LON-D29E80: Probably Medieval silver melted coin hoard

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Unique ID: LON-D29E80

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A hoard of fused silver coins, probably Medieval late 12th - 13th century.

Curator's report: I have examined a fused group of coins reported found in Wandsworth, London. There are virtually no details that can be made out, but from the size of the coins and perhaps a couple of visible letters, it appears likely to me that they are late 12th or 13th century silver pennies, possibly of the Short Cross coinage (1180-1247). If this is correct, they would have a silver fineness of over 90%. The weight of the group is 21.45g, suggesting that there might be around 15 coins present.

Assuming my identification is correct, the find represents a single deposit of coins of good silver and thus fulfils the criteria of Treasure according to the terms of the Act.

Dr Barrie J. Cook
Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coinage, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museumm, London
16 November 2009

Dimensions: approximate diameter of one of the coins: 17.53mm; weight: 21.43g.

Evidence of reuse: Melted

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Wandsworth Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T437


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1300
Period of reuse: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 6
Weight: 21.43 g
Diameter: 17.53 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Dr Barrie Cook

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T437

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Wandsworth (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Queenstown (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2977
Four figure Latitude: 51.47726
Four figure longitude: -0.143849
1:25K map: TQ2977
1:10K map: TQ27NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the foreshore
Current location: Wandsworth Museum
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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