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Unique ID: PUBLIC-0B3737
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A worn lead-alloy medieval token or 'medalet' of Elizabeth I, probably dating c. AD 1574. The obverse depicts a double-headed eagle with wings outstretched, no legend and rimmed by a beaded border; the reverse depicts a crowned Tudor rose with 'GOD SAVE THE QVEN' (N reverse barred) around the outer edge and an E and an R at either side of the rose, similar border to the obverse except finer possibly mimicking milled coinage.
According to North (1991, 140), it is likely that rather than being used as tokens, these objects were probably used as political medalets or counters (North 1991, 140). Despite not being a coin this token type has been designated as type 2062 by North (1991 Vol II, p. 140).
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 3.31 g
Diameter: 21.5 mm
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 23rd December 2018
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Issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Denomination: lead/pewter token
Obverse description: Double-headed eagle with wings outstretched
Reverse description: Crowned rose flanked by E and R
Reverse inscription: GOD SAVE THE QVEN //E//R//
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
4 Figure: TQ1253
Four figure Latitude: 51.26516247
Four figure longitude: -0.39608533
1:25K map: TQ1253
1:10K map: TQ15SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.
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