Moscow archaeologists have discovered a 16th-century English medallion during an excavation of the southern part of Zaryadye Park, according to a statement on the Mayor of Moscow’s official website.
The medallion is made from a lead-tin alloy and has a diameter of about five centimetres. It carries an inscription saying “Dieu et mon droit,” which translates as “God and my right,” and the year 1590.
Chief Moscow archaeologist Leonid Kondrashov told TASS that the item may be linked to the Old English Court on ulitsa Varvarka in the heart of the Russian capital. “[The Old English Court] existed in Zaryadye in the 16th century,” the archaeologist explained. “In 1556 the tsar Ivan IV [or Ivan the Terrible] granted Englishmen the right of free trade and customs privileges.”
The dig on the future site of the park began in 2015. Archaeologists have examined around 1,800 square metres of the territory and the latest discovery will be donated to the Museum of Moscow.