BH-A52661: Medieval coin: contemporary forgery of a noble of Henry VI (fragment)

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Unique ID: BH-A52661

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A fragment of a contemporary forgery of a gold noble of Henry VI's first reign. Approximately one third of the coin survives. The core is made of a lead-alloy, while the plating is of a tarnished yellow metal, presumably containing some gold. The designs are well executed and copy Henry VI's Annulet issue of 1422-1427.

Dimensions: 25.1mm long (remaining diameter), 0.7mm thick. Weight: 2.3g.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1422
Date to: Exactly AD 1427

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 2.3 g
Diameter: 25.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 13/7 - 3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Secondary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Fragment

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Noble
Ruler/issuer: Henry VI of England (first reign)
Category: English coin Late Medieval 1377 - 1489
Type: Gold noble: Henry VI, First reign, Annulet (N 1414 - 1416)
Obverse description: [King standing on ship, facing], holding shield.
Obverse inscription: H/ENRIC DI [GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC DNS HYB] (trefoil stops)
Reverse description: Triple-stranded cross, ('h') at centre; each arm terminates in crown-like symbol with central lis; in each angle, a triangle of pellets, lion passant guardant above, surmounted by crown; double arched tressure surrounding.
Reverse inscription: [IHC AVTEM TRANSIEN]S PER MEDI[UM ILLORR IBAT] (annulet stops)
Initial mark: Not on flan.
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
To be known as: Cottered

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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