BH-8E412A: Post-Medieval coin: silver threepence of Elizabeth I

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Unique ID: BH-8E412A

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Post-Medieval silver threepence of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), possibly dating 1566. Third issue, probable portcullis initial mark. Tower of London mint. The flan has a single circular piercing. As North 1975, p.111, no. 1998.

North, J.J. 1975. English Hammered Coinage, Volume II, Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662. Spink & Son, London.


The coin is pierced, indicating a secondary function which would normally indicate that it should be considered as potential Treasure (under the Treasure Act 1996). However, coins dating after AD 1180 with similar piercings are also known in hoards of currency, suggesting that such objects could re-enter circulation as coins. It therefore cannot be said with confidence whether this particular object was regarded as a coin or as another type of object at the time that the coin was deposited.

Evidence of reuse: Pierced

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1566
Date to: Exactly AD 1566

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.03 g
Diameter: 18.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 29th March 2019 - Friday 29th March 2019

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Threepence
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Threepence: Elizabeth I, 1561-1582 (N 1998)
Obverse description: Crowned bust left with rose behind head
Obverse inscription: ELIZABET[H D G ANG FR ET HIB] REGINA
Reverse description: Square shield on a cross fourchee, long cross dividing legend, with date above
Reverse inscription: [P]OSVI/DEVAD/IVTORE/[M] MEV
Initial mark: Portcullis (possibly)
Die axis measurement: 2 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: Dacorum (District)
Parish or ward: Markyate (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL0717
Four figure Latitude: 51.84136186
Four figure longitude: -0.44827123
1:25K map: TL0717
1:10K map: TL01NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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