LANCUM-B514C4: Spanish gold 1-Escudo coin

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COIN

Unique ID: LANCUM-B514C4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete post-medieval gold 1-Escudo of Joanna of Castile (AD 1504-1555) and Aragon (AD 1516-1555) and Charles I of Spain (AD 1516-1556), eventually Emperor Charles V, king of Germany and Italy (AD 1519-1556), mint: Seville (mint marks S and star; Cayon and Clemente no 3146), dating to 1535-55. Ref: Cayon and Clemente 2005: p.473. 

Obverse: Cross of Jerusalem within a quatrefoil, with inverted leaf terminals, within a pelleted border. Legend around the outside.

Obverse Legend: + HISPANIARVM o REGES o SICILIE

Reverse: Within a beaded circle, a crowned squared shield containing the Habsburg arms of Spain (Castile, Leon, Aragon, Granada, Naples, Sicily and Jerusalem). Shield is flanked by an 'S' to the observer's left, and a '*' [Star] to the right. Legend around the outside.

Reverse legend: IOANNA o ET o KAROLVS o

It measures 24.1mm in diameter, 1.3mm in thickness, and weighs 6.03g. 

Only five other Spanish gold 1-Escudo coins from this period have been recorded on the PAS database, namely: LIN-899C79IOW-1A4E1EIOW-14E016KENT-5E0C7CLANCUM-8DFC42.

Notes:

Foreign gold coins are rare stray finds in Britain, and this is the first find of a Spanish gold coin recorded by the PAS from Lancashire.

Images of the object were kindly provided by the finder.

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

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1535
Date to: Circa AD 1556

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 6.03 g
Diameter: 24.1 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: escudo-double principat-double ducado
Ruler/issuer: Joanna and Charles of Spain
Type: Spain: Gold escudo - double principat - double ducado of Joanna and Charles (Clemente and Cayon 3135-3163)
Obverse description: Cross of Jerusalem within a quatrefoil, with inverted leaf terminals, within a pelleted border. Legend around the outside.
Obverse inscription: + HISPANIARVM o REGES o SICILIE
Reverse description: Within a beaded circle, the a crowned squared shield containing the Habsburg arms of Spain (Castile, Leon, Aragon, Granada, Naples, Sicily and Jerusalem). Shield is flanked by an 'S' to the observer's left, and a '*' [Star] to the right. Legend around the outside.
Reverse inscription: IOANNA o ET o KAROLVS o
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)
To be known as: Near Carnforth

Spatial coordinates


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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Cayon, A.C. and J. Clemente 2005 Las Monedas Espanolas Madrid Cayon-Jano S.L.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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