Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The J. P. Mass Collection of English Short Cross Coins, 1180-1247

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The J. P. Mass Collection of English Short Cross Coins, 1180-1247

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Jeffrey P. Mass, The J. P. Mass Collection of English Short Cross Coins, 1180-1247, Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 56 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). ix + 470 pp.; 82 plates. ISBN 0-19-7262546. L50.00.

The publication of the J. P. Mass collection of English Short Cross coins (1180-1247) provides what is likely to become the standard catalogue for the series, superseding J. J. North's English Hammered Coinage (3rd edn 1994). For the cataloguer, the current volume presents two major advances over its predecessors: firstly, comprehensive and generally clear illustration of all known Short Cross types; and secondly, a much-improved textual description of each of those types.

Ten introductory chapters (which include major contributions from Martin Alien and Lord Stewartby) provide a chronology and classification of the series, as well as a history of its study. …

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