WILT-51AFD8: Medieval to post-medieval Boy Bishop token

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Unique ID: WILT-51AFD8

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A lead medieval token of the Boy Bishop type dating to c. AD 1450. There is a long cross on the reverse with pellets in a few quarters, surrounded by a crude legend. The obverse shows a bust of a bishop surrounded by a crude legend. This token immitates a groat. Diameter: 27.11mm, thickness: 1.37mm, weight: 4.52g. The coin has been pierced twice, leaving two holes.

During medieval winter solistices it became a Christian tradition for each town to elect a Boy Bishop whom was paraded around on processions. During the processions lead tokens were handed out to the crowd to celebrate the event. This is based on the Roman celebration 'Feast of Saturnalia' which was where society was turned upside down. The Christian community evolved the event so instead of the King of Slaves elected, the Boy Bishop was.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.37 mm
Weight: 4.52 g
Diameter: 27.11 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Hazel Fransch
Identified by: Miss Hazel Fransch

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM4671

Materials and construction

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

Jetton/ token data

Class: Other
Group: Other
Type: Not further defined
Denomination: Jetton
Obverse description: Bishop bust
Obverse inscription: Illegible
Reverse description: Long cross with 3 pellets in each quarter
Reverse inscription: Illegible

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Thetford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL9490
Four figure Latitude: 52.47344555
Four figure longitude: 0.85492624
1:25K map: TL9490
1:10K map: TL99SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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