LON-000D00: A Post Medieval lead-alloy token, dating from AD1600-1800.

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Unique ID: LON-000D00

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A Post Medieval lead-alloy token, dating from AD1600-1800. The obverse has a pair of cross keys. The reverse has the letters 'W' and 'R'. A Similar token can be seen in Powell (2015:02 Fig. 5).

Dimensions: diameter: 23.84mm; weight: 9.38g

Similar tokens with cross keys are DENO-7DF672 , SUR-2BC207, SUR-14F342 and BH-7076F4.


Powell D., 2015. Leaden Tokens Telegraph Issue 104


David Powell (2015:02) writes "Bryant Lillywhite's "London Signs" lists 62 known taverns called the Cross Keys in London alone, and there will be many more countrywide; so, Figs.3-6 are probably pub checks. The device has been around as an inn sign for a long time, and probably for as long as the oldest pieces shown here.
The literal interpretation is but one, however; there is also the possibility that the cross keys device may be symbolic and/or armorial. It is known to feature on the arms of a number of well-spread European towns and cities, and for all I know may feature in private heraldry, i.e. amongst the gentry, both here and abroad, as well. Additionally, the church may talk about the keys to the gates of heaven, or of life, and reflect that when it issues tokens. It is these double and triple potential meanings that make interpretation so complicated; with the crossed keys, and the heart, there are clearly different groups of people issuing pieces with the same devices but for very different reasons."

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 9.38 g
Diameter: 23.84 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
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: Wandsworth (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Thamesfield (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2375
Four figure Latitude: 51.4606202
Four figure longitude: -0.23089644
1:25K map: TQ2375
1:10K map: TQ27NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

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

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