SWYOR-73DB75: a post medieval coin weight

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Unique ID: SWYOR-73DB75

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A copper alloy coin weight dating from 1720-1740, used for weighing the Portuguese half moidor. One side carries a voided cross potent with a four petalled floral ornament in each angle, all within a beaded outer border; the other the word MOIDOR with value above and a letter W below, also within a beaded outer border. This weight is a little unusual in that the denomination is shown as 2/. and not, as might be expected, 1/2. It is 18.6mm in diameter and 2.5mm thick. It weighs 5.3gm.

For reference see: Withers, 1995, Lions, Ships and Angels, page 45.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1720
Date to: Circa AD 1740

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 5.3 g
Diameter: 18.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 18th April 2011 - Tuesday 17th April 2012

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1833

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: North Cave (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE8832
Four figure Latitude: 53.776907
Four figure longitude: -0.666117
1:25K map: SE8832
1:10K map: SE83SE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Withers, P. and Withers, B.R. 1995 Lions Ships and Angels: Identifying Coin-Weights Found in Britain Llanfyllin Galata Print 45

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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