Made across Europe from the 1200s to the 1400s, jettons were used as counters for calculating. Placed on a chequered board or cloth they could be moved in a similar way to beads on an abacus to perform simple arithmetic. This example was made in Nuremberg in the 1500s. Featuring the Virgin and Child, it is typical of the religious and educational subjects used. Found during excavations at Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway.
dia 26.5mm (dia 1 1/16")
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