LANCUM-98ED13: Medieval silver hammered penny

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Unique ID: LANCUM-98ED13

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Probably a medieval silver hammered continental sterling imitation of Maria of Namur dating from c. AD1342/3-1353, minted in Meraude. Mayhew 359.


After the death of her husband John, Maria served as regent in Namur. Her sterling coinage, which was all struck at Meraude (alias Poilvache), may be dated after 1342/4 when Poilvache was purchased from John the Blind. The style of some of these coins further suggests that those with a larger, more elaborate crown, like those of her son William, must be dates after the introduction of the 'florin' type sterling in England, c. 1344 (Mayhew 1983, 131)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1342
Date to: Circa AD 1353

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.2 mm
Weight: 0.53 g
Diameter: 18 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Maria of Namur
Category: Non English coin
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing
Obverse inscription: [+MARIADC]A.A[RTOSN]
Reverse description: Long cross dividing legend with pellets in angles
Reverse inscription: [MON/ETA/M]ER/AVD
Initial mark: none
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: Huntingdonshire (District)
To be known as: Sibson

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Mayhew, N. 1983 Sterling Imitations of Edwardian Type Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 14 131f 359

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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