A bibliography of early medieval numismatic literature
Post-Roman to Pre-Conquest
This numismatic bibliography is a compilation of material from major sources including Grierson & Blackburn’s Medieval European Coinage, Gannon’s An
Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage, Cook and Williams’ Coinage and History in the North Sea World c.500-1250 AD, the International Numismatic Commission’s
Survey of Numismatic Research and the personal bibliographies of some of our more prolific authors. It includes all the relevant volumes from the British Academy series
Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles. David Greenhalgh’s magnum opus Cumulative Index to Spink’s Numismatic Circular, volumes 1-100, has
proved invaluable as has both his and Robert Thompson’s versions of Contents of the British Numismatic Journal.
I am very grateful to all those who have willingly contributed to this compilation, amongst whom I particularly thank Martin Allen, the late Mark Blackburn, Claus Feveile, Anna Gannon, David Greenhalgh, Michael Metcalf, Rory Naismith, Robert Thompson, Wybrand Op den Velde, and Gareth Williams. My effort has been purely organisational.
The original objective was to provide a consolidated database of the Anglo-Saxon and early medieval period as a supplement to Studies in Early Medieval Coinage (SiEMC) volume 3 to give students unified access to research material. For this reason, the listing is inclusive - it incorporates some titles on related subject areas (e.g. art and iconography), numismatics beyond the immediate scope and period. However, the SiEMC Advisory Council decided not to include the bibliography in volume 3 in hardcopy, but to seek means of publishing it online as a searchable resource, which could have significant advantages. In comparison to a static hardcopy bibliography, an electronic version is dynamic – it can be edited, corrected, augmented, updated, collated with other bibliographies and searched. The last feature provides a particularly powerful tool for both researchers and casual enquirers if the search keys are flexible, if broad access is facilitated, and if resources are available for regular maintenance.
Given that some sources are available only in printed, as opposed to electronic, format, character recognition software has been used to digitize such text. Unfortunately, this resulted in a substantial number of errors of a wide variety of types and a loss of formatting – misread letters, omissions and unintended insertions, spacing errors, loss of italicisation, hyphenation, punctuation and line continuity errors to name but a few. It is hoped that such inaccuracies have been identified by proof reading and corrected, but no doubt, some inconsistencies will have escaped unnoticed. These are entirely the responsibility of the present compiler.
Inevitably, the sources from which this input is taken have their own style of presentation, which differ significantly from each other and from the house style adopted by SiEMC. Varying use of italics, superscripts, underlines and abbreviations is compounded by ibid, idem, op. cit. and loc. cit. citations whose integrity is lost in this composite work. Harvard style has been implemented in this listing. A purist would insist on absolute consistency and if the current work falls short of this high standard, it will provide an objective for future revisions. The information is published at the foot of this page as a PDF facilitating data searches and sort routines. Microsoft Excel and Word formats are available on request.
Self evidently, numismatists have an appreciation of detail, so I trust they are not intolerably offended by any lack of care. Satis caveat.
Annales ESC Annales d'histoire économique et sociale
ANS American Numismatic Society
AntJ Antiquaries Journal
ASE Anglo-Saxon England, (Cambridge Studies in)
ASFN Annuaire de la Societe francaise de numismatique
BAR British Archaeological Reports
BCEN Bulletin du Centre d'Etudes numismatiques (Brussels)
BL British Library
BM British Museum
BMC British Museum Catalogue: Keary 1887.
BMF Blatter fur Munzfreunde
BMNA Bulletin mensuel de numismatique et d' archeologie
BMSB British Museum Society Bulletin
BN Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
BNF Berliner Numismatische Forschungen
BNJ British Numismatic Journal
BNJi British Numismatic Journal, Contents, volumes 1-77, 1903/4-2007, R. H. Thompson
BNS British Numismatic Society
BSFN Bulletin de la Société française de numismatique
C&H Coinage and History in the North Sea World
CBA Council for British Archaeology
CCNB Newsletter The Newsletter of the Coordinating Committee for Numismatics in Britain
CH Coin Hoards
CN Coinage in Northumbria: 'Coinage in Ninth-Century Northumbria. The Tenth Oxford Symposium on Coinage and Monetary History', (BAR Brit. ser. 180; Oxford).
CNS Corpus Nummorum Saeculorum
CR Coin Register: see the British Numismatic Journal of the relevant year.
CTCE C.E. Blunt, B.H.I.H. Stewart and C.S.S. Lyon, Coinage in Tenth-Century England (Oxford, 1989)
DAN Grierson 1979a (Dark Age Numismatics)
DJBN Deutsches Jahrbuch fur Numismatik
Dolley Anglo-Saxon Monetary History
EcHR Economic History Review
EHR English Historical Review
EMC Early Medieval Corpus of Coin Finds
FPL Fixed Price List
GM Gentleman’s Magazine
HBN Hamburger Beitrage zur Numismatik
HRE Holy Roman Empire
Hunterian Hunterian and Coats Collection, University of Glasgow: see Robertson 1961.
JBAA Journal of the British Archaeological Association
JESHO Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
JMP Jaarboek voor Munt- en Penningkunde
JNG Jahrbuchfur Numismatik una Geldgeschichte
KCA Kings, Currency and Alliances. The History of Southern England in the Ninth Century
LMN Grierson 1979b, Later Medieval Numismatics
MBNG Mitteilungen der Bayerischen Numismatischen Gesellschaft
MBS Mail Bid Sale
MEC P. Grierson and M.A.S. Blackburn, Medieval European Coinage (Cambridge, 1986)
Med.Arch. Medieval Archaeology
MIN Metallurgy in Numismatics
MN Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society)
MoE The Making of England: see Webster & Backhouse (eds.) 1991.
NC Numismatic Chronicle
NC Numismatic Chronicle
NCirc or SNC (Spink's) Numismatic Circular
NNA or NNÅ Nordisk Numismatisk Årsskrift
NNF-Nytt Norsk Numismatisk Forening, Nytt
NNM Numismatic Notes and Monographs (American Numismatic Society)
NNUM Nordisk Numismatik Unions Medlemsblad
NZ Numismatische Zeitschrift
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
OJA Oxford Journal of Archaeology
PAS Portable Antiquities Scheme
PRO Public Record Office
ProcINC Proceedings of the International Numismatic Congress
PSAS Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
QT Quaderni ticinesi (di) numismatica e antichita classiche
RBN Revue beige de numismatique
RHS Royal Historical Society
RIN Rivista italiana di numismatica
RN Revue Numismatique
RNS Royal Numismatic Society
RSN Revue suisse de numismatique (Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau)
SCBI Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles (British Academy series)
SCMB Seaby's Coin and Medal Bulletin
SiEMC Studies in Early Medieval Coinage
SM Schweizerische Munzblatter
SNC or NCirc Spink's Numismatic Circular
SNT Svensk Numismatisk Tidskrift.
SNR Surveys of Numismatic Research
T&S Thrymsas and Sceattas in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: see D. M. Metcalf 1993-94.
TAR Treasure Annual Report
TMP Tijdschrift voor Munt- en Penningkunde
TNA: PRO The National Archives: Public Record Office
TTRC Treasure Trove Review Committee
YN or YorksNum Yorkshire Numismatic Journal
ZfN Zeitschrift fur Numismatik
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