DOR-688601: 688601. Post medieval weight

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Unique ID: DOR-688601

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Copper alloy trade weight. Probably 15th to 16th century. A small, circular, uniface weight. There are two concentric incised lines at the edge. The obverse is stamped with a crown at one edge and a lis opposite at the other edge. These stamps are over the incised bands. There is small hollow at the centre of the weight and the whole surface is slightly concave. The reverse of the weight has clear file marks over the whole surface. The weight of the object does not appear to conform with any known 15th to 16th century weights for coins and the placement of the symbols is different to that of published examples as the crown is generally placed over the lis (see N Biggs, 1992, "English Weights", p. 26 - 27). Trade weights of similar date generally carry the crown stamp only, or crown and letter H (ibid, p. 48 - 49). The crown is similar in style to that on the coin weights and crown-only trade weights. Date: Probably late medieval to early post-medieval. Dimensions: 17.74 mm (diameter) x 3.76 mm (thickness) Weight: 6.41

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1599

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.76 mm
Weight: 6.41 g
Diameter: 17.74 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 4th April 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Compton Abbas

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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