WILT-4D5F12: Post medieval: Jetton, Venus

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Unique ID: WILT-4D5F12

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A complete bent post medieval copper alloy Venus penny jetton of the low countries, dating to the period c. AD 1490- 1550.

The 'Venus pennies' were a popular series of jettons, or reckoning counters, that were made for the merchants of Antwerp during a period when this city was the flourishing principal commerical centre of the land, and were circulated amongst the merchant classes during the first half of the sixteenth century.


The circulation in London, from finds along the Thames foreshore, is restricted to the general period from the 1480s to the 1550s. But the design of the figure of Venus is modelled on official jetons of Philip le Beau, or Philip I of Castile (1478-1506) from the 1490s (Mitchener 1988).

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1490
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.99 g
Diameter: 27.96 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Grace Clark
Identified by: Miss Grace Clark

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4997

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Class: Low Countries
Group: Venus penny
Type: Not further defined
Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: A shield with a fleur de lis in two quarters, a double linear chevron in the third quarter and three linear bars in the last one.
Obverse inscription: [...] VOTE DEV [...]VD [...]
Reverse description: 'Venus' standing, holding cup and drape across her body
Reverse inscription: VBEVDE [...] DEV [...]
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0644
Four figure Latitude: 51.19518893
Four figure longitude: -1.91551571
1:25K map: SU0644
1:10K map: SU04SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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