WMID-E44F16: A lead token with a face depicting on the front, probably dating to the 15th-17th century AD.

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Unique ID: WMID-E44F16

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A complete cast lead alloy token, dating from the 15th-17th century AD (diameter: 19.1mm; thickness: 2.2mm; weight: 6.11g). This artefact is only decorated on one side with a very crude face staged left, with a bold outline for the head, an oval raised platform for the eye and slightly pointed nose. There seems to be some sort of decoration around the outside of the head, but it is too worn to identify. The token is worn and in a fair condition.
Similar examples are illustrated in Mitchiner & Skinner’s ‘English Tokens, c. 1425 to 1672’, in The British Numismatic Journal Volume 54, 1984, page 143, ref no 80 (dated as Late Plantagenet) & page 152, ref no 42 (dated as early Tudor period).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1400
Date to: Ante AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 6.11 g
Diameter: 19.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 6th July 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Identified by: Ms Caroline Johnson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Uncertain
Obverse description: Decorated on one side with a very crude face staged left, with a bold outline for the head, an oval raised platform for the eye and slightly pointed nose.
Obverse inscription: No inscription.
Reverse description: No decoration.
Reverse inscription: No inscription.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Stafford (District)
To be known as: Eccleshall

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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