NLM-E3F162: Medieval coin: penny, possibly of William I

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Unique ID: NLM-E3F162

Object type certainty: Certain
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Silver coin. Possibly a worn penny of William I (1066-1087), pierced with a round hole of diameter 1.5mm close to its edge (see Spink 2017 page 149, nos 1250-1255 as examples); creased. The reverse, which is better preserved, appears to include two loops at the end of strands of a cross or flower motif bounded by the outer circle. John Naylor kindly comments:  'I'm not entirely convinced that this is a Norman coin, the reverse doesn't quite fit any of the types and each 'arm' is linked by a plain band forming a plain circle inside a beaded circle (if that makes sense!). I wonder if it's later and foreign. To note, though, if it does date earlier than 1180 it should go through under Treasure- it's only later pierced coins which don't go through as there is evidence post-1180 for such coins in hoard, and documentary evidence for counterfeit/poor coins being pierced'. 

Obverse description: possibly facing bust.

Reverse description: possibly cross with loops in angles or at ends of its arms.

Diameter: 18.8mm, Weight: 0.92gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1066
Date to: Exactly AD 1087

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.92 g
Diameter: 18.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 22nd October 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM46318

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: William the Conqueror
Category: Coin of Norman and Early Plantagenet England 1066-1180
Obverse description: Possibly facing bust.
Reverse description: Possibly cross with loops in angles or at ends of its arms.
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Swinhope

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
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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