Good luck token. Date please?

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Good luck token. Date please?

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I found this on Helensburgh foreshore yesterday. After fighting the extremely cokey ground conditions with my Garrett I switched on (and left on) the Iron Audio and managed a few hours following out the tide.

As it emerged from the clay I went through the usual - oh it's a penny, no wait... is it a hammered? Then I saw what I thought was latin? Could it be Roman? Then I read PATRONUS and thought it must be a Harry Potter souvenir. All wrong of course.

On the St George side the inscription is - S. GEORGIVS EQVITVM PATRONVS

And on the side with the sailing ship - IN TEMPESTATE SECVRITAS

I believe it is a talisman worn for good luck or safety, maybe by sailors(?) given the stormy seas on one side. I don't know anything about these and was hoping someone could maybe give me a more definite ID and an idea of its age. It was under 3 or 4 inches of clay.
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SEAMAN'S CHARM
Obverse: St. George, mounted, slaying dragon
Around which:
St. GEORGIUS EQUITUM PATRONUS
(St. George Patron Saint of Knights)
Reverse:
A storm tossed ship containing a sleeping Christ and two frightened Apostles
Around which:
INTEMPESTATE SECURITAS
(Safety in the storm)

You can read all sorts of nonsense about these on eBay. Here's the true story:
The obverse comes from a coin called a Mansfeld thaler. First minted in 1521, it was commissioned by a Count von Mansfeld and honoured his family's patron saint. The von Mansfeld family trade was warfare and his symbol was adopted for luck by his mercenary troops.
Skipping forward a century or so and the thaler had been replaced by a charm or amulet bearing St George but now with the addition of Christ on the reverse.
This design is generally credited to a Hungarian engraver, Christian Hermann Roth and, with modifications, has been in continuous production ever since.


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Lovely find, thanks for sharing. I am pleased we already have a brilliant ID for you, thanks Tizabi, always a story to tell.
Good ID info and pics, well done on that, Liam :;@
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Tizabi wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:20 am
...has been in continuous production ever since.
Wow, thanks for that. I'll try to see if I can narrow the date down any further if I can find any specifics on the modifications you mention.

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I love that. This sort of thing is so much more interesting than the average Ed 1 penny. Mind you I like to find those too! Well saved.
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What a great beach find! I've found 1600's stuff on beach before, but they tend to, not surprisingly be worn away to nothing.
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I’m not finding any useful date info but if anyone is interested in what it used to look like, I think mine is the same issue as this one that was sold for the princely sum of 15 euros.

https://www.antiques-delaval.com/en/co ... ritas.html

I’m not looking to sell anything so the price is irrelevant but it’s quite nice to see the detail that mine has lost during its time in the clay. As others have said above, the beach can be a harsh environment.

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