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Offline richtea

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Celtic - introductory literature & web sites
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:48:14 PM »
Here's what I reckon are the best books and sites for an introduction to British Celtic coins.
Please do add suggestions, if I've missed any.

 The problem with Celtic coin literature is:
- there's not much of it
- it tends to be old (30+ years)
- metal detecting finds make older books out of date

Always read them with the knowledge that 20-30 years of metal detecting can change the rarity, and also expose new types.
The naming of rulers can also alter with fresh finds. However, the general ordering/grouping of coins doesn't change that fast.
Generally, it best to stick with books from the 1980s onwards unless you're interested in the evolution of the categorisation itself!

The best introduction

Celtic Coinage in Britain - Philip De Jersey (5 - 10 secondhand)
The perfect 50 page read, with plenty of black and white images.

Best value for colour images:

The Tribes & Coins of Celtic Britain - Rainer Pudhill & Clive Eyre (15-25 new)
Good colour pictures, with accompanying descriptions and historical context.

Those two books alone will give you a good overview of Celtic coinage without costing a fortune.

Online introductory material
Or at zero cost, but maybe not quite as relaxing as a good book (but both authors certainly know their stuff):
and then follow Background -> History
(there seems to be no easy way to navigate directly)

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Re: Celtic - introductory literature & web sites
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 11:47:05 AM »
Chris Rudd is one of the best
Ancient Celtic Coin Art by Simon Lilly is worth a read.
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