DUR-F70208: Coin Hoard: Medieval to Post Medieval obverses

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Unique ID: DUR-F70208

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I have examined a group of 16 coins reported found at Stapleford, Lincolnshire

All of the coins are silver and 14 of them are official English coins, which will therefore be of the traditional sterling standard, over 90% fine metal. Two of the coins are foreign in origin, but are of types found in English contexts quite frequently in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. One is a double patard of Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, a coin that from 1469 circulated in England officially as equal to a groat. This was had a fineness of c. 80% silver. The last coin is a Portuguese silver chinfrao, which might have been used as a half-groat equivalent.

The English coins were all struck within the period of the 12-grain penny, 1464 to 1526. They include issues of Edward IV, the restored Henry VI, Richard III and the first Tudor king, Henry VII. They would certainly have circulated together, along with the 2 foreign coins. The group would have been deposited after 1490 but probably before 1504. The face value of the group in English terms was 3 shillings (allowing the chinfrao to pass as a half-groat).

The Stapleford coins were all of good silver and were virtually certainly deposited on a single occasion. It is my opinion, therefore, that they fulfil the criteria of Treasure, according to the terms of the Act.

Dr Barrie J Cook, Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coinage.


Two of these coins have seperate records created. The unique number for these records are DUR-E62735 and DUR-E63138.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T84


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1464
Date to: Circa AD 1526

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 16

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st November 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Frances McIntosh
Identified by: Dr Barrie Cook
Secondary identifier: Mr Edward Besly

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T84

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8856
Four figure Latitude: 53.093963
Four figure longitude: -0.687332
1:25K map: SK8856
1:10K map: SK85NE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
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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Audit data

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

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