KENT-4BAE62: Post-medieval token of Elizabeth I c. 1574, with Double-headed eagle and crowned rose

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Unique ID: KENT-4BAE62

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A pewter 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. Detail is fairly sharp although somewhat obscured by poor production, object is a very dark brown/black colour.

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).

Measurements: 20.5mm in diameter, 1.73mm thick and 3.4g in weight

Similar token on the database at BERK-174883.

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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 1570
Date to: Circa AD 1580

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.73 mm
Weight: 3.4 g
Diameter: 20.5 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Denomination: lead/pewter token
Obverse description: Double Headed eagle
Reverse description: Crowned rose flanked by E and R
Reverse inscription: GOD [SA]VE THE QVEN //E//R//
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: St. Margaret's At Cliffe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR3444
Four figure Latitude: 51.14740039
Four figure longitude: 1.34431421
1:25K map: TR3444
1:10K map: TR34SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1960 English Hammered Coinage: Vol 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662 London Spink and Son

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Audit data

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

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