A New Reverse Legend for Rigold’s Series I/C Groat-Sized ‘Boy Bishop’ Tokens – A. G. Bliss

During the later 15th and early 16th century, large numbers of leaden tokens were produced across Suffolk as a component of the ‘Boy Bishop’ festivities that accompanied the liturgical celebration of St Nicholas. Despite the large quantities of these tokens that exist and the proliferation of new variants, little work has been undertaken on them since Stuart Rigold’s typology was developed in the late 1970s. This note brings to attention and translates a new reverse legend for his series I/C, encountered on two new pieces recently recorded by the Suffolk Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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