PUBLIC-57AAA2: Irish halfpenny of Elizabeth I (reverse)

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-57AAA2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy Irish halfpenny of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), mintmark trefoil, dated to 1601 on the reverse. The coin is worn and bent, but the crowned harp and the date 1601 is visible on the obverse and the shield with part of the inscription [POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM] MEV on the reverse. Base silver and copper coins were produced as emergency coinage to help finance the campaign againt the Irish in 1601. There is a small hole near the edge of the coin which has torn away the edge at that point, which might have originally been for suspension.

Cf. Spink (2002) p.153, no.6511

Evidence of reuse: perforated for suspension

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Exactly AD 1601
Date to: Exactly AD 1601
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.8 mm
Weight: 0.6 g
Diameter: 16.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th September 2017 - Friday 8th September 2017

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpenny (copper alloy)
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: Dublin City
Type: Irish: copper coin of Elizabeth I (S 6510 - 6511A)
Obverse description: square shield with E to left and R to right of shield which is still visible
Obverse inscription: +E[LIZABETH...]
Reverse description: crowned harp with 16 / 01 either side of harp
Reverse inscription: [POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM] MEV
Initial mark: trefoil
Die axis measurement: 2 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
Parish or ward: North Wootton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST5542
Four figure Latitude: 51.17545539
Four figure longitude: -2.64509872
1:25K map: ST5542
1:10K map: ST54SE
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: Found on a rally organised by Southern Detectorists near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spink and Son Ltd 2003 Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands London Spink and Son Ltd p.153 no.6511

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Audit data

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

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