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Unique ID: PUBLIC-CC57F9

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A worn lead-alloy post-medieval token or 'medalet' of Elizabeth I, probably dating c. AD 1574. The obverse depicts a double-headed eagle or aquila design with no legend and rimmed by a beaded border; the reverse depicts a crowned rose with 'GOD SAVE THE QVEN' around the outer edge and an E and an R at either side of the rose, has similar border to the obverse except finer possibly mimicking milled coinage. The token is a grey off-white.

According to North (1991, 140), it is likely that rather than being used as tokens, these objects were probably used as political medalets or counters (North 1991, 140). Although North dates the tokens to c.1574AD (ibid.), Mitchiner has revised the dates of the 'GOD SAVE' reverse to c. 1590-1603AD (1988, 1653). Despite not being a coin this token type has been designated as type 2062 by North (1991 Vol II, p. 140) and has been recorded as such.

Measurements: 20mm in diameter and 2.3g in weight.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1590
Date to: Circa AD 1603

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.3 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 30th March 2012

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Denomination: lead/pewter token
Obverse description: Double headed spread eagle
Reverse description: Crowned rose
Reverse inscription: GOD SAVE THE QVENE
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Sevenoaks (District)
Parish or ward: Fawkham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ5865
Four figure Latitude: 51.36209638
Four figure longitude: 0.26807314
1:25K map: TQ5865
1:10K map: TQ56NE
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: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Disturbed

References cited

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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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