FAKL-DFD6D3: Brooch, nummular

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Unique ID: FAKL-DFD6D3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper alloy nummular brooch, 24mm in diameter and bearing, on its face, a profile bust of a man, facing right. His face is in moulded detail with a sharp nose, curved chin and a large pellet eye surmounted by an L shaped brow. The hair is represented by a series of short radiating lines surrounded by a line of small pellets. Around the edge of the disc are three circumferential rings of raised pellets, each smaller than the pellets in the ring they surround. On the back of the brooch is perforated lug through which the pin was attached. The catch plate is missing.

This brooch belongs to series originally based on coins of the Carolingian Emperor Louis the Pious (814-840) which, in turn, were based on late Roman coins. The three rows of pellets around the edge represent the rings of beaded filigree mount which surround the coin on the original brooches. These brooches were copied with increasing crudity, this example is likely to have been imported from the continent, but may be a local product.

Brooches of this type are discussed in Leahy, K 2006, 'Anglo-Saxon coin brooches' in B. Cook and G. Williams Coinage and History in the North Sea World c. 500-1250 pp 267-286

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Class: Nummular

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Carolingian
Date from: Circa AD 830
Date to: Circa AD 950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 3.6 g
Diameter: 24 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: East Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Near Newmarket

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: FAKL
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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