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Unique ID: YORYM-D27598
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: 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 action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure
Weight: 4.22 g
Diameter: 28.8 mm
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Other reference: YMT: E06440
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
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.
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