This coin, token or seal was found in southern Iberia, west of Huelva, but completely outside of any archaeological context. It is known authentic, though could be a contemporary replica. I started with the assumption that it was a coin, due to its thickness and style. Unfortunately there is no obvious detail in the impression to even start to place it, not even a clear letter, but the impression is there all the same, from rows of dots, a zone that appears like larger writing, and so on. How it looks depends on how it is held, as usual for unreadable surfaces. After looking for all lead emmissions of the area, for example Ossonuba and Balsa, none seem to fit the design or size. Lead replicas of larger Roman coins seem absent also.
So maybe it is not a coin, or token even. There are some peculiarities that point to it being a seal... it is a peculiar item. Though maybe thick for a seal, there is a visible join or delamination around the edge. This could even just feasibly be two coins kept together. I do not mind what the object turns out to be. What is more unusual is that the interior is fully crystalised, I "know" it is lead based , or heavily leaded, as the outside feel, the nature of marks, point to this, as well as the weight. So maybe it was high arsenic, antimony, tin, silver content? I don't know, but it does not rub off lead on paper, and it gives a slight ring when tapped... I have not seen lead like this. There is nowhere to test it for now, I suppose a specific gravity test might help, maybe not.
So I am just looking for ideas, or that someone somehow recognises the overall shape of the design. It could be pre-roman up to medieval, or later even, I am thinking roman period, including republican, only because of the state of the metal, and the catalogue of trade and tax seals in use since 1500 for the area, including imports, does not seem to present any similar, I might be completely wrong on that guess. Note that what looks like a V in one picture actually seems to extend into a phoenician boat symbol, but they did not draw them quite like that.
Anyway, I leave it to anyone who enjoys helping on these questions, will stop me going nuts from trying to figure it out at least. Even just knowing that lead crystalises this much sometimes, or over what period of time, would be a pointer.
Thanks for looking.
Dia. 34 mm at max.
Thickness @ 3 mm
Weight 21.98 gr. ( metric weights only started mid 19th in region if I remember properly, so if as recent trade weight..
possible...not really though)
Middle picture shows delamination/two halves, dark grey crystal interior structure from recent chipping.