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BH-0B3330: Early-Medieval coin: adapted penny of Ecgberht of Wessex

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Unique ID: BH-0B3330

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Part of an Early-Medieval silver penny of Ecgberht of Wessex. The legend has been clipped away from this coin, leaving only the central portion. There is a suggestion that an attempt has been made to create an upturned rim on the obverse. It is likely that this piece was used as an inset for a finger ring or brooch.

Details: Silver penny of Ecgberht of Wessex (802 - 839); Portrait/Dorob C Type, struck c. 828 - c. 839; North 573.

Dimensions: 10.9mm diameter, 0.6mm thick. Weight: 0.38g.

A single coin does not normally constitute Treasure. On this example, however, the extensive and well-executed clipping, which would have rendered it redundant as a coin, indicates a deliberate adaptation for use as a jewellery inset. This item can therefore be considered as an artefact and, subsequently, it fulfils the criteria of Treasure under section C6 of the 1996 Treasure Act, being over 300 years old and containing in excess of 10% silver.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: North Hertfordshire Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T355


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 828
Date to: Circa AD 839

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 0.38 g
Diameter: 10.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 23rd March 2014

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T355

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Ecgberht of Wessex
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 573 (Ecgberht, Portrait/Dorob C)
Obverse description: Diademed bust right, circular line border surrounding.
Obverse inscription: None remaining.
Reverse description: Monogram of ‘DOROB C’, beaded circle surrounding.
Reverse inscription: None remaining.
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: North Hertfordshire (District)
To be known as: Barley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: North Hertfordshire Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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