WAW-83B0F1: Post Medieval Lead Tokens

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Unique ID: WAW-83B0F1

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Four Post Medieval (c. 1500 to 1850) cast lead uniface tokens.

  1. The design consists of a centre vertical ridge with obliquely angled ridges either side - possibly Powell Type 4. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a matte light grey/brown colour. The token measures 21.39mm diameter, 2.3mm thick, weighs 2.8g.

2. The design consists of a centre vertical ridge with obliquely angled ridges either side - possibly Powell Type 4. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a matte cream colour. The token measures 18.29mm diameter, 2.07mm thick, weighs 3.3g.

3. and 4. The design consists of a central pellet surrounded by eight smaller pellets. Powell Type 30. The reverses are undecorated. The surfaces are a matte dark grey colour. Both are cast from the same mould. The tokens measure 14.77mm diameter, 2.4mm thick, weighs 3.6g and 19.05mm diameter, 2.41mm thick, weighs 4.2g.

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 1, 31, and 3 are designs which were commonly made stock and occur in large quantities, dating to the late 16th to mid 19th centuries.

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

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 4

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th April 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9826
Four figure Latitude: 52.83151789
Four figure longitude: -2.03112759
1:25K map: SJ9826
1:10K map: SJ92NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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