Talks

 

I frequently gives talks to local numismatic societies about Romano-British coinage. The following talks are currently available. If you would like to discuss the possibility of me attending one of your society meetings, please use the contact button at the right side of the screen or contact me on 07799 791790. I am already booked for the following society meetings:

6th June 2017                South Manchester Numismatic Society – The Viking Coinage of York 

 

 

MONETA BRITANNIA – Romano-British Coinage

Roman coinage was used in Britain for several centuries. The coinage was produced in Britain, copied in Britain and hoarded in Britain.

This talk gives an overview of Romano-British coinage focusing on those coins that were actually produced in Britain and hoards that have been discovered in Britain.

 

COINS, COLLECTORS AND CAESARS – Coin Collecting Through the Ages

From the Romans and the Vikings to John Quincy Adams and the Smithsonian. A gentle romp through the history of coin collecting with a focus on provenance, tools and techniques. Something for everyone!

 

THE LONDON MINT OF CONSTANTIUS AND CONSTANTINE – AD 296 to 325

After Constantius regained Britain from Allectus in AD 296, the London mint set up by Carausius and continued by Allectus was incorporated into the Roman Empire’s network of Imperial mints and continued to produce official Roman coinage in Britain throughout the next three decades. Both Constantius and Constantine used Britain and the London mint as a key part of their power base as they rose through the ranks of Tetrarchic Rome.

This talk gives a historical survey of the period using the coin types produced at the London mint as evidence. During this period the coinage changed dramatically and many different types were produced. It is based on a new book, ‘The London Mint of Constantius and Constantine’ by Hugh Cloke and Lee Toone and published by Spink. This book is a comprehensive catalogue and survey of the output of the London mint from AD 296 to 325. From when Constantius invaded Britain to regain the Britannic Empire back from Allectus to its closure in 325 when Constantine began to shift his power base to the East, the London mint was responsible for a vast output of Roman coinage. The Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC, volumes VI and VII)) records around 600 types; the authors of this book have increased the number of known types to 1,037 and have illustrated 90% of these with images on plates facing the catalogue tables in sylloge style. They have also provided a hoard census which lists numbers for each type found in four major hoards. This enables an objective rarity value to be assigned to each coin type.  Supported with a comprehensive narrative, indices and a concordance with RIC, this will become the standard reference work on the London mint for years to come.

 

ADVENTUS AVGVSTI – Constantine and the London Mint

After the death of his father, Constantius, in York on 25th July 306, Constantine was acclaimed Augustus by his troops. He soon agreed to accept the lesser rank of Caesar and left Britain for Trier where he set up his headquarters.

This talk explores the numismatic evidence that Constantine may have returned to Britain on one or more occasions in the subsequent years. The focus is on the ADVENTUS and consular coinage issued by the London mint.