YORYM-D27598: Post Medieval double pierced coin

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Unique ID: YORYM-D27598

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

Treasure Case : 2019 T1039


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.


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


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).


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.


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


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: 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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