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Unique ID: HAMP-76CCEB

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete medieval silver sterling imitation penny issued by Robert of Béthune, Count of Flanders (1305-22), and struck at Alost (Mayhew 211-15, 217-9, probably M219). Ref: Mayhew 1983: 82-5.

The mistruck shape of the face appears to be the same as Mayhew 219b and the reverse-barred N on the obverse and Lombardic n on the reverse seen on that coin is also seen here.

The edge of the flan is missing between 4 and 8 o'clock on the obverse. Just to the right of the bust there is an untidy piercing, partly removed by the missing piece of the flan with a pronounced burr on both sides of the coin. A possible second piercing is seen at 11 o'clock on the obverse although this is less clear.


Note: Modified coins can come within the remits of Treasure Act 1996, and this includes all finds of pierced silver or gold coins up to AD 1180 and some thereafter depending upon the nature of the piercing. On this coin the piercing, or piercings, are untidy and niether is exactly aligned on the reverse cross or the obverse bust. The coin itself is also worn and clipped. It is therefore unlikely that the coin was permanently removed from the currency to adapt as jewellery but was more likely pierced once, probably twice, to remove it from the circulating currency as it was a foreign coin and not legal tender. It does not, therefore, come under the remits of Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1305
Date to: Circa AD 1322

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.89 g
Diameter: 16.5 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form 470

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Robert III, Count of Flanders
Type: Edwardian imitation: M 209 - 219
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing.
Obverse inscription: +R:COM[ES FLA]NDRIE
Reverse description: Long cross dividing the inscription, three pellets in each quarter.
Reverse inscription: [MON] ETA ALO TEN
Die axis measurement: 4 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
Parish or ward: East Meon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6825
Four figure Latitude: 51.0203619
Four figure longitude: -1.03188867
1:25K map: SU6825
1:10K map: SU62NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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