WAW-09D767: Post Medieval lead token (plan).

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Unique ID: WAW-09D767

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Probable Post Medieval cast lead uniface token. The token carries a design consisting of a triple stranded cross. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a matte yellow/cream colour. The token measures 18.4mm long, 17.97mm wide, and weighs 2.6g. This is a Powell Type 12.

Lead tokens had a wide variety of potential uses such as use as tallies, gaming pieces, tickets, weights, etc. and are believed to have been locally produced; they are therefore difficult to date precisely. Those carrying initials are generally deemed to be Post Medieval in date (1500-1850 AD), those which seem to mimic Medieval penny designs are deemed to be Medieval, the remainder which carry stylised designs remain difficult to date but the majority are probably Post Medieval in date c.1500-1800. Powell (2012) comments that Type 12 are designs which were commonly made stock and occur in large quantities, dating to the late 16th to mid 19th centuries.

This token has been dated broadly as probably Post Medieval c.1500-1800.

Powell, D. 2012 'The 18th century Sophistication of the Stock Design' Lead Token Telegraph Issue 86.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.4 mm
Width: 17.97 mm
Weight: 2.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 5th March 2014 - Wednesday 7th May 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Essington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9502
Four figure Latitude: 52.6157479
Four figure longitude: -2.07528184
1:25K map: SJ9502
1:10K map: SJ90SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
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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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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