LANCUM-B70695: Lead token

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Unique ID: LANCUM-B70695

Object type certainty: Certain
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Square lead token of post-medieval date (c. 1500 - 1800 AD). The object is flat and square, with a raised crossed keys motif within a circular depression on one face. The keys have triangular bows; between the two bits of the keys is what appears to be two long crosses joined together. One of the corners of the object is bent; otherwise the object is straight-sided and even. It has a cream-coloured patina and is 14.42mm in length, 13.55mm in width, 2.16mm in thickness and weighs 2.84g.

This object is very similiar to LANCUM-B729A4, which was found in proximity to it. The cross keys motif is traditionally a symbol of St Peter and is found frequently on lead tokens and bag seals dating to the post-medieval period. The motif of two keys with a cross beneath is especially associated with bag seals from Riga, a town in modern day Latvia (see for instance LEIC-A08606). Square bag seals are not common but are known, although the thinness and symmetry of the object under question suggests a token is a more likely identification in this case. An examples of a similar designs on a circular token from this period is BH-7076F4, while tokens that are square in form are DENO-487999 and LANCUM-917C03.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14.42 mm
Width: 13.55 mm
Thickness: 2.16 mm
Weight: 2.84 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lydia Prosser
Identified by: Miss Lydia Prosser

Other reference numbers

Other reference: (N5658) 1484

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: Topcliffe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4076
Four figure Latitude: 54.17823176
Four figure longitude: -1.38866543
1:25K map: SE4076
1:10K map: SE47NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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