HAMP-47C259: Late medieval jetton : Tournai 'Shield of France Modern' issue

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Unique ID: HAMP-47C259

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A medieval thick copper-alloy Late Tournai jetton (or perhaps piedfort jetton) dating to c. 1415-1497. Shield of France Modern type inscribed AMOVR AMORV AMOI. Minted at Tournai.

Diameter: 28.5 mm; Thickness: 2.4 mm; Weight: 10.45 g

Reference: See Mitchiner (1988, 216; no. 623a) for this legend, but around a crown obverse design. PUBLIC-F179B6 on this database (found 'near Lewes', East Sussex) is near-identical but with mullets in the place of stars of the obverse. However, while this example has a similar diameter is about half its weight.


The author of PUBLIC-F179B6 writes in the discussion of the object, "There are very few jettons in the sources with an inscription like this: + AMOVR AMORV AMOI; Mitchiner (1988, 216) no. 623a is closest, but both it and an example from Salisbury (Mernick and Algar 2001, 229; no. 87) have crown obverses. Mernick and Algar (ibid.) suggest the Salisbury example is an unsigned jetton of Pierar Durer, while Mitchiner (ibid.) suggests 623a is an unsigned piece by Pierer Anelier. Both are manufacturers in Tournai in the late 15th century who inscribed their name on some of the jettons they issed."
Rob Webley further comments of this jetton, '[
it is] heavy enough to be a piedfort jetton, of the type that may have functioned as row markers' (pers. comm. November 2018).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1415
Date to: Circa AD 1497

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 10.45 g
Diameter: 28.5 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 697

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Class: Tournai (late)
Group: France Modern
Type: (M624-628, 665-711) - Unknown: c. 1415 - c. 1497
Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: A shield containing three lis (France Modern) surmounted by a star flanked by a pellet to each side.
Obverse inscription: +AMOVR(star)AMORV(star)AMOI
Reverse description: A straight sided, triple-stranded, double voided cross fleuretty, within a quadrilobe. In the centre of the cross there are four conjoined annulets in a quatrefoil formation. The cusps of the tressure have a cross. In spandrels: cross flanked by a saltire cross to each side.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Winchester

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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