Archive – England
Cnut the Great had formed an enormous kingdom uniting Denmark, Norvegia and England. But after his death his sons Harthacnut and “Harold Harefoot” clashed with each other. And England became their bone of contention.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 2... [ more ]
Richard the Lionheart is known as the epitome of a heroic king. Returning from the Holy Land he was captured in Austria and to be released only for an immense ransom. This incident had devastating repercussions for England.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 3. [ more ]
In 1337 Eduard III, King of England was the only surviving grandson of the French King Philipp IV. Due to this reason Eduard laid claim on the French throne. And he made his claim visible to everybody issuing a new coin, the noble.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 4. [ more ]
In the mid-15th century two aristocratic houses divided England deeply fighting the so-called War of the Roses. Henry VII overcame this situation by a marriage founding a new, stable dynasty: the Tudors.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 5. [ more ]
Henry VIII is renowned for his many wifes. Behind these marriages was his endeavour to unite love and a secure dynasty. On behalf of this goal he even broke with the Pope and the church.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 6. [ more ]
He was one of France’s most powerful kings, this Philip the Fair who humiliated the pope, crushed the Templars and humbled the Plantagenets. But 14 years after his death the house of the Capetians had ended. Now the question was: Who was to reign over mighty France? [ more ]
Spink sold first gold coin struck in the name of an English king for 30.000 Pounds to a collector from the United Kingdom
On June 24th, 2010 Spink sold an Anglo-Saxon gold Shilling of King Eadbald of Kent dating from c.620-635. A private collector bought this rare and important piece of English history found near Deal Kent in 2010. He paid 30.000 Pounds (then more than 36.000 Euro)... [ more ]
A hoard, which was discovered in the summer of 2007, is part of the collection of the Ashmolean Museum now. More than half of the hoard’s asking price came from private giving... [ more ]
“Gold: Power and Allure” is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Until July 28th it powerfully tells the rich and previously untold story of Britain and its relationship with gold, demonstrating the country’s unique golden heritage. [ more ]
The replicas and forgeries of Anglo-Saxon coins have produced a corpus of material almost as extensive as the originals. In this groundbreaking new study Tony Abramson brings together a vast catalogue of Anglo-Saxon counterfeits and copies. [ more ]
London-based Auction house Baldwin’s has offered 101 of the rarest Henry III Pennies from the Brussels Hoard, a finding linked by its intriguing history to the auction house itself as two books now available from Baldwin’s explain. [ more ]
Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann is looking for answers to these questions in her book “Menschengesichter” (“Human faces”), from which the texts in this series are taken. [ more ]
In this series we will present you some figures of the English history by their coinage. The journey starts with the Vikings and goes until today. [ more ]
Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. [ more ]
It is an institution, perhaps comparable with the Jaeger in Germany: Spink’s Standard Catalogue on the English coinage. Ursula Kampmann writes the anniversary review. [ more ]
Finding a historic coin during a snowball fight is something one can only dream of. This dream came true for an English pupil. The whole school now wonders if there’s an entire hoard buried in the grounds… [ more ]
On 10 February 2015 the largest Anglo Saxon coin hoard found since the Treasure Act began was announced. The hoard is composed of around 5,200 Anglo-Saxon silver pennies and was found by a metal-detecting rally. [ more ]
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 era between 1337 and 1453 went down into history as the Hundred Years’ War. It not only caused great suffering but also gave birth to magnificent coins of which a new catalog has now been released. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. [ more ]
Each year Glastonbury Abbey in the south of England attracts visitors from all over the world. Founded by one of the first disciples of Jesus, its cemetery is believed to be the burial site of King Arthur. A revaluation of old finds and records has now revealed: It’s all fake. [ more ]
A detectorist brought England a sensational discovery: A silver stylus led him to an important Anglo-Saxon settlement which until now remained unknown. An example of an ideal cooperation, as the archaeologist in charge calls it. [ more ]
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 ]
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 ]
The Quit Rent Ceremony, where London pays rent for two properties to the respective British monarch, has been documented since 1211. The currency is still the same as 800 years ago: knives, horseshoes and nails. [ more ]