LANCUM-EF9C64: A worn silver coin, possibly a sixpence of King William III.

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Unique ID: LANCUM-EF9C64

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A worn silver, possible, coin. A flat milled disc, worn entirely smooth on both sides. If a coin, this is perhaps most likely to be a sixpence of King William III (AD 1694-1702), issue of AD 1695-1701, though now worn to a much-reduced weight. On both the obverse and reverse there is a longitudal line down the coin at opposite ends to each other, indicating that the coin was likely to have been bent at these points, forming an 'S' shape; this shape has since been flattened back to a disc. If this is the case, the coin may have been used as a love token. 

It measures 19.49mm in diameter, 0.70mm in thickness, and weighs 1.42g. 

Notes:

Coins with a double bend are sometimes referred to as 'love tokens' but are more correctly regarded as charms or pledges. They are not uncommon finds but their significance is not understood. According to Dr Kevin Leahy such 'Love tokens' were made using coins dating from the time of Elizabeth I (AD 1558-1603) to the reign of Ann (AD 1702-1714) with some Georgian examples. They were particularly common in the reign of William III (AD 1694-1702). While 'love tokens' should be inscribed with the name of the person loved most of these defaced coins are uninscribed. Bending coins as part of an oath is an ancient practice; Manville (2014) says of such bent coins: 'A twice bent coin might be carried in the pocket or wallet as a protection against the ‘evil eye’ or other witchcraft, hence the crooked sixpence of the children’s rhyme. Other so-called lucky pocket pieces might be bent to distinguish them from normal coins and prevent inadvertent spending.'

(Taken from SUR-EF247B)

Evidence of reuse: Worn completely smooth and potentially bent into an 'S' shape.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 1.42 g
Diameter: 19.49 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 17th August 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 1787

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sixpence
Ruler/issuer: William III of England
Category: Modern
Type: Silver: William III, not further defined (S 3470 - 3552)
Obverse description: Worn smooth with traces of a longitudinal line, perhaps indicating folding at some point.
Reverse description: Worn smooth with traces of a longitudinal line, perhaps indicating folding at some point.
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Eden (District)
To be known as: Near Great Easby

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: LANCUM
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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