Once again, we are pleased to announce the publication of the latest in our on-going series of papers regarding the medieval leeuwengroot, or gros au lion coins. Until now, the leeuwengroten of the County of Holland have never been properly or adequately documented (including the well-known works on Holland coins by v.d. Chijs and Grolle)
Also included in the report are the fractional coins (i.e. 1/2 groten etc.), insofar as is possible.
Over the past months we have been looking at several coin hoards from the Netherlands and visited some public and private collections. The most common gros compagon found today is Type V issued byLouis of Male, count of Flanders (1346-1384). Having seen many of them and compared them with exisiting literatur we were able to identify sub-groups that went unnoticed untill now.
As an ongoing process for our research on the medieval lion groats form the Low Countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg) and France, we looked at another old coin hoard, found during WWI in Flanders and reported in 1956 in the Royal Numismatic Society’s Numismatic
Chronicle by R.H.M. Dolley – “A Small Find of Fourteenth Century Groats From Flanders”.
By kind permission of the Royal Numismatic Society we could use the pictures of Dolley’s article for our research.
By this time we have to develop our theory of dating some of the Flemish emissions of the leeuwengroten. Which has some consequences for dating the hoard.
As part of our research in to the medieval lion groat (gros compagnon or leeuwengroot), we have looked at another coin hoard containing these coins. This time it was the Albecq Hoard found in 1995, on Guernsey. A place we did not expect lion groats to have circulated.
Together with fellow researcher Paul Torongo we have published our report on an old coin hoard.
The hoard was discovered in 1932 in Dokkum in the northern part of the Netherlands on the site of a former monastery (Klaarkamp). The coins were transferred to the local museum in the 70’s but never fully described until now. This report is part of our bigger research on the medieval gros compagnon au lion also know as leeuwengroot or lion groat.
Last week a new book came out – Collecting Medieval Coins: A Beginner’s Guide – by long time collector of medieval coins, Paul Torongo.
Paul has worked on this book for years with the objective to give collectors who are new to medieval coins a guide on what they can encounter when entering this area. Collecting medieval coins is often treated without great detail when coin collecting is discussed in general.
The book gives an overview of the varied field of medieval numismatics with full colour images of coins. It is not an extensive catalogue of all European medieval coins, but it gives a cross-section of what is out there.
The value of the book is on collecting medieval coins and offers information on various aspects of collecting medieval coins, including the minting process, minting policies, buying medieval coins, lettering, identifying, preservation, photographing and grading of medieval coins (grading is quite different compared to grading modern coins).
Medieval numismatics is characterised by a long time frame (c. 500 to 1500 AD), fragmented geography, varied coinages and coin types, specialist studies and hard to find literature, lack of contemporary resources and often coins that are difficult to find or to identify. All things that might daunt the beginning collector. This book offers a usefull guide to the beginning but also the advanced collector to start and enjoy collecting medieval coins. The book might turn out to be a must have for every collector of medieval coins.
On 24th of May I’m travelling to the Royal Librabry in Brussels for the 1st International Numismatic Conference of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium, organized in collaboration with the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium.
The topic is “Coin Use and Coin Circulation in the Low Countries during the Middle Ages (7th – 15th centuries”
It is an interesting programme varying from circulation of sceattas in the early Middle Ages to the coinage of Late Medieval Period in the Low Countries.
Some well known numismatists are speaking that day.
Looking forward to learn more on medieval numismatics and meet fellow numismatists.