WMID-52899D: Late Medieval to Post Medieval: Lead or Lead Alloy Unifaced Token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: WMID-52899D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete lead or lead alloy Unifaced Token of the Late Medieval to Post Medieval period, dating to AD 1400 - AD 1800.

The token is circular in shape and rectangular in cross section, it has been folded slightly diagonally from above right to below left. The obverse is decorated with a possible segmented design made up of a central ring and dot, with raised lines radiating from the ring (Powell Type: possibly 3 or 31). The reverse is plain and undecorated.

The token measures 27.7 mm in diameter, it has a thickness of 3.2 mm and weighs 9.9 g.

The token is a mid grey to brown colour, and has an uneven patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have 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. Other similar examples of this type of token can be found on the database, including WMID-498754.

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: 3.2 mm
Weight: 9.9 g
Diameter: 27.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st December 2014 - Wednesday 31st December 2014

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Class: Other
Group: Other
Type: Other
Denomination: Token penny
Obverse description: Decorated with a possible segmented design made up of a central ring and dot, with raised lines radiating from the ring
Reverse description: Undecorated
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: Lapley, Stretton and Wheaton Aston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8512
Four figure Latitude: 52.70545778
Four figure longitude: -2.22343547
1:25K map: SJ8512
1:10K map: SJ81SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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