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 34,999 examples.

PAS record number: SUR-647C36

Record: SUR-647C36
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A Worn small Iron Age silver unit. This appears to be of the Corieltauvi, South Ferriby Plain type, ABC1803. A small fragment is missing from …
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PAS record number: SUR-626A07

Record: SUR-626A07
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A fragment of an Iron Age potin coin belonging to Class 1.
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PAS record number: SWYOR-E3B022

Record: SWYOR-E3B022
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: An Iron Age silver coin; a North Eastern Unit attributed to the Corieltauvi, probably a South Ferriby Boar type dating from 50 BC - 20 BC (Has…
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PAS record number: BERK-F9A6C5

Record: BERK-F9A6C5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A worn silver unit of Cunobelinus, dating to the period c. AD 10-40. This is only the third silver unit of this type recorded by the PAS, alth…
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PAS record number: IOW-D9BC1B

Record: IOW-D9BC1B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: A complete and worn Iron Age Armorican (Continental) gold quarter stater, possibly struck by the Veneti tribe from the late 2nd Century BC to …
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