Silver gilt coin brooch, formed from a silver penny of William I, Sword type (1077-80), issued by the moneyer Leofing of Winchester, found by metal detector at East Stratton, Micheldever, Hampshire. The reverse has been gilded, and four rivets remain ar

Silver gilt coin brooch, formed from a silver penny of William I, Sword type (1077-80), issued by the moneyer Leofing of Winchester, found by metal detector at East Stratton, Micheldever, Hampshire. The reverse has been gilded, and four rivets remain arranged at the points of a rectangle, from which brooch fittings were once attached. Parts of the fittings survive on the obverse face which has overspill of gilding at its circumference.

Coin brooch

Medieval, about 1066-1087

Found by a metal detectorist at Micheldever, Hampshire in 2012

In the years either side of the Norman conquest it was fashionable to wear brooches made from the coins of the day. The decorative cross on the reverse of the coin was gilded to form the visible face of the brooch. Four rivets remain arranged around the points of a rectangle, from which the brooch fittings were once attached. The coin used is a silver penny of King William the Conquerer, which was minted in Winchester by the moneyer Leofing in about 1077-80.

Portable Antiquities Scheme reference HAMP-6CAD57.

Silver gilt coin brooch, formed from a silver penny of William I, Sword type (1077-80), issued by the moneyer Leofing of Winchester, found by metal detector at East Stratton, Micheldever, Hampshire. The reverse has been gilded, and four rivets remain ar