SUSS-8D9CDB: Post-Medieval coin; gold half-sovereign of Henry VIII

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Unique ID: SUSS-8D9CDB

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete medieval gold half-sovereign of Henry VIII (1509-47), Third coinage (c.1544-1547; Norrth 1827; Spink 2295), Tower mint, initial mark: pellet-in-annulet. Ref: North 1991: 113.

Obverse; King enthroned, holding orb and sceptre, rose at feet. Reverse; crowned royal arms supported by rampant lion and griffin, HR at base.

The coin is well preserved, though bent at a c. 45 degree angle along its central axis due to post-depositional damage.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1544
Date to: Circa AD 1547

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.68 mm
Weight: 6.3 g
Diameter: 30.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th September 2016

Rally details.

This object was found at Corfe 2016

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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: Henry VIII of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Half sovereign: Henry VIII, 1544-1547 (N 1827-1829)
Obverse description: King enthroned, facing, holding orb and sceptre. Rose at feet.
Obverse inscription: HENRIC. 8. DI.' GRA. AGL FRANCI .Z. HIBERN' REX (lozenge stops, comma-shaped contractions)
Reverse description: Crowned royal arms supported by crowned lion to left and and griffin to right, 'HR' below.
Reverse inscription: IHS.AVTEM TRANCIENS.PER.MEDIVM.ILLOR'. IBAT (trefoil stops and contractions as above)
Initial mark: Pellet-in-annulet
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Owermoigne (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY7784
Four figure Latitude: 50.65521937
Four figure longitude: -2.32672481
1:25K map: SY7784
1:10K map: SY74NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: while searching with a metal detector
Current location: with finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1991 English Hammered Coinage: Volume 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662 London Spink and Son Ltd

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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