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Wold Newton Hoard Lecture by Andrew Woods

 

In this lecture organised by the Yorkshire Numismatic Society, Dr Andrew Woods, Senior Curator, York Museums Trust, discusses the Wold Newton hoard. The hoard was found in 2015 and acquired by York Museums Trust in 2016. It is now on display in the Yorkshire Museum. 

 

The hoard is one of the largest and best excavated coin hoards of the Tetrarchy ever discovered in Britain, and was buried at a time when York had a central role in the history of the Roman Empire. This talk explores its discovery, conservation, contents and what it can tell us about coinage in the early fourth century.

 

Many thanks to Coin Collecting Magazine for recording the lecture.

 

As we have previously reported, there have been some very interesting coins of the London mint found within the hoard. See previous posts below.

 


 

LMCC Addenda Page Revised June 2017

 

It has been a while since the LMCC addenda has been updated. There have been a number of items accumulating over the last few months and in particular, the recent ROMA auctions of ‘The Collection of a Connoisseur’ has provided us with some interesting new material. We are very grateful to ROMA Numismatics for allowing us to use their images.

 

The Academic Collection of Romano-British Coins of a Well Known Connoisseur

 

Some of these coins fill gaps where the Bourton-on-the-Water reference coins were lacking images. As these coins were sold through the trade it is possible that these coins are they. However, this is pure supposition but mentioned here for completeness.

 

ROMA Numismatics Auction XIII 23rd March 2017

 

5.01.008   ROMA XIII Lot 1260 is an example of this type with bust variant B2.2 a particularly ornate cuirass – see LMCC p. 84 for definitions of bust sub-types.

 

7.03.049   An example of this type with no star in the right field (25 mm 3.30 g 6h) ROMA XIII Lot 1272 now DiMarzio collection. Another example without the star is known to be in the Stewartby collection.

 

7.04.012   Not illustrated in LMCC but an example in ROMA XIII Lot 1274 where it was miscatalogued as this is clearly a cuirassed bust (24 mm 3.88 g 6h) now DiMarzio collection.

 

7.04.024   See footnote. Huvelin cites a specimen from Sarzeau that has a shield decorated with the head of a gorgon. An example with such decoration in ROMA XIII Lot 1275 (23 mm 3.84 g 5h) as pictured here.

 

7.07.019   Not illustrated in LMCC but an example in ROMA XIII Lot 1277 where it was miscatalogued as this is clearly a radiate helmeted bust type ( 23 mm 4.07 g 6h).

 

8.02.009   See footnote. Another example without the S and F in the fields in the ROMA XIII Auction Lot 1262 (21 mm 3.36 g 6h) now DiMarzio collection.

 

8.07.031  To be removed. This coin was noted in LMCC as needing confirmation. Lot 1285 (21 mm 3.10 g 6h) in this sale is noted as ‘CT 8.07.031 – this coin” complete with the Vecchi provenance. In fact the image shows that it is an example of the previous type 8.07.030, so 8.07.031 does not exist.

 

9.01.001   ROMA XIII Lot 1286 is miscatalogued but is a variant of 9.01.001 (not 006) with a garlanded altar column (20 mm 3.14 g 6h).

 

 

E-Auction 29th April 2017

 

7.06.006   Not illustrated in LMCC but an example illustrated here in ROMA E-auction 35 Lot 1485 (24 mm 3.90 g 7h) misdescribed as 7.06.013.

 

8.09.008.5  CONSTANTINVS IVN N C (19 mm 2.41 g 6h) ROMA E-Auction 35 Lot 1569 now DiMarzio collection.

 

8.09.010   Not illustrated in LMCC but an example illustrated here in ROMA E-auction 35 Lot 1513 (20 mm 2.78 g 6h) now DiMarzio collection.

 

9.04.009   Not illustrated in LMCC but an example illustrated here in ROMA E-auction 35 Lot 1529 (20 mm 3.05 g 6h).

 

Additional Material

 

7.01.015   Plate coin offered for sale by London Coin Galleries in Auction 4 Lot 98 in June 2017 (23 mm 4.11 g).

 

8.07.025.5   CONSTANTINVS P AVG   Bust B5 (left) with spread chlamys reverse type (20.5 x 20.5 mm 4.2 g 6h) Steve Thomas collection.

 

9.05.023   Reference example not illustrated in LMCC but another specimen in DNW sale 15/16th March 2017 Lot 1163 (part) shown below.

 

9.06.015   Reference example not illustrated in LMCC but another specimen in Steve Thomas collection shown below (19 x 18 mm 3.4 g).

 

 

All of the above with images have now been incorporated into the addenda tab.

 


LMCC Addenda page Revised

LMCC Addenda Page Revised

 

We have recently updated the LMCC addenda page to include the new London mint coins discovered in the Wold Newton hoard and a number of other new coins submitted by collectors. The new entries are repeated below for ease of identification.

 

New London mint coins discovered in the Wold Newton hoard:

 

4.03.001.5      IMP C MAXIMIANVS P FELIX AVG Bust B3 (7.80 g) Wold Newton hoard #45. The coin is currently uncleaned and the Yorkshire Museums Trust is hoping to acquire the hoard intact for further study. Image courtesy of and © Trustees of the British Museum.

 

4.03.022.5     MAXIMINVS NOBILISSIMVS CAESAR The bust is a new type for London – laureate, cuirassed right, right hand raised (possibly holding mappa?), left hand holding globe. (9.09 g) Wold Newton hoard #58. The coin is currently uncleaned and the Yorkshire Museums Trust is hoping to acquire the hoard intact for further study. Image courtesy of and © Trustees of the British Museum.

4-03-022-5-9-09g-wold-newton-58

 

4.03.024.5      MAXIMINVS NOBILISSIMVS C Bust B2 (10.50 g) Wold Newton hoard #60. The coin is currently uncleaned and the Yorkshire Museums Trust is hoping to acquire the hoard intact for further study. Image courtesy of and © Trustees of the British Museum.

 

Many thanks to Vincent Drost who carried out the initial identification and report on the hoard.

 

Others:

 

7.04.016 A second example has come to light that is a double die match to the LMCC reference coin – metrics and image awaited. Private collection.

 

7.04.028.5 CONSTANTINVS P AVG Bust F3 (y) left – metrics and image awaited. Private collection.

 

8.04.009 Included but not illustrated in LMCC, as an image was not available at the time for the reference example. This image is from a second example (21 mm 3.1 g 12h). Phil Edmonds collection.

 

8.09.003 (2) An example of this type with the CLARITAS REIPVBLICE reverse legend variation(20 mm 3.3 g 12h). Phil Edmonds collection. This is from a different die than 8.09.002 (2) and the example mentioned in the footnote to 8.09.004. Therefore perhaps not a simple die cutting error. These were the first coins struck at London with this reverse legend so they may have been early examples where the instructions to the die cutters were unclear or wrong. A mistake corrected for later dies and issues.


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