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SOM-999858: Post Medieval coin: half groat of Elizabeth I

Rights Holder: Somerset County Council
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COIN

Unique ID: SOM-999858

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Modified Post Medieval silver half groat of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) dating to the years AD 1591 to 1594. Initial mark tun. Minted at London. North (1991:137) no.2016.
The coin has been bent at right angles at two places, one near each edge, givng it as S-shape in profile. This modification is often descibed as a 'love token' although they had wider uses as charms including for good luck.

Evidence of reuse: Bent

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1591
Date to: Exactly AD 1594
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 0.84 g
Diameter: 16.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st September 2014 - Tuesday 30th September 2014

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 17019

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfgroat (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfgroat: Elizabeth I, 1582-1603 (N 2016)
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing left with two pellets behind head
Obverse inscription: [E] D',. G'. ROSA SINE SPINA
Reverse description: Square topped royal shield over long cross fourchee
Reverse inscription: CIVI/TAS/ LON/[DON]
Initial mark: tun
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: West Somerset (District)
To be known as: Carhampton CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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. 1991 English Hammered Coinage: Volume 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662 London Spink and Son Ltd

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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