BERK-56E8A2: Medieval coin: Halfpenny of William II

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Unique ID: BERK-56E8A2

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A broken cut halfpenny of William II (AD 1087-1100), 'cross in quatrefoil' type dating to the period c. AD 1089-1092. The last letter of the moneyer's name (N) and the first letter of the mint (P) are visible. Although it is not possible to ascribe this coin to a moneyer and mint conclusively the combination of letters does narrow it down to the following: Colbern at Wallingford or Aestan at Winchester. North N852.


For discussion on the moneyers at Wallingford see Williams., T.J.T, The Mint at Wallingford: an introduction to the corpus.

Finder's Ref: 028

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Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1089
Date to: Circa AD 1092

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15.39 mm
Width: 10.23 mm
Thickness: 0.69 mm
Weight: 0.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd September 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2013.569

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Cut halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: William II of England
Category: Coin of Norman and Early Plantagenet England 1066-1180
Type: William II BMC ii (N 852)
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing, sword in right hand
Obverse inscription: [WILLELM] REX
Reverse description: Cross in quartefoil; pellet in each angle and one in centre of cross
Reverse inscription: [...]N ON P[...]
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
Parish or ward: East Hendred (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4589
Four figure Latitude: 51.59805371
Four figure longitude: -1.35172048
1:25K map: SU4589
1:10K map: SU48NE
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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1980 English Hammered Coinage: Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III c. 600-1272 London Spink & Son London 852

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Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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