LEIC-F2C60C: Medieval to post medieval lead boy bishop token

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Unique ID: LEIC-F2C60C

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Medieval to post medieval lead alloy boy bishop token, 15mm in diameter with a weight of 2.12grams.

The obverse depicts a mitre in a solid border with an inscription. The reverse has a long cross and pellets in each quarter with an incription mimicking a sterling penny.

During medieval winter solistices it became a Christian tradition for each town to elect a Boy Bishop whom was paraded around on processions. In the processions, lead tokens were handed out to the crowd to celebrate the event. This is based on the Roman celebration 'Feast of Saturnalia' which was where society was turned upside down. The Christian community evolved the event so instead of the King of Slaves elected, the Boy Bishop was.

For similar examples see NMS-301C07 SF-FB8B37 WILT-ABF826.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1470
Date to: Exactly AD 1530

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.12 g
Diameter: 15 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Joyce Lee
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Hormead (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL4128
Four figure Latitude: 51.93265666
Four figure longitude: 0.04944038
1:25K map: TL4128
1:10K map: TL42NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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