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Unique ID: PUBLIC-A602DA

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

An almost blank silver coin, just discernible as a French 1/2 Ecu (44 Sols) from the reign of Louis XV (1715-74) . The coin has probably been intentionally worn smooth, as was customary for re-use as a 'love token' during the early 18th century. . There is a just-below centre oval containing three fleur de lis but is otherwise unreadable. The reverse is blank.

Diameter: 21.67mm, Thickness: 0.58mm, Weight: 1.89g.

Evidence of reuse: Worn smooth

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1715
Date to: Circa AD 1774
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.58 mm
Weight: 1.89 g
Diameter: 21.67 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 2nd January 2019

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Demi-ecu (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Louis XV of France
Type: Silver coin of Louis XV of France
Obverse description: Head Left
Obverse inscription: [+-LUD.XV.D.G.FR/ET.NAV.REX.
Reverse description: Crowned oval arms of France within wreath
Reverse inscription: [SIT NOMEN DOMINI _ BENEDIGITUM]
Initial mark: Illegible
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Maidstone (District)
Parish or ward: Lenham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ8852
Four figure Latitude: 51.23620482
Four figure longitude: 0.6916705
1:25K map: TQ8852
1:10K map: TQ85SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting on private farmland
Current location: With finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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