HESH-79BFC7: Medieval Coin: Silver penny of Alexander III

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Unique ID: HESH-79BFC7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver medieval Scottish penny of David II (1329-71) first coinage second issue, small letter issue, sixth bust (Spink S5088) dating to c.1351-57/8. Mint: uncertain. Six pointed mullet in each quarter on the reverse. Ref: Spink 2015, pg 24.


This issue of David II was subject of a proclaimation by Edward III in 1356 banning them from circulation in England due to their poorer weight and fineness in comparison with the English issues. The mint sigunature is not listed on these coins but general assumption is that the mint is Edinburgh, which became Scotlands principle mint after the final loss of Berwick to England in 1333. This find has been recorded from images and notes taken by Metal Detecting Holidays: https://www.metaldetectingholidays.com/ 

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1351
Date to: Circa AD 1357

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.4 mm
Weight: 0.7 g
Diameter: 16 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 10th April 2019

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: David II of Scotland
Mint or issue place: Unknown
Type: Scottish: David II, first coinage (S 5087 - 5088)
Obverse description: Crowned head with sceptre facing left.
Obverse inscription: [+D]AV[ID D]EI [GRACIA]
Reverse description: Long cross divides the field and inscription; within each quarter a six pointed mullet
Reverse inscription: [REX/SCO]/TTO/[RVm]
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Oswestry

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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spink and Son Ltd 2015 Coins of Scotland, Ireland, the Islands and Anglo-Gallic Coins London Spink and Son Ltd 24 5088

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 months ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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