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Unique ID: ESS-94AE5A
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
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.
Current location of find: CIMS
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Weight: 5.38 g
Diameter: 30.35 mm
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Other reference: OEF 7937
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
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.
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