FAKL-BA73B6: Late Medieval spanish coin

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Unique ID: FAKL-BA73B6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Post Medieval Spanish silver coin, a half reale of Ferdinand V and Isabella I (1474-1504). Only half of the coins survives, it has been broken, not cut. Obverse; a yoke, the symbol of Ferdinand, surrounded by scroll work, in the field is the letter 'P'. The surviving inscription reads 'CAS. Reverse: sheaf of arrows, the symbol of Isabella. The coin had been clipped and had an original diameter of c. 21mm. Surviving Diameter 18.4mm, Mass 0.90g.

'Edward Besly of the National Museum and Gallery of Wales has commented on these coins,"As far as I understand, they are very difficult to date because production continued long after their deaths (1516 [F] and 1504 [I]) towards the middle of the sixteenth century. They were made legal tender under Philip and Mary (1554-8) but Elizabeth promptly banned them. However, they continued to be used well into the seventeenth century and very worn ones occasionally turn up in Civil War hoards" '.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 1474
Date to: Circa AD 1558

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 18.4 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Birm 619

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half real
Ruler/issuer: Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain
Type: Spain: Silver half real of Ferdinand and Isabella (Clemente and Cayon 2538-2614)
Obverse description: Yoke, surrounded by scroll work
Obverse inscription: ] CAS [
Reverse description: Sheaf of arrows
Reverse inscription: ?
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Frodesley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ5200
Four figure Latitude: 52.59566256
Four figure longitude: -2.71005425
1:25K map: SJ5200
1:10K map: SJ50SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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

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