NMS-EB4A16: Early Saxon pendant

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Unique ID: NMS-EB4A16

Object type certainty: Certain
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Early Saxon gold pendant mounted with a gold solidus of Justinian, struck at Constantinople (4th workshop of the mint) between 527 and 538.

The coin is: Obverse D N IVSTINI_ANVS P P [AVG], helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, shield on left shoulder, right hand holding cross on globe, reverse [VICTORI]_A AVGGG [delta], Victory standing facing holding long cross and globe, mintmark CONOB, weight 5.78g.

The coin has been mounted within a plain circular frame with an interior border formed of many small teeth. Over this has been soldered (at 12 o'clock relative to the reverse figure but at 6 o'clock relative to the obverse bust) a suspension loop with five longitudinal ribs, the central one the widest, and the exterior ones progressively narrowing.

The mounting as pendants of late Roman and Byzantine gold coins as jewellery during the sixth century was common and this coin pendant closely parallels others found in Britain. It has seen some wear but this probably occurred during its second life as a pendant rather than as a coin. The date of reuse would have been circa 550-600.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T743


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 550
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.78 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 14th August 2017 - Monday 14th August 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Dr Adrian Marsden

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 62231
Other reference: NHRG082017
Treasure case number: 2017T743

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Old Buckenham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Updated: 8 months ago

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