New Varieties and Improved Images

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My gratitude to Professor Ron Bude for removing coloured backgrounds from many of these images.

New variety of Wvneetton type. Obv: draped bust left with flowing hair, trident in field before face. Double-struck.

Rev: WVOTTOCTW blundered,  cross potent within double beaded centre circle, 1.26g, 30o.

SCBI BM –; SCBI Abramson –; M –; N 26; S –. 

Noonans auction, 15th November 2022, lot 10. Image courtesy Noonans.

310, new specimen.

Noonans, auction 24th May 2022, lot 16.

Thanks to Kevin Easton for drawing my attention to this.

1.30g, 60o.

Image courtesy of Noonans.

New variety, 315. Unique.

Peckham hoard coin 4.

PAS KENT-687A04 , cf ASGC 5-9

The portrait is associated stylistically with the  AEC M / LEMC shilling (310).

Comprehensive details are given in a BNS blog article here.

Image courtesy of David Callow.

Eighth specimen of 350, cross/cross, Crondall type, found at Peckham and designated Peckham hoard coin no. 6.

Obverse: Cross ancrée on step with annulets (and pendilia) in lower quarters. Vestigial inscription beyond ladder border.

Reverse: Hammer cross, annulets in quarters, set in elaborate border.

See Treasure Hunting magazine, August 2023.

NB: the description in GCASE is incorrect.

Image courtesy of David Callow, April 2023.


360 EANV type found 2017.

This coin featured in press articles here and here and can also be viewed here.

Information courtesy of Chris Kutler. Image courtesy of Joe Boyle.

380 but with obverse destroyed by a mount, therefore an artefact. Reported by Chris Kutler, in 1999, on his website

Archaeological & Historic Sites Index ARCHI

"There are just two motifs on this coin - a central Latin equal-armed cross with pellets forming a semi-circle below the cross. The cross appears to have a single base on one of the arms with the other three arms having round terminals at their ends. The obverse of this coin has an additional gold stud which seems to have been applied to bring its weight up to the standard of the time." In email correspondence, February 2023, Chris added: "It was one of the first two coins I found at Chipping Ongar and in the 1998-9 Treasure Report (item 321). I since found that it had been described as potentially Anglo-Saxon by Lord Stewartby in the Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine, 1993."

See the Treasure Hunting article (September 2020) by Chris here.

Additional information courtesy of Artie Gran, January 2023.

The Treasure Hunting article (September 2020), linked above, also illustrates at Fig. 3, another example of a gold tremis/shilling with the same cross-pommée reverse but an inscribed obverse, as yet undecipherable from this indistinct image. This was found in Shallbourne, Wiltshire by 1994 and was the subject of the article by Lord Stewarby.

Information courtesy of Chris Kutler, February 2023.

New variety 415, gold shilling of Eadbald, Canterbury mint.

The obverse is not a die duplicate of the first Eadbald coin of Canterbury GCASE 410, (EMC 2001.1003).

The reverse also differs, ending in S rather than M.

A metal detection find, near Canterbury, late 2022 1.29g. EMC 2023.0159.

See my BNS Blog article here.

Arent Pol comments:

The Goodnestone find has DOR...........NISM (that can very well be completed as DOROVERNISM), whereas the legibility of this new Canterbury find is much poorer.
DORO............S seems a good beginning, but it needs confirmation from other parts, like die-identity or complete typological & stylistical similarity with other Dorovernis tremisses. Or do you see the RL… before the head as sufficiently resembling the REG… on the Goodnestone find ?
As you know in Merovingian coinage – and to me this tremissis looks perfectly continental as well – there is always the possibility of a relation with yet another mint, already documented or newly turning up. For this case I am pointing at the mint of Dreux (Eure-et-Loire) where one type by Gundofridus shows DOROCAS in the obverse legend, and another has a much longer text that starts with DOROCAS and then becomes very confused before ending with Zo (that could possibly be interpreted as an inversed S with a decorative annulet) [have a look at EMC 2009.0181].
The legend of the new Canterbury find is definitely longer than DOROCAS (but not so long as the partly illegible DOROCAS………Z°), so I am not arguing in favor of re-attribution to the Dreux mint, but would like to use this example as a 'warning' to keep eyes open for other possibilities as long as the attribution to Dorovernis is not confirmed.
Supporting evidence for attributing this new coin can be found in it's gold content, that should not be too far out of range with that of the other Audvarld tremisses.

In conclusion, I can preliminary accept an attribution to the mint of Dorovernis, but definitely would advise to add a question mark or two and indicate the theoretical possibility of a continental issue.


Image courtesy of Terry Read, April 2023.


416? Another gold shilling with associations to Canterbury.

Obv: EUSEB[EVS]? clockwise around a helmetted bust, right.

Rev: DOROVERNIS (Canterbury) around central cross pattée, Three curved elements below exergual line.

Found Upton Grey, Hampshire, October 2023.

A metal detector find by, and image coutesy of, Tomasz Mostowski.

430: A die duplicate of variety 430, found by Sean Peebles on 26 November 2023 at the Medway history finders dig, can be seen at EMC 2023.0499.

Image courtesy of Sean Peebles, November 2023.

610 Variety Aii of the York gold shilling - only the second known.

Clerical figure / plan of church.

Found near Easington, East Yorkshire, 12th March 2024.

EMC 2024.0099.

Image courtesy of Chris Broom.

Replica of 650, York shilling being sold on Etsy.

660 now confirmed as counterfeit.

A respected and experienced coin dealer contacted me in late January 2023 to confirm that this dubious type is indeed counterfeit. He reported that the specimen he inspected, shown here, was cast, has a grainy, artificially filed surface (to reduce weight to the norm, presumably), and has spots of iron staining. It isn't as glossy as the specimen illustrated in GCASE and is of a paler hue, but is identical in shape, which is virtually impossible for this coinage, as it is minted without a collar.  It is being offered for £8,000 ( and as a contemporary imitation on eBay) by someone ostensibly credible, possibly the "finder" whose identity is known and who, conceivably, has been duped by a "seeded" fake.

670, An addition to the corpus of York shillings, variety Ciii (5).

Found Kilham, August 2022.

Also see the foot of this page.

Information courtesy of Ru Smith, November 2022.

Image courtesy of Spink.

Outrageous fake of 710 Annulet Cross with Floral reverse sold on eBay February 2023: 

Information courtesy of Nick Carter.

720 Crispus. Noonans 251 8-3-22 lot 40.

A better specimen than in GCASE.

Image courtesy Noonans

An improved image of variety 780 Trophy shilling. Noonans auction 4th-5th April 2023. Hammer price £17,000 - see here. EMC2023.0098, found East Bergholt, Suffolk, c. 1998.

Image courtesy of Noonans.

Two Emperors shilling.

eBay 284774413168 24 Oct 2022 Image courtesy Britannia Coin Company.

Two Emperors. Noonans auction 251, 8-3-22 lot 41

Ex Kevin Easton

Image courtesy Noonans

A variant of the 'pellet-in-mouth' type of the Two Emporers varieties 860-870.

Image courtesy of Christine Hetherington.

1110, the Hunmanby dinar, EMC 2018.0218, 4.41g, metal detector find from Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, May 2018.

See William McKay and Rory Naismith, An Imitative Dinar from Hunmanby, North Yorkshire in Interpreting Early Medieval Coinage, Studies in Memory of Stewart Lyon (eds Martin Allen, Rory Naismith and Hugh Pagan), BNS Speical Publication 15, Spink, London, 2022.

The authors argue that this new find is associated with the Offa dinar of al-Mansur and are probably of English manufacture.

Image courtesy of EMC.

1010v. Pada. Saxon Coins Facebook group.

Image use permission sought from Franck Guyot

1130, the Offa gold mancus, in colour.

Image credit Royal Numismatic Society

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