WAW-3B7E14: Post Medieval lead token (plan).

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Unique ID: WAW-3B7E14

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Post Medieval (c. 1500 to 1850) lead uniface token:

The design consists of a cross with a pellet in each quarter. The reverse is undecorated. The surface is a shiny light grey colour. The tokens measure 15.26mm long, 15.05mm wide, 2.05mm thick, weighs 2.21g. Powell Type 14.

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 14 is one of the 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.

Class: Lead

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15.26 mm
Width: 15.05 mm
Thickness: 2.05 mm
Weight: 2.21 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 16th August 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: Brewood and Coven (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8807
Four figure Latitude: 52.66058522
Four figure longitude: -2.17885213
1:25K map: SJ8807
1:10K map: SJ80NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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

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