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Coin & Apothecaries weights

 

Coin weights were made to correspond to the weights of particular coin denominations, and the denomination in question was usually indicated in the design. They were most commonly made of brass or other copper alloy and were generally produced for high-value pieces, gold rather than silver coins. Their purpose was to check the weight of coin in circulation and ensure that coin received was of good quality. Normally they would correspond to the lowest weight at which the coin remained legal tender. They could be used to guard against clipped, worn or counterfeit coin and to check the standards of foreign coin permitted in currency. For example, weights were provided in England for ducats and florins in the sixteenth century; for French louis d'or in the late seventeenth; and for the huge amounts of Portuguese gold in the early eighteenth

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Pre Medieval
Roman lead 20 Scriptula coin weight

Possibly Anglo Saxon weight with undeciphered inscription

Ref N.Biggs English Weights page 40

Roman coin weight - Eight scriptula(x)
Early medieval lead pyramid shaped coin weight 3.63g, 13.0mm dia
Early medieval lead pyramid shaped coin weight 3.83g, 11.54 mm dia
Roman lead 20 scriptula weight
Viking bullion weight
Saxon lead coin weight
Medieval 1066 - 1485

1412- 1464 Medieval Gold Noble lead coin weight - ship type

Most probably made in Bruges.

6.05g.18.35 mm L

1351-1412 British Ryal - King with sword and shield standing in a ship type with rose coin weight 7.42g

1351 AD Light Noble coin weight. Representation of a ship with fore and stern cables

French manufacture, probably made in Paris

Medieval Ryal gold coin weight

French manufacture, probably made in Paris

1475 AD 'Sun in shield' Bronze uniface coin weight for the 'ecu au soleil' French gold coin

French manufacture, probably made in Paris

15thC Square brass Henry gold uniface angle coin weight from Low Countries or Germany

Noble weight

1422-61 AD Bronze coin weight - French Ecu - Three lis in shield type

1461 Gold Ecu found by Texas Dave

17thC Lead token
Anglo- gallic coin weight for the French ecu au soleil issued in 1475 AD
14th/15thC 1/2 Gold Ryal - King with sword and shield standing in a ship type with rose coin weight
1422-61 AD Bronze coin weight - French Ecu - Three lis in shield type
15thC Gold Angel coin weight
Bronze round Fleur De Lis uniface French weight used for the Florin ( 24 pence coin ) ca 1350 - 1550. 3.07g
15thC Gold Ryal coin weight - shield in the boat type
1464-70 King with sword and shield in ship - 1/2 Gold Ryal 3.30g
1422- 61 Bronze uniface Crowned Three lis in shield French Ecu gold coin weight 2.96g. Letters by the shield indicate French not English version. The Gold Ecu was worth 4 shillings in England - Louis X1 Ecu d'or (1461-83) found by Texas Dave

15thC

Gold Angel coin weight

Medieval unpublished coin weight Quatrefoil with shields 3.18g

Weighes the same as a 1412- 1464 1/2 nobel

1351- 1412 AD King with sword and shield in ship - 1/2 Gold Ryal (60gr) 55.2 gr
1422- 61 Bronze uniface Crowned Three lis in shield French Ecu gold coin weight 2.96g. Letters by the shield indicate French not English version.

Stunning, Figure on horseback type. These are Low countries or German made coin weights for the low countries Rijder, rijdergulden

15.1 mm, 3.32g

1422- 61 Bronze uniface Crowned Three lis in shield French Ecu gold coin weight. Letters by the shield indicate French not English version. The Gold Ecu was worth 4 shillings in England 2.49g, 14.71mm sq
Superb Medieval square lead goldsmiths coin weight – Single Lis of 3 flowers in square obv shield Ref Rogers 3.21g

Tiny square Sun in shield type coin weight 1.44g, 9.73mm sq

Issued AD 1475 for the French gold ecu as soleil and 1/2 ecu

Ecu was worth 4 shillings ( 48 pence in England)

1421 Gold Noble coin weight
1475 French uniface gold 'ecu au soleil' coin weight - Hexagonal French issue with sun above 3 lis in a shield
15thC half Ryal coin weight - 15.90mm, 4.01g-61.9gn
1422-61 AD Bronze coin weight - French Ecu - Three lis in shield type
1475 AD 'Sun in shield' Bronze uniface coin weight for the 'ecu au soleil' French gold coin
1422-61 AD Bronze coin weight - French Ecu - Three lis in shield type
1422- 61 Bronze uniface Crowned Three lis in shield French Ecu gold coin weight. No Letters by the shield indicate English version.
1421-1471 Fleur de lis gold half nobel coin weight

15thC Ango-gallic or French gold Noble coin weight - hexagonal flan type

Ship obverse

April–June 1268 – 29 November 1314 - Philippe IV gold coin weight for masse d'or

King on throne seated facing, holding a sceptre

Legend POIS A MASE

Masse de Philippe le Bel, 10 January 1296, gold, 7.04g. Obv: "PhILIPPVS:DEI:GRA(cia):FRANChORVM:REX" "Philip, by the Grace of God, King of the French".

15thC Square brass Henry gold uniface angle coin weight from low countries or Germany
1475 AD 'Sun in shield' Bronze uniface coin weight for the 'ecu au soleil' French gold coin
15th/16thC British Gold Nobel coin weight - Ship type with lis and Lion - Fleur de Lis on the stern
14thC British Gold nobel lead coin weight - ship obverse
1293 – 22 August 1350 French coin weight for the couronne d'or of Philip VI
14th/15thC 1/2 Gold Ryal - King with sword and shield standing in a ship type with rose coin weight
15th/16thC 'Ship with 2 lions' type coinweight for the gold noble
Medieval gold noble coinweight

1469-1504 Ferdinand and Isabella - British weight for an excellente

17.71mmsq, 6.21g

15thC Angel coin coin weight - bent right leg Circa 1493 - British
Medeival ship type gold Nobel coin weight

1475 AD 'Sun in shield' Bronze uniface coin weight for the 'ecu au soleil' French gold coin

French manufacture, probably made in Paris

1422- 61 Bronze uniface Crowned Three lis in shield French Ecu gold coin weight 2.96g. Letters by the shield indicate French not English version. The Gold Ecu was worth 4 shillings in England
Unknown medieval coin weight
1421 Fleur de lis and crown (incuse) Uniface coin weight
15thC Angel coin coin weight - bent right leg Circa 1493 - British
1475 French uniface gold 'ecu au soleil' coin weight - Hexagonal French issue with sun above 3 lis in a shield

 

1422- 61 Bronze uniface Crowned Three lis in shield French Ecu gold coin weight 2.96g. Letters by the shield indicate French not English version.
Unknown early coin weight - researching 14thC British coin weight - gold noble - St George cross on reverse
Medieval coin weight Medieval coin weight
 
Medieval lead coin weight  
Tudor 1485-1603
c16thC Superb Gold Ryal brass single sided coin weight - rose on ship is for Ryal - R in the field indicates weight for a Rose Noble or Ryal- 3.22g, 14.04mm
16thC Rose Ryal type
16thC Ship with rose type - gold Ryal coin weight - German
16thC Ship uniface type- Henry VIII - gold Ryal coin weight

Stunning dated 1581 coin weight not in the reference books but of the 16thC Antwerp hand type - unknown markers mark

2.69g,15.31mm sq

16thC Gold angel coin weight
1587 Rose Ryal coin weight
Elizabeth 1st half crown coin weight - Crown VI 1.5g
1589 Antwerp hand coin weight
16thC Antwerp hand coin weight
16thC Antwerp hand coin weight
1584 Antwerp hand coin weight
1589 Antwerp hand coin weight
16th C coin weight cast c/a ship type 'Antwerp' bad condition
16/17th C sq brass coin weight Phillipsgulden rev. Antwerp hand
1577-1603 Antwerp hand coin weight - HF - Hanns Foncq, 3.15g, 15.38mm sq
1578 Dutch low countries Antwerp hand coin weight - Cornelis Jansen 1564- 1604 - 4.98g, 15.37mm sq
16thC lead coin weight - Averdepois mark 1.48g,11.69mm dia
1598 -1621 Cross of Burgundy type coin weight - Low countries for Albertijn coins
1587 Rose Ryal coin weight
1576-9 Antwerp hand coin weight - Maker KI unknown
16thC Antwerp hand coin weight
16thC Antwerp hand coin weight
c16thC Gold Ryal brass single sided coin weight - rose on ship is for Ryal - R in the field indicates weight for a Rose Noble or Ryal
16thC Antwerp hand coin weight

16thC coin weight

The crown of the double rose was popular coin in Europe. Many weight so this design were issued in Germany and the Low countries for both the crown issued 1526-44 48 grains

Obv Crown/Rose EC

Rev - This is an Antwerp hand type and dated 1578 maker Co

 

16thC coin weight - Low countries for rijer, Burgundian rider or ridergulden

15thC Angel figure qtr gold noble coin weight 2.02g

Obv RVE

1526-44 Rose and Crown coin weight - Antwerp hand
1576-79 Antwerp hand coin weight - KI is an unknown maker

1475 AD 'Sun in shield' Bronze uniface coin weight for the 'ecu au soleil' French gold coin

French manufacture, probably made in Paris

James 1st 1603-1625

 

Monster gold coin weight- 1603 James 1st Rose Ryal coin weight - 33 shillings (390 pence)

Obv XXXII

1619 -1625 Half laurel of James 1st - 3rd coinage coin weight 4.32g, value 10 shillings (120 pence)

1604-19 Coin weight for a Gold Double Crown of James 1st - 2nd coinage revalued

5.0g

1619-25 Coin weight for a Gold Half Laural of James 1st - 3rd coinage

4.5g

Gold Angel James 1st 2nd coinage
4.36g.15.81mm sq coin weight
Gold Rose Ryal of James 1st - 3rd coinage ( 12.7gm) 12.05g, 20.09mm sq coin weight
Gold Angel James 1st 2nd coinage
4.36g.15.81mm sq coin weight
Facinating coin weight - variation of a Scottish made thistle crown of James 1st and from the same site as Texas Dave's gold find
1603 James 1st gold half Angel coin weight - obv Crown VS - Rev Angel

1613 Half gold laurel of James 1st square coin weight , 3rd coinage 4.20g

obv Crown XS, rev Roman bust

1603 James 1st, Gold Double crown, 2nd coinage, revalued coin weight - obv I.R.M BRITAN

Rev Crown with XI S

17thC Portuguese Coin weight - P Withers
Gold Rose Ryal of James 1st coinweight 1605 AD 12.19g - 21.36mm sq - Underweight by 1.6 gams LOL
1603 - James 1st gold Angel 2nd issue revalued coin weight XIs with crown - 4.58g
Facinating find - 1603 AD James 1st coin weight clearly marked crown XIs for gold Angel cpin ( 4.6g) but weight the same as as a James 1st Spur Ryal 6.85g - some one was attemping fraud
1619-25 James 1st Angel, 3rd coinage coin weight 3.77g
1619-25 Gold Laurel of James 1st, 3rd coinage coin weight XXs - 9,1g (actual weight 8.46g)

James 1st gold angel 2nd coinage revalued - XIs

1604-5 Gold Double crown , James 1st 2nd coinage revalued coin weight 4.66g (coin weights 5g)
1619-25 Gold coin weight Half laurel of James I, 3rd Coinage 5.0 gm - Crown XS
1604-5 James 1st gold Angel coin weight, 2nd coinage revalued - Crown XIs

Shield of British Arms on Rose

James 1st 1612 - 32 shilling coin weight - Rose Ryal

XXXIII with crown

obv shield

1604-17 Coin weight - Double crown gold coin , James 1st, 2nd coinage ,revalued (11 shillings)

1603 James 1st gold Unite, 2nd coinage, revalued coin weight

XXIIs - 22 shillings - 10gm

1603 James 1st coin weight - Britain crown, 2nd coinage
1619 James 1st XIs Double crown gold coin weight -2nd coinage revalued

1604-19 Coin weight for a Gold Double Crown of James 1st - 2nd coinage revalued

5.0g

1619-25 Coin weight for a Gold Half Laural of James 1st - 3rd coinage

4.5g

1610 James 1st coinweight - Crown XI S - Angel gold coin

James 1st Double crown, 2nd coinage revalued coinweight

XIs

1603 James 1st coin weight

Large Rose Ryal gold coin weight of James 1st 3rd coinage

1619-25 AD

20.35mm, 12.13g

1604-19 James 1st gold Angel coin weight - 2nd coinage, revalued

Obv Crown XI S

Rev Angel

1604-19 James 1st gold Angel coin weight - 2nd coinage, revalued

Obv Crown XI S

Rev Angel

1603 James 1st trade weight - Crown I cipher - London mint

The thistle identifies the Scottish made thistle crown of James 1st (1603)

IIIIs 4d1/2 on reverse below crown

Weights have I R to sides of thistle

1604 James 1st Rose ryal gold coin weight, 2nd coinage revalued

Rev Crown XXXIII (33 shillings )

1604 James 1st Spur Ryal gold coin coinweight- 2nd coinage, revalued

Obv XVIs VID

Rev Flower

1604-19 James 1st - gold half angel coin weight , 2nd coinage revalued

Obv Crown over Vs VI D (5 shillings and 6 pence)

Rev Angel

1604-19 James 1st gold Double crown coin weight - 2nd coinage revalued

Obv Crown XI s

 

1604 -19 James 1st gold coin weight - Britain Crown- 2nd coinage revalued

Obv VsVID (5 shillings and six pence)

 
Charles 1st 1624- 49

1625 Charles 1st silver half crown coin weight

14.35g, 23.76mm

Charles 1st Unite coin weight 1625-49
Charles 1st Gold Angel coin weight 3.58g - should be 4.2g LOL
1645 Antwerp hand coin weight(b)
Charles 1st coin weight
1645 coin weight
17th C coin weight Antwerp sq.type 46 grms Sword & Crown Jacob Jansen De Backer 1688
17thC Rose Ryal (Ship and Rose type) square brass gold coin weight from Antwerp the low countries, 3.3 g,16.65mm . Reverse hand with makers letters - possibly Bernaert Bommeres 1620 to 50

Great find - 1625 Charles 1st sixpence coin weight - 3gm

Obv VI R D

Rev VI C DE

Scottish made 1634 Charles 1st coin weight - These weights have the initals of James 1st but were made under Charles 1st

Obv IIIIs beneath a crown

Rev Thistle IR

Silver Crown coin weight of Charles 1st

1625 AD

2.10g,11.43mm

1634 Charles 1st goin coin weight - twenty shillings (gold Unite)

Obv Bust and legend of Charles 1st

Rev Crown XXs

 

Stunning 1625 Charles 1st double crown coin weight
Charles II 1660-1685
1660 Charles II gold half guinea coin weight
William and Mary 1689-1694; William as William III to 1702
 
 

Superb find 1694 William III guinea coin weight (m)

 

1696 William III 1 Gold Guinea coin weight

8.07g, 20mm dia, 3.3mm T

1696 Willaim III gold guinea coin weight
Louis XIV (1634-1715) - British made coin weigh for the Louis d'or gold coin ., known as a pistol or pistole. This example is a 1/2 pistole.
1680-96 6 pence silver bullion weight

17thC Figure on horseback coin weight - low countries and Germany

for rijder, Burgundian rider or rijdergulden

 

1696 William III gold 1 guinea coin weight

Obv William bust

Rev CROWN 1 GUINEA

 
Anne 1702-1714
Very rare Queen Anne 1 guinea gold coin weight
Georgian
1760's - 4 shillings and 6 pence coin weight 0.34g
18 shilling 'Joannes series' coin weight 1765(z)
1770's - 21 shillings (Guinea) coin weight
Birmingham Guinea series c1760 1/2 Guinea coin weight
1773 Coin weight, Pennweights and grains - 2.16 = 10 shillings and 6 pence which is a half guinea

Post 1773 pennweights and grain coin weight

Gold Guinea weight

2 Escudo Portuguse coin weight c 1765 AD
1760 AD - 18 shilling coin weight
Geo III ' up to 1st Jan 1772' 20 shilling and 6 pence coin weight pr 5.6 grains
1740 Portuguese moidor coin weight(b)
1740 1/2 Moidor Portuguese Coin Weight cleaned up by Canadian Don
Coin weight ?
1765 Portuguese coin weight
1760's 13 shillings and sixpence coin weight
1760 - 5 shilling and 3 pence coin weight (1/4 gold guinea)
1770's 4 shillings and 6 pence coin weight - written 4s6d
Weight - 20 and crown - not researched it yet
1720 Portuguese coin weight(b)
17thC bullion weight

1770's bullion weight with Lion mark - 2 pennyweight

'Annulet' pennyweight type

1760's 10 shilling and 6 pence ( 1/2 guinea) coin weight 3.72g
18thC 2 Pennyweight and 14 grain coin weight - half gold guinea
ca 1720-40 1/2 Moidor Portuguese gold coin weight
18thC
5 pennyweights and 8 grains coin weight - gold guinea
Superb, French - Two castle and 2 Lions( arms of Spain) 4 reales coin weight 13.06g, 22.12mm XX VIG 4R ( 5 gr)
Mid 18thC 18 shillings coin weight
1770 George 1/4 gold guinea 5 shillings and 3 pence coin weight

1770's bullion weight with Lion mark - 2 pennyweight

'Annulet' pennyweight type

9 shilling coin weight - 2 pennyweight 74 grains

George III Bullion weight mid 1700's

GIIIR - D G 5.8 refers to pennyweights and grains

N.Biggs

Not found this type before, 5 pennyweight and 8 grain bullion weight 1770's pattern
1770's pattern 18 shilling coin weight - S18
1770's pattern 18 shilling coin weight - S18
18thC 2 pennyweight and 16 grains bullion weight
Unusual coin weight - not recorded
1770- 12 pence coin weight
1770's 10s6D (10 shilings and 6 pence) gold half guinea coin weight
1826 London guildhall coin weight
1760-1773 - 27 shilling coin weight for 4000 reis (Moidore) Portuguese gold coin
1770's 9 shilling coin weight

1760's £3 12 shilling coin weight - used to weigh the Portuguese moidore series of gold coins

28.11mm, 27.96g

The name moidore is derived from Portuguese moeda de ouro, which literally meant "golden coin".

18thC 5 shilling silver bullion weight - 5 V
1770 pattern 4 shilling and 6 pence coin weight

1770's coinweight - 12 pence (1 shilling)

Obv & Rev D XII

1760-1820 George III - 2 penny weight and 6 grains coin weight

1770's 4 shillings and 6 pence coin weight 9 54 pence)

Obv 4S 6D

Louis XIV 1643-1715 British made coin weight for the Louis d'or, known in England as apistol or Pistole

Rev 1 PISTOL W

1770's 5 shillings and 3 pence coin weight (1/4 gold guinea)
1770's coin weight - 27 shillings Very unusal coin weight not in my ref books - looks continental - needs more research
1770's shilling coin weight 1770's scripule coin weight

1797-1813 gold 1/3 guinea coin weight

Obv 7S

Stunning dated 1772 George III gold half guinea coin weight - should be 10s and 6 D for normal half guinea

Obv 10S 5D - Ten shillings and 5 pence - Ewer counter mark both sides

Ref Withers p 229 1998, O

3.87g, 19.25gr, should weigh 18gr

1770 21 shilling coin weight - Gold guinea

Obv S 21

1770's pattern coin weight - 6 shillings and nine pence ( 81 pence)

Obv SD 6.9

Rev SD 6.9

Unknown coin weight ? 1760 - 1773 shilling and 6 pence coin weight - British issued toweigh Portuguese moidore and 'joe' series of gold coins

1770 Gold 1/4 guinea coin weight - 5 shillings and 3 pence

Ob SD 5 3

1770's coin weight - £3 12 shillings
Apothecary & Bullion weights
17thC apothecary weight - star type
Medieval Apothecary weight
17thC apothecary weight
18thC - 2 Dram apothocaries weight
17th C cast c/a apothecaries weight 2 dram (8 grms) Script as 1111. Ref Biggs Apothecaries Weights.

19thC 2 drachms Apothecaries Weight

Ref Biggs Apothecaries Weights.

18th/19thC 1 dram apothecary weight
17th C cast c/a apothecaries weight 2 dram (8 grms) Script as 1111. Ref Biggs Apothecaries Weights.
Roman Apothecary weight
19thC 2 scruples apothecary weight

17th/18thC apothecary weight 1 dram

18thC bullion weight 2.87g
19thC 1/2 scruples apothecary weight
18th/19thC apothecary weight
18thC apothecary weight
17thC 1 dram apothecary weight
17th/18thC 1/2 dram apothecary weight
17thC Apothecary weight
Medieval lead apothecary weight 2.38g,11.87 mm sq -
17thC 1/2 scruple apothecary weight
17thC Apothecary weight
17thC Apothecary weight
18thC bullion weight
18thC bullion weight
Victorian 8 grams apothecary weight

17thC apothecary weight
17thC apothecary weight
17thC apothecary weight
18thC apothecary weight
18thC bullion weight - Lion mark
 
  17thC apothecary weight 18thC bullion weight - Lion mark
17thC apothecary weight 17thC apothecary weight
18thC apothecary weight Medieval bullion weight
 
18thC bullion weight - Lion mark