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BERK-940C60: Medeival coin: Coin of Alfonso V of Portugal

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Unique ID: BERK-940C60

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete late-medeival Portuguese silver half real or chinfrão of Alfonso V, dating to the period AD 1438-1481, struck in Lisbon. It probably circulated in England unofficially as a halfgroat.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1438
Date to: Circa AD 1481

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 18.7 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2017.291

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: chinfrao
Ruler/issuer: Alfonso V of Portugal
Category: Non English coin
Type: silver or billon coin the Medieval Kings of Portugal
Obverse description: Large crown with a monogrammed A L beneath, with an annulet on each side.
Obverse inscription: ALF[ONSVS QVINTI REGIS PORT]
Reverse description: Five shields arranged as a cross with five pellets in each shield.
Reverse inscription: Possibly [ADIVTORIVM NOSTRUM IN]

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Candovers (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5939
Four figure Latitude: 51.14723006
Four figure longitude: -1.15790541
1:25K map: SU5939
1:10K map: SU53NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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