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CAM-EE75A3: An incomplete copper-alloy English Medieval Jetton

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Unique ID: CAM-EE75A3

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A worn and incomplete copper-alloy English Medieval Jetton. Less than half of the flan survives the remains weigh 0.50g. The radius measures 10.7mm giving an estimated 21.4mm diameter. The flan has a thickness of 0.6mm. A break has occurred over the remains of a central circular perforation, a feature of English jettons of this period. The remains of the perforation indicate that this had a diameter of 2.6mm.

The obverse field is unclear but the area of legend appears to be filled with pellets, diameter 1.8mm and set c.0.7mm apart. The reverse is also unclear but seems to show a cross, probably a voided long cross, with pellets per quarter. The exact number of pellets in each of the two surviving quarters is unclear. Marks are present in the legend area but these are too unclear to determine whether they are lettering, pellets or something else. Die axis is uncertain.

Discussion: Medieval English coins had voided long crosses on the flan reverses between AD1247-1279. If this jetton does indeed show a voided long cross this artefact is likely to fit into a similar date range.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1272
Date to: Circa AD 1399

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 0.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 17th November 2016 - Monday 6th March 2017

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: East Cambridgeshire (District)
Parish or ward: Bottisham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL5462
Four figure Latitude: 52.23465911
Four figure longitude: 0.25371427
1:25K map: TL5462
1:10K map: TL56SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Fletcher, E. 2003 Tokens and Tallies Through the Ages Witham, Essex Greenlight Publishing pp.20-27

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