NCL-B4F01A: Siege coin

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Unique ID: NCL-B4F01A

Object type certainty: Certain
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A silver siege coin struck at Newark dated to 1645 to 1646. It is a lozenge shape and weighs 5.13g; length 34.94mm; width 31.10mm.

A post-medieval silver 'siege piece' struck at Newark. The coin is lozenge shaped. The obverse depicts a crown flanked from left to right by C and R. The crown has eight pellets on the left arch and nine on the right. Due to wear it is possible that some pellets cannot be seen. Below the crown are the numerals XII, which denotes the denomination as a shilling. All these are enclosed by an off-centred lozenge perimeter of pellets.

The reverse has an inscription that is difficult to read, but certainly an 'N' is visible below which is a date of 164? the inscription is enclosed by a lozenge perimeter of pellets, the right side of which cannot be seen due to wear. The obverse surface of the coin is relatively unworn, while the reverse is very worn. The text and motifs have been stamped onto a surface containing multiple nicks and cut marks, perhaps caused as the silver plate from which the coin has been cut was worked and hammered flat.

Please also see NLM-1A8F94 and WMID-FA6147 - the latter demonstrates that modern forgeries or reconstruction pieces have been found.

Find of note status

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

Class: Siege piece

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1645
Date to: Exactly AD 1646

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.95 mm
Width: 31.1 mm

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Andrew Agate
Identified by: Mr Andrew Agate

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: Charles I of England
Mint or issue place: Newark besieged
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Civil War: Siege pieces (N 2633-2652)
Obverse description: Crown with C R each side.
Obverse inscription: C R
Reverse description: Worn - N is visible
Reverse inscription: N

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Newbiggin by the Sea (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ3085
Four figure Latitude: 55.15842418
Four figure longitude: -1.53071465
1:25K map: NZ3085
1:10K map: NZ38NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Coastland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NCL
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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