WMID-706031: Late Medieval to Post Medieval: Lead or Lead Alloy Token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: WMID-706031

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete lead or lead alloy unifaced token of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1400 to AD 1800).

The token is circular in shape. The obverse depicts a geometric design of what appears to be a six pointed star on top of a five pointed star, made up of raised lines. This is surrounded by a raised circular ridge border (Powell Type 9). The reverse is undecorated, but has a deep, horizontal gouge (scar) at the base.

The token has a diameter of 24.7 mm and is 2.7 mm thick. It weighs 9.0 g.

The token is a mid grey to light brown 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 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.7 mm
Weight: 9 g
Diameter: 24.7 mm

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: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Class: Other
Group: Other
Type: Other
Denomination: Token penny
Obverse description: Geometric design of what appears to be a six pointed star on top of a five pointed star, made up of raised lines, surrounded by a circular ridged border. Powell type 9
Obverse inscription: -
Reverse description: Plain, but with a horizontal gouge (scar) at the base.
Reverse inscription: -
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8692
Four figure Latitude: 52.52569096
Four figure longitude: -2.2077817
1:25K map: SO8692
1:10K map: SO89SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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