WREX-D42270: Pierced silver groat of William IV dating 1837

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Unique ID: WREX-D42270

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Silver groat of William IV dating 1837. Obverse has the bare head of the king facing right and the legend GUIELMUS IIII DG BRITANNIAR REX F. The reverse has Britannia seated with the legend FOUR PENCE and the date 1837. The coin is pierced above the kings head.

Diameter: 16.2mm; weight: 1.7g


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: Exactly AD 1837
Date to: Exactly AD 1837

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.7 g
Diameter: 16.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 22nd January 2018 - Monday 19th March 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Wrexham Museum Entry form No. 1269

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: William IV of the United Kingdom
Obverse description: Bare head of the king facing
Reverse description: Britannia seated
Reverse inscription: FOUR PENCE 1837
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

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

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

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