Currency of Change

Roman Coinage from South of the Ouse

 York has the best Roman coin collection outside London. Throughout history coinage has driven and illustrated economic change; York’s position as the capital of the North in Roman Britain is illustrated by the coinage that has been discovered in the excavations that have taken place here.

Working with Andrew Woods from York Museum’s Trust we looked at coinage found on sites south of the River Ouse to determine a chronology – a pilot for a wider methodology and analysis.

At the start of this project, intern Riccardo Caravello, funded by the British Numismatic Society, helped gain a better viewing and understanding on coin circulation in the area of the city known as Colonia, based on the results of excavations by YAT in the 1970s and 80s.