Here are the winners for the best coin and best artefact from our monthly club meetings.

May 2016

Coin of the Month: Nice 17th century trade token from Southwark, dated 1657. IN SOVTHWARKE / RALPH CORLE found by Cuffs. The research is still ongoing, but no parallels were found in either Williamson on Dickinson thus far. It looks like it is an unpublished token, the first one for Mike. Well done, Cuffs!

Artefact of the Month: Gold Posy ring found by Dean. The inscription reads CHOOSE THEE NOT TO CHANGE, where the word THEE is the old version of YOU. There is no date on the ring, but the fonts used are similar to other examples dated between late 17th century to the 18th century. The maker’s mark could be HD or MD, but no parallels were found up to this point. Great find, Deano!

April 2016
    Coin of the Month: Dean had a crude made, but nice Spanish VIII Maravedis of Philip IV, dated 1623. These are often called 'cob' coins after the Spanish word for copper which is 'cobre': they were crudely made in Spain initially and later in the Americas for use in the Spanish colonies. The coin has been counter-stamped, probably during the 1641 Spanish coin re-valuation.

    Artefact of the Month: For anyone that missed it last tuesday Simon and Steve won  with their early 19thc Admiralty stock anchor.

March 2016

    Coin of the Month: Bruce had a silver hammered three-farthings/three-halfpence of Elizabeth I (ruled 1558-1603), London mint. The coin dates to 1575, making it Third Issue coinage.

    Artefact of the Month: Artefact of the Month section went to Mike with his lovely 17th-18th century slip-top stump end type spoon. The maker's mark comprises a crowned rose which suggests a Dutch origin, but no parallels were found. HG owners marks also present. The brassy colour suggests that the spoon is made out of latten which generally included zinc in the copper alloy, making it brass rather than bronze. The surface may also have originally been tinned, to stop the metal tainting the food, but any evidence of this has been worn away.

February 2016

Coin of the month won by Stefano Ambrogi. A Philip V new plate "Cross" 2 real, of Seville mint. This is a "new plate" coin minted in Spain. New plate refers to the 20% reduction in the value of reals minted in Spain in relation to the reales minted in colonial Spanish America. This variety of coin was frequently called a "cross" real in the British colonies to distinguish it from the more valuable "pillar" real minted in the Americas. On the obverse to the left of the crowned Hapsburg arms of Spain there reads, from top to bottom: . R [cinquefoil] S . and to the right: . II P A . ; this is read across as R II, for the denomination of two reals The lower letter on the left is the mintmark for Seville and two initials on the right P A, are the initials of the assayers Pedro Remigo Gordillo and Antonio Montero who worked together from 1731-36. The coin has been pierced to be used as a pendant.
Artefact of the month - Tony Thira. An open work pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral, 14th - 15th century. The badge depicts the scene of Becket’s martyrdom, showing a knight slashing Becket under the altar. Above them there is a hand reaching down towards Thomas, possibly The Hand of God waiting for his soul. On the reverse of the badge there are eight tabs, probably for securing a different colour background fabric, used to highlight the front details. Other badge versions of Becket's dead are known, but this type appears to be unrecorded and unpublished in the main badge books; research is still on-going. Thomas Becket was born in London in 1118. He became a royal official and a great friend of King Henry II. He was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162. He was exiled to France in 1164, then he returned to England in 1170 when he was killed.

January 2016
Tony Thira won both sections this month with these great finds. 

Coin of the month: Medieval pewter jetton. This is an unknown type; no parallels found. On obverse there is half of an imperial eagle and eleven Fleur De Lys, souranded by the legend SANTVS SANCTVS : SANCTVS DOMIN. The reverse shows a cross set within a quatrefoil with four fleur de lys in the elbow of the cross and four quatrefoils at the end of each of the cross arms. The legend reads VENI CREATOR SPIRITVS MANTESTVOR. The text is part of the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus ("Come Creator Spirit"), believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus in the 9th century. It is sung as an invocation of the Holy Spirit, in the practice of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as at the consecration of bishops, the entrance of Cardinals to the Sistine Chapel.

Artefact of the month: Copper alloy medieval Fede ring. Finger-rings depicting clasped hands are known from the Roman period up to the 19th century, although they became especially popular during the 15th century. They were given as symbols of love, marriage or betrothal and the name is taken from the Italian le mani in fede (hands in faith/trust).