WMID-3BCCBA: Two lead alloy tokens of later medieval to post-medieval date (obverse only)

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Unique ID: WMID-3BCCBA

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Two lead alloy tokens of later medieval to post-medieval date, circa (AD1400-1800). The tokens are sub-circular in plan. Both tokens are very worn and the decoration is only partially remaining. The tokens have a cream to grey coloured patina across all surfaces. The tokens have been bent and distorted in the plough field.

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 (1500-1850 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. 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.

Token one measures 19.52 mm in diameter, is 2.74 mm thick and weighs 4.7 grams. Token two measures 21.20 mm in diamter, 2.29 mm in thickness and weighs 5.7 grams.

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

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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: 2

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt

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: Haughton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8521
Four figure Latitude: 52.78636313
Four figure longitude: -2.22385017
1:25K map: SJ8521
1:10K map: SJ82SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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