Image from page 174 of "Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society" (1920)
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it might break in the process.He was most successful, reporting : A very thin coinwith deep corrosion so less easy an object for cleaning. The legend reads :— Obv. HENRICUS REX III.Rev. RICARD ON LVND. This coin is of the long cross type of the secondissue, and was struck between 1247 and 1272. It repre-sents a crowned bust of the king, facing.1 There wereonly two types of silver pennies in this reign, and therewere fewer mints than in previous ones. Then by a singular coincidence, on the same day(February 12th) another silver coin turned up ; whichwas found in the mortar work of the arch springing fromthe north wall of the cellar of No. 5. This also wascleaned at the British Museum, and found to be verycorroded ; it had also been badly clipped. It turnedout to be a silver Groat of Edward III., of the LondonMint, and was struck between 1360 and 1369.2 The legendon the obverse is illegible, but that on the reverse reads : CIVITAS LONDON.1 & 2,These are in the writers collection.
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BRISTOL ARCHAEOLOGICAL NOTES. 133 We are familiar with the proceedings of laying founda-tion stones, and the deposit of new coinage in a cavityof a certain stone, but it must be of very rare occurrencethat a coin is found in ancient masonry in this way. The only instance akin to it that I can remember wasthe discovery of a fragment of the handle of a potterywater j ug in the Norman wall at the Pithay, found duringdemolition 1; a valuable indication of the scarce potteryof that period. Though we cannot of course definitely accept the dateof the coins as the actual age of the earliest building onthis site, we have strong confirmation of the approximateage in the samples of mortar taken from the very walls,at the time of the discoveries. Then various other coinage that turned up included :—Charles L half-crown. Mint mark : a sun ; struckin 1645. Obv. King on horseback.Rev. A garnished Shield of Arms.Charles I. shilling, struck at the Tower Mint,1636-8. James I. Harrington token. Mint m
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