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    • County: Somerset
    • Object type: COIN WEIGHT

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Record ID: SOM-E96F91
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Cast copper alloy weight for a half Ryal (Rose Noble). The weight is circular and flat with a raised design on one side only. The design is of the king with sword and square topped shield standing in a ship with rectangular bow and stern and a rose on the side of the ship. It is 14.2mm in diameter, 3.2mm thick and weighs 3.55 grams, 54.8 grains. A full weight half ryal would have weighed 60 grains (Withers and Withers 1995, 68) but weights were normally made to the legal minimum weight which was slightly less and can lose weight through corrosion processes, the edges of this example…
Created on: Friday 5th April 2013
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chedzoy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-89BBF6
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A post-medieval copper-alloy coin weight for a rose ryal of James I. The obverse depicts the shield of British arms on a rose struck at an angle to the flan, and the reverse is a crown above XXXIII // S within a circular border. There is a crowned I countermark in the top right corner of the reverse. The coin weight is 19.4mm square by 4.3mm thick and weighs 149.8 grains (9.7g). The coin weight is 24% light compared to its official (lighter) weight of 196.5 grains (Withers and Withers 1995, 68). The coin was issued between AD 1604 and 1619; this weight with XXXIII s was issue…
Created on: Thursday 5th September 2013
Last updated: Thursday 5th September 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishop's Hull CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-239E37
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy uniface weight for a noble. The weight is circular and flat with a raised design on one side only. The design is of a facing ship with fore and aft castles. It is 16.9mm in diameter, 4.1mm thick and weighs 6.28 grams, 96.9 grains. The metal is pitted in places, especially on the lower surface. A full weight noble would have weighed 108 grains between AD 1412 and 1464 (Withers and Withers 1995, 68); the earlier noble had a higher mass. Weights were normally made to the legal minimum weight which was slightly less and can lose weight through corrosion processes. This…
Created on: Tuesday 12th November 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West and Middle Chinnock CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B4DC14
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A square double-sided copper-alloy coin weight of post-medieval date. The weight is for a unite (20 shillings/laurel) of Charles I (1625-1632; Withers and Withers 1995, 12-13; ref. XXs e). The top left corner of the upper surface is counter stamped with a crowned 'C'. The stamp is typical of square coin weights of Charles I (Withers and Withers 1995, 67). Biggs (1992, 30) notes that square coin weights were succeeded by round ones in 1632. The upper surface of the weight has slightly smaller dimensions than the lower. At 8.58 g/132.4 grains this object is now just over 5% under sta…
Created on: Wednesday 12th February 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 12th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wellington CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2FC516
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A post-medieval copper-alloy square biface coin weight possibly for a Lion, possibly made in Antwerp. The weight is flat and on one face is an unclear raised design possibly of a lion seated left, tail curled up over haunches. This design is usually flanked by pillars with three arches above and floor below all within a beaded circular border. On the reverse there may be a hand, possibly flanked by initials, also within a beaded circular border. It is 15.3mm by 14.8mm and 3.2mm thick; it weighs 4.61g/71.0 grains The Lion was issued from AD 1454-1460 in Burgundy by Philip the Good (…
Created on: Friday 14th March 2014
Last updated: Friday 14th March 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E406A5
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy seemingly unifacial coin weight for a half guinea of late post-medieval date. The coin weight is square in plan with a thin rectangular cross-section. One side is stamped with the letters P G, above the numerals 2 (doublestruck) and 16; the back is plain. Between the letters, and with its top slightly above is a stamped rectangle with engrailed sides, probably a local maker's mark. The initials and numbers refer to the weight of the object in pennyweights (P 2) and grains (G 16) and refer to the weight of the gold half guinea. Weights with this design and value were iss…
Created on: Monday 28th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 28th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E64731
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper-alloy bifacial coin weight, for the Portuguese 'joe' gold coins, issued between AD 1760 and AD 1773. The value of 18 shillings indicated was equivalent to the 'half joe'/2 escudos coin (Withers & Withers 1995, 55). Both faces are marked with a small S above a large 18 above a small 4 . 14 1/2, all within a laurel wreath. This indicates a weight equivalent to that of 18 shillings. The 4 . 14 1/2 stood for the official weight of the coin (4 pennyweights and 14.5 grains). It has a diameter of 19.6mm and is 3.4mm thick. It weighs 6.85g/105.8 grains. As such it is n…
Created on: Monday 28th April 2014
Last updated: Monday 28th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1A32D5
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy square coin weight for a spur ryal of James I, tariffed at XVIs VId indicating it related to coins of the revalued 2nd coinage, 1612-1619. These weights were replaced by round ones with similar designs post 1632 (Withers and Withers 1995, 38). The coin bears the common countermark of a stamped crowned I in the top left corner of the reverse. The obverse design has been struck off centre. The coin weight measures 16mm by 16mm, 3-4mm thick and weighs 5.64 grams (87.0 grains); it is 11-12% light.
Created on: Friday 6th June 2014
Last updated: Friday 6th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wells', grid reference and parish protected.


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