WMID-D7DE65: Post Medieval Lead Token (obverse and reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-D7DE65

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A complete cast lead alloy token of later Medieval to Post-Medieval date, circa (AD1400-1800). The token is broadly circular in plan. The token is decorated on one face with a possible ship in light relief (Powell type 6). It appears to be a rounded-bottomed boat with three masts. The reverse face is decorated with possibly three birds with curved necks, facing right (Powell Type 18). There is a rim around the token on both faces. The token has a dark grey patina across both faces.

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 17.76mm diameter, is 2.36mm thick and weighs 2.7 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: 2.36 mm
Weight: 2.7 g
Diameter: 17.76 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Bob Stewart
Identified by: Mr Bob Stewart
Secondary identifier: 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: Stafford (District)
Parish or ward: Church Eaton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8316
Four figure Latitude: 52.74135624
Four figure longitude: -2.25324335
1:25K map: SJ8316
1:10K map: SJ81NW
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Updated: 2 years ago

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