International Biennial Symposia in Early Medieval Coinage

The initial scope has been expanded from early Anglo-Saxon into the Viking period in order to give greater capture of subject matter and audience. The expansion can continue as long as it doesn’t impinge too much on the subject matter of the British Numismatic Journal. SiEMC can be differentiated from the BNJ by being an attractive, accessible and well-illustrated offering, bridging the gaps between collector and numismatist, detectorist and archaeologist, art and economic historian.

To this end, the symposia and publications are mutually supportive and it is important to promote continuity and momentum in both the more academic (numismatic) sphere and the more populist (collecting) market.

The 8th International Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage

In the prevailing circumstances, the 2020 Symposium will not proceed. It had be held be planned for Saturday 10th October at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, with a theme of Time and Money, New approaches to coin finds at Rendlesham. The provisional programme had included:


From 10.00






Session 1


Martin Allen

Welcome and Introduction


Stuart Brookes and

Andrew Woods

Coinage in the ploughzone:

methods from Rendlesham


Jude Plouviez and

Sam Moorhead

Roman coinage from Rendlesham




11.20 - 11.45

Tea and Coffee





Session 2


Andrew Woods

Early medieval coinage

from Rendlesham


Ellie Blakelock

Analysing the early medieval coinage

from Rendlesham


Philippe Schiesser

The limits of circulation of early

medieval denarius and sceatta coinages


Lunch (provided)





Session 3


Murray Andrews

The other side of the coin? Comparing

medieval single finds and hoards


Adrian Marsden

The late Anglo-Saxon coin hoard

from Gaywood, Norfolk (tbc)





Tea and Coffee





Session 4


Richard Kelleher

Medieval and post-medieval coinage

from Rendlesham


Rory Naismith

Reflections on common themes


Closing remarks




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