WILT-3A1B99: Post medieval: Threepence, Charles I

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Unique ID: WILT-3A1B99

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A silver Post Medieval threepence of Charles I dating to the period AD 1638-1642. This coin is pierced at 12 o' clock on the obverse. The perforation has been drilled. Civil war, Aberystwyth mint, book initial mark. North: 2340.

Single coins do not normally come under Treasure Act 1996 but those which have been modified, possibly converting them from a coin into an object, can be considered as such, and this may include pierced coins. Pierced coins dating pre-1180AD are automatically considered as Treasure but post-1180AD we have to apply more scrutiny because coins were pierced in order to take them out of circulation as currency as well as for modification into objects such as pendants. In this case the piercing, while round is also untidy and wholly within the central field rather than at the edge. It is not oriented to the design which is often (but not always)seen on pierced for suspension. It is more likely the coin was pierced as an attempt to remove it from circulation, although we know of pierced coins within contemporary hoards indicating these could still circulate. As a result, it is not considered to come under the auspices of Treasure Act 1996.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1638
Date to: Exactly AD 1642

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.11 g
Diameter: 17.82 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5069

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Threepence
Ruler/issuer: Charles I of England
Mint or issue place: Aberystwyth
Category: Modern
Type: Civil War: Thomas Bushell's Mints, Aberystwyth and Dovey (N 2325-2357)
Obverse description: Left facing bust, plume on left, III on right hand side of bust.
Obverse inscription: [CAR]OLVS D G M FREI H REX
Reverse description: Rounded shield with plume above
Reverse inscription: CHRISTO AVS HCE REGNO
Initial mark: Book
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Broad Chalke (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0324
Four figure Latitude: 51.01537053
Four figure longitude: -1.95860828
1:25K map: SU0324
1:10K map: SU02SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Updated: 5 years ago

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