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Harold Harefoot or the Vikings in 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 Ruins England

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 ]

Edward III – the Hundred Years War

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 ]

Henry VII – Founder of the Tudor Dynasty

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 – the Man Who Had Six Wives

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 ]

Between England and France – the Outbreak of the Hundred Years’ War

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 ]

The Irish harp

Every coin of Ireland, from 1 cent to 2 euros, features a harp. We ask why the harp plays such an important role in Irish identification. 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 ]

Ashmolean Museum Acquires A Hoard of Angels This Christmas

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 Exhibition in London

“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 ]

Book on Anglo-Saxon counterfeits

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 ]

Two books on the Brussels Hoard of 1908

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 ]

Human faces

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 ]

A Short History of England

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 ]

The Thirty Years' War

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 ]

50th Edition of Spink‘s Standard Catalogue “Coins of England”

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 ]

Snowball Fight with Tudor Coin

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 ]

Largest Anglo-Saxon coin hoard tops list of latest UK treasure finds

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 ]

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 ]

English coinage struck on the continent

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 ]

Medieval PR coup about King Arthur’s tomb

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 ]

Detectorist discovers important Anglo-Saxon settlement

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 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 ]

London has been paying rent to the crown for 800 years

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 ]

Funds raised to acquire the Hoard of King Alfred

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has raised the £1.35 million required to purchase the hoard of King Alfred the Great discovered in Oxfordshire in 2015. Support was provided by the National Lottery through a Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and private contributors. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK app 2017 available

The first ever price guide to British coins in app form has now been released by TokenPublishing. Available on IOS and Android, the two editions address both the discerning collector and the specialized numismatist. more ]

The new MEC-volume on Britain and Ireland

Rory Naismith has published the newest MEC-volume on the coins of Britain and Ireland between ca. 400 and 1066. It is a “must” for every numismatic library, comparable only to the RIC or the Jaeger. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Inaugural Exhibit of Tyrant Collection Long Beach Expo

Labeled “The Tyrants of the Thames,” the inaugural exhibition in a planned multi-year series of displays from the collection will showcase more than 500 superbly preserved examples of portrait coins of English and British rulers minted over the last 1,400 years. more ]

Ian Stewart, Baron Stewartby (1935-2018)

Bernard Harold Ian Halley Stewart died on 3 March 2018. He is considered one of the greatest experts of British numismatics. We mourn the loss of a distinguished collector and researcher who also shaped his country’s (monetary) policy. more ]

Émigré Medallists in Britain

The British Museum presents a new exhibition called “Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain”, which can be visited until April 7, 2019. The focused exhibition uncovers the invaluable role played by artists from abroad in the development of British medallic art. more ]

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