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WILT-852CB5: Post-medieval coin: Half unite of Charles I

Rights Holder: Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
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COIN

Unique ID: WILT-852CB5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published


Description: A gold post-medieval Half-unite of Charles I dating to AD 1643. Civil War period, Thomas Bushell's mint, Oxford (North 2395). This coin has been bent in the form of a love token and has a circular perforation to the right of the bust located at 2 o'clock on the obverse. The circular perforation has been made from the obverse.

Obverse: Crowned bust left with X behind. Bust extends to bottom of coin.

CAROLVS D G M RR ER ET HIB REX

Reverse: "Declaration" and legend on scroll with III and three plumes above and 1643 below.

EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMIC RELIG PROT LEG ANG LIBER PAR

The piercing suggests that this coin was removed from circulation and used as a touch piece, consequently, in terms of age and precious metal content, the object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T28

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1643
Date to: Circa AD 1643

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.64 mm
Weight: 4.5 g
Diameter: 27.7 mm

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4201
Treasure case number: 2014T28

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Unit, half unit, Britain crown or Britain halfcrown
Ruler/issuer: Charles I of England
Mint or issue place: Oxford
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Civil War: Thomas Bushell's Mints, Oxford (N 2381-2480)
Obverse description: Obverse III: Crowned bust left with X behind. Bust extends to bottom of coin.
Obverse inscription: CAROLVS D G M RR ER ET HIB REX
Reverse description: Reverse 5: "Declaration" and legend on scroll with III and three plumes above and 1643 below.
Reverse inscription: EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMIC RELIG PROT LEG ANG LIBER PAR
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Priston

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 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: WILT
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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