WAW-37C8AD: Post Medieval lead tokens (plan).

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TOKEN

Unique ID: WAW-37C8AD

Object type certainty: Certain
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Three Post Medieval (c. 1500 to 1850) lead uniface tokens:

1. The design consists of a column of chevrons with a ridge running through the centre - similar to a feather. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a matte cream colour. The token measures 14.18mm long, 12.97mm wide, 2.36mm thick, weighs 1.81g. Powell Type 4.

2. The design consists of a cross with a pellet in each quarter - possibly Powell Type 31. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a matte light brown colour. The tokens measure 22.17mm long, 22.33mm wide, 3.15mm thick, weighs 7.06g. Powell Type 14.

3. The design consists of a nine petalled flower with a pellet in the centre - Powell Type 1. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a matte grey colour. The tokens measure 21.61mm long, 20.8mm wide, 3.37mm thick, weighs 7.95g. Powell Type 1.

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, 14 and 4 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

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 2nd June 2015 - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Pattingham and Patshull (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8198
Four figure Latitude: 52.57947692
Four figure longitude: -2.28182343
1:25K map: SO8198
1:10K map: SO89NW
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: WAW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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