LON-5AF0DC: A complete copper alloy 'Venus penny' Jetton dating from AD 1490-1550.

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JETTON

Unique ID: LON-5AF0DC

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A complete copper alloy 'Venus penny' Jetton dating from AD 1490-1550. Mitchiner (1988:269 no. 835-837) Mitchiner (1988:265) writes "The 'Venus pennies' were a popular series of jettons, or reckoning counters, that were made for the merchants of Antwerp during a period when this city was the flourishing principal commercial centre of the land, and were circulated amongst the merchant classes during the first half of the sixteenth century.

Obverse description: Austro-Burgundian shield in five parts: Three Lis (Burgundy modern), 3 horizontal lines, fesse (Austria), 3 oblique lines (Burgundy ancient), Brabant - lion rampant (Brabant), overall a lion rampant the Escutcheon of Flanders. Crown above.

Obverse inscription: Nonsensical.

Reverse description: Woman (Venus) holding a spray of three flowers, with bird in right raised right hand, and a large petalled flower by her feet, in lowered left hand she holds a pot from which she waters flowers in the field.

Reverse Inscription: Nonsensical.

Dimensions: diameter: 29.78mm, weigh 1.63g.

Reference: Mitchiner, M. 1988. The Medieval Period And Nuremberg, Jetons Medalets & Tokens, Volume 1. Seaby: London.‚Äč

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1490
Date to: Exactly AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.63 g
Diameter: 29.78 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

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

Jetton/ token data

Class: Low Countries
Group: Venus penny
Type: (M824-851) - Unknown: c. 1490 - c. 1550
Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: Austro-Burgundian shield in five parts: Three Lis (Burgundy modern), 3 horizontal lines, fesse (Austria), 3 oblique lines (Burgundy ancient), Brabant - lion rampant (Brabant), overall a lion rampant the Escutcheon of Flanders. Crown above.
Obverse inscription: Nonsensical.
Reverse description: Woman (Venus) holding a spray of three flowers, with bird in right raised right hand, and a large petalled flower by her feet, in lowered left hand she holds a pot from which she waters flowers in the field
Reverse inscription: Nonsensical.
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City of Westminster (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Vincent Square (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3078
Four figure Latitude: 51.4860175
Four figure longitude: -0.12909005
1:25K map: TQ3078
1:10K map: TQ37NW
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: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Recording Institution: LON
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Updated: 6 months ago

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