LON-79DAB7: Post medieval shilling of Edward VI

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Unique ID: LON-79DAB7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post medieval debased silver shilling of Edward VI dating to 1549 AD. Minted in London (North 1917). This coin has a particularly brassy appearance, has been double-struck on both sides and the reverse die is quite crude. It measures 30.2mm (diameter) x 1.1mm (thickness) and weighs 5.21g.

It is possible that this is a particularly faithful contemporary copy however North notes that all of the known 1548 shillings are also brass alloy (North 1975, 100).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1549

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 5.21 g
Diameter: 30.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st August 2011 - Wednesday 31st August 2011

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: Edward VI of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Shilling: Edward VI, 1547-1549 (N 1896)
Obverse description: Crowned bust right
Obverse inscription: (pheon). EDWA[RD] VI : D.G.' AGL.' FRA.' Z: HIB: REX .
Reverse description: Oval shield crowned and garnished, with E R at sides
Reverse inscription: (pheon). TIMOR: DOM[I]N[I]. FONS: VITE: M:D:XLIX.
Initial mark: Pheon
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: St. Katharine's and Wapping (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.503293
Four figure longitude: -0.085156
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: GPS (From FLO)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found on the Thames foreshore
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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