WMID-06403D: Late Medieval to Post Medieval: Lead alloy token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: WMID-06403D

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete lead or lead alloy unifaced token of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1400 to AD 1600).

The token is circular in shape. The obverse depicts two concentric circles with 14 diagonal raised lines in between them, unevenly spaced. The central circle has two parallel raised lines, which split from a pellet in the centre into 2 branches, forming a Y-shape (Powell Type 3, 31 and 17). The reverse is undecorated.

The token has a diameter of 19.1 mm and is 1.8 mm thick. It weighs 2.4 g.

The token is a mid grey in colour with an even patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil has resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail.

Lead tokens are a frequently occurring find, with a variety of different designs. Tokens like this, were used as tallies or as replacement low denomination coinage during the Medieval and Post Medieval periods.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.8 mm
Weight: 2.4 g
Diameter: 19.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 26th March 2014 - Wednesday 26th March 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Jetton/ token data

Class: Other
Group: Other
Type: Other
Denomination: Token penny
Obverse description: 2 concentric circles with 14 diagonal raised lines in between, unevenly spaced. In the central circle there are two parallel lines that stop at a central pellet and expand to form two branches (forming a Y-shape). Powell types 3, 17, 31
Reverse description: Undecorated.
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9525
Four figure Latitude: 52.82250834
Four figure longitude: -2.07563991
1:25K map: SJ9525
1:10K map: SJ92NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out using a metal detector

References cited

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