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Looking For ID Help On A Medieval (?) Uniface Ae-13 Something

 
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 Posted 01/27/2022  5:20 pm Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have this mysterious little thing that I can't ID. It is only 13 mm. in diameter but is 3 mm. thick and weighs 3.56 grams. It seems to depict a "knight" holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. The shield looks to be divided into four parts. The knight looks as though he is standing, facing, in a ship that has highly curved sides. It is uniface. The other side is blank. Could this be a medieval token or weight? It doesn't seem like it's a coin since it's uniface and thick.


Anyone have an idea about this one? Thanks.




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 Posted 01/27/2022  6:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@paul, my vote is for this being a coin weight. Here is a link to a bi-faced example that has a similar design in the collection at the Birmingham Museums Trust:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/...8-55615).jpg


Also, see the Colchester Treasure Hunting & Metal Detecting club website here for more research:

http://www.colchestertreasurehuntin...nweights.htm

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 Posted 01/27/2022  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Spence,

That appears to be it. Thanks for your excellent detective work.
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 Posted 01/27/2022  7:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Concur with the "coin weight" theory. The design, with somebody standing on a boat holding a shield, is of a English gold coin, the noble. A weight like this would thus have been used on a balance to detect clipped or counterfeit coins.
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 Posted 01/27/2022  11:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow that's super cool, just wondering who used this and why...super neat little bit of history...
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