LON-45327E: A Post-Medieval silver French ecu of Louis XV (AD 1715-1774) dating from AD 1740

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Unique ID: LON-45327E

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A Post-Medieval silver French ecu of Louis XV (AD 1715-1774) dating from AD 1740

Obverse: Bust left.

Obverse inscription: LUD • [XV • D •] G •[ FR • ET] NAV [• REX]

Reverse: Crowned oval shield containing  arms of France; three fleurs-de-lis, shield within sprays

Reverse inscription: SIT NOMEN DOMINI [BENEDICT]UM * 1740 •

Dimensions: diameter: 20.94mm; weight: 1.63g.

The coin has been bent to form an "S-shaped" profile and counter stamped with 'EE' , indicating that it's secondary function was likely as a love token. Love tokens were often made from a silver denomination and are earlier post medieval in date. Creating love tokens was a common practice throughout the Post Medieval period and into the modern era.

Reference: North, J. J. 1975. English Hammered Coinage, Volume 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662. Spink: London

Inscription: EE
Evidence of reuse: bent into S shape

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1740
Date to: Circa AD 1740
Period of reuse: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.63 g
Diameter: 20.94 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Louis XV of France
Type: Silver coin of Louis XV of France
Obverse description: Bust left.
Obverse inscription: LUD • [XV • D •] G •[ FR • ET] NAV [• REX]
Reverse description: Crowned oval shield containing arms of France; three fleurs-de-lis, shield within sprays
Reverse inscription: SIT NOMEN DOMINI [BENEDICT]UM * 1740 •
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Cathedrals (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Mudlarking
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

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Updated: 2 years ago

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