Money in Anglo-Saxon East Anglia: Filling Gaps in the Historical Sources
with Dr Mark Blackburn
at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||Anglo-Saxon currency: an overview – a survey of coinage and coin use from the departure of the Romans until the Norman Conquest.|
|11.45||The kingdom of the East Angles, 7th-9th centuries – the rich and distinctive coinage of East Anglia is testimony to the success of the kings and the importance of trade to the region.|
|14:00||Viking coinage in the Southern Danelaw, 869-927 – coinage gives a rare insight into the effectiveness of King Guthrum and his successors in developing the Scandinavian kingdom and embracing Christianity for political motives.|
|15:15||Practical session - studying coin designs, inscriptions and production techniques, and discussing the use of money in the Anglo-Saxon period.|
Mark Blackburn has been the Keeper of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since 1991. His research interests include the monetary history of Early Medieval Europe, with particular focus on Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman coinages, and the Viking coinages of Scandinavia and the British Isles; and the recording and analysis of single-finds and their application to monetary circulation. In 1997 he established in Cambridge a national on-line database for coin finds (Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds from the British Isles). He was President of the British Numismatic Society (2004-8) and is General Editor of the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles series.
Blackburn, M., ‘Expansion and control: aspects of Anglo-
Scandinavian minting south of the Humber’, in Vikings and the Danelaw. Select Papers from the Proceedings of the Thirteenth Viking Congress, ed. J. Graham-Campbell et al. (Oxford, 2001), 125-42.
Blackburn, M., ‘Productive sites and the pattern of coin loss in England, 600-1180’, in T. Pestell and K. Ulmschneider, eds, Markets in Early Medieval Europe: Trading and ‘Productive’ Sites, 650-850 (Windgather Press, Macclesfield, 2003), pp. 20-36.
Blackburn, M., ‘Presidential Address 2004. Currency under the Vikings. Part 1. Guthrum and the earliest Danelaw coinages’, British Numismatic Journal 75 (2005), pp. 18-43.
Blunt, C.E., B.H.I.H. Stewart, & C.S.S. Lyon, Coinage in Tenth-Century England. (OUP, Oxford, 1989).
Gannon, A., The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage. Sixth to Eighth Centuries (OUP, Oxford, 2003).
Grierson, P., & Mark Blackburn, Medieval European Coinage. 1. The Early Middle Ages (5th - 10th centuries) (CUP, Cambridge, 1986).
Stewart. I., ‘The English and Norman mints, c. 600–1158’, in C.E. Challis (ed.), A New History of the Royal Mint (CUP, Cambridge, 1992), pp. 1–82.
Williams, G., Early Anglo-Saxon Coins (Shire Archaeology, 2008).
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