H 276 x W 215 mm
Published Oct 2023
Edited by Martin Biddle
Contributions by Yvonne Harvey
This volume records and illustrates the minting of silver pennies in Winchester between the reigns of Alfred the Great and Henry III. Five and a half thousand survive in museums and collections all over the world. Sought out and photographed (some 3200 coins in 6400 images detailing both sides), they have been minutely catalogued for this volume.
Martin Biddle is an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, and Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was the first Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology in England, at the University of Exeter (1963–67) and has held many other distinguished academic positions worldwide. He is the Founder and Director of the Winchester Excavations Committee (1962–present) and the Winchester Research Unit (1968–present). Professor Biddle is also Chairman of the Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC) for Winchester Cathedral, Archaeological Consultant for St Albans Cathedral, and former Archaeological Consultant for Canterbury Cathedral. In June 2014, he was awarded a CBE for ‘services to archaeology’.
It is a pleasure to give a very warm welcome to this mighty and long-awaited volume which sets out in meticulous detail what is currently known about the output and operations of the Winchester mint between Edgar’s reform of the coinage in c.973 and the mint’s final closure early in 1250.
…Martin Biddle, the presiding genius of the Winchester excavations and the instigator of the Winchester Studies series…and Yvonne Harvey can properly pride themselves on a monumental task now happily accomplished. – Hugh Pagan, Numismatic Circular (October 2012) ;
… At its heart is a dazzling detailed corpus of coins struck in Winchester between the reigns of Alfred and Henry III. This is as near comprehensive as possible … and the scale of her [Yvonne Harvey] efforts in its production are staggering, with tens of thousands of comparisons needed to complete the die study alone. Students of Late Saxon coinage should be grateful to her for producing such a tremendous resource and it will be a fitting legacy that her work is likely to act as the foundation and inspiration for a whole new generation of scholars.
… It is an exemplary record of the numismatic material from the excavations with a detailed catalogue and discussion of how coins were made in the town. … The book will continue to be important and relevant as a foundation for much further work for many years to come. Any collector or scholar of the period should have a copy on their shelf. – Andrew Woods, Curator of Numistmatics at the Yorkshire Museum’s Trust