HESH-AEAEC4: HESH-AEAEC4- incomplete post medieval gold half pound of Elizabeth I

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Object type certainty: Certain
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A broken and incomplete post medieval gold half pound of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), 'Second Issue' (1561-82; North 1994; Spink 2520B), mint: Tower (London), initial mark: castle dating AD1570-72. Ref: North 1991: 134; Spink 2016: 260.

Obverse: Crowned bust left (ear showing), ELIZABE[TH DG ]ANG FR ET HI REGINA.

Reverse: Crown over shield of arms, ER to right and left, SCVTVM[FIDEI PR]OTEGE[T] EAM.

The flan is broken or torn into several pieces, probably due to recent contact with farm machinery, at least one piece remains missing. The surface of the coin is scratched and some details are worn and indistinct.

Total weight: 4.32 gms. Weight of large fragment: 3.27gms. Weight of small fragment 1.05gms

Large fragment: Length: 27.34mm.  Width: 18.44mm

Small fragment: Length: 14.99mm. Width: 11.22mm


Stray/single finds of Elizabethan gold coins are quite rarely discovered, this being one of fewer than 20 recorded by the PAS to date.

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: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1570
Date to: Circa AD 1572

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.34 mm
Width: 18.44 mm
Weight: 4.32 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 3rd October 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpound
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfpound: Elizabeth I, 1558-1561 (N 1994)
Obverse description: Crowned bust left(ear showing)
Obverse inscription: ELIZABE[TH DG ]ANG FR ET HI REGINA
Reverse description: Crown over shield of arms, ER to right and left
Reverse inscription: SCVTVM[FIDEI PR]OTEGE[T] EAM
Initial mark: castle
Die axis measurement: 2 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: Condover

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: metal detecting find
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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
Spink and Son Ltd 2016 Coin of England and the United Kingdom 51 London Spink and Son Ltd

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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