LVPL-99C93A: Post medieval coin: contemporary copy of a silver Spanish American 8 Reales (

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COIN

Unique ID: LVPL-99C93A

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead / lead alloy contemporary copy of a silver Spanish American 8 Reales ("dollar") of Ferdinand VI of Spain (1746-1759). The coin is very worn.
Obverse: Crowned arms shield flanked by the initials MF (left) and the value 8 (right). Legend: [FERDND·VI·D·G·H]ISPAN·ET IND·REX
Reverse: Crowned hemispheres flanked by crowned pillars over water. Legend: [VTRAQUE VNUM] date below

DENO-BBE206 notes: "Between 1751 and 1816, very few silver coins were minted in Britain due to the financial effects of fighting foreign wars. There was a lack of silver available for minting coins, but many silver Spanish American dollars that had been taken from raided Spanish ships. Royal Mint rules at the time prevented the mint from purchasing silver at a price higher than 5s 2d per ounce, a price much lower that the value of silver, and therefore the Royal Mint could not use these dollars to make new British money. As a result, private tradesmen began stamping Spanish American dollars themselves for use as tokens to conduct trade and pay their workers." It is likely that this coin is a contemporary forgery and was once silvered with the intention to deceive. Other contemporary forgeries of Spanish American 8 reales include DEV-7CF805 and LVPL-454467.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1746
Date to: Circa AD 1759

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 23.84 g
Diameter: 38.64 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: 8 reales
Ruler/issuer: Ferdinand VI of Spain
Type: Spain: silver 8 reales of Ferdinand VI (Clemente and Cayon 10542-10648)
Obverse description: Crowned arms shield flanked by the initials MF (left) and the value 8 (right).
Obverse inscription: [FERDND·VI·D·G·H]ISPAN·ET IND·REX
Reverse description: Crowned hemispheres flanked by crowned pillars over water.
Reverse inscription: [VTRAQUE VNUM] date below
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Darnhall

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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