PUBLIC-4D197F: Medieval to post-medieval lead-alloy token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: PUBLIC-4D197F

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A late medieval to early post-medieval lead-alloy token (15th - early 16th century). Cross and Pellets series, London manufacture.

The obverse depicts three lines spanning the diameter of the central field, crossing over in the centre so as to depict a wheel or a star with six rays. The edge of the token has a border of anti-clockwise, oblique rays. The reverse of the token depicts a cross with extended ends and a pellet-in-annulet in each quarter, surrounded by a border of anti-clockwise, oblique rays. The rays have the same orientation on the obverse and reverse.

Dimensions: diameter: 11.42 mm; weight: 0.61 g

Mitchiner and Skinner (1984, 95/plate 4) illustrated similar tokens but this obverse design is not shown. There are several other similar tokens recorded on this database: LON-352C98, LON-E76210, LON-73CB12.

Notes:

The Cross and Pellets Series of tokens are only known from London and Paris, with a small group held in the collections of the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum (Algar in Egan 2001). These tokens have been found associated with coins of Henry VI through to Henry VII and it is thought production ended in 1490 but they continued in circulation into the 16th century.

All London examples have the rays oriented in the same direction on the obverse and reverse, the Paris examples show different orientations (Mitchiner and Skinner 1984, 94). It may be that the anticlockwise direction indicates a late date within the series for this example.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1525

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.61 g
Diameter: 11.42 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Mike Walker
Identified by: Mr Mike Walker

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Cathedrals (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the River Thames foreshore
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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