PUBLIC-57E8B3: PUBLIC-57E8B3 post medieval trade weight

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-57E8B3

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A post medieval copper alloy trade weight. The weight is flat and circular, 70.3mm in diameter and 9.5mm thick at the rim, and it weighs 208g. It has a raised 6.7mm wide rim on the upper side, and this face has two circumferential engraved lines 16mm & 20mm in from the edge, and has three impressed marks. Within the area between the rim and the lines there are a dagger at 12 o'clock and a letter A at 1 o'clock, and there is a straight line, which extends from the midpoint to the inmost circumferential line, at 5 o'clock. The reverse has a central depressed lathe mark but has no stamps or marks. The weight has a well developed green patina, and the upper face has some rust marking from contact with iron.

According to Norman Biggs in 'English weights: an illustrated survey' the dagger (the sword of St. Peter) is the assay mark for the City of London (Guildhall), and the letter A is for averdepois. The weight is presumably intended to be for a half pound, i.e. 8 ounces, though at 208g rather than 227g it is underweight. The lack of a Royal cypher makes this hard to date precisely, but the two marks which are present were in use from 1714 to 1826, and their positioning makes it quite likely that this dates from the reign of George I [1714 - 1727].

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to Landowner


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1714
Date to: Circa AD 1826

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Weight: 208 g
Diameter: 70.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 12th February 2019 - Tuesday 12th February 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Roger Thomas
Identified by: Mr Roger Thomas

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Hinckley and Bosworth (District)
To be known as: Market Bosworth

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: With finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

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