CORN-1C5444: coin weight for angel of James I (obverse)

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COIN WEIGHT

Unique ID: CORN-1C5444

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A worn copper-alloy coin weight for the gold angel of James I (1603-1625), Third coinage (1619-1625). Almost square in plan, the sides are 12.8 by 13.5 mm, 3.5 mm in thickness and weighing 3.7 g or 57.1 grains. The weight is bifacially stamped, the obverse depicting St. Michael, with right leg bent and left leg straight, spearing a dragon to the right, within a circle of pellets. The reverse is inscribed X.s (for 10 shillings), surmounted by a crown with a central cross and two fleurs on each side, also within a circle of pellets. Withers & Withers (1995) remark that there are many varieties of coin weight for the gold angel from the 16th and 17th centuries on p.21, although on p.14, fig.i, they illustrate an example of a coin weight for the angel of James I, Third coinage, of very similar design, which weighs 4.2 g. For this third coinage, James I had reduced the angel in weight to 65.5 grains, and revalued it to 10 shillings. Considering that most of the surface of this coin weight is missing, it would have originally been heavier and similar to the identified coin weight.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1619
Date to: Exactly AD 1625

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.5 mm
Width: 12.8 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Weight: 3.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st June 2018 - Saturday 30th June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Erth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW5732
Four figure Latitude: 50.13817856
Four figure longitude: -5.40203551
1:25K map: SW5732
1:10K map: SW52SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 3 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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