LON-C94E36: A post medieval copper alloy Spanish 8 Maravedis coin dating to AD1621-1665.

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COIN

Unique ID: LON-C94E36

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A post medieval copper alloy Spanish 8 Maravedis coin dating to AD1621-1665. This type of coin has heavily counter marked, making it difficult to discern the original decoration. The obverse depicts a rectangular design within a beaded circle. The date 1651 is stamped to the top left with a circular stamp containing a crowned 64. Along the bottom edge and below the beading are the numerals XIII, though only half is still visible due to damage. The reverse originally depicted a shield, now almost completely covered in countermarks. To the right of the shield, running along the edge, are the numerals III. The countermarks include an X, an 8 within a circular border, The numerals VIII above an M within a circular border and the number 65.

Due to the nature of these coins being struck multiple times it is difficult to determine when they were first in circulation. Countermarking was a common practise in the reign of Philip IV of Spain/ III of Portugal (AD 1621-1665). This may be a Portuguese coin based on the III inscription on the reverse.

Dimensions: diameter: 24.29 mm; weight: 5.90g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1621
Date to: Circa AD 1665

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.9 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: 8 maravedis resellado
Ruler/issuer: Phillip III of Portugal (IV of Spain)
Type: copper coin of the post-medieval Kings of Portugal
Obverse description: A rectangular design within a beaded circle. Overlaid by multiple counter-marks.
Obverse inscription: Illegible
Reverse description: A shield with a rounded base. Overlaid by multiple counter-marks.
Reverse inscription: Illegible
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Rotherhithe (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3579
Four figure Latitude: 51.49383345
Four figure longitude: -0.05674007
1:25K map: TQ3579
1:10K map: TQ37NE
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: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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