SOM-171DDD: Post Medieval token

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Unique ID: SOM-171DDD

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A post medieval copper alloy penny token issued by Messrs. Cox of Taunton and dating to AD 1812 (Minnitt unpub:18 nos. 1 & 2).

The obverse shows a view of an iron foundry. In the background are the furnaces with a gantry projecting between them. In the foreground is a man carrying a bar for tapping the furnaces and at his feet are four bars of pig iron. The legend reads TAUNTON PENNY TOKEN. The reverse bears the insciption in four lines [A POUND/NOTE/FOR 240/]TOKENS in the centre with PAYABLE [AT MESSrs] COXS IRON FOUNDRY. The edge of the token is thread milled. It measures 34.48mm in diameter and weighs 17.69g.

This is the only 19th century copper trade token to have been issued in Taunton and one of only a small number in Somerset as a whole.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1812
Date to: Exactly AD 1812

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 17.69 g
Diameter: 34.48 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Monday 18th July 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sheila Hicks
Identified by: Ms Sheila Hicks
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 017432

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Class: English
Denomination: Token penny
Obverse description: View of an iron foundry.
Obverse inscription: TAUNTON PENNY TOKEN
Reverse description: Legend in four lines across the centre [A POUND/NOTE/FOR 240/]TOKENS
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: South Chard

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Audit data

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

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