ESS-1A9624: Medieval French Jetton

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Unique ID: ESS-1A9624

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Copper alloy Medieval french jetton, struck in Tournai, dating 1461-1497.The jetton is in good condition, however the reverse legend is unclear. Similar to Mitchiner 601-601. The obverse legend reads VIVE LE ROI VIVE LE ROI. The reverse legend is unclear. Mitchener does not have a direct parallel for this jetton. The obverse legend of this jetton does not feature on the 'three circles' of Tournai jettons inMitchener, however it is found on similar jettons with lis within a lozenge, rather than individual circles.

Class: French

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1461
Date to: AD 1497

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.31 mm
Weight: 4.31 g
Diameter: 25.22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th May 2007

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Materials and construction

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

Jetton/ token data

Issuer: Louis XI of France
Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: Three double circles, each containing a lis. There is a crown in the field between each circle
Obverse inscription: *+VIVE LE*ROI VIVE*LE*ROI
Reverse description: Cross pattee with a crown at each terminal. There is a lis in each angle of the field
Reverse inscription: Possibly: LLA... AVE.--.ATI...
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Maldon (District)
Parish or ward: Maldon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL8307
Four figure Latitude: 51.731838
Four figure longitude: 0.648611
1:25K map: TL8307
1:10K map: TL80NW
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: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Mitchiner, M. 1988 Jetons, Medalets and Tokens: The Medieval Period and Nuremberg London Hawkins Publications

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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