WREX-A64A49: Silver threepence of Elizabeth I (1573)

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Unique ID: WREX-A64A49

Object type certainty: Certain
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Silver threepence of Elizabeth I of the third and fourth issue dating to 1573? Obverse is worn and the legend illegible.The reverse has a squared shield on long cross fourchée with the legend [P]OSV[I]/[DEV AD/IVITOR/EM MEV] with a date above which may read 1573. The coin is worn and has been pierced.

Dia: 17.6mm; weight: 0.9


The coin has been pierced which may indicate a secondary function which would normally indicate that it should be considered as potential treasure. However, since coins of this period with similar piercings appear in hoards of currency, it suggests that such objects could re-enter circulation as coins. It cannot, therefore, be said with confidence whether this particular object was regarded as a coin or as an item of jewellery at the time of deposition.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1570
Date to: Circa AD 1580

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 17.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 5th January 2018 - Friday 13th April 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Susie White
Identified by: Dr Susie White
Secondary identifier: Mr Carl Savage

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Wrexham museum entry receipt 1335

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Threepence
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Threepence: Elizabeth I, not further defined (N 1998, 2033 - 2036)
Obverse description: Worn
Obverse inscription: Illegible
Reverse description: Squared shield on long cross fourchee
Reverse inscription: [P]OSV[I]/[DEV AD/IVITOR/EM MEV]
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Flintshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Flintshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Mold

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting.

References cited

No references cited so far.

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