WAW-A26918: Casting waste: gold, unknown date.

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Unique ID: WAW-A26918

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure Case 2012 T338: Gold Droplet from Brailes, Warwickshire.

Casting waste, comprising a complete amorphous droplet of gold or gold alloy. The droplet measures 14.77mm long, 8.37mm wide and 6.71mm thick, weighing 5.1g.

Iron Age coins have been recovered from the same farm (Treasure Case 2012 T726), and it has been suggested that gold such as this may have been connected with Iron Age gold working, such as coin production or recycling. However, a similar piece (2004 T408) was determined to be undiagnostic and undatable following metal analysis.


As such, although the object has over 10% precious metal content by weight, the undiagnostic nature of the artefact means that it cannot be definitively dated pre 1712 and as such does not qualify as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act (1996) in terms of age.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T338


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14.77 mm
Width: 8.37 mm
Thickness: 6.71 mm
Weight: 5.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 6th December 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T338

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Brailes (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3040
Four figure Latitude: 52.057575
Four figure longitude: -1.563867
1:25K map: SP3040
1:10K map: SP34SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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