SCEATTA LIST - TONY ABRAMSON
3rd Edition published 2021
Sceattas, or Sceats as they are often called, are regularly found by detectorists but are not so easy to identify. This book, with its hundreds of photographs and detailed descriptions, allows the reader not only to identify a coin with ease, but also gives a precise valuation in two conditions – A must have book for every detectorist and coin collector.
This third edition of Sceatta List takes the number of varieties listed and illustrated to beyond seven hundred. It builds on the work of pioneers in the field - Rigold, Metcalf, Blackburn and Gannon.
While this topic, with its huge variation in designs, has more than its fair share of difficulties, the author has always sought to make the subject more accessible to occasional users. This is achieved through the generous use of illustrations, the majority taken from his own collection formerly housed at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, prior to its sale by Spink in 2021. Moreover, the author provides insight to the organisation, dating and designs of this seventh to eighth-century medium of exchange where the medium is the message, though often obscured by the passage of time. The volume is essentially for - and essential to - collectors, curators cataloguers, detectorists and dealers, among others, and includes guidance on scarcity and values.
The author has lectured and published widely on early Anglo Saxon coinage, has been President of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society since 2011 and organises biennial symposia in early medieval coinage. In 2016, he gained a doctorate from the University of York for his thesis on Northumbrian coinage. He was awarded the British Numismatic Society’s Jeffrey North Medal for Services to British Numismatics, in 2017.
Hardback, 424 pages, £50