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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.

Latest notable coins

Latest examples recorded with images

We have recorded 35,219 examples.

PAS record number: NMGW-FA4AB5

Record: NMGW-FA4AB5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Iron Age coin debased silver stater; South-Western uninscribed ('Durotriges'); late 1st century BC Cf. BMCA 2525 ff 4.13g, diam. 17.6mm - 18…
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PAS record number: BERK-F8DD67

Record: BERK-F8DD67
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: An Iron Age silver unit of Cunobelin of the Trinovantes, dating to the period AD 10-20. ABC 2858; BMC 1862 variant.
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PAS record number: SUR-D15208

Record: SUR-D15208
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A cast copper alloy potin coin of the Cantiaci, probably dating to later 2nd century BC. Obverse: Head of Apollo left; Reverse: Butting bull l…
Workflow: PublishedFind validated and published by finds advisers

PAS record number: NMS-7E9F6B

Record: NMS-7E9F6B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Silver unit of the Iceni, late Face-horse type, weight 1.02g, c.10BC-AD42
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PAS record number: BM-6989DD

Record: BM-6989DD
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Iron Age bronze unit of the Ambiani (Gaul), 'Jester Head' type, dating to c. 60-40 BC.
Workflow: PublishedFind validated and published by finds advisers

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