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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 401: Emotion & Gesture on Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage - A Workshop

Monday 10 July 2006, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Speaker:Tony Abramson, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / Department of Archaeology, University of York

A number of metal detector finds over the last 20 years have encouraged numismatists and art historians to take a fresh look at Anglo-Saxon sceats. After years of critical neglect, these coins are currently attracting renewed attention from critics intent on reading political significance into their iconography. Progress will be slow, however, unless numismatists are dusted off and dragged protesting into the dormitory of art history.

In this workshop, Tony Abramson will challenge his audience with some speculative interpretations of the coinage - its propaganda, the juxtaposition of motifs, the near absence of die duplicates, and the identity of its regal, ecclesiastical, and mercantile issuers. Discussion will be illuminated with copious illustrations of the coins themselves. Please note that admission to this event will not be by ticket, and early arrival is advised to avoid disappointment.