DEV-E4F8F2: Medieval coin: penny of William FitzRobert of Gloucester

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Unique ID: DEV-E4F8F2

Object type certainty: Certain
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A medieval silver penny of William FitzRobert, Earl of Gloucester (AD 1147-1183) dating to AD 1147-1148.

As North (1980: 174) no. 945. Moneyer unknown, possibly of a new mint perhaps located at Sherbourne. The coin is well struck but chipped. 

With thanks to Dr Martin Allen (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) for discussing this coin and his help in its identification. It is also recorded on the Fitzwilliam Museum database as 2020.0280.

Measurements: weight 0.9g


Please note that this object was recorded remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The finder has kindly provided all measurements and images, which may nonetheless not be of the usual PAS standard. We are deeply appreciative of the cooperation of finders at this time.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1147
Date to: Circa AD 1148

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 30th August 2020

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Stephen of England
Category: Coin of Norman and Early Plantagenet England 1066-1180
Type: N 945 (Uncertain Baronial: William of Gloucester?)
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing
Reverse description: Short cross voided with super imposed square
Reverse inscription: [ ]VN[ ]IOR
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Stalbridge CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1963 English Hammered Coinage: Vol I. Early Anglo Saxon-Henry III, c650-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd

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