NARC-FF2D58: NARC-FF2D58: altered Post-Medieval coin brooch mount

Rights Holder: Northamptonshire County Council
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Unique ID: NARC-FF2D58

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver Post-Medieval coin that has been altered into a dress accessory or mount.

A silver frame, or rim, 1.4mm thick appears to be seperately attached to the outer edge of the coin, and is broken and coming away from the coin edge. Where the edge of the coin is revealed, some file marks are visible, suggesting alterations to the coin to make it fit into and adhere to the rim.

The reverse shows a shield bearing the Royal arms of England, but the detail is very worn. Its size, flat topped shield on the reverse and POSVI legend on the reverse suggest this is a possible Crown of Edward VI or, more likley, a Shilling of Elizabeth I. It is the reverse that has inspired the modification of the coin, with the metal being removed from the inner circle of the coin, leaving the arms of the cross intact resulting in four perforations around the coin.

The obverse of the coin is illegible due to detail being obscured and affected by adhesive used to attach this mount to a backing plate.

A coin with a similar silver rim added, although with no cut out inner sections, has been recorded at SUR-678851 (2008T494).


This item is more than 300 years old and composed of more than 10% precious metal. It is no longer a single coin, as it has been modified into an object. It therefore should be considered Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.

The record description, and identification of what period coin this is, may change once it has been through the treasure process and analysed in more detail by the Medieval coin curator.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T766


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1603

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.69 g
Diameter: 35 mm

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T766

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Crown (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Edward VI of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Crown: Edward VI, 1547-1549 (N 1894)
Obverse description: Illegible
Obverse inscription: [ ]
Reverse description: small shield
Reverse inscription: POSVI[ ]
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Daventry (District)
Parish or ward: Canons Ashby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5751
Four figure Latitude: 52.15434645
Four figure longitude: -1.16827312
1:25K map: SP5751
1:10K map: SP55SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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: NARC
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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