KENT-73CBE5: Lead token

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TOKEN

Unique ID: KENT-73CBE5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A worn lead-alloy unifaced token of the Late Medieval to Early Modern period, dating to AD1400 - AD 1900.

Description: The token is roughly circular, although slightly distorted on oneside. The token is uniface (with decoration on one side). The token has raised hatched lines roughly forming a grid on one side, forming rectangular cells. There is a pellet at the centre of the upper face. The token is a dark grey colour with some mottled off white sections.

Measurements: 20mm dia thickness 3mm 6.38gm

Discussion: Lead tokens had a wide variety of potential uses such 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), those which seem to mimic Medieval penny designs are deemed to be late Medieval to early post-medieval and the remainder which carry stylised designs remain difficult to date but the majority are probably post-Medieval in date c. 1500-1850.

The Powell classification system, in which there are over 30 categories, attempts to classify these leaden tokens according to the designs featured on each face, but it does not assign any chronology.. Under the powell classification this would be class '7. Hatching'

Notes:

This object was recorded from information and images provided by the finder and was not physically seen by the FLO

Class: Powell type 7

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 6.38 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th November 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr John Edward Smith

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Swale (District)
Parish or ward: Selling (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR0358
Four figure Latitude: 51.28495144
Four figure longitude: 0.90965822
1:25K map: TR0358
1:10K map: TR05NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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

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