Silver Celtic Iceni unit. Britain, 1st century A.D. The Iceni were a British tribe inhabiting the area around Norfolk from the 1st century B.C. to approximately the end of the 1st century A.D. They started using coins as a means of payment at around 10 B.C. This particular coin has a stylized horse depicted on it. Other coins would have equally stylized versions of animals. Source: The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
The first Gold Sovereign was an English hammered coin first struck in 1489, during the reign of King Henry VII of England (1485-1509). Lord Daubeney & Bartholomew Reed, joint masters & workers of the mint by Royal appointment, were given instructions to create a new gold coin at the "standard fineness" - 958 fine,also known as 23 carat; the standard for gold at the time.
✯ Celtic Coins ~ At the farmer’s field located in the Channel Island of Jersey UK, archaeologists have discovered a treasure-lovers, numbering from 30 to 50 000 Celtic coins of the total estimated 3 to 10 million pounds (4 to 15 million dollars), which may be the largest in the history of Europe. The cache turned out to be tens of thousands of gold and silver coins.✯