SOM-094313: SOM-094313: Post-Medieval jetton produced by Hans Schultes I

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Unique ID: SOM-094313

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Copper alloy 'rose/orb' jetton produced by Hans Schultes I (Hans Schultheiss): master 29th December 1553: died June 1584. Mitchiner, pp.401-404. Diameter: 25.30mm, Thickness: 0.62mm Weight: 1.64g


Mitchiner (1988, p.396) writes about Hans Schultes: 'A son of Iorg Schultes (died 21st Jan. 1559). The early jetons of Hans I share much in common with issues of his father Iorg and occasionally die links are observed between jetons of father and son. These closely related issues were probably struck at the Schultes workshop during the period when father and son were joint Masters (December 1553 to January 1559), or close to that time' Mitchiner (ibid. p.400) also comments that Schultes' 'rose/orb' jettons (such as this one), '...appear to have been the most popular jetons of Hans Schultes I. They reached London and were lost in the River Thames in far greater numbers than any of his other products. The series begins with jetons showing the special form of treasure that he shared with his father Iorg. These probably date from the 1550s. The other jetons all characterised by his personal 'wedge' mark, sometimes bear literate inscriptions and sometimes ficticious inscriptions'. This particular jetton appears to be of the latter sort, bearing both the 'wedge' initial mark and a ficticious inscription on both sides.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1553
Date to: AD 1584

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.62 mm
Weight: 1.64 g
Diameter: 25.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 23rd April 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020461

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: Three crowns alternately with three lis around a central 6 petalled rose.
Obverse inscription: BOA---BOAMBABOABA (ficticious)
Reverse description: Imperial orb surmounted by a cross patty: within a treasure consisting of three arches and three points arranged alternately. Six pellets outside, one either side of each point.
Reverse inscription: M--AOBMABOANBAOM (ficticious)
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: Westonzoyland

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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