WMID-9A997F: Possible lead token of Post Medieval date.

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Unique ID: WMID-9A997F

Object type certainty: Certain
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A late Post Medieval, double-sided lead casting, taken from a commemorative medal and possibly used as a weight or as a medallion. The object is circular in shape with decoration on both sides.

The detail of the decoration is quite vague but has been made clearer through the identity of the original medal. As the detail is in relief, it is very probable that the object was cast directly from an original medal. This means that the detail displayed is a mirror image of the original.

The obverse depicts a standing figure that appears to be on or near splashing water. A weapon such as a sword is piercing the figure, entering through the mouth and exiting through the back of the neck. This particular detail appears to have been scratched into the surface after the cast was taken.

To the right of the figure there is a twin-masted sailing ship while to the left of the figure there is a depiction of a fortification. There is an inscription around the edge which reads: THE•BRITISH •GLORV•REVIV•D•BV•ADMIRAL •VERNON. The reverse is also decorated, with a number of ships at sea surmounted by an area of coastline with various defences. The date of a naval-led campaign appears at the bottom of the scene. There is an inscription around the edge which reads: WHO•TOOK•PORTO•BELLO•WITH•SIX•SHIPS•ONLY. The date of Nov 22 1739 is written below the ships.

The object has been pierced twice, once centrally, and once more closer to the edge. The actual function of the cast object is unclear. The object measures 39.25mm in diameter, is 6.3mm thick, and weighs 53.9g.

The object appears to have been cast directly from a brass or pinchbeck medal issued in 1740 to celebrate the successful capture of Fort Chagre by Admiral Edward Vernon. This event was part of a larger campaign to capture Carthagena from Spanish control and follows a successful campaign in 1739. This earlier campaign resulted in the Battle of PortoBello where a British fleet under the leadership of Admiral Vernon captured the settlement of Porto Belo (Panama) from the Spanish.

As the casting is double-sided, it is probable that a cast of each side was taken separately and then the two halves soldered together to form the single object.

Thanks are given to the finder who continued reseraching the object and discovered that there are many variants of this medal and it appears the obverse is from one medal and a rear from another slightly different variant that has been joined together.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1740
Date to: Exactly AD 1740

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.3 mm
Weight: 53.9 g
Diameter: 39.25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 12th November 2017 - Sunday 12th November 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Bob Stewart
Identified by: Mr Bob Stewart
Secondary identifier: Mr Philip Attwood

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Tathwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF3081
Four figure Latitude: 53.30999041
Four figure longitude: -0.05030106
1:25K map: TF3081
1:10K map: TF38SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector

References cited

No references cited so far.

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