International Biennial Symposia


Early Medieval Coinage

The timing of the publication Studies in Early Medieval Coinage (SiEMC), is intended to alternate with the biennial Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage. The initial scope has been expanded from “thrymsas and sceattas” into the Viking period in order to give greater capture of subject matter and audience. The expansion can continue as long as it doesn’t impinge too much on the subject matter of the British Numismatic Journal. SiEMC can be differentiated from the BNJ by being an attractive, accessible and well-illustrated offering, bridging the gaps between collector and numismatist, detectorist and archaeologist, art and economic historian.

To this end, the symposia and publications are mutually supportive and it is important to promote continuity and momentum in both the more academic (numismatic) sphere and the more populist (collecting) market.

The 2014 Symposium is being held in York in June as part of a two-day event. This is organised by Tony Abramson, Andy Woods and Lee Toone. If you are interested in presenting a paper (normally 20 minutes) please contact Tony.


Connecting through Coinage


February 2014

 Connecting through Coinage Conference: York, 13th - 14th June, 2014

We are delighted to announce a major two-day event focussing on coinage associated with York. Day One is the Romano-British Congress and Day Two will be the fifth biennial international Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage.

The conference – for which there is no charge - will showcase overviews of new numismatic research, specifically relating to Yorkshire, to a non-specialist audience. Those from the related disciplines of archaeology, classics, history and art history are particularly welcome as are numismatic scholars, academics and students, museum partners from across the region, in addition to members of the public, collectors and detectorists.

Prominent keynote speakers from beyond the discipline have been recruited. The conference will be broadly split between classical (Friday) and early medieval (Saturday) periods to provide coherence on each day. Patrick Ottaway, author of Roman Yorkshire and renowned expert on the archaeology of Roman York, will give a keynote address considering York and its coinage on Day One. On Day Two, Professor Julian Richards (University of York) will discuss the archaeology of Early Medieval Yorkshire and the role that coins finds play within this.

The event builds on previously successful local conferences such as the two-day ‘Festival of Numismatics’ split between Leeds & York in 2011 as well as the one-day joint British and Royal Numismatic Societies’ summer meeting held at York Racecourse in 2013.


The venue

On both days the event will be held in the Department of Archaeology, University of York in the historic surroundings of King’s Manor in the heart of York. Information can be obtained at:

This venue is conveniently located for all services and is just a couple of minutes’ walk from many internationally celebrated sites - York Minster, the Yorkshire Museum and Betty’s!


Travel & Accommodation

Information on travel is available from the registration weblink above. Drivers should note that Lendal Bridge is closed to cars daily from 10:30am to 5:00pm. Information on accommodation may be obtained from:


Our Sponsors

This year’s event is under the joint auspices of the York Museum Trust and the Yorkshire Numismatic Society, to whom we are grateful for financial and material support, as we are to the British and Royal Numismatic Societies, the UK Numismatic Trust, Classical Numismatic Group and the Department of Archaeology, University of York. There will be a sponsored reception on the evening of Day One.


The Programme

The provisional programme is as follows:

Friday 13th of June: Roman Yorkshire, Constantine and Coinage

10.00 - 11.00 - Introducing Roman Coinage

11.30 - 1.00 - Roman Coinage and York

2.00 - 3.30 - Coinage, Yorkshire and further afield

4.00 - 5.00 - Keynote Address: Patrick Ottaway


Saturday 14th of JuneMoney in Early Medieval Northumbria

10.00 - 11.00 - Coinage in the Early Middle Ages 

11.30 - 1.00 - Alcuin, Anglians and coinage

2.00 - 3.30 - Money in Viking Yorkshire

4.00 - 5.00 - Keynote Address: Julian Richards


Abstracts will be circulated at a later stage.


Registration – from 20th February

The event is free. However, we expect a popular response so it is important to register early. It is strongly recommended that you register online at:

Registration opens on 20th February. Alternatively, you may register by contacting any of organisers, whose details are shown below.



The coin illustrated above, is easily misread as having the obverse inscription EGOMANIAC! Arent Pol provided the correct description: ‘the extraordinary tremissis, with legend PECOMANIACO (an unidentified location), when positioned correctly shows a moneyer at work on the reverse (and possibly a hand held die on the obverse as well); the design may be a pun to the name of the place ("pecunia"). See J. Lafaurie, BSFN (1964) 342-343.’


Pass it on!

Please pass on this Newsletter, as it is important to make this event a success.


Organisers’ contact details:

Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics, York Museums

Tony Abramson:

Lee Toone:



We look forward to seeing you, Andy, Lee & Tony.