I’d like to here extend my thoughts on coin trees as a depositional practice in the contemporary British landscape. I’ve previously noted them as an emerging and popular element of contemporary landscapes, not only as key stations along popular woodland paths, often beside streams or rivers or lakes, but also how they have even appeared in treeless and hilly or mountainous landscapes. I’ve also addressed how they are cumulative but also potentially they are quarried. Here’s one I encountered at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
There is certainly more work to be done exploring the landscapes, materialities and biographies of contemporary depositional practices involving coins and other material cultures. For this post, I simply wish to make one additional point. While coin trees seem to be particular distinctive felled (dead) trees brought to life with a shiny exoskeleton of coins hammered into their wood, in one place I regularly walk – Loggerheads Country Park – there is an emerging ‘coin tree landscape’, with multiple tree stumps attracting coins. This is because the well-managed woodland paths require dangerous and/or dead trees to be regularly felled. Logs and stumps are thus a repeated feature of the woodland riverside paths. As well as a prominent coin tree (discussed here), I’ve only recently noticed there are other ‘coin stumps’ elsewhere along the paths.
My question: are coin trees just a transitional stage towards something new? Are we now seeing the emergence of arboreal numismatic landscapes of depositional practice?