NMS-F323B7: 2008T617 Medieval Silver- gilt coin pendant from Gresham Area, Norfolk

Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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Unique ID: NMS-F323B7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A gros tournois of Louis IX of France which has been gilded and is now slightly distorted. The original coin will be of good silver, over 90% fine metal. Although there is no evidence of a means of attachment the fact that the coin was gilded shows that it was modified for use as an artefact, probably as a coin brooch, pendant or other form of jewellery. Gros tournois of the later 13th century French kings converted into jewellery in this way are now a well-recorded phenomenon as English finds from the decades around 1300.

Date: This coin was introduced in 1266 and is likely to have been modified not long after this (Cook and Robinson, 2003, 58). Therefore, 1266 - c. 1300.


Although single coins are not normally considered to qualify as Treasure, coins converted in this way have generally been treated as items of jewellery and are thus eligible for consideration. The age and precious metal content of this item therefore qualify it as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2008T617


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1266
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.95 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2008 - Sunday 31st August 2008

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 60177
Treasure case number: 2008T617

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Gresham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG1837
Four figure Latitude: 52.88624324
Four figure longitude: 1.23879892
1:25K map: TG1837
1:10K map: TG13NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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