Institute of Archaeology


Murray Andrews

Coin hoards and society in medieval England and Wales, c.973-1544 AD


Email: murray.andrews.09@ucl.ac.uk
Section: World Archaeology


Coin hoards and society in medieval England and Wales, c.973-1544 AD

A total of 815 hoards containing medieval coins and other objects are known from England and Wales, yet fundamental dimensions of this evidence remain unexplored; who made them, what did they choose to put in them, where did they bury them and why did they deposit them in the first place? Drawing on a bespoke georeferenced database of hoard finds, this project investigates the archaeology of coin hoards deposited in England and Wales between c.973 and 1544 AD. Adopting an interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework, I seek to analyse the process of hoarding through its end products, integrating traditional numismatic analyses with the wider toolbox of landscape archaeology to explore the interplay of external and agent-level factors leading to hoard formation and deposition, 're-membering' numismatic evidence into discussions of wealth, power, identity, and belief in a corner of medieval Europe.




  • BSc Archaeology, UCL, 2012
  • MA Artefact Studies, UCL, 2013

    Journal articles and book chapters

    M. Andrews, 'Pennies in peculiar places? Interpreting coin deposition in England and Wales, c.1300-1550', Journal of Medieval History, forthcoming.

    M. Andrews, 'Two hoards of late medieval English gold coins', British Numismatic Journal, forthcoming.

    M. Andrews, 'Coins, commerce, and Christianity: money and faith in late medieval Hertfordshire', in K. Lockyear (ed.), Archaeology in Hertfordshire II, London, forthcoming.

    M. Andrews, 'Noble, fair and fine: single finds of English gold coin from later medieval England and Wales', Proceedings of the XV International Numismatic Congress, Taormina, in press.

    M. Andrews, 'A votive from the Vale? A mutilated Roman coin from Badsey, Worcestershire', Worcestershire Recorder 93, 2016, 8-10.

    M. Andrews, 'Roman coins from Willersey Barn in the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum', Glevensis 48, 2015, 15-7.

    M. Andrews, 'Kidderminster: a fourteenth-century coin hoard', West Midlands Archaeology 57, 2015, 113-4.

    M. Andrews, 'Coins from the city: some new (old) finds from Worcester newspapers, 1820-1950', Worcestershire Recorder 90, 2014, 6-8.

    Book and exhibition reviews

    M. Andrews, 'Review of J. Naylor and R. Bland (eds.), 'Hoarding and the deposition of metalwork from the Bronze Age to the 20th century: a British perspective', Journal of Archaeological Numismatics 7, in press.

    M. Andrews, 'Review - Defacing the past: damnation and desecration in imperial Rome', Money & Medals Newsletter 69, 2016, 3.

    M. Andrews, 'Review of R. Kelleher, 'A history of medieval coinage', British Numismatic Journal 86, 2016, 277-8.

    M. Andrews, 'Review of E. Ghey, Hoards: hidden history', British Numismatic Journal 86, 2016, 276-7.

    M. Andrews, 'Review of R. Naismith, M. Allen and E. Screen (eds.), Early medieval monetary history. Studies in memory of Mark Blackburn', Medieval Archaeology 59:1, 2015, 350.

    M. Andrews, 'Review of Coins and samian ware', Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 24:1, 2014.

    Conference papers

    'Leeuwengroten over London: Flemish coins in medieval Britain', Money between Ireland, Britain and Europe, British Academy, London, June 2017.

    'Gold, goblets, and geese: gift-giving and aristocratic baptisms in fifteenth-century England and Wales', Objects and Possessions: Material Goods in a Changing World 1200‒1800, University of Southampton, Southampton, 6 April 2017.

    (with Rhiannon Comeau) 'North vs South vs West? Coins, cows and currency in early medieval Wales', Sixth International Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 29 October 2016.

    'Pennies in peculiar places? Interpreting coin hoards from England and Wales, 1351-1544', People, places, and possessions, 1350-1550, University of Oxford, 3 September 2016.

    'Money in the Marches: agents of monetisation on the tenth to mid-thirteenth century Anglo-Welsh border', Evaluating Early Medieval Currency: Perspectives on Money and Coinage in Britain and Ireland c. 500-1150, British Academy, London, 14 June 2016.

    ''Noble, fair and fine': single finds of English gold coins from later medieval England and Wales', XV International Numismatic Congress, Taormina, Sicily, 21 September 2015.