IOW-182482: Post-Medieval Coin: Halfgroat of Charles I

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COIN

Unique ID: IOW-182482

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

A worn, clipped and pierced post-Medieval silver halfgroat of Charles I (1625-1649), minted at the Tower of London. Group D, initial marks: [R in brackets]/-R in brackets, 1644-1645 (North 1991, 162, ref: 2258).

The coin has been pierced at 6 o' clock on the obverse.

Obverse: CAROLVS D G M [B F ET HI REX]; Crowned bust left with II (mark of value) behind the head.

Reverse: IVSTITIA.THRONVM. FIRMAT (Justice strengthens the throne); Oval garnished shield.

Diameter: 16.6mm. Weight: 0.80g. DA=12:9.

North, J.J. 1991. English Hammered Coinage, Volume II, Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662. Spink & Son, London.

Notes:

Barrie Cook, Curator, British Museum, has commented that "For late medieval and early modern English coins with piercings, especially silver ones and with no other evidence (gilding, a setting or anything), I would say there is not a strong enough case to justify a Treasure verdict, as pierced coins could re-enter normal circulation and we have plenty of hoard evidence for this."

Consequently, this coin does not need to be declared as Treasure.

Evidence of reuse: The coin has been pierced at 6 o’ clock on the obverse

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1644
Date to: Exactly AD 1645
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.8 g
Diameter: 16.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 5th November 2017 - Sunday 5th November 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2017-1-258

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfgroat (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Charles I of England
Mint or issue place: London (Tower under Parliament)
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfgroat: Charles I, Group D (N 2254 - 2258)
Obverse description: Crowned bust left with II (mark of value) behind the head
Obverse inscription: CAROLVS D G M [B F ET HI REX]
Reverse description: Oval garnished shield
Reverse inscription: IVSTITIA.THRONVM. FIRMAT (Justice strengthens the throne)
Initial mark: R in brackets
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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