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.