CORN-BDB3C4: Scorrier penny (obverse)

Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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TOKEN

Unique ID: CORN-BDB3C4

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Copper penny token issued by John Williams III (1753-1841) of Scorrier House, Redruth which was bought by him in 1778 when he was running Scorrier Mine.

The obverse of the coin depicts a pumping engine house, with brickwork on the chimney, and a winding machine with the inscription PAYABLE AT SCORRIER HOUSE upon a ribbon above the scene, and below it in four lines in exergue ONE POUND FOR 240 TOKENS IN 1812.

The reverse depicts the Prince of Wales plume of three feathers with the motto ICH / DIEN on scrolls on either side, surrounded by a garter with the inscription CORNISH PENNY.

The issue for these particular tokens was quite short as Williams was aware of many counterfeits (Withers, 1999, 110), and the poor condition of this example makes it difficult to be sure if it is genuine or not.

Withers (1999) illustrate the same token on page 111, No.686, which is dated to 1812.

Notes:

The three feathers and the motto "lch Dien", German for "I Serve", go back to Edward (1330-1376), the eldest son of Edward III. He was known as the 'Black Prince' because he had his suit of armour painted black, a very unusual thing at the time. He later became the Prince of Wales and the three feathers and coronet have been associated with Wales and the Prince of Wales ever since.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MODERN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Exactly AD 1812

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 17 g
Diameter: 34 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 7th May 2012 - Monday 7th May 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

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

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Egloshayle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX0073
Four figure Latitude: 50.522522
Four figure longitude: -4.822872
1:25K map: SX0073
1:10K map: SX03SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

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

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