BERK-996FDA: Post-medieval coin: Altered halfpenny of George III

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Unique ID: BERK-996FDA

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A worn copper alloy halfpenny of George III (AD 1760-1820) dating to AD 1799 (ship issue) and minted in Birmingham (Soho). The coin has been altered into an object resembling a cogged wheel; the outer edges of the coin have been pinched out of the obverse in nine places. This gives the effect of a cogged wheel or circular saw blade; all of the pinches run in the same direction. It is unclear how these pinches were formed, possibly by brute force (hammering) or by heating the edge of the coin to make the metal more malleable. Its use is unclear. Spink (2006) 3778.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1799
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 11.5 g
Diameter: 33.65 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.110

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: George III of the United Kingdom
Mint or issue place: Birmingham
Category: Modern
Type: Halfpenny: George III (S 3774, 3778, 3781)
Obverse description: Bust right
Obverse inscription: Illegible
Reverse description: Britannia seated left on waves (ship in background)
Reverse inscription: Illegible
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
Parish or ward: Souldern (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5132
Four figure Latitude: 51.98412519
Four figure longitude: -1.25879655
1:25K map: SP5132
1:10K map: SP53SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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