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SUSS-626523: Lead alloy token with anchor

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Unique ID: SUSS-626523

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete Post Medieval uniface lead token dating c. AD 1500-1850.

The upper surface of the token depicts a possible anchor and a pair of pellets on each side cast in high relief. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The token is missing approximately one third of the outer edge and is a mid grey colour. 

Measurements: diameter: 19.48mm; thickness: 3.06mm and weight: 3.85g.

Discussion: lead tokens had a wide variety of potential uses such as tallies, gaming pieces, tickets, weights, etc. and are believed to have been locally produced; they are therefore difficult to date precisely.

The Powell classification system, in which there are over 30 categories, attempts to classify these leaden tokens according to the designs featured on each face, but it does not assign any chronology. This falls into Powell type 5 (anchor).

Class: Powell type 5

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.06 mm
Weight: 3.85 g
Diameter: 19.48 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
Parish or ward: Southease (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ4206
Four figure Latitude: 50.83611762
Four figure longitude: 0.01522909
1:25K map: TQ4206
1:10K map: TQ40NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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