KENT-185669: Uniface lead token

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Unique ID: KENT-185669

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A worn lead unifaced token of the Post-Medieval to Early Modern period, dating to AD1500 - AD 1850.

Description: The token is roughly circular and uniface (with decoration on one side). The upper face has the initials 'JH' in alpha style in relief. The token is grey and with some patches of off white.

Measurements: 27.25mm in diameter, 3.1mm thick and 13.99g in weight.

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.

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 '2. initials'. Those carrying initials are generally deemed to be post-Medieval in date (1500-1850).

Inscription: JH

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 13.99 g
Diameter: 27.25 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
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: Maidstone (District)
Parish or ward: Lenham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ9052
Four figure Latitude: 51.23554288
Four figure longitude: 0.72028556
1:25K map: TQ9052
1:10K map: TQ95SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

  • Powell, D. 2010 Powell Classification System for Lead Tokens

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 6 days ago
Updated: 5 days ago

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