Post Medieval coin guide

The Portable Antiquities Scheme regularly records all coins issued up to the end of the Commonwealth in 1660, although we have to be more selective thereafter owing to the numbers of coins found. However, we still want to see all post-medieval coins found regardless of date or condition. Currently, over 16,000 post-medieval coins have been recorded on the database and they are helping us to understand more about the use and circulation of coinage in this period, such as our Lincolnshire FLO Adam Daubney’s award-winning work on the circulation of Venetian soldini (Jeffrey May award at Current Archaeology 2010).

This guide will continue to develop over time, but it provides an introduction to the coins of the period, a visual aid to identification of coins commonly found in England and Wales, and will allow for easy searching of the database. You can search on any post-medieval ruler in England from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth of England (1509-1660) and a number of foreign rulers, including the kings of Scotland.

 You can also search by the coins themselves, from broader categories of coins, divided into the major groupings of coins, providing information on a wide range of types in a single search to individual coin types or mints.

The range of denominations is consistently broad for all rulers, ranging from gold to small silver fractions (halfpennies and farthings), and the introduction of copper issues by the reign of James I (1603-25). You can search these by denomination

 

Latest notable coins

Latest examples recorded with images

We have recorded 21,880 examples.

PAS record number: NMGW-60A6F4

Record: NMGW-60A6F4
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Post Medieval silver coin James I (1603-25) shilling, London Second coinage, fourth bust Privy mark: Escallop (1606-7) 6.01g
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PAS record number: NMGW-609324

Record: NMGW-609324
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Post Medieval silver coin Elizabeth I (1558-1603) sixpence, London Privy mark: Pheon and dated 1561 1.37g, corroded remnants
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PAS record number: SWYOR-601DC9

Record: SWYOR-601DC9
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A post-medieval silver coin: a half groat of Charles I, group D, Tower mint under the king, probably dating from AD 1645. It is 16.3mm in diam…
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PAS record number: LEIC-5F0215

Record: LEIC-5F0215
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete silver groat of Henry VIII, issued AD 1526-44. Second coinage. Lis initial mark. North vol.II, 111, no.1797/8 Diameter: 25.0mm, t…
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PAS record number: NMGW-5ED03D

Record: NMGW-5ED03D
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Post medieval silver coin James I (1603-25) half groat, London Second coinage; privy mark: Rose (1605-6) 0.65g, worn and battered
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