LANCUM-10BDD5: Lead token with crossed keys and swirl

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Unique ID: LANCUM-10BDD5

Object type certainty: Certain
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Lead token dating from the post-medieval period, c. 16th-17th century. The token is circular and was cast. It decorated on both sides: the obverse shows a swirl with four arms/swirls and the reverse shows crossed keys/crossed swords.

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 (1500-1850AD), 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


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Exactly AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 12 g
Diameter: 26 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton
Secondary identifier: Dr Dot Boughton

Materials and construction

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

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: East Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Swaffham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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