CORN-E54B0A: Halfgroat Elizabeth I

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Unique ID: CORN-E54B0A

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post-medieval silver halfgroat of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), first issue coinage dating from AD 1560-61. Possibly Martlet initial mark. Mint of London. 

Ref:  North (1991: 133) no. 1987.

Obverse: Crowned bust left, ELIZABETH D G A[NG FRA ET HIB ]REGINA

Reverse: Square shield over long cross fourchee dividing the legend, POSVI/ DEV/ AD[/IVTORE/M ]MEV

Measurements: Diameter, 16mm; Thickness, 0.48mm; Weight, 0.8g

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Museum of Cornish Life
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1560
Date to: Circa AD 1561

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.48 mm
Weight: 0.8 g
Diameter: 16 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 13th July 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS 2021 02

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfgroat (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfgroat: Elizabeth I, 1558-1561 (N 1987)
Obverse description: Crowned bust left
Obverse inscription: ELIZABETH D G A[NG FRA ET HIB ]REGINA
Reverse description: Square shield over long cross fourchee dividing the legend.
Reverse inscription: POSVI/ DEV/ AD[/IVTORE/M ]MEV
Initial mark: Martlet
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Sancreed (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW4229
Four figure Latitude: 50.10491738
Four figure longitude: -5.6094975
1:25K map: SW4229
1:10K map: SW49SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Museum of Cornish Life
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1991 English Hammered Coinage: Volume 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662 London Spink and Son Ltd 133 1987

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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