HESH-65C4EC: later medieval or post-medieval lead alloy token (obverse and reverse)

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Unique ID: HESH-65C4EC

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A cast lead alloy token of later medieval or post-medieval date (1200-1800). The token is sub-circular in plan. The decoration on the front face of this token is that of a six petalled flower. This consists of a central pellet in slight relief around which are raised ribs which emanate from the centre and finish at the edge of the token to create the outline of the petals. The reverse of the token is undecorated. The design has been cast in relief and probably fits in to Powell's (2012) Type 1 (petalled flower). The token is cream in colour. 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. 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. Similar examples can be found on the database from Shropshire which were discovered in Bridgenorth (HESH-C1C536) and also Atcham (HESH-A04D37).

The token measures 22.6mm diameter, is 2.7mm thick and weighs 6.9 grams.

Powell, D. (2012)The 18th century Sophistication of the Stock Design.Lead Token TelegraphIssue 86.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.7 mm
Weight: 6.9 g
Diameter: 22.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 7th November 2013 - Thursday 7th November 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Ms Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Mamble (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6970
Four figure Latitude: 52.32721078
Four figure longitude: -2.45629697
1:25K map: SO6970
1:10K map: SO67SE
Grid reference source: From 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: HESH
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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