Copper-alloy stycas, minted in 9th-century Northumbria, are the most common early medieval English coins, but are in need of radical reappraisal. Until recently it was assumed that styca production stopped in 867 due to Viking attacks and civil war, but new research suggests that use and even production continued under Viking control. Comparison of these imitations with official Northumbrian stycas, and examination of stycas within their contexts (hoards, settlements, Viking camps), will enable a clearer understanding of their use and dating. This will provide new evidence for the impact of the Vikings on the 9th-century English economy.
This poster will introduce the key sites that my PhD thesis works on. It will demonstrate a new periodisation for the coinage, which enables close comparison between periods of styca production, including analysis of imitative types.