BH-299A82: Early-Medieval coin: Series S Sceat

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Unique ID: BH-299A82

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early medieval silver sceat, Series S (Type 47), Metcalf type 2a although with a right-facing centaur, minted c. 730-c. 740.

Dimensions: 12.3mm in diameter, 1.1mm thick. Weight: 0.8g.


The right-facing variety is rare but not unknown, and this coin appears to be a die duplicate of EMC 2001.0022 found at Micheldever (Hampshire).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 730
Date to: Circa AD 740

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 0.8 g
Diameter: 12.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 27th November 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 11/182 - 5

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sceat
Ruler/issuer: Anonymous (early penny/sceatta)
Mint or issue place: Unknown
Category: Early Anglo-Saxon silver coin (sceatta)

Type: Series S (Type 47)
Obverse description: Female centaur standing right, (winged/holding palm branches).
Obverse inscription: No legend.
Reverse description: 'Wolf whorl' clockwise, elongated tongues joining in beaded spiral cross, pellet at centre.
Reverse inscription: No legend.
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: North Hertfordshire (District)
To be known as: Therfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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

No references cited so far.

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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