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English medieval jeton, groat-sized

English medieval jeton, c.1280, groat-sized piece with facing mitred bust, produced from an official face punch for groats of Edward I (unpublished), copper alloy, 25mm, 3.46g. Found in Ely, 3 October 2001.

This is a significant discovery, marking the earliest phase of jeton production in England. The use of the groat punch for jetons is previously unrecorded.

(CM.1989-2001)

Purchased from the Allen Manheim Fund