SWYOR-EE8811: Lead token

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Unique ID: SWYOR-EE8811

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

A probably modern imitation lead alloy coin in the form of an Early Medieval silver coin. The piece appears to be inspired by a coin of Eadgar (959 - 975), Pre-reform two line type (959 - 973). It is very similar to North number 741, but the moneyer's name is 'NORB/ER' which is not one of the listed possibilities. The finder has had the piece tested using XRF and it is made of a high lead alloy. The crosses in the design seem thinner and cruder than the illustrated genuine coins. The piece is 22.63mm in diameter and 1.4mm thick. It weighs 3.9g.


In recent years, a number of Saxon coins made of lead alloy have been recovered. Most are believed to be modern fakes, possibly produced in the Humberside area. Most are found within flinging distance of roads or gateways. This is probably another example. (Kevin Leahy and John Naylor pers comm).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1950
Date to: Circa AD 2010

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.4 mm
Weight: 3.9 g
Diameter: 22.63 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1308

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Edgar the Peaceful
Obverse description: Small cross pattee in centre of field
Obverse inscription: +EADGAR REX
Reverse description: Two lines of text separated by a row of three cross pattees. Trefoil above and below.
Reverse inscription: NORB / ER MO
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
Parish or ward: Little Smeaton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5316
Four figure Latitude: 53.637843
Four figure longitude: -1.199883
1:25K map: SE5316
1:10K map: SE51NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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