Anglo Saxon coins from the Bath Mint

Title

Anglo Saxon coins from the Bath Mint

Subject

Numismatics

Description

The Bath Mint produced more issues of coins than any other mint in England during the reign of Aethelred II (978-1016AD). The popularity of the mint did not diminish during the Saxon period, with every Saxon king until Harold II making use of it until the Norman invasion of 1066AD.

It continued under the William I but one coin issue was minted by William II during his reign (1087-1100AD). The last known mention of the Bath Mint was in 1180, with Pope Alexander III issuing a Bull confirming to the Bishop of Bath all the possessions of the Church at Bath.

The location of the Bath Mint is unknown.

The earliest coin known to have been minted in Bath dates to the reign of Eadward the Elder (899-924AD). There are two examples but neither hold the name of the moneyer and these two coins are the only ones minted during this period that have the name of the mint stamped onto them.

The coins of the Bath mint forged during the reign of Eadgar (959-975) are of particular interest to historians as his coronation took place at St Peter’s Church, site of the current Bath Abbey on May 11th 973. The importance of Bath during this period as an economically viable town was consolidated by the employment of at least five moneyers during Eadgar’s reign.

One silver penny dated to the reign of Eadward the Martyr (975-978) has been attributed to the Bath Mint, but as yet there have been no more unearthed from this brief period. This coin is in the collection of the British Museum.

The collection of 44 Saxon coins at the Roman Baths Museum begins with the reign of Aethelred II (979-1016) and ends with the reign of the last Saxon king Harold II (Jan-Oct 1066).

Creator

Roman Baths Museum staff

Date

978-1066 AD

Language

Old English

Date Created

2010-07-27

Files

Aethelred II coin Crux Style  obverse
Aethelred II coin Crux style reverse
Aethelred II coin Crux style obverse
Aethelred II coin Crux style reverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type reverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type reverse
Aethelred II  coin Long Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type reverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross style reverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Long Cross type reverse
Aethelred II coin Helmet type obverse
Aethelred II coin Helmet type reverse
Aethelred II coin Helmet type obverse
Aethelred II coin Helmet type reverse
Aethelred II coin Last Small Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Last Small Cross type reverse
Aethelred II coin Last Small Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Last Small Cross type reverse
Aethelred II coin Last Short Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Last Short Cross type reverse
Aethelred II coin Last Small Cross type obverse
Aethelred II coin Last Short Cross reverse
Cnut coin Quatrefoil Type obverse
Cnut coin Quatrefoil Type reverse
Cnut coin Quatrefoil Type obverse
Cnut coin Quatrefoil type reverse
Cnut coin Quatrefoil Type obverse
Cnut coin Quatrefoil Type reverse
Cnut coin Pointed Helmet Style obverse
Cnut coin Pointed Helmet Style reverse
Cnut coin Pointed Helmet Style obverse
Cnut coin Pointed Helmet reverse
Cnut coin Pointed Helmet Type obverse
Cnut coin Pointed Helmet Type reverse
Cnut coin Short Cross Flan Type obverse
Cnut coin Short Cross Flan Style reverse
Harold I coin Jewel Cross Type obverse
Harold I coin Jewel Cross Type reverse
Harold I coin Long Cross Trefoil Type obverse
Harold I coin Long Cross Trefoil Type reverse
Harold I coin Long Cross Trefoil Type obverse
Harold I coin  Long Cross Trefoil Type reverse
Harold I coin Long Cross Fleur-de-Lys Type obverse
Harold I coin Long Cross Fleur-de-Lys Type reverse
Edward the Confessor coin Short Cross Type obverse
Edward the Confessor coin Short Cross Type reverse
Edward the Confessor coin Expanding Cross Type obverse
Edward the Confessor coin Expanding Cross Type reverse
Edward the Confessor coin Expanding Cross Type obverse
Edward the Confessor coin Expanding Cross Type reverse
Edward the Confessor coin Sovereign Type obverse
Edward the Confessor coin Sovereign type reverse
Edward the Confessor coin Hammer Cross Type obverse
Edward the Confessor coin Hammer Cross Type reverse
Edward the Confessor Facing Bust Small Cross Type obverse
Edward the Confessor coin Facing Bust Small Cross type reverse
Harold II coin Pax Type obverse
Harold II coin Pax Type reverse

Citation

Roman Baths Museum staff, “Anglo Saxon coins from the Bath Mint,” Woruldhord, accessed May 23, 2017, http://poppy.nsms.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/items/show/420.

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