SOM-2E82E3: SOM-2E82E3: Post-Medieval lead token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: SOM-2E82E3

Object type certainty: Certain
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A late Medieval lead token. There is a raised cross on one face, with a pellet in each quarter - echoing the long cross coinage of an earlier date. There is perhaps the remains of some further detail on the other face, but this is too worn to make out. The object bears strong similarities to a token illustrated in Fletcher (2005, p.40), which is suggested to be of 15th century date and is one of a series from this period that appear to have been strongly influenced by contemporary coin designs. The illustrated example is decorated with a cross formed from two sets of parallel lines, with a single pellet in each quadrant, echoing, albeit simply, the long-cross coinage of this period. This particular example, however, is much more crudely executed, with a set of off-centre parallel lines crossed at one end by a single line and with a pellet only in one quadrant (with perhaps a slight one in the quadrant adjacent to it). However, the similarities are enough to suggest that this is probably a token of a similar, though cruder, type. The reverse of the object is undecorated with a raised circular section in the centre - probably the remains of poor casting. Fletcher (ibid. p.37) suggests that they fact that these tokens were imitating coins suggest that they probably had a number of commercial uses in place of official small change.

Diameter: 18.37mm, Thickness: 3.29mm, Weight: 5.1g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.29 mm
Weight: 5.1 g
Diameter: 18.37 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 31st August 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020540

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Uncertain
Obverse description: Illeg.
Reverse description: Long cross, with a single pellet in each quarter
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Kingston Deverill

Spatial coordinates


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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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