Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage by Anna Gannon
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Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage
By Anna Gannon

The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage

Sixth to Eighth Centuries

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Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage by Anna Gannon

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This is the first scholarly art-historical appraisal of Anglo-Saxon coinage, from its inception in the late sixth century to Offa's second reform of the penny c.792. Outside numismatic circles, this material has largely been ignored because of its complexity, yet artistically this is the most vibrant period of English coinage, with die-cutters showing flair and innovation and employing hundreds of different designs in their work. By analysing the iconography of the early coinage, this book intends to introduce its rich legacy to a wide audience. Anna Gannon divides the designs of the coins into four main categories: busts (including attributes and drapery), human figures, animals and geometrical patterns, presenting prototypes, sources of the repertoire and parallels with contemporary visual arts for each motif. The comparisons demonstrate the central role of coins in the eclectic visual culture of the time, with the advantages of official sanctioning and wide circulation to support and diffuse new ideas and images. The sources of the motifs clarify the relationship between the many designs of the complex Secondary phase (c.710-50). Contemporary literature and theological writings often offer the key to the interpretation of motifs, hinting at a universal preoccupation with religious themes. The richness of designs and display of learning point to a sophisticated patronage with access to exotic prototypes, excellent craftsmanship and wealth; it is likely that minsters, as rich, learned, and well-organized institutions, were behind some of the coinage. After the economic crises of the mid-eighth century this flamboyant iconography was swept away: with the notable exeption of the coins of Offa, still displaying exciting designs of high quality and inventiveness, reformed issues bore royal names and titles, and strove towards uniformity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199254651
ISBN-10: 0199254656
Format: Hardback
(253mm x 176mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage by Anna Gannon Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage, Paperback (April 2010)

This is the first scholarly art historical appraisal of early Anglo-Saxon coinage. Anna Gannon examines the many coins produced during this most vibrant period of English coinage. She analyses their prototypes and explores their sources and parallels with contemporary arts, literature, and theology, setting their meaning in context.

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Author Biography - Anna Gannon

Anna Gannon is Assistant Curator of Early Medieval Coinage at the British Museum.

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