WMID-FA3356: Post Medieval lead token (obverse and reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-FA3356

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A cast lead alloy token of later Medieval to Post-Medieval date, circa (AD 1400-1800). The token is circular in plan. The front face has a series of incised vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines that cross each other, making the token a Powell type 7 (hatching or grid). One half of the token is divided with vertical and horizontal lines forming a grid with a central square and six segments in total. The opposing half of the token has two diagonal lines which emanate from the square in the centre. The lines form three triangular segments and contain a pellet in light relief within each triangle. The reverse face is flat and undecorated. The token has a grey coloured patina across all surfaces.

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. Powell (2012) comments that Type 1, 31, and 3 are designs which were commonly made stock and occur in large quantities, dating to the late 16th to mid-19th centuries.

The token measures 18.50 mm diameter, is 2.49 mm thick and weighs 3.6 grams

Powell, D. (2012) The 18th century Sophistication of the Stock Design. Lead Token Telegraph. Issue 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: 2.49 mm
Weight: 3.6 g
Diameter: 18.5 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Elford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1909
Four figure Latitude: 52.67837081
Four figure longitude: -1.7204125
1:25K map: SK1909
1:10K map: SK10NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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