SUSS-A5D4C1: Post Medieval traders token of

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Unique ID: SUSS-A5D4C1

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Post Medieval copper alloy token farthing minted for William Smith of Steyning, Sussex in 1667. Williamson Vol 3. p.1182, Sussex No.165. William Smith was a mercer. There is a reference, in Sussex Archaeological Collections 19 p.95, to a William Smith of Steyning who had an estate worth £20 seized by parliment in 1655 because the owner was either a Royalist or a Catholic (the ordnance covered both). This may or may not be the same person as issued the tokens but Williamson suggests it is.


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1667

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 1.34 g
Diameter: 16.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th October 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Liz Walker
Identified by: Mr Andy STANLEY
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

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

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Token farthing
Obverse description: 1667 across middle with lines of two pellets flanking a rose above and below
Obverse inscription: WILLIAM SMITH IN
Reverse description: S / W I arranged in a triangle withe the S above and between the W I
Reverse inscription: STEAMING. MERCER
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Arun (District)
To be known as: Goring by Sea

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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