HESH-5DD979: Post Medieval: Lead token

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Unique ID: HESH-5DD979

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast lead alloy uniface artefact of probable later medieval or post medieval date (AD 1200-1700). The artefact is circular in plan with a flat front surface and recessed reverse. A small circular hole has been pierced / drilled from the reverse through to the front face - this hole is positioned off-centre. The front face has a cast design which consists of a central irregular cross with bifurcated ends (cross fourchee). The zones within the angles of cross are filled with cross hachured raised cast lines. The reverse is flat and the edges raised to form a slight lip. The artefact is a mid-grey colour with a well formed patina which is slightly corroded; within the corrosion are small concreted stones. The function of the object is uncertain - it resembles a uniface token although the reverse does not conform to the object type. It is more likely to be a bezel from a signet ring or possibly the front face of a two part button.

The artefact measures: 17.4mm diameter, is 3.3mm thick and weighs 3.81 grams

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.3 mm
Weight: 3.81 g
Diameter: 17.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 14th October 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Shrewsbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ4812
Four figure Latitude: 52.70316036
Four figure longitude: -2.77099603
1:25K map: SJ4812
1:10K map: SJ41SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Controlled archaeological investigation (unstratified)
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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