Coin Collection Summary
Ancient Greek Coins
These coins not only illustrate the size of the Ancient Greek Empire but also show the influence of Greek design in the early coinage that spread across Europe. They span a period of 650 years from roughly 500BCE through to the time of Ptolemy.
The designs incorporate a fascinating mix of Greek culture and belief. From Gods and Goddesses; Hercules, Artemis & Athena to characters and beasts from Greek myth; Europa, Pegasus & Medusa. They also commemorate the great rulers of the Empire during this period; Alexander the Great, Cotys III & Philetaerus.
The collection tells the story of one of the great Ancient Empires through the medium of coinage.
We hold a small collection of Celtic Iron Age coins mostly gold staters, half staters, and quarter staters. Some of the coins have links to France and Belgium whilst others were found locally in the Brighton and Hove area, possibly owned by individuals from local tribes such as the Atrebates or Aregni.
What makes Celtic coins so interesting is their unique and slightly abstract design. They mix imagery, linked to the growing tribal kingdoms of Britain and Europe, with stylised elements taken from Greek coinage providing a fascinating insight into Celtic world.
The Romans are often credited with being the first people to create a widely accepted uniform currency incorporating a number of different denominations of coin. This developed as the influence of Rome spread outwards through both trade and warfare, and reflected the need for better organisation within an ever expanding empire. Over the course of time the design of the coins developed much more as a form of propaganda, incorporating the heads of individual Emperors and celebrating their military successes. We start seeing coinage as much more than an object to facilitate trade and more of a way of spreading influence and ideas.
Locally minted coins
The Daniel's Collection is a wonderful collection of coins and trade tokens from Sussex. The coins displayed on the website are part of a group of 166 silver pennies minted in various towns in East and West Sussex between 925 CE and 1199 CE and celebrate the reign of the Saxon, Norman and Plantagenet kings from Aethelstan through to Richard I. They cover a period of great national change but also give insight into early medieval art and society.