WMID-A2B154: Post-Medieval: Square pellet token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: WMID-A2B154

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast lead alloy token of later Medieval to Post-Medieval date (c. AD 1400 - 1800). The token is broadly sub-circular in plan. The decoration consists of raised square pellets arranged in rows and columns, potentially a variation on cross hatching. The reverse is undecorated and is partly concave due to damage. The token has an even mid grey surface patina.

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 (AD 1500 - 1850), 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.

The token measures 24.88mm diameter, is 8.3mm thick and weighs 5.27grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8.3 mm
Weight: 5.27 g
Diameter: 24.88 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 8th September 2016 - Thursday 8th September 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emily Freeman
Identified by: Miss Emily Freeman

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Token penny
Obverse description: Raised square pellets arranged in rows and columns, potentially a variation on cross hatching.
Obverse inscription: -
Reverse description: -
Reverse inscription: -

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1803
Four figure Latitude: 52.62446714
Four figure longitude: -1.73552837
1:25K map: SK1803
1:10K map: SK10SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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

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