A bibliography of early medieval numismatic literature

                 Post-Roman to Pre-Conquest

(to 2020)


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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