Early Medieval coin guide

Early-Medieval Visigothic 'pseudo-imperial' gold tremissis

The coins of early medieval England are extremely varied ranging from the early gold and silver coins of the 7th century with their pictorial designs and little or no inscription to the Late Anglo-Saxon pennies of the 11th century which give names of kings, moneyers and mint places.

Around 2,000 coins dating to this period have so far been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and these are helping to further our understanding of how early medieval coins circulated and were used. All early medieval coins are important, regardless of condition, and it is important that all are recorded. Our database overlaps significantly with the Early Medieval Coin Corpus (also known as the EMC) based at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge. We work closely with them, so coins reported to us, will have their details passed on.

This guide has developed over several years and will continue to do so over time. It provides an introduction to the coins of the period, a visual aid to identification of coins commonly found in England and Wales, and will allow for easy searching of the database. You can search on any early medieval ruler in England and a number of foreign rulers, as well as broader categories of coins such as the coins produced by certain kingdoms.

You can also search by denomination, although the vast majority of coins listed are either 'sceattas' or 'pennies'. By the late 10th century, the mint places of coins are regularly listed and these can also provide a useful search tool.

Latest notable coins

Latest examples recorded with images

We have recorded 2,541 examples.

PAS record number: WMID-F2B8BF

Record: WMID-F2B8BF
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: Silver, Early Medieval, penny, Edward the Elder (AD 899 to AD 924), Kings of Wessex series. Moneyer: Brece. North p 127, no 649. Incomplete. …
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PAS record number: LIN-4C3A24

Record: LIN-4C3A24
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An Anglo-Saxon silver sceatta,Triquetras Group, type 52 (720-750). This coin is also recorded on the EMC (EMC number: 2014.0133).
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PAS record number: LIN-4C27C3

Record: LIN-4C27C3
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An Anglo-Saxon silver sceatta, Series M var. e (Type 45) (720-725). This coin is also recorded on the EMC (EMC number: 2014.0115).
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PAS record number: LIN-4C1593

Record: LIN-4C1593
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An Anglo-Saxon silver sceatta, Saltire-standard / Bust with two crosses, derived from series R (710-735). This coin is also recorded on the EM…
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PAS record number: LIN-4C07B0

Record: LIN-4C07B0
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An Anglo-Saxon silver sceatta, Series J (Type 37) (N 135) (710-725). This coin is also recorded on the EMC (EMC number: 2014.0085).
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