Boy Bishop Token

Priory of Black Friars
Bury St Edmunds, England

13th Century

Lead

1 inch; the size of a groat

Obverse legend: SANCT NICHOLAE ORA PRO NO
Reverse: large cross, with AVE REX GENTIS ANGLORUM

These tokens were distributed by the Boy Bishop and probably exchanged for sweetmeats or alms at the abbey almonry or local merchants. They may also have been used as small change.