WMID-231EE9: Late Medieval to Post Medieval: Lead or Lead Alloy Unifaced token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: WMID-231EE9

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An incomplete lead or lead alloy unifaced token of the Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1400 to c. AD 1800.

The token is broadly circular in plan and rectangular in section. The obverse design appears to be of letters joined together to form a makers or merchant's mark, the letters appear to read T F P with an E above on it's back. (Powell type: 2). The reverse appears to be undecorated. The token has a small broadly triangular hole through the centre.

The token measures 19.4 mm in diameter and is 2.8 mm thick. It weighs 5.5 g.

The token is a mid grey in colour, with an even surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

Lead tokens are a frequently occurring find, with a variety of different designs. Tokens like this, were used as tallies or as replacement low denomination coinage during the Medieval and Post Medieval periods. Other examples of unifaced tokens can be found on the database, including WMID-AE5945 and WMID-E34905.

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: 2.8 mm
Weight: 5.5 g
Diameter: 19.4 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Jetton/ token data

Class: Other
Group: Other
Type: Other
Denomination: Token penny
Obverse description: Letters, formed of raised lines, joined together to form a makers or merchant's mark, the letters appear to read T F P with an E above on it's back. Triangular hole slightly off centre.
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8033
Four figure Latitude: 52.89407139
Four figure longitude: -2.29872572
1:25K map: SJ8033
1:10K map: SJ83SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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