BERK-537BE5: Medieval to Post Medieval Lead Token

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Unique ID: BERK-537BE5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Medieval to Post Medieval (c.1400-1700) cast lead token. The token has a simplistic six-petaled flower on both sides each with a raised central pellet. The token is pierced towards the edge - perhaps for suspension. The exact function of such tokens is uncertain, as is their dating - the recovery of examples with more secure archaeological dating in the future may perhaps shed light on this matter. It seems likely that they were used as pseudo-money, as tickets or perhaps even as gaming pieces.

Evidence of reuse: Pierced (for suspension?)

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.25 mm
Weight: 4.3 g
Diameter: 21.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st July 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Identified by: Ms Charlotte Burrill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
Parish or ward: Kingston Lisle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3288
Four figure Latitude: 51.589949
Four figure longitude: -1.539487
1:25K map: SU3288
1:10K map: SU38NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Returned to Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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