SOM-2106F9: Post medieval coin: farthing of Charles II

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Unique ID: SOM-2106F9

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Small group of four coins all found together. Either deliberately concealed or lost together as a 'purse drop'. The coins (listed in detail below) are: one copper and one tin farthing of Charles II, and two tin farthings of James II. It is notable that only farthings were found. It has been suggested (B Cook pers. comm) that people may have carried their small change separately from higher value coinage in the Medieval and Post Medieval and this find might provide further evidence for that suggestion.

Coin 1: Copper alloy farthing of Charles II dating from 1672 to 1679. Obverse: Cuirassed bust facing left, legend illegible. Reverse: Britannia facing left, legend and date illegible. Extremely worn. 20.8mm in diameter, 1.92g in weight. Diam: 6. A small semi-circular cut out from one edge. Spink 3394.

Coin 2: Tin farthing of Charles II with square copper plug dating to AD 1684. Obverse: Cuirassed and laureate bust facing left, CAROLVS . A . - CAROLO. Reverse: Britannia seated facing left, with transverse sceptre and shield, BRITAN-NIA. Edge legend illegible. Very worn. 22.6mm in diameter, 5.66g in weight. Diam: 6. Spink 3395.

Coin 3: Tin farthing of James II with square copper plug dating to 1685. Obverse: Cuirassed and laureate bust facing right, IACOBVS . - SECVNDVS. Reverse: Britannia seated facing left, with transverse sceptre and shield, BRITAN-NIA. Edge legend [NVMMORVM FAMVL]VS * 1685. Very worn. 23.7mm in diameter, 5.51g in weight. Diam: 6. Edge abraded at one point. Spink 3420.

Coin 3: Tin farthing of James II with square copper plug probably dating to 1687. Obverse: Cuirassed and laureate bust facing right, IACOBVS . - SECVNDVS. Reverse: Britannia seated facing left, with transverse sceptre and shield, BRITAN-NIA. Edge legend [NVMMORVM FAMV]LVS * [168](7). Worn. 23.3mm in diameter, 5.59g in weight. Diam: 6. Spink 3420.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1672
Date to: Circa AD 1687

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 4
Weight: 18.7 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 018371

Materials and construction

Primary material: Tin or tin alloy
Secondary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Aller CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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