SOM-D63E54: Medieval impersonal seal matrix

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Unique ID: SOM-D63E54

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval cast copper-alloy impersonal seal matrix. The matrix has a pointed oval face with a central design of a lion rampant standing right within a line border encircled by the legend. The legend appears to read * PROTA[...]R[...]. The legend starts with a star. The matrix has a central ridge running up most of the back which would have terminates in a loop; this last has been lost following an old break. This object 19.75mm long by 14.7mm wide and 3.3mm thick; a weight was not captured on the day.


This item was recorded at a rally and therefore the description and in particular photograph is likely to be below our usual standards; a weight was not able to be recorded. Due to the weather conditions a clear impression could not be taken.

Inscription: * PROTA[...]R[...]

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1275
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.75 mm
Width: 14.7 mm
Thickness: 3.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 29th January 2012

Rally details.

This object was found at EDMC, North Curry, 29 Jan 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Rally ticket 669

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: North Curry (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3125
Four figure Latitude: 51.020215
Four figure longitude: -2.985116
1:25K map: ST3125
1:10K map: ST32NW
Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: SOM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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