Small Change: Economics and the British coin-tree

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Abstract

Throughout the c.2000 year period coins have been circulated in Britain, they have also been ritually employed, most notably as votive deposits. Focusing specifically on the understudied custom of the British coin-tree, whereby coins are ritually embedded into the barks of trees, this paper considers the coin’s role and applicability as a deposit. It aims to demonstrate that our understanding of the coin’s past, present, and future ritual employment is not only aided by a consideration of economics and the coin’s secular function; it would be utterly incomplete without it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-130
Number of pages17
JournalPost-Medieval Archaeology
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015

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