KENT-A0BA88: Elizabethan Lyon token

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Unique ID: KENT-A0BA88

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A worn and corroded Post-Medieval pewter/lead-alloy token, dating AD 1575-1589, known as a 'Lyon counter'. The obverse depicts a rampant lion within a circular banner, surmounted by a crown. Within the banner is the inscription HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, though the QUI is obscured by the crown. This phrase is an Anglo-Norman maxim which rather means, "Shame on whomsoever would think badly of it". The reverse displays a garnished oval shield between two columns, with three fleurs-de-lys within the shield (the arms of France). Above the shield is a large arched crown and two smaller crowns above the columns. A foliate design borders the central image with pellets running around the edge.

The token is quite worn, thus much obscures much of the detail. The token is a mottled dark brown colour.

Measurements: 23.38mm in diameter, 1.33mm thick and 2.75g in weight.

Notes:

This type of token is associated with the order of the garter and Henri III of France in particular, who was invested as knight of the garter in AD 1575. Mitchener (1988:4584) discusses the Lyon tokens and examples can be found on the PAS database: LON-B75695, LON-35C284 and LON-D7B215. These Lyon tokens seem to be associated with London as do a number of possibly related tokens or 'medallets' with suggested association with political events of the reign of Elizabeth I, a number of which are discussed by JJ North in English Hammered Coinage Volume 2: Edward to Charles II 1272-1662 (1991, 140).

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1575
Date to: Circa AD 1589

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.33 mm
Weight: 2.75 g
Diameter: 23.38 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Bexley (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Erith (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ4680
Four figure Latitude: 51.50008785
Four figure longitude: 0.10201612
1:25K map: TQ4680
1:10K map: TQ48SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 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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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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