SF8981: Coin

Rights Holder: Suffolk County Council
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Unique ID: SF8981

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Lead token of Boy Bishop (St Nicholas) type. A new example with the reverse inscription VILLA BLAXAL This is the first example of a Boy Bishop token that can be definitely attributed to a place outside the towns of Bury, Ely, Sudbury (just one) and Ipswich.


A unique and very important find that should be in a public collection. The main collections of boy bishop tokens are in the British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Moyses Hall Museum, Ipswich Museum, Ely Museum and Norwich Castle Museum (the last three have very few)

Class: boy bishop

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1525
Date to: AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 8.84 g
Diameter: 26 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st June 2002

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake
Secondary identifier:

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Uncertain
Obverse description: Mitre in profile, with a pellet on each half and criss-cross inside. No inscription; in its place is a line of zig-zag with a pellet in each angle, between inner and outer wire lines.
Reverse description: Long cross fourche with 3 pellets in each quarter. Despite its large size, only one ring of inscription.
Reverse inscription: VIL / LA / BLA / XAL

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: BLAXHALL

Spatial coordinates

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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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