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The Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds

Continuing the search for free online resources for those interested in history, this week we take a look at the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds, a database of some of the archaeological coin evidence from England.


Numismatics, the study of coins and currency, is a crucial part of archaeology, but one that I am personally very inexperienced at. I was slightly daunted this week, then, when my PhD research and search for nicknames led me into coin evidence - talk of mints and moneyers tends to get me all at sea.


I was therefore very happy to discover the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds, available to the public here - https://emc.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/. Run by Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, this site provides a database for single coin finds from the years c. 410 to 1180. Far more specifically focused than the PAS, this is the perfect resource for anyone interested in numismatics more specifically. Included in each entry is a photograph of both sides of the coin, along with a lot of background information, and a useful catalogue number for further research.

The advanced search feature allows a search through of the corpus by mint, moneyer, type, county etc., while the extensive Further Reading section is a great starting place for people who want to take the study further.

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