BH-724815: Medieval lead token

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Unique ID: BH-724815

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A cast lead token of Medieval date.

The circular token is of thin section but survives intact. On one side, executed in low relief, is the image of a hooded figure standing right, the right hand holding a pole with a mesh bag at the upper end. A swag extends diagonally across the body, while the top of his legs - the area below the knee is not visible - are covered with a vertically segmented garment. The left arm bends upwards from the elbow, the hand holding a stylised cup, from which the figure drinks. The other side of the token is occupied by a shield containing a plain chevron surrounded by basketry infill. The token measures 15.8mm in diameter, 0.4mm thick and weighs 0.9g.

Parallels for this token are illustrated by Fletcher, who suggests that they are pilgrim's tokens, possibly serving as a means of gaining entry to a hostel run by monks, or being souvenir pieces acquired from the shrines themselves. The likely date range is 13th to 14th century (Fletcher 2005: 23-26).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.4 mm
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 15.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 31st August 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 11/151

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Wycombe (District)
To be known as: Longwick cum Ilmer

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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