This press release announces the Iron Age
Coins in Britain (IACB) website. Many thanks to Dr Courtney Nimura for passing this along.
The School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, is pleased to announce the launch of the website: Iron Age
Coins in Britain (IACB). The IACB is a digital research tool online that provides access to an edited version of the
most comprehensive typology of the Iron Age coins of Britain: Ancient British Coins (ABC).
The ABC typology, published in 2010, catalogues 999 types of coins found in Britain from around the early to
mid-2nd century BC through the 1st century AD. Iron Age coins provide the first written evidence from Britain
and mark the end of its ‘prehistory'. These coins are mainly found in southern and eastern England and are a
major source of information on society, trade, religious beliefs, and continental contacts, forming a crucial part
of the archaeological record for Iron Age Britain
IACB is made possible by stable numismatic identifiers and linked open data methodologies established by the
Nomisma.org project, allowing any digital collection of relevant coins to be linked to this website, further
populating the types with individual specimens. This digital resource will be useful for a range of interests, from
finds identification to academic research.
The project to digitise the typology using the
Numishare platform and
Nomisma.org ontology was undertaken
by a team at the University of Oxford, supported financially by the Royal Numismatic Society, the British
Numismatic Society, the University of Oxford Barclay Head Fund, and private donors. The team includes: Dr
Courtney Nimura (Institute of Archaeology), Professor Chris Howgego (Ashmolean Museum of Art &
Archaeology), Professor Chris Gosden (Institute of Archaeology), Dr John Talbot (Celtic Coin Index), and Molly
Masterson. Ethan Gruber (American Numismatic Society) created the website and the necessary Nomisma
concepts for the project. Our advisory group includes: Dr Philip de Jersey (Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery), Dr
Eleanor Ghey (British Museum), Dr Ian Leins (English Heritage), and Dr David Wigg-Wolf (Römisch-Germanische
Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts).
This project is related to the Celtic Coin Index Digital project:
To visit the Iron Age Coins in Britain (IACB) website:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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