ESS-94AE5A: A Post Medieval gold half-sovereign of Edward VI (AD 1547-1553), dating AD 1549.

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Unique ID: ESS-94AE5A

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A Post Medieval gold half-sovereign of Edward VI (AD 1547-1553), dating AD 1549. North no. 1911. The reverse depicts the crowned bust of the king in profile facing right. The inscription reads EDWARD . VI : D . G . AG[L . FRA .] Z . HIB . REX. The reverse depicts a crowned garnished oval shield with the initials E and R either side and a V at the base. The inscription reads SCVTVM FIDEI PROTEGET EVM. There is an arrow initial mark on both sides. Minted at the Tower of London.

This coin has suffered some significant damage, both accidental and intentional. The edge is bent at one point so that part of the obverse inscription is no longer legible. In the centre of the coin there is a large rectangular perforation, with the centre having been folded backwards onto the reverse to form two flaps. The hole goes straight through the face of Edward VI, suggesting this was a deliberate act of defacement, rather than an attempt to convert the coin into an object such as a brooch.

Dimensions: diameter: 30.35 mm; weight: 5.38g.

Reference: North, J. J. 1991.English Hammered Coinage Volume 2. London: Spink and Son.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: CIMS
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1549
Date to: Circa AD 1549

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.38 g
Diameter: 30.35 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OEF 7937

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half sovereign (or double crown, ten shillings, half pound or half laurel)
Ruler/issuer: Edward VI of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Half-sovereign: Edward VI, 1549-1550 (N 1907-1912)
Obverse description: Crowned bust of the king in profile facing right
Obverse inscription: EDWARD . VI : D . G . AG[L . FRA .] Z . HIB . REX.
Reverse description: A crowned garnished oval shield with the initials E and R either side and a V at the base.
Reverse inscription: SCVTVM FIDEI PROTEGET EVM
Initial mark: arrow
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Much Hadham (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL4317
Four figure Latitude: 51.83331223
Four figure longitude: 0.0739554
1:25K map: TL4317
1:10K map: TL41NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: CIMS
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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