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Byzantine and Early Medieval Western European Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet

BATESON J D & CAMPBELL I   Byzantine and Early Medieval Western European Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet

University of Glasgow. London 1998. xix (1) 180 pages, 29 plates. Cloth. The Hunter Coin Cabinet is one of the world's major collections. Founded by William Hunter in the eighteenth century, it is particularly rich in Greek, Roman and British coins. A three-volume Catalogue of Greek Coins in the Hunterian Collection was published by Sir George Macdonald in 1899-1905, while Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, in five volumes, by Professor Anne Roberston appeared between the years 1962 and 1982. Two volumes, on the Anglo-Saxon and Scottish collections, have also been issued as part of the British Academ'y Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles series. This left the Byzantine coins and an important group of Early Medieval Western European coins unpublished. These have now been brought together to form the present catalogue. Seven hundred and twenty five specimens are described, consisting of 569 Byzantine coins and 156 Early Medieval Western European coins, two thirds of which are Ostrogothic and Merovingian issues. As with the Roman Imperial series, the Hunterian collection is strong in the gold issues of Byzantium. Many of these formed a part of the Joseph de France collection acquired by Hunter in Vienna in 1782. Again, the volume contains a number of rare, unpublished and unique specimens. All the Early Medieval Western European coins are illustrated, as well as the Byzantine gold and silver issues, along with a selection of the Byzantine bronze.


Coin Circulation in the Balkan and Danubian Provinces

DUNCAN G L   Coin Circulation in the Balkan and Danubian Provinces

A.D. 294-578. (Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication no. 26) 1993. 208 pages, 5 maps. Casebound. This book presents for the first time a complete survey of late Roman and early Byzantine coin circulation in four countries of south-east Europe: Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Romania and Greece. The period covered, from the reform of Diocletian in AD 294 to the death of Justin II in AD 578, saw in turn a great expansion in the numbers of coins circulating during the fourth century only to be followed by a sharp decline in the fifth and a revival (in the southern part of the area) in the sixth. The author provides details of 60 hoards of gold and silver coins, 167 hoards and find-groups of bronze coins and some 250 isolated finds of precious-metal coins. Much of this material is unpublished and none of it has been brought together in this way before. Dr Duncan explores in depth such questions as why fourth-century silver coins are so abundant in Romania but not elsewhere and examines the wider historical and economic implications of the data that he has gathered. Dr Duncan studied at the Oxford University and the Institute of Archaeology, London, and is now a solicitor working in London.


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