WMID-D9D744: Medieval - Post Medieval lead alloy token (front and reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-D9D744

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A cast lead alloy token of later medieval to post-medieval date, circa (AD 1400-1800). The token is broadly sub-circular in plan. The obverse has an "A" initial formed of three raised ribs making it a Powell type 2. The reverse is undecorated. There is a fissure in the token visible on the obverse and reverse, extending from the edge inwards. The edge is uneven with a casting sprue below the "A". The token is grey in colour.

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.

The token measures 22.23mm diameter is 1.78mm thick and weighs 4.5grams.

Powell, D. (2012)The 18th century Sophistication of the Stock Design. Lead Token TelegraphIssue 86.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.78 mm
Weight: 4.5 g
Diameter: 22.23 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emily Freeman
Identified by: Miss Emily Freeman
Secondary identifier: Miss Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
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 (Civil Parish)

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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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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