PAS Review: week ending 28 May 2021

PAS Review: week ending 28 May 2021

A round-up of some of the finds recorded at the PAS for the week ended 28 May 2021. There were 150 finds recorded in this week

Featured Find

Elizabeth I pattern “pledge” copper penny

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0
Period: Post-Medieval
Date found: 05/04/2021
Location: Wiltshire

An extremely rare copper Pattern Pledge penny. This pattern was produced in 1601 for a proposed copper coinage which was never realised during Elizabeth’s reign.

Lot 1252, DNW auction – 18 September 2013, © DNW

This lot from a DNW shows how the find would have looked when struck. It was engraved by Charles Anthony and shows a crowned bust of Elizabeth three-quarters left in elaborately embroidered dress, with jewels and ruff collar, toothed border both sides. The penny was struck in both silver and copper, with the copper being more scarce. The auction lot fetched £4,100.

Selection of other finds

Photo: Derek Morton CC By SA2.0

Cuff link – 17th century

A 17th Century cuff link with an inset green cast stone.
Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0

Figurine – bird

A Roman (c. AD 43 – 410) figurine in the shape of a bird, designated a Find of Note by the PAS
Photo: Bristol City Council CC BY SA2.0

Cuff link – flaming heart

An incomplete silver silver cufflink. The design comprises a flaming heart over crossed arrows. This became a popular image after similar designs were used on items to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza in 1662. Being made of silver, it qualifies as treasure.
Photo: Derby Museums Trust CC By SA2.0

Seal box – lozenge shaped

The base of a Roman lozenge-shaped seal box dating to AD 43 – 250. The example below (“Read more”) shows a nearly complete seal box of a similar design. The holes in the base would allow a cord to enter the box which would then be filled with wax. The image is of PAS record YORYM-97A047 which is a detecting find from Harrogate, North Yorkshire recorded in March 2016.
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