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 35,139 examples.

PAS record number: DEV-F269A4

Record: DEV-F269A4
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: An Iron Age coin. Comments from Ian Leins, British Museum: The coin is an Amorican silver (or possibly debased silver) stater from the far wes…
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PAS record number: GLO-C8A004

Record: GLO-C8A004
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Uninscribed Weston silver unit Date 30BC-15BC Obverse: Head r (profile 5), before c.4 pellets Reverse: horse l, above zigzag line with pellet …
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PAS record number: NMS-B5651B

Record: NMS-B5651B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Silver unit of the Iceni, Face-horse Bury type, weight 1.43g, late 1st century BC
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PAS record number: NMS-B5525A

Record: NMS-B5525A
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Silver unit of the Iceni, Face-horse type, weight 1.15g, late 1st century BC
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PAS record number: BH-4E0CD2

Record: BH-4E0CD2
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: An Iron Age silver stater, minted c. 50 - c. 10 BC. Uninscribed South-Western (Durotrigan) type. BM cf. nos 2525 - 2546 = Van Arsdell nos. 12…
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