SF-093385: Post-Medieval Ryal Coin Weight

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Unique ID: SF-093385

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A cast copper alloy coin weight of Post-Medieval date. It is square in shape with bevelled edges and extensive parallel toolmakrs on both front and back faces. The front face depicts a ship with tall mast within an inner circle. The ship appears to have a rose at the centre of the hull, which would indicate the weight's usage for weighing whole and fractional denominations of the Ryal. The weight measures 15.30mm in width, 14.94mm in length, 4.70mm in thickness, and weighs 7.44g (or 114.81 grains). In their study of coin weights Withers and Withers indicate that square weights with bevelled edges are probably Spanish in origin and dating to the 16th century AD (Withers and Withers, 1995: p.9). The weight of the current example places it just below the standard weight of 120 grains for a full Ryal of the late-15th century, which might suggest this weight was in use from the mid-15th to the 16th centuries AD (see Withers and Withers, 1995: p.68).


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14.94 mm
Width: 15.3 mm
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Weight: 7.44 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st December 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Eye

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Updated: 8 years ago

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