Unique ID: HESH-D96533

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find waiting to be validated

Silver half penny of Richard III (1483-85), struck in London. The initial mark is Sun and Rose (North Variant SR2). The coin has been pierced by a single untrimmed punch hole which has been struck from the reverse through to the obverse. The hole is circular and positioned through the three coinjoined pellets in the first quarter; this is through the right side or the crown and right eye on the obverse.


Withers: 1a


Seaby / Spink: 2171

Note on Findspot:

The find was made in Newport, near to this is Muster Hill, which is locally famed as being a rallying point for troops / men loyal to Henry Tudor (Henry VII). These met at Muster Hill, Newport on his march from Wales to Bosworth Field in 1485

Dr John Naylor (Finds Advisor - post Roman Coinage) Comments:

Richard III coins are rare, as of Nov. 2011 we've recorded 91 on the PAS database, which is small number for the period :comparitively we have 1187 Edward IVs and 823 Henry VIIs. Their rarity is obviously due to the length of Richard's reign and the short space of time for minting.

Laura Burnett (FLO for Somerset) Comments:

On the piercing of the coin: "two things that occurred to me was that sentiment for the Yorkist cause did continue after this date so [the piercing] could be after the battle.The fact it is the smallest denomination might argue for it being used as a badge - readily available and not too expensive, but it is not that visible and spotting it is Richard III rather than Henry VI for example takes good eyesight. It could also be your emergency money rather than necessarily concealed from robbers".


Sincere thanks are extended to Dr Naylor and Laura Burnett for their comments on this coin

Evidence of reuse: pierced

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1483
Date to: Circa AD 1485

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 0.27 g
Diameter: 13.5 mm
Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor - [ view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpenny [ scope notes | view all attributed records]
Ruler/issuer: Richard III of England [ scope notes | view all attributed records]
Mint or issue place: London [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Category: English coin Late Medieval 1351 - 1485 [ scope notes | View all attributed records]
Type: Halfpenny: Richard III, Withers type 1 (N 1688) [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing. Bust is relatively small, crown is neat with all elelments conjoining to give the impression of a band of jewels (annulets), the eyes are almond shaped
Obverse inscription: RICARD [DI GR]A REX
Reverse description: Long cross divides the inscription; in each quarter are three conjoined pellets
Reverse inscription: CIVITAS L[ONDON]
Initial mark: Halved Sun and Rose (North SR2)
Die axis measurement: 7 o'clock [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine [ scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands
County: Telford And Wrekin
District: Telford And Wrekin
To be known as: Newport

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m[scope notes]

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Created: Thursday 6th October 2011
Updated: Tuesday 6th December 2011

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