JETTON

Unique ID: LVPL-B02466

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find waiting to be validated

Rally ID: 89

A worn struck / hammered copper alloy thick (piedfort) jetton, of the Shield of France type, of Late 15th Century dating.

Obverse: Shield of France bearing 3 complete lis / lys
Obverse inscription: [ ]AVE MARIA G[ ]
Reverse: Triple stranded straight cross fleuretty in 4 arched tressure, with lis / lys at the arches.
Reverse inscription: illegible.
Mitchiner type: #707-711, p 231. No direct comparatives but weight and measurements are comparable.

Diameter: 26.99mm
Thickness: 1.71mm
Weight: 5.7 grams

This style of jetton is considered to be the result of a popularisation of a new method for manual accountancy. This style used a stationary reference 'tree' and two sets of jettons. One set provided stationary reference points against which the calculations were laid out (e.g. shillings - ten shillings, pounds etc). The other set made up the mobile pieces for performing the calculations. Therefore by having two sets (one thick and one thin), it would be possible to easily distinguish the stationary reference jettons (thick, piedfort) from the mobile calculating jettons (thin).

Reference:
Mictchiner, M. 1988. Jetons, Medalets & Tokens: The Medieval Period and Nuremberg. Vol 1. Seaby, London.

Notes:

This find was originally recorded at the Combermere Rally in February 2011, but has since been handed in for recording following a club visit.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Thickness: 1.71 mm
Weight: 5.7 g
Diameter: 26.99 mm
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th February 2011

Rally details.

This object was found at Combermere Abbey 2011 held Sunday 6th February 2011 - Sunday 6th February 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Rally ID: 89

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Jetton [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Obverse description: Shield of France, three lys inside
Obverse inscription: [ ] AVE MARIA G[ ]
Reverse description: Triples stranded straight cross fleuretty in 4-arched tressure, with lis / lys in angles
Reverse inscription: Illegible
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

A resized image of Medieval: Shield of France thick (piedfort) jetton

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Spatial metadata

Region: North West
County: Cheshire East
District: Cheshire East
To be known as: Combermere Rally

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: Tuesday 5th April 2011
Updated: Tuesday 5th April 2011

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