk over 2000 years ago, was recently found by a metal detectorist in East Anglia. It shows a man’s head with one eye blinded (or closed) and with another eye – a third eye, an open eye – in his mouth. Who is he? What is he doing? more ]

Moon-crowns of the Iceni

At Chris Rudd’s a rare silver coin of the Iceni tribe was auctioned for GBP 5,200 – the highest price ever paid for an ancient British silver coin! The motif on this coin, a moon-crown, is quite intriguing. Read here Chris Rudd’s explanation... more ]

New attribution of celtic coins: Caratacus instead of Cunobelinus

For 120 years a coin type has been wrongly attributed to King Cunobelinus because of a misreading of its inscription. A metal detectorist found another specimen, which permits now to attribute this coin to Cunobelinus’ son the famous freedom-fighter Caratacus... more ]

Wickham Market Gold Hoard to be Cleaned-up by Volunteers

At the moment, a gold hoard composed of 840 Iceni coins found in 2008 in a Suffolk field is cleaned by 50 volunteers. This is another example of British style cooperation... more ]

Artistic coins from Celtic culture

Those who love the drawings of Picasso should consider buying Celtic coins. They are nearly as modern as the great Spanish painter... more ]

Four rarities found

Four ancient British coins of the highest rarity have recently been unearthed by metal detectorists, confirming yet again the considerable contribution made by metal detecting to iron age numismatics. more ]

Largest treasure of Celtic coins ever found on Jersey

After thirty years of continuing search two amateur metal detectorists found a hoard of Celtic coins in the east of Jersey. The sensational finding weighs ca. three quarter of a tonne and thus comprises probably some 50,000 coins – the largest hoard of Celtic coins ever. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 3

Can you hazard a guess as to which European country is the most mountainous after Switzerland? Austria? Not a chance! It’s Spain. And besides being incredibly mountainous, Spain can also boast the best-preserved Roman city wall anywhere in the world. Join us on the third leg of our incredible trip as we make our way to the Picos de Europa and then to Lugo. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 1

Romans and Celts aren’t exactly what come to mind when you think of Northern Spain. I had basically expected this trip to be just a one-time foray into medieval times, with perhaps a few ancient bits thrown in for good measure. But I was completely off the mark – Northern Spain has so much more to offer. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain (2012)

In April 2012 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Northern Spain. During the summer she published her numismatic diary of this travel. Here you can read all single parts. more ]

Holy Grail from Lake Chiemsee

A cup made of pure gold and inspired by Celtic art has troubled the press for quite some time. A Swiss entrepreneur tried to gain one billion Euro from the ‘Holy Grail’ – and failed miserably. Now he has been condemned by a court. more ]

Cunobelin counterfeits

Chris Rudd’s Elizabeth Cottam, expert on Celtic coins, explains how to recognise counterfeits of coins of the Celtic king Cunobelin since the number of those apparently has significantly increased recently. more ]

Four rarities of a forgotten tribe

Celtic coin expert Chris Rudd will sell in auction four coins attributed to the obscure Belgae tribe, a tribe that has primarily become known again through numismatic testimonies thanks in particular to metal detectorists. more ]

Record price for a gold coin of a man who made a million

A gold stater of the Celtic king Cunobelin, known as the Biga Type, was recently sold for £15,100, the highest price ever paid for a coin of this ruler. more ]

A new exhibition in the Old Castle of Stuttgart

Roughly 80,000 years of the history of civilization are presented in the Landesmuseum Stuttgart since 2012 in its new permanent exhibition. A substantial part of it is in fact related to numismatics as we have noticed at our recent visit. more ]

Discovering the hidden treasures of Celts and Romans in Jersey

In 2012 two metal detectorists found the world’s largest hoard of Celtic coins in Jersey. The approximately 70,000 coins are now on display in Jersey’s museum and publicly cleaned in a glass fronted lab. more ]

Australian money man catalogues British boar money

The formerly chief financial officer of Reader’s Digest in Australia has written a pioneering book cataloguing the earliest silver coins of the Corieltavi, a large Iron Age tribe of the East Midlands. It has been published by Chris Rudd. more ]

A little more life for a tribe that died

March 2014 a small but exceedingly rare gold coin was found by a metal detectorist near Winchester, which will be sold on September 8, 2014. It shows two snakelike corded crescents on one side and a lanky belted horse on the other side. Only one other example is recorded. more ]

Solid gold Torc in Celtic coin hoard found

A new, exciting find has been discovered in Jersey’s Celtic coin hoard. The Jersey Heritage hoard conservation team uncovered one end of a solid gold torc, which is considerably larger than anything previously found. more ]

Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett

There can only be a handful of people who have increased our knowledge about Roman numismatics as greatly as Andrew Burnett. To honor him, his colleagues have now prepared a festschrift which, needless to say, focuses on minting in the entire area of Roman influence. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK 2016 released

Covering all British coins from the first Celtic issues to present-day currency, the latest volume of the best-selling coin price guide in the United Kingdom, the COIN YEARBOOK 2016, has been released. more ]

The Cheshire Hoards and the Romano-British North West

In 2012 and 2014 two hoards from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD were made in the English county of Cheshire. Museum of Liverpool is now organising a one-day conference on 27 February 2016 casting light on the findings and their historical and numismatic context. more ]

Hoarding Conference at the British Museum

A conference on ‘Hoarding and Deposition in Iron Age and Roman Britain, and Beyond’, will be taking place at the British Museum on Friday and Saturday 11th-12th March 2016, at the BP Lecture Theatre. The conference is free, but ticketed, so booking is essential. more ]

Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain

The British Museum shows a coins and medals display, ‘Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain’. Until 22 May 2016 this exhibition explores the stories behind the headlines focusing on prehistoric and Romano-British hoards from across the United Kingdom. more ]

The Coin Yearbook 2017

The latest volume of the Coin Yearbook has been released. It is a price guide and collector’s handbook for the coin hobby, with features which include accurate up-to-date valuations for all English, Scottish, Irish and Island (Channel & Isle of Man) coins. more ]

New Archaeological Discoveries Enlighten Britain’s Past

Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure annual reports announced the recording of a further 82,272 archaeological finds comprising 1,008 Treasure finds. PAS is now working closely with other European areas establishing a North Sea Area finds recording group. more ]

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