LVPL-29CC17: Medieval coin: Penny of Edward II, pierced

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Unique ID: LVPL-29CC17

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A medieval silver coin of Edward II (1307-27), probably of class 10cf3 (1307-9), minted at Canterbury.

The coin is mostly complete, but has been altered in two ways. The coin has been pierced through the top of the obverse above the crown (equating to the base of the long cross of the reverse), possibly in order that the coin could be suspended. In addition, there are small notches seemingly cut from the sides in three places. These are reguarly spaced at approximately 2 o'clock, 5 o'clock, and 8 o'clock (on the obverse). At c.10 o'clock, opposite the most prominent notch is what appears to be a raised area. These modifications would seem too regular to be plough damage, and may represent alterations to the coin so that it could be mounted for use as a brooch, a relatively common practice at this time although there is no evidence that the reverse had been gilded.

The evidence from coin would suggest that it has been deliberately modified for use as jewellery which would have taken it out of the circulation of currency, and as such the object would qualify as Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.

Diameter: 16.83mm
Thickness: 0.68mm
Weight: 1.1 grams

Evidence of reuse: Pierced at the initial cross; notches cut from sides for possible mount

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Donated to PAS handeling collection
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to the Scheme for educational use

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T299


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1307
Date to: Circa AD 1309
Period of reuse: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.68 mm
Weight: 1.1 g
Diameter: 16.83 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2011 T299
Treasure case number: 2011T299

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Edward I of England
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: English coin Edwardian type 1279 - 1377
Type: Edwardian class 10cf3 (N 1042/1-2)
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing forwards. Closed E
Obverse inscription: EDWAR R ANG[L DNS h]YB
Reverse description: Long cross with three pellets in each quarter
Reverse inscription: CIVI/T[A]S/CAN/TOR
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Dutton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Donated to PAS handeling collection

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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