LON-B1BC84: A post medieval white metal coin, possibly a contemporary copy of Henry VIII

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Unique ID: LON-B1BC84

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A modern white metal copy of a post-medieval halfgroat of Henry VIII (1509-1547), copying either the third or post-humous coinage.

There are several reasons to consider this a modern rather than contemporary forgery, probably dating from the Victorian period onwards. The flan of the coin is too round for a hammered coin of this period, and the edges of the coin a flat with sharp corners. The initial mark (cross with pellet centre) is not one known for Henry VIII and the inscriptions on both obverse and reverse contain inaccuracies- the end of obverse inscription reads [ ]RSh; the reverse [ ]/[ ]OR/LON/DON. The style of both obverse and reverse is poor.

Obverse: Three-quarters facing bust; hEnRICV[ ]D.G.AnGL[ ]RSh

Reverse: Shield; [ ]/[ ]OR/LON/DON

Dimensions: diameter: 19.73mm; weight: 1.55g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1800
Date to: Circa AD 2000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.55 g
Diameter: 19.73 mm

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Materials and construction

Primary material: White metal
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Uncertain
Ruler/issuer: Henry VIII of England
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing
Obverse inscription: [---] D G ANG[-] RE h
Reverse description: Long cross over a Royal shield
Reverse inscription: [---]ON D G [---]
Die axis measurement: 8 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Riverside (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.50329348
Four figure longitude: -0.08515568
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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