DUR-072AB6: DUR-072AB6

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Unique ID: DUR-072AB6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A worn silver half groat of James I dating to the period 1603-1625, probably from the second coinage 1604-1619.

North number 2014

The coin has two small piercings at 1 and 2 o'clock close to the edge caused by wear.This may indicate a secondary function which would normally indicate that it should be considered as potential Treasure. However, since coins of this period with similar piercings appear in hoards of currency, it suggests that such objects could re-enter circulation as coins. It therefore cannot be said with confidence whether this particular object was regarded as a coin or as an item of jewellry at the time that the coin was deposited.


The modification of the coin has been determined to not meet the criteria of the Treasure Act 1996. The coin shows no evidence of gilding or fittings, nor is there evidence that the coin was removed from general circulation. As such, the coin cannot be considered an object of Treasure.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1603
Date to: Circa AD 1625

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 16.94 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 3rd April 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Des Murphy
Identified by: Mr Des Murphy

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfgroat (silver)
Ruler/issuer: James I - Charles I
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfgroat, penny or halfpenny of James I or Charles I (crowned) rose
Obverse description: Rose with large crown above
Obverse inscription: I D[G] RO[S]A[ SINE S]PINA
Reverse description: Rose with large crown above
Reverse inscription: TUEATUR UNITA DEUS
Die axis measurement: 8 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Redcar and Cleveland (Unitary Authority)
District: Redcar and Cleveland (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Skelton (Unitary Authority Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ6618
Four figure Latitude: 54.55295179
Four figure longitude: -0.98108292
1:25K map: NZ6618
1:10K map: NZ61NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detectoring
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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