Iron Age (Celtic) coin guide

The Celtic Coin Index logoOver 3,500 Iron Age (Celtic) coins have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database. However, the Database now incorporates the information held by the Celtic Coin Index (CCI), which has been based at Oxford University since 1961. This provides an unparalleled resource for the study of Iron Age or Celtic coinage. The guide gives you access to over 41,000 examples of Iron Age coins with around 40,000 images of various resolutions. It should be noted that some of these coins lack a provenance. As the CCI began in the 1960s, there is a degree of variance in the usefulness of the images contained within our database. Since 1998, images are much improved and can be downloaded for non-commercial use freely.

This guide makes it easier for one to learn about coins issued and circulated during the Iron Age in England and Wales. Iron Age coins are organised by geographical region (usually with an indication of their tribal attribution). Some coins (mostly earlier issues) are uninscribed. However, as time passes, more inscribed coins are struck. We learn the names of a number of rulers and of three places where coins were minted (Camulodunum, Verulamium and Calleva). It is still notoriously difficult to date Iron Age coins precisely and dates given are only approximate.
In the near future improvements will be made to the guide and to many of the CCI entries on the Database.

Recording Iron Age coins with the Portable Antiquities Scheme

From January 2010 the Celtic Coin Index has transferred responsibility for recording new finds of Iron Age coins in England and Wales to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Therefore, coins should be reported to Finds Liaison Officers and/or Ian Leins (ileins@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk) / Sam Moorhead (smoorhead@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk). All new coins will be assigned a PAS number and a CCI number. The CCI will continue to maintain and improve its index.

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We have recorded 35,031 examples.

PAS record number: PUBLIC-5B58AF

Record: PUBLIC-5B58AF
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A complete Iron Age copper alloy uninscribed South-Western 'Hod Hill' type stater (c. 50 BC- c. AD 40), attributed to the Durotriges. ABC (Ru…
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PAS record number: SOM-4C22D0

Record: SOM-4C22D0
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A British Iron Age copper-alloy stater, uninscribed South Western (Durotriges), c. AD 10-40, VA 1290/BMC 2790-2859/ABC 2175
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PAS record number: BERK-36D789

Record: BERK-36D789
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A worn but complete silver unit of the Regini and possibly Atrebates / Southern Region group, Cottam et al's 'Sussex helmet' type (ABC 674), d…
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PAS record number: BERK-221D7D

Record: BERK-221D7D
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A worn silver Iron Age unit of the East Wiltshire group, dating from c. 50-35 BC. Cottam et al (2010) refer to this as the 'six-spoked pellet …
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PAS record number: BH-204933

Record: BH-204933
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: An Iron Age copper-alloy unit: 'Northern Bronze of Cunobelin'. Minted AD c. 10 - c. 40. Refs: British Museum nos. 1972 - 1983 (Hobbs 1996: 13…
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