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30.07.2021

Jetton

Medieval period, between 1480 and 1500.

Found by Wessex Archaeology at the Evans Halshaw site, Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire, in the early 2000s.

This copper alloy disk, although minted just like a coin, was actually used by a late medieval businessman to count on a blackboard. The earliest jettons used in England were made in that country, but this one was imported from Nuremberg in the 15th century. Jettons have always been decorated, here depicting a fleur-de-lis and a shield. Although the Evans Halshaw site, now known as Silchester Place, is within Hyde Abbey, the jettons were most likely used for trade by the people who lived outside its walls.

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