IOW-217104: rEarly-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Coin Brooch. Treasure case no. 2018 T40

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Unique ID: IOW-217104

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) coin brooch. Treasure case no. 2018 T40.

The coin is an 'Arm and Sceptre' silver penny of Harthacnut as sole king (1040-1042) and minted by Sideman at Wareham (North 1994: 171, ref: 811).

There are four silver rivets for attachment fittings. On the obverse these are situated at about 2 o' clock, 5 o' clock, 7 o' clock and 10 o' clock. The rivet at 10 o' clock is coloured brown. There are no remains of attachment fittings other than the rivets. It is possible that the coin has been gilded.

Obverse: HAR√źCNVT RE; Diademed bust with sceptre in left hand.

Reverse: ISIDEMAN ON PERHA; Over short cross voided, quadrilateral with pellet at each angle and in centre.

18.0mm (diameter); 3.0mm (thickness). Weight: 1.22g. DA=12:12.

North, J.J. 1994. English Hammered Coinage, Volume I, Early Anglo Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272. Spink & Son, London.


Although single coins are not normally considered to qualify as Treasure, coins of this period which are converted in this way are treated as items of jewellery as there is no evidence that coins so adapted ever re-entered circulation as currency. There are many prior examples of finds of this type having been regarded as Treasure (e.g., 2016 T564). Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Coin brooch
Evidence of reuse: Coin adapted to form a brooch

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Treasure process
Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T40


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Exactly AD 1040
Date to: Exactly AD 1042
Period of reuse: EARLY MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 1.22 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Wednesday 10th January 2018

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: IOW2018-1-32
Treasure case number: 2018T40

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Shalfleet (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SZ4188
Four figure Latitude: 50.69021217
Four figure longitude: -1.42093638
1:25K map: SZ4188
1:10K map: SZ48SW
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: Treasure process
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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