A New History of the Royal Mint

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Christopher Edgar Challis
Cambridge University Press, 1992 - Coinage - 806 pages
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This major study traces the development of English minting from its origins in the seventh-century down to the highly mechanised factory production of the twentieth-century. It brings together the complementary skills of specialists who are already well-known for their distinctive contributions to the history of minting and coinage, and breaks ground by providing prevalent synthesis and analysis not only of numismatic and historical literature but also of primary sources. In each of the five chapters the location of minting, the chronology and size of output, mint personnel and organisation, and the main technology employed are closely described and analysed to reveal precisely what the main challenges to the Mint have been during its long history, and with what effect it has faced up to them. There are two substantial appendices - one on output from 1220 to 1985, the other on Mint contracts from 1279 to 1817 - a select bibliography, and copious illustrations in the form of 80 figures and maps.
  

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Contents

THE ENGLISH AND NORMAN MINTS C 60O1158
1
The English Mints from Offa to Edgar
13
The Renovatio System of the Late Saxon and Norman Periods
49
English Coins from Athelstan to Stephen
52
Mints of the AngloSaxon and Norman Periods
60
Moneyers
68
Technology
76
FROM REGIONAL TO CENTRAL MINTING 1158I464
83
Provincial Decline and the Rise of Calais
149
Dies for Groats and HalfGroats of Edward III
156
Gold and Groats from Edward III to Henry VI
164
LORD HASTINGS TO THE GREAT SILVER RECOINAGE
179
Tower
193
Net Profits accounted for by the Warden of the Tower
211
Yorkist and Early Tudor Coins for Ireland
218
Sir Martin Bowes 14971566
231

The Recoinage of 1180
92
Short Cross Mint Personnel and Practice
99
Coins from the Short Cross Period to the Reign of Edward I
100
The Long Cross Recoinage
107
Wardens and Moneyers of the Long Cross Period
114
Mint Treatises and the Recoinage of 1279
120
Part of the Ready Reckoner from A Treatise on the
125
Dies Output and Monetary Policy in the Thirteenth Century
128
The Recoinage of 1300
137
Groats Gold and the Rising Price of Bullion
143
Estimated Output of Debased English Coin 15441551
233
Comparative Profits Excluding Overheads on Known
239
REFORM THE NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TOWER HILL
398
llantrisant
607
E Challis
673
Mint Contracts 12791817
699
Select Bibliography
759
Index
775
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Ancient History from Coins
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