On Friday 6 October 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Lutterell Hall (formerly West Bridgford Community Hall) on the corner of Church Drive and Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, NG2 6AY Andrew Knighton will give a presentation on early English coins.
It was during Aethelstan’s reign (924-939 AD) that a grand synod at Grateley, near Andover in Hampshire was held and it was decided that the whole coinage of the realm should be uniform and should bear the King’s portrait only. It was also agreed that money should only be minted in a town and each burg was entitled to one moneyer but certain places, on account of their importance, were entitled to two or more. Nottingham had two, London eight, Canterbury seven and Winchester six. The fact that London, Canterbury and Winchester were the greatest cities in the kingdom shows how important Nottingham must have been too. Derby was also a very important trading place and had several moneyers striking during Aethelstan’s reign. Minting of coinage of the realm continued in Nottingham and Derby for over 200 years, only ceasing during the reign of Stephen (1135-1154 AD).
The talk gives a well-illustrated brief history of both the Nottingham and Derby mints.