DENO-FC3487: Early medieval weight

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Unique ID: DENO-FC3487

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A complete early medieval lead weight with a Roman coin or early medieval styca embedded in the upper surface (AD c.850-c.1100).

The weight is circular in plan and broadly D-shaped in cross-section. The sides of the weight are convex, tapering towards the top and slightly towards the base. The base is slightly concave. The upper surface is flattened and there is a circular depression at the top of the object, set slightly off centre, with a diameter of approximately 13 mm. Within this depression is set a copper alloy coin with the obverse side showing. The coin shows a bust right with a triangular shape in front of the face that could be a letter. The crudeness of the design suggests it is a contemporary copy of a Roman radiate or nummus, but it may be an early medieval styca instead. There is evidence of post depositional damage on the surface, in the form of scratches and indents. Apart from the coin set into the upper surface, the object is not decorated.

The object measures 35.8 mm in diameter and is 24.4 mm thick. It weighs 201.7 g (7.11 oz).

The object is a mid grey to brown in colour with an even patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail.

Several weights have been recorded on the PAS database that have coins embedded in them: LIN-956197, SWYOR-D00CF2, NMS-0D47D0, LVPL-5E4310, LIN-3DFD27, YORYM-6AC476, YORYM-01F580, YORYM-8054B2. Most of these coins are stycas, although one (NLM-8F9E07) may be a Roman radiate (AD 260-275).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 24.4 mm
Weight: 201.7 g
Diameter: 35.8 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn (Derby)
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn (Derby)
Secondary identifier: Mr Alastair Willis

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8323

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Secondary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
Parish or ward: Cotham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8047
Four figure Latitude: 53.01433609
Four figure longitude: -0.80899998
1:25K map: SK8047
1:10K map: SK84NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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