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LON-C5DD59: A Post Medieval copper alloy Elizabethan Lyon series token, dating AD 1574-1600.

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Unique ID: LON-C5DD59

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A Post Medieval lead alloy token, dating AD 1575-1589, known as a 'Lyon counter'. On the obverse is a garnished oval shield between two columns, with three fleurs-de-lys within the shield. Above the shield is a large crown and two smaller crowns are above the columns. A foliate design borders the central image with pellets running around the edge.The reverse depicts a rampant lion within a circular banner, surmounted by a crown. Within the banner is the inscription HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, though the QUI is obscured by the crown. There is some encrusted substance covering part of the inscription on the reverse.

This type of token is associated with the order of the garter and Henri III of France in particular, who was invested as knight of the garter in AD 1575. No published parallel can be found but similar examples are recorded on the PAS database: LON-B75695, LON-35C284 and LON-D7B215

Dimensions: diameter: 20.31 mm; weight: 1.75g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1575
Date to: Circa AD 1589

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.75 g
Diameter: 20.31 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Rotherhithe (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3479
Four figure Latitude: 51.49407113
Four figure longitude: -0.07113608
1:25K map: TQ3479
1:10K map: TQ37NW
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: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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