ESS-6F892F: Lead token

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Unique ID: ESS-6F892F

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A lead alloy token of medieval to post medieval date. The token is decorated though the motifs are very unclear. It appears that one side features a cross or wheel-like object. The item has a light brown patina.

Tokens were easy to make and distributed widely throughout a large period of time; therefore, they are difficult to date precisely. Those decorated to resemble Medieval long cross pennies continued to be circulated throughout both the Medieval and Post Medieval periods and a general date of c. AD 1250-1800 is given. They have a huge range of designs which were not necessarily related to function and could have been used for various purposes such as counting, gaming, farm or tavern tokens or possibly even as weights.

Those carrying initials are generally deemed to be Post Medieval in date (1500-1850 AD), 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.

​Dimensions: weight: 8.28g, diameter: 20.7mm, thickness: 3.0mm

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Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 8.28 g
Diameter: 20.7 mm

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Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

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Recording Institution: ESS
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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