WMID-D931EB: Medieval to Post Medieval lead alloy token (obverse and reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-D931EB

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A complete cast lead alloy token of late Medieval to Post Medieval date, circa (AD 1400 - 1800). The token is circular in plan. The token is decorated on one face with a six petalled flower in relief (Powell type 1). The reverse face is flat and undecorated. The surface of the token has been slightly abraded and worn. 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 23.66 mm in diameter, is 4.06 mm thick and weighs 13.4 grams.

Powell, D. (2012) The 18th century Sophistication of the Stock Design. Lead Token Telegraph. Issue 86.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.06 mm
Weight: 13.4 g
Diameter: 23.66 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd January 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Aimee Hinds
Identified by: Ms Aimee Hinds

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

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Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8226
Four figure Latitude: 52.83121757
Four figure longitude: -2.26860876
1:25K map: SJ8226
1:10K map: SJ82NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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