NLM-847A53: Medieval Lead Weight or Counter

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Unique ID: NLM-847A53

Object type certainty: Possibly
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Lead possible weight. Cast disc with a plain cross casually incised on both sides, and with intermediate arms added by lighter cuts between the arms of the cross on one side only, after the fashion of the Union Flag. The other side also bears supplementary lines, but these are parallel to one of the bars of the plain cross. Patinated. The mass of the object could suggest it to represent six [slightly overweight] pennyweight in the English Troy system introduced from the later Middle Ages (Egan 1998, table 14 - in which 12 pennyweight = 18.70gms); arrangements of scratches occasionally appear on weights from London's waterfront (ibid. fig. 233 nos 982 and 987; fig. 233 no. 990), though this value does not figure among them. The long cross motif may hint at an association with small denomination coinage. It might alternatively have distinguished a board-game piece from others: these were often ephemeral or improvised items. Suggested date: Late Medieval, 1350-1500.

Diameter: 29mm, Thickness: 2.1mm, Weight: 9.93gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 9.93 g
Diameter: 29 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 11th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM40565

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Wharton

Spatial coordinates

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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