NLM-4EAD61: Post-Medieval Coin of an indeterminate issuer

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Unique ID: NLM-4EAD61

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Silver coin. Worn flan of a probably hammered post-medieval coin; the mass would allow a threepence, with letters and devices stamped on one side: STEI [double-struck] and M.B, along with a floret with up to 16 narrow petals. No discernible trace of original obverse and reverse remains discernible, and the flan is creased and folded with the added lettering sited on areas standing proud on that side. The effect resembles that to be expected from siege money of the [first] English Civil War (1642-1649), and the letters M.B might be drawn from a coin die of that period - the flan was probably already old. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1550-1650; counter-stamping perhaps 1625-1649.

Diameter: 18.5mm, Weight: 1.12gms


Gainsborough was besieged and changed hands in the summer of 1643, with significant actions in the vicinity, and again changed hands in early 1644. Numerous lead shot reported from the general location of 'The Thonock Estate' may derive from action centred on the town, though these are regrettably no more closely provenanced. Hull also endured short sieges in 1642 and 1643, though collection of silver plate to pay troops there was only an expedient recorded in later years. Such events - or the passage of troops engaged in sieges elsewhere such as Newark on Trent, might explain this discovery.

Evidence of reuse: Counter-stamped flan

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.12 g
Diameter: 18.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 30th August 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM33643

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Uncertain
Ruler/issuer: Henry VII - Charles I
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Obverse description: Counterstamped and battered flan
Obverse inscription: STEI / M.B
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: near Gainsborough

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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