Celtic Coinage of Britain

third edition

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Dobunnic Emblem

About the Coins

Semiotics    (Info)

 

Introduction

 

Semiotics analyzes the meanings of the images, as opposed to their artistic merit. A key aspect of this is the propaganda generated by the rulers and the messages they wanted to convey to the people.

The subject is treated in a series of articles published since 2007, now collected here for easy reference. New articles will be added as they become available.

 

The articles are best read in numerical order:

 

  1. Semiotics of Celtic Coins I – Ruding's challenge
  2. Semiotics of Celtic Coins II – Circumstance Selectors
  3. Semiotics of Celtic Coins III – Amalgamation switchers
  4. Semiotics of Celtic Coins IV – Extensions into the continuum
  5. Semiotics of Celtic Coins V – It's not art
  6. Semiotics of Celtic Coins VI – Cunobeline's ship
  7. Semiotics of Celtic Coins VII – The search for codes
  8. Semiotics of Celtic Coins VIII – Seeing past the die-cutters
  9. Semiotics of Celtic Coins IX – The Minefield of Metaphor
  10. Semiotics of Celtic Coins X – Inventions, Replicas and Applying the brakes
  11. Semiotics of Celtic Coins XI – Producing and Interpreting Replicas
  12. Semiotics of Celtic Coins XII – Mapping Replicas

 

Next section – Manufacturing Methods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dobunnic Emblem seen on gold staters.

The meaning of this symbol is discussed in Article 12.

 

 

 

 

This section introduces a series of articles about the meanings of the coin images.

 

Copyright R. D. Van Arsdell 2017