NLM-C88CE1: Modern Medallion of German Archaeologist Gerhard Bersu

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Unique ID: NLM-C88CE1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Modern cast bronze Medallion of the German archaeologist Gerhard Bersu. On the obverse is Head of Bersu facing left, with the engravers initials 'EØ 54'. On the reverse is the inscription GERHARD/ BERSU/ ZUM 65 GEBURSTAG/ VON SEINEN/ FREUDEN. The medal was presented to Gerhard Bersu, the eminent German archaeologist, on his 65 birthday. Bersu (1889 - 1964) came to England in 1935, having been sacked by the Nazis. While in England he carried out important excavations, in particular, the Iron Age settlement at Little Woodbury. When the war came and he and his wife were interned on the Isle of Man. They didn't waste their time there and spent the war excavating on the island. Bersu was the first German to fly in a powered aircraft.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1954
Date to: AD 1954

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 190.73 g
Diameter: 89.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st October 2007

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM11676

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Uncertain
Obverse description: Head of Berzu facing left, engravers initials ‘EO 54’ (line drawn through the O that I can’t find on this font)
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Grimsby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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