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 21,065 examples.

PAS record number: LVPL-4AB041

Record: LVPL-4AB041
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A silver half groat of Elizabeth I, c. AD 1583-1603. As North (1991), number 2016 The object has not been seen by the recorder and the identi…
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PAS record number: LVPL-4A8001

Record: LVPL-4A8001
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A silver half groat of Henry VII, c. AD1485-1509. As North (1991), number 1751/1 The object has not been seen by the recorder and the identif…
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PAS record number: LVPL-495D3B

Record: LVPL-495D3B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A fragment of a silver shilling of Elizabeth I, c. AD 1558-1603. The object has not been seen by the recorder and the identification is from …
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PAS record number: LVPL-49474B

Record: LVPL-49474B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A silver half groat of Henry VIII, c. AD 1526-1544. As North (1991) number 1802. The object has not been seen by the recorder and the identif…
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PAS record number: LVPL-478471

Record: LVPL-478471
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A silver shilling of James I c. AD 1604-1619 The object has not been seen by the recorder and the identification is from the photograph. Unfo…
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