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PUBLIC-EAFF97: PostMedLeadTokenObv

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TOKEN

Unique ID: PUBLIC-EAFF97

Object type certainty: Certain
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A worn and abraded post medieval lead alloy token issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I r.1558 - 1603, likely minted c. 1574. The obverse depicts a double-headed eagle or aquila design with no legend and with 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. Detail is fairly sharp although somewhat obscured by poor production, object is a very dark brown/black colour and has some abrasion around the circumference

Measurements: 20.8mm in diameter, 1.5mm thick and 3.2g in weight.

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). Despite not being a coin this token type has been designated as type 2062 by North (1991 Vol II, p. 140). Similar token on the database at BERK-174883 and KENT-4BAE62.

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 1558
Date to: Circa AD 1603

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 3.2 g
Diameter: 20.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 10th October 2015

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Materials and construction

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

Jetton/ token data

Issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Class: English
Group: Not further defined
Obverse description: Double headed spread eagle
Reverse description: Crowned rose with the letters E and R either side
Reverse inscription: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
Die axis measurement: 11 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
To be known as: Sandwich

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
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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