IOW-5EAA97: Post-Medieval: Token of Elizabeth I

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Unique ID: IOW-5EAA97

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post-Medieval lead alloy cut token or 'medalet' of Elizabeth I, probably dating c. 1574 (North 1991:140, ref: 2063).

Obverse: No legend; Double-headed eagle within a beaded border.

Reverse: B[EATI REGIN]A; Crowned rose all within a beaded border.

Diameter: 20.3mm; width: 9.8mm. Weight: 1.30g. DA=12:11.

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.

Despite not being a coin this token type has been designated as type 2063 by North (1991 Vol II, p. 140).

For a more complete example, see find: IOW-06C9B7.

North, J.J. 1991. English Hammered Coinage, Volume II, Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662. Spink & Son, London.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1574
Date to: Circa AD 1574

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.3 g
Diameter: 20.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 26th June 2019 - Wednesday 26th June 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2019-1-163

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: lead/pewter token
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Lead or pewter token: Elizabeth I, c. 1574 (N 2061-4)
Obverse description: Double-headed eagle within a beaded border
Obverse inscription: No legend
Reverse description: Crowned rose
Reverse inscription: [BEATI REGIN]A
Die axis measurement: 11 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1991 English Hammered Coinage: Volume 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662 London Spink and Son Ltd 140, ref: 2063

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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