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Unique ID: DOR-98BA8D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A silver milled fourpence of Charles II (1660 - 1685) dating to 1679. The coin is pierced at 8 o'clock in relation to the bust and 11 o'clock in relation to the reverse design.
Reference: Spink 3384
Date; Post Medieval
Diameter: 18.16 mm
Weight: 1.75 g
Die axis: 6

This silver coin has been pierced, indicating a secondary function which would normally indicate that it could be considered as potential Treasure. However, the position of the piercing does not respect the image on either side of the coin indicatng it was not likely to be worn as an ornament. In addition, coins of this period with similar piercings appear in hoards of currency, suggesting that such objects could re-enter circulation as coins. It therefore cannot be said with confidence whether this particular object was regarded as a coin or as an item of jewellery at the time that the coin was deposited.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1679
Date to: Circa AD 1679

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.75 g
Diameter: 18.16 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 017518

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Fourpence
Ruler/issuer: Charles II of England
Mint or issue place: London
Category: Modern
Type: Fourpence: Charles II (S 3383 - 3384)
Obverse description: Bust facing right, laureate. Pierced hole at 8 o'clock
Obverse inscription: CAROLVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Four interlinked Cs with a fleur de lys, a harp, a rose and a thistle set around. Pierced hole at 11 o'clock
Reverse inscription: MAG BR FRA ET HIB RE[X]
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: Purbeck (District)
Parish or ward: Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY8392
Four figure Latitude: 50.72736768
Four figure longitude: -2.24221912
1:25K map: SY8392
1:10K map: SY82NW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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