DEV-C34C5D: Medieval coin: terzo di grosso of Pope Paul II

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Unique ID: DEV-C34C5D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A medieval silver terzo di grosso (1/3 groat) of Pope Paul II (AD 1461-74), mint: Ancona (mint-mark 'f'; Biaggi no 50). Ref: De Wit 2008 (Künker auctions): 231.

The coin is chipped around a small length of the edge from approximately 9 - 10 o'clock (obverse).

Measurements: 20.8mm diameter, 0.8mm thickness, weight 1.15g.


This is only the second coin of Pope Paul II recorded by the PAS. The other was found in North Yorkshire (LVPL-6A35B6).

De Wit (2008: 231) notes that the the mint mark ('f' within an oval with patriarchal cross above), located at 6 o'clock on the obverse is for Francesco Nicolai, mintmaster of Ancona.

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: Exactly AD 1464
Date to: Exactly AD 1471

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.8 mm
Weight: 1.15 g
Diameter: 20.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st July 2020 - Saturday 5th June 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 019511

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Italian States
Type: Italian states (excluding Venice): silver coin
Obverse description: Crossed keys below crown; shield enclosing lion rampant under diagonal line below.
Obverse inscription: .PAVLVS.PP / .SECVNDVS.
Reverse description: St Peter and St Paul, standing, facing each other.
Reverse inscription: S.PETRVS.S. / PA / VLVS.
Initial mark: f within oval, patriarchal cross above
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Thorncombe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3505
Four figure Latitude: 50.84085893
Four figure longitude: -2.92452236
1:25K map: ST3505
1:10K map: ST30NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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
Künker auctions 2008 The De Wit Collection of Medieval Coins: 1000 years of European Coinage. Part III: England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Balkan, the Middle East, Crusader States, Crusader States, Jetons and weights Osnabrück Künker auctions 231 3748

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