ESS-86FB72: Copper-alloy medieval to post medieval coin weight for a French ecu

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Unique ID: ESS-86FB72

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A square two sided coin weight, likely for a French half ecu, dating to the period AD 1422 - 1545. One face depicts a beaded circle inside which is a crowned shield with three lis is inside. The other face is heavily worn but likely had a numeral inside a beaded circular border. There appears to be a letter 'A' visible inside the beaded border, close to the edge.

Dimensions: weight: 1.2g, width: 13.1mm, length: 13.5mm, thickness: 1.2mm

These weights were used to weight the French ecu and half ecu, issued with minor weight variation between the reigns of Charles VII ( 1422-61) and Louis XI (1436- 1475). By 1525, the ecu was used in England and was equivalent to four shillings. Double sided weights like this example were made in Britain. See Withers, P and BR, 1995: 39 for more details.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1422
Date to: Circa AD 1545

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.5 mm
Width: 13.1 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 1.2 g

Personal details

Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Little Hadham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL4321
Four figure Latitude: 51.86925233
Four figure longitude: 0.07560856
1:25K map: TL4321
1:10K map: TL42SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Created: 2 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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