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The Anglo-Gallic Coins

ELIAS E R D   The Anglo-Gallic Coins
Les Monnaies Anglo-francaises. 1984. 274 pages, 233 coins illustrated. Boards. The publication of a book, written in English by a Dutch numismatist about French medieval coinages may surprise many but will seem quite natural to others. In fact this work is part of a long tradition: coins, struck on the continent and specially in Aquitaine, by the Plantagenet and Lancastrian kings or their kinsmen, have been the subject of scholarly works on the English side of the Channel for several centuries. Over the past decades, the main work of reference in this field has been that of Hewlett - Anglo-Gallic Coins - By carefully examining the coins known, by making discoveries of hitherto unpublished ones and of new varieties, by comparing the coins with the results of recent studies, E.R. Duncan Elias became more and more convinced of the necessity to revise Hewlett's work, complete it, modify it and simplify it as well. He has made the best possible use of the information given by the coins themselves (except for the weights: indication of highest and lowest weights, although not to be neglected, is not sufficient). The epigraphy has been studied, specimens analysed and the information obtained from hoards and other coinages has not been neglected. The method employed for classifying certain coins of King Edward III from imitations made in Bergerac by Henry of Lancaster deserves to be singled out as exemplary. Otherwise the author does not hesitate to leave the door open for further research by clearly giving his reasons for his classifications and attributions without concealing the hypothetical elements on which they sometimes are based. We gain from this book the agreeable impression of having in our hands a work which allows us to comprehend, in a satisfactory way, and in keeping with the most recent studies, one of the richest series of French feudal coinage.


Byzantine and Early Medieval

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.


Coins of Medieval Europe

GRIERSON P   Coins of Medieval Europe
London 1991. 248 pages, 478 illustrations, 8 pages of colour plates. Casebound. A masterful survey of the evolution of medieval coinage from its initial contraction as a result of the Barbarian invasions and its subsequent development from the 11th century.


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