Berkhamsted School, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

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A watching brief was undertaken on the construction of a new vestibule by the old part of the 16th century school. A jetton was found on the top of a new foundation trench.

The Nuremberg jetton is made of a thin bronze flan some 19mm in diameter and weighs less than a gram. It belongs to the ‘Rose/Orb type of jetton and is inscribed with the name of its manufacturer, ‘HANS KRAUWINCKEL’, followed by ‘IN NUR R.GOTES SEGEN MACHT REICHT’. It dates to the c. 1600 (ie late Elizabethan/Jacobean). They were used as counters for calculating money or could be used as a money substitute in games. Its dating is broadly contemporary with the early years of the original Grammar School.

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