This page is an important step forward to the identification of coins from various monarchs, although some illustrations of coins are my own, a lot here is accredited to others, and I’m not shy of giving credit where credit is due, as with everything on this page and elsewhere on uk-detectorist always click the highlighted areas, you won’t be disappointed, if i find it easy, then it is…

Over the course of time, the more detectorists that are out there, the more coins come to light, whether it is a hoard or a single coin, the amount of gold, silver brass, or bronze just laying out there is huge…

One of the most easy-to-read examples of reading a coin description has to go to Carl Savage, once you follow this you will be amazed that the simplicity was not shown before, below is an example from his paper on Post Medieval Coins & Identification…

Any coin whether it has been dug up or bought might have a partial reading of a letter or letters with which to ID the coin

Coin Inscriptions…

One of the easy-to-use sites is by Paul Shields who has done a lot towards the reading of coins, and general ID of coins, with his coin inscription page

Mint Marks…

As with the inscriptions Paul Sheilds deals with the problematic Mint Marks found on coins, although the Spinks and older Seaby coin books help with an illustrated index to every Monarch, Paul shows you where to look for the mintmark…

Coin Condition…

As with all coins, of any age, the condition is always important, with the value affected by the condition of the coin…

But be aware, there are many coins out there ready to trip up the unwary, with forgeries being made since the first coin was produced

Although hammered coins first appeared with the coinage of the Anglo-Saxon period, we will only be looking at the hammered coins of William 1 onwards with the Saxon coinage being given its own page…