HESH-648420: Medieval: Coin Weight

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COIN WEIGHT

Unique ID: HESH-648420

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Copper alloy (round) coin weight for a gold Angel dated to the later medieval and post medieval periods post 1464 (1464 - 1642). The weight itself is relatively unabraded, however much of the detailing has been lost through heavy filling and some surface corrosion. The front face of the weight depicts a standing winged figure of St. Michael holding spear and spearing dragon which he stands astride. The dragon is mostly lost at the foot by filing. St Michael is shown with a halo and spread wings which are very detailed. The image is enclosed by a circlet of pellets. There is no inscription. The reverse is heavily worn, filed and partially corroded. There is possibly a design which lies beneath the filing and is faint. The design is very uncertain however is possibly that of a value mark (XLVIII) within a tressure of arches. This mark is recorded on "weights produced in Belgium following the proclamation of Philip the Fair in 1499. teh number, in Roman numerals on the reverse, is the number of coins that could be struck from a Troyes fine mark of gold (Withers and Withers: 1995: 11) . The weight is a mid brown brassy colour. It measures 16.1mm diameter, is 3.2mm thick, and weighs 5.03 grams (77.4 grains / 0.176 ozs). Gold Angel's usually weighed 80 grains (1464-1604), 71 grains (1604-1619) or 65 grains (1619-1642). This example is most likely to date from the first period 1464-1604, having lost 2 grains in weight through corrosion, and abrasion. If the weight is of Belgium production a narrower date of 1499-1604 can be suggested

Thanks are extened to Laura Burnett for her comments on this artefact.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1464
Date to: Circa AD 1604

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.2 mm
Weight: 5.03 g
Diameter: 16.1 mm

Rally details.

This object was found at Central Searchers, Alford, Lincs

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Alford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF4476
Four figure Latitude: 53.261461
Four figure longitude: 0.157404
1:25K map: TF4476
1:10K map: TF47NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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