Aspects of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman mint of Worcester, 975-1158
This study examines one of the seventy or so mints that produced England's coinage in
the tenth to twelfth centuries. The main focus is on the forty plus moneyers who worked at the
mint. Each moneyer's surviving coins are analysed and an attempt is made to reconstruct his
likely career. Possible identifications of the moneyers in the surviving documents from Worcester
are also discussed. The linguistic origin of each moneyer's name is also examined. Another
chapter considers the Worcester moneyers as a group, in light of the evidence we have for
moneyers elsewhere in England.
It is argued that the Worcester mint was established in the 970s by moneyers moving from
Chester for the purpose. However, the later Worcester moneyers seem to be locals, from the
upper levels of burgess society, some of them possibly goldsmiths. They seem to restrict their
minting activity to Worcester, with no evidence that any were involved with other mints.
The study also includes a reign-by-reign discussion of the mint's activity and a brief
section on the contribution coins can make to a study of the development of the name
'Worcester'. Underpinning all of this is a catalogue of more than 550 surviving Worcester coins.