History in Kent => Ancient History => Topic started by: HERB COLLECTOR on November 30, 2015, 23:04:14

Title: Was the First British Mint in Kent?
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on November 30, 2015, 23:04:14
Coins were first introduced into Britain in around 150 BC.
It was assumed that the coins were minted in Gaul and imported into Britain, but the recent discovery of a Second Century BC coin die at Bredgar in Kent suggests that the coins were minted in Britain.

For photos and more see http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/04/11/the-die-that-struck-britains-first-coins/ (http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/04/11/the-die-that-struck-britains-first-coins/)
Title: Re: Was the First British Mint in Kent?
Post by: davpott on December 01, 2015, 20:12:43
Arguably Britain has never been a fully cohesive society. Ever since the first people followed the retreating ice sheets 10,000 years ago.There has always been too many entirely different influences in different regions to have ever made that possible. Perhaps those differences will become more marked following the influx of 20C cultures.

Perhaps the British Museum should jump off of the PC fence and call them "Kentish" coins. :)



 
Title: Re: Was the First British Mint in Kent?
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on December 02, 2015, 22:52:22
There is an interesting article on on early British coins @ http://coinproject.com/jan/volume1/issue4/volume1-4-2.html (http://coinproject.com/jan/volume1/issue4/volume1-4-2.html) The Journal of Ancient Numismatics. Note that this was written before the discovery of the "Kentish" coin die.

The remains of a possible late Iron Age (1st Century BC) mint were discovered in Rochester in 1961-62.
Rescue excavations in 1961-62 at 50-54 High Street, Rochester, .............., revealed a number of post-holes associated with pieces of moulds for late Iron Age potin coins, slag, 21 coins, brooches, etc.
From http://www.hereshistorykent.org.uk/DisplayArticle.cfm?placeID=371&categoryID=2&placename=Rochester (http://www.hereshistorykent.org.uk/DisplayArticle.cfm?placeID=371&categoryID=2&placename=Rochester)
The coins were potins, made of an alloy of bronze, lead and tin. They were cast rather than struck.