NLM-3A1671: Three Halfpence of Elizabeth I from Middle Rasen

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Unique ID: NLM-3A1671

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

I have examined a coin reported found at Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire. It is a silver penny of King Charles I. It will therefore be of good silver, over 90% fine metal. The initial mark on the coin, which dates it, is not legible, but it was issued within the years c. 1632-4.

Single coins are not normally eligible for consideration as Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act, but coins removed from currency by conversion into jewellery or other decorative function are so eligible. This coin has been pierced, fairly crudely, but in such a way that the king's head is upright, which suggests it had been turned into a small pendant, perhaps to indicate royalist sympathy during the English Civil War of the Commonwealth period that followed. However, while the conversion into a pendant is probable, it is also possible that the coin - relatively low in value, so the piercing might not have impacted on its potential monetary function so much - might have returned to currency use at a later stage.

It is my opinion, therefore, that, on balance, the evidence does not support a clear case of Treasure, according to the terms of the Act.

Dr Barrie J. Cook

Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coinage

Department of Coins and Medals

British Museum

14 June 2012

Class: Possibly three halfpence of Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T103


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1561
Date to: Circa AD 1582

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.49 g
Diameter: 15.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 8th December 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM19609
Treasure case number: 2012T103

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Three halfpence
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Threehalfpence: Elizabeth I, 1561-1582 (N 2000)
Obverse description: Worn smooth; trace of circumferential legend
Reverse description: Shield of Arms with long cross;
Reverse inscription: [--]M[--]L?V
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0888
Four figure Latitude: 53.377824
Four figure longitude: -0.377953
1:25K map: TF0888
1:10K map: TF08NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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