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WILT-AD5FA1: Charles I Halfgroat

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Unique ID: WILT-AD5FA1

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post medieval silver half groat of Charles I dating to AD 1638-1642. CAROLVS [ D G M B F ET] H' REX obverse depicting bust facing left. The coin has been pierced at the 3 o'clock position on the obverse, behind the neck and above the mark of value. IVSTITIA THRONVM FIRMAT reverse type depicting a garnished oval shield. Initial mark, book. Aberystwyth mint, N2343, p172. (North, JJ, 1991, English Hammered Coinage Volume 2, Spink & Son, London p 172 no 2343).

There also appear to be scratches across the bust, which may be an indication of anti-royalist mutilation.

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, whilst round is 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.

Subsequent actions

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: 0.88 g
Diameter: 16.72 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5114

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Charles I of England
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfgroat: Charles I, Group B (N 2250, 2251)
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing left, mark of value at right.
Obverse inscription: CAROLVS [ D G M B F ET] H' REX
Reverse description: Garnished square shield.
Reverse inscription: IVSTITIA THRONVM FIRMAT
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9630
Four figure Latitude: 51.06931604
Four figure longitude: -2.05846481
1:25K map: ST9630
1:10K map: ST93SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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