Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles

This is a major series of catalogues of British and Irish coins in public and significant private collections, describing and illustrating coins and tokens ranging from Ancient British issues to those of the 17th century. The greatest coverage has been of the Anglo-Saxon period
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Chair: Professor Simon Keynes FBA
Project Director: Dr Rory Naismith

The collections recorded include those of national, university and provincial museums in Britain and Ireland and of museums in Scandinavia, Germany, Eastern Europe and the United States of America.

Extensive introductions discuss the coinages and the collections. The illustrations of the coins and their detailed descriptions appear on facing pages.

The Sylloge is a fundamental source of material for the study of coin issues and moneyers, designs and die-cutting styles, metrology, hoards and single-finds, and personal- and place-name forms. The volumes are of relevance not only to numismatists, but also to archaeologists and historians who increasingly have grown aware of their need to understand and use numismatic evidence.

British Academy volumes are published by Oxford University Press but some volumes in the Sylloge series are not published by the British Academy. Some older volumes are available from Oxbow Books, Spink or other retailers. The content of SCBI volumes may be searched via the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds.

The patient work of the editors of the SCBI series and of its individual volumes has brought Anglo-Saxon coinage to a level of publication that is a paragon not only for medieval coinage, but for medieval collections of every sort.

 The Medieval Review

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