De Wit Coin Collection by Unknown Artist

This is a collection of 481 coins charting the beginnings of Anglo-Saxon coinage.


Gold & silver
Various dimensions
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £275,000)
Acquired in:
Professor G W De Wit (through Spink)

The iconography of the coins is very sophisticated, often with theological themes that reflect contemporary interest during the period of the Christianisation of England. There are many interesting parallels for pictorial, zoomorphic and geometric designs found on illuminated manuscripts and stone carvings of the period. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Professor G W De Wit, Rotterdam through Spink & Son, London.

Venue details

Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900

Entry details

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