SUSS-FF2E52: Lead alloy token with intials

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Unique ID: SUSS-FF2E52

Object type certainty: Probably
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A cast, lead biface token (Powell type 2/2), possibly converted from a cloth seal, dating c. 1600-1850.

The irregular thick flan is bent slightly in half with the initials C or G B on one face and an I on the reverse. 

Measurements: diameter:19.26mm;  thickness:2.34mm;  weight: 5.0g. 

There is a small indentation on the flan that may represent the connecting strip of a cloth seal, there is evidence that discs from cloth seals were converted into tokens by removing the connecting strip and smoothing the break, (Elton 2017: 18).  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 2 (initial).

Class: Powell type 2/2

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.34 mm
Weight: 5 g
Diameter: 19.26 mm

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Materials and construction

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

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Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3420
Four figure Latitude: 50.96384746
Four figure longitude: -0.09317994
1:25K map: TQ3420
1:10K map: TQ32SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Elton, S. F. 2017 Cloth Seals: An Illustrated reference guide to the identification of lead seals attached to cloth Oxford Archaeopress Archaeology 18

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Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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