BM-527056: Post-Medieval silver Tudor coins

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Unique ID: BM-527056

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

During the machine stripping of topsoil and subsoil from the site a single silver coin was found by metal detector survey within the subsoil on the eastern edge of ditch [109]. After subsequent subsoil removal two more silver coins were found within the fill of the ditch at its eastern edge. Reducing the fill of the ditch in 100-150mm spits and surveying each spit with a metal detector produced a further eight coins, also of silver, and a fragment of copper alloy. All eleven coins were recovered from a 3m x 2m area and were spot dated to the middle of the 16th century.

The assemblage comprises of three groats, five sixpences and three shillings. The groats belong to the reign of Queen Mary I, 1553-1558. One is from the first year of her reign, 1553-1554 and other two are from the later part after her marriage to Philip of Spain, 1554-1558.The remaining eight coins, five sixpences and three shillings are from the first decade of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, 1558-1603 and date from 1560-1561 to 1568.
The general condition of the assemblage is quite good with most coins showing some wear. One coin, SF 11 has been deliberately bent.
The portraits on the obverses are worn but still visible, coins which the author has found in the past have been heavily worn or completely absent.

The taphonomy of these coins with respect to their spatial disposition suggests that they are ex-situ. The horizontal spread of the assemblage was an area of 3m x 2m. Seven coins lay centrally in the ditch along a narrow corridor 1.80m long by 0.60m wide. They were vertically separated by a distance of approximately 45cm. The remaining four coins were located 1m away on the eastern edge of the ditch. The first coin found, SF1, sat in the subsoil/ditchifill horizon the other three coins were approximately 10-30cm below this level.

Although a provisional medieval spot date has been given for potsherds found in the lower ditch fill, they have not been shown to a pottery specialist at the time of writing. The assemblage, most likely held in a leather purse or other similar organic container, was probably deposited in a single event. After the container decayed coins entered the ditch in one of several ways; erosion, animal activity, root disturbance or the back-filling of the ditch with the change of land use.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to museum by all parties, hence disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T331


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1553
Date to: Circa AD 1568

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 11

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 18th June 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Janina Parol
Identified by: NAU Archaeology

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T331

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Mary I of England
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
Parish or ward: Hoxne (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM1876
Four figure Latitude: 52.338734
Four figure longitude: 1.198612
1:25K map: TM1876
1:10K map: TM17NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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