CORN-EE82E6: Medieval coin weight for Spanish double excellente (obverse)

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Unique ID: CORN-EE82E6

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Cast copper alloy hexagonal coin weight for the Spanish gold double excellente. "The hexagonal shape suggests that it was made in Paris, but the lowercase letter 'y' on the obverse would suggest that it is Spanish and might even be 14th century. The weight now weighs 5.68 grams, but it may have lost some mass, and if it was originally around 6 grams that would make it a weight for a double excellente" (Paul Withers pers comm). There are some silver coins, the real and the blanca del agnus dei, with the letter Y on them, issued by Juan I (1379-1390). The double excellente was introduced by the Catholic monarchs in 1469 and used until 1504.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 5.68 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st November 2008 - Sunday 30th November 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Secondary identifier: Mr. Paul Withers

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Sampson (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX1054
Four figure Latitude: 50.355174
Four figure longitude: -4.672329
1:25K map: SX1054
1:10K map: SX14NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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