J Donal Bateson. Published by Spink & Son, London, 1997. HB (blue cloth with gilt-lettered spine) 175 pages, illustrated throughout with b/w photos. 135 x 215mm. ISBN 0907605743 Out of print. New.
Scotland's turbulent and colourful history is clearly reflected in its coinage. Over the centuries Roman legions, Viking raiders and settlers, medieval merchants and returning mercenaries all brought coins with them. Added to these there is the coinage of gold, silver, billon and copper struck under Scotland's monarchs until union with England brought the minting of a separate coinage to an end in 1707. All of these are featured in the most up-to-date survey of coinage in Scotland. This book covers coins used in Scotland from Roman times through to the Viking age, and the native Scottish coinage initiated in the 1130s, up to the coinage of Queen Anne in 1709.
Dr Bateson is curator of the Hunter Coin Cabinet of Glasgow University.
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