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Unique ID: DUR-AF3AC7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete Swedish copper alloy coin of the Post Medieval period from the reign of Queen Christina (AD1632-1654).

Obverse description: Crowned Vasa shield, date above. Shield divides denomination, 1/4 OR, ball under 1/4 and OR.

Reverse description: Three crowns of Sweden,C R S, (Christiana Regina Sve); three rosettes below.

The coin is in a fair condition with some corrosion.It has been struck slightly off-centre on the obverse, leaving a little extra metal on the left side.

The coin is from Christina's reign when the currency changed slightly. One difference that is noticable is the date being above the crown on the obverse; this changed in 1634 until 1653 making it easier to date the coin. However, due to a little corrosion, it is not possible to give an exact year; the first half of the date,16, can be seen but the year cannot.

The House of Vasa ruled Sweden from 1523 until 1654 on Christina's death. They also ruled other countries in North West Europe. The Shield Of Vasa is centred by a 'garb of wheat'.

Thickness: 2.17mm
Weight: 9.2g
Diameter: 28.99mm

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1634
Date to: Circa AD 1653

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.17 mm
Weight: 9.2 g
Diameter: 28.99 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 27th July 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Des Murphy
Identified by: Mr Des Murphy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Ruler of post-medieval kingdom of Denmark, Sweden or Norway
Type: Post medieval coin of the Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Sweden and Kingdom of Norway
Obverse description: Crowned Vasa shield,date above,shield divides denomination,1/4 OR,ball under 1/4 and OR.
Reverse description: Crowned Vasa shield,date above,shield divides denomination,1/4 OR,ball under 1/4 and OR.
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Witton Gilbert (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2445
Four figure Latitude: 54.79931026
Four figure longitude: -1.62821083
1:25K map: NZ2445
1:10K map: NZ24NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detectoring
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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