HESH-8C7E92: Medieval Coin:  Chinfrão of Afonso V of Portugal

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Unique ID: HESH-8C7E92

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A fragment of a medieval silver chinfrão (half real grosso) of Afonso V of Portugal (1438-81), uncertain mint.

The coin survives only as a worn fragment the break across the coin irregular and uneven. Approximately 40% of the coin survives.   

Obverse: Crowned letter A;

Reverse has the arms of Portugal.


Finds of medieval Portuguese coins are not very common but the PAS has now recorded over 30 examples. Although quite widely distributed the route from Portugal to western Britain, and along the Bristol Channel to the Severn estuary is especially pronounced. This find fits well with this distribution although it is one of the first finds of Portuguese coins from the county.  

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1438
Date to: Circa AD 1481

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 0.5 g
Diameter: 15 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 2nd April 2019 - Tuesday 2nd April 2019

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Chinfrão
Ruler/issuer: Afonso V of Portugal
Type: Silver half real or chinfrão
Obverse description: Crowned letter A
Obverse inscription: Illegible
Reverse description: Arms of Portugal
Reverse inscription: Illegible
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

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: Ellesmere

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Audit data

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

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