PUBLIC-49B701: Post-medieval copper-alloy farthing token

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-49B701

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A post-medieval, copper-alloy farthing token of William Fox, mercer of Louth.

Description: The token has been struck off-centre and is also corroded so much of the detail is lost. There is, however, enough detail to identify it as a farthing token of William Fox of Louth, mercer.

Obverse: The Mercer's Arms
Obverse legend: WILLI[AM.FOX.M]ERCER.
Reverse legend: * IN.LO[VTH].1656.

Measurements: Diameter 16.56mm: Weight 1.13g.

Discussion: The token is recorded in Townsend (1983) and identified as being of William Fox who was churchwarden of Louth in 1653 and 1672, when he was described as a mercer.

Also recorded in Williamson G.C. (1889).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1656
Date to: Exactly AD 1656

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.13 g
Diameter: 16.56 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 23rd August 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Skidbrooke

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Townsend, T.W. 1983 Seventeenth century Tradesmens tokens of Lincolnshire; The Issuers Lincolnshire Museums: Occasional Papers No. 2 p. 45 Sm.204
Williamson, G.C. 1967 Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century London Seaby Ltd p. 466 No. 189

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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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