About this object

Gold medalet showing Bishop Liudhard, whose arrival in Kent from the Frankish court started the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. The medalet was probably given to an early convert.
Obv. LEV.DΛR.D V~.EP~, B CKWARDS. Bust right wearing diadem and robe with border of dots, folds rendered with vertical bands, transverse bands below neck. Beaded border.
Rev. Ornamental patriarchal cross on semicircular base, with broad semi-circle standing on exergual line and cutting across cross shaft. Upper cross arm has two short hanging pendants, lower arms terminate in vertical bars. A small ring encircles junction of lower arms with shaft. Above cross [upside down] Ѧ Ѧ to either side NINƆ ; in exergue VΛV. Beaded border.
Loop made from strip of corrugate gold strip, soldered at either side to extreme edge below beading. Now squashed. Coin and loop of good orange gold. Coin shows some wear on bust, and border. Loop also shows slight wear. Artist accustomed to making runic letters.

It is one of a group of coin pendants and ornaments from St. Martin's Church, Canterbury, conventionally called a 'hoard', found before 1844.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Kent
  • Date made
    600 AD about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Weston Discovery Centre
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    William Rolfe
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Kent: Canterbury: St Martin's Church
  • Date collected
    1844 before
  • Measurements
    22 mm x 16.5 mm x 2.5 mm x 1.57 g
  • Note
    Sonia Chadwick Hawkes's research notes:
    Measure density gm/cc: 18.4
    Exp. density: 18.9
    Surface analysis Au Ag Cu
    Coin 96 4 -
    Loop 96 4
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Previous owner); William Rolfe (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1857
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Rolfe

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1857
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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