HESH-F92162: Post Medieval Coin Weight (obverse and reverse)

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Unique ID: HESH-F92162

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A Post Medieval cast copper alloy weight dating to circa (AD 1625 - 1649). The weight is circular in plan. The upper surface has a lipped rim and two fine low-relief concentric rings in the centre. Within the concentric rings is a centrally placed circular incision. At the centre of the front face of the weight there is a circular indentation which is where the maker would have shaved the weight to make it the correct weight. At the 6 o'clock position there is the Founders Company mark of a ewer which was stamped on approved weights. At the 11 o'clock position there is the royal cipher, a 'C' which is surmounted by a crown. The 'C' represents Charles I. At 12 0'clock there is a dagger, which represents the sword of St. Paul. And at 1 o'clock there is an 'A' for Averdepois. The reverse face has a central incision and concentric rings across the surface, this is also possible evidence of the weight being manipulated to gain the correct measure. The surface of the weight has a well-developed light to mid green patina. The royal cipher of Charles I dates this weight to 1625 to 1649. Biggs (1993: p.51) illustrates a Charles I lead weight with the crowned C and sword of St Paul that represents London. A similar example can be seen on the database discovered in Coddington, Herefordshire (WAW-BA2A82)

The weight measures 40.3mm diameter and 5.9mm thick, weighing 51.6 grams.

Biggs, N. (1993) English Weights An Illustrated Survey. Powys, White House Publications.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1625
Date to: Circa AD 1649

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.9 mm
Weight: 51.6 g
Diameter: 40.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 23rd November 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Aymestrey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4267
Four figure Latitude: 52.29804804
Four figure longitude: -2.8519231
1:25K map: SO4267
1:10K map: SO46NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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