This talk examines the connection between the Iron Age/Celtic coinage of Britain and Gaul. The changes in British coinage after the conquest of Gaul have primarily been seen as an independent development or one inspired by political relationships between British elites and officials in Rome. Through the use of coin hoards and iconographic evidence, this paper demonstrates that a cross-Channel connection between the coinage of Gaul and Britain existed from the beginning of coinage in Britain. This connection continued even after the Gauls were conquered and the cross-Channel relationship remained despite changes in political circumstances. This had implications for other forms of material culture, which became tied to changes in the coinage.
David Swan has recently submitted his PhD on cross-Channel developments in Iron Age coinage at the University of Warwick. He has published a paper comparing the use of the image of the carnyx on both the Iron Age and Roman coinages, and he has worked as an intern at the British Museum and as a volunteer at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.