YORYM-D27598: Post Medieval double pierced coin

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COIN

Unique ID: YORYM-D27598

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

Treasure Case : 2019 T1039

Description: 

One silver twice pierced groat of possibly Edward VI (AD c. 1547-1553), dating to the first period 1547-9. The coin is extremely worn rendering the obverse and reverse unclear. The obverse legend reads EDW[-------]. The reverse depicts a long cross with a fragment of shield in one quadrant; the reverse legend reads POSVI DEVM [ADIVTOR MEVM]. The coin has been pierced twice, once at 1 o’clock and another at 7o’clock. The piercing at 1 o’clock has bro Mint of London. North Vol II, p121 n.1897.

Dimensions:

The coin is 28.8mm in diameter, 0.7mm thick and weighs 4.22g.

Discussion:

The double piercing of this coin may indicate it had a secondary function, such as an item of jewellery or clothing. However, pierced coins have also been found in hoards, thus suggesting that such objects could re-enter circulation and coins. The nature of the piercing of this coin (one at the top and bottom) may indicate intentional modification for a secondary function and thus removal from circulation (PAS website- Altered Coins as Treasure).

Conclusion:

In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

References:

North, J.J. 1991. English Hammered Coinage, Volume 2 Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662. Spink and Son London, p121.

Portable Antiquities Scheme, Altered Coins as Treasure. Viewed 10th December, 2019. https://finds.org.uk/treasure/advice/piercedcoins

Evidence of reuse: Pierced

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1547
Date to: Circa AD 1549

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 4.22 g
Diameter: 28.8 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT: E06440

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Groat (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Edward VI of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Groat: Edward VI, 1547-1549 (N 1897, 1898)
Obverse description: Illegible
Obverse inscription: EDW[-------]
Reverse description: Long cross over shield
Reverse inscription: POSVI DEVM [ADIVTOR MEVM]
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Yapham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE7950
Four figure Latitude: 53.94009431
Four figure longitude: -0.79802777
1:25K map: SE7950
1:10K map: SE75SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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