PUBLIC-009D2F: Post-medieval coin: uncertain ruler converted into a love token

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A silver, post-medieval coin of an uncertain ruler, dating to the period c.AD 1600-1750. The coin has had both obverse and reverse detail erased and has been bent into an S-shape in the form of a love token. The coin is 20mm in diameter and weighs 2.39g and is likely to be a sixpence.


In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, it was common practice for men to give such a coin to their sweetheart as a token of love. If she kept the token it meant that his affection was reciprocated, but if she had no feelings for him, it was thrown away. This was mainly during the reign of William III and silver sixpences and shillings were predominantly used. It has been suggested that the crooked sixpence in the nursery rhyme below refers to such a love token.

"There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile"

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.39 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 12th August 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Tom Redmayne
Identified by: Mr Tom Redmayne

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: North Thoresby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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