SOM-490EB5: SOM-490EB5: Nuremberg 'ship penny' jetton

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Unique ID: SOM-490EB5

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Copper alloy Nuremberg 'ship penny' jetton, issued c.1490-1550. Diameter: 27.35mm, Thickness: 0.48mm Weight: 1.70g


The 'ship penny' jettons were designed to appeal to a French audience, with French inscriptions and a design deriving from various French issues of roughly the same period. They mark the Neuremberg jetton-master's initial attempts to penetrate the West European jetton market (Mitchiner, vol. I, 1988, p.365).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1490
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.48 mm
Weight: 1.7 g
Diameter: 27.35 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 19th May 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020489

Materials and construction

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

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: Profile of a sailing ship bearing a central mast with yard-arm, stays and single sail all indicated. Above the yard-arm the mast head a letter 'G'. Most of the ship is obscured by corrosion and ware, so it is difficult to determine whether there is a stern flag on the right and bow pennant on the left, or the shape of the rudder below.
Obverse inscription: Illeg.
Reverse description: Four fleurs de lis in a lozenge: with five pellets in each corner of the surrounding field.
Reverse inscription: Fictitious
Die axis measurement: 10 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Spatial metadata

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

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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