A cast lead weight with a separate copper-alloy element embedded at the centre. The weight is disc-shaped with a slight conical top. The simple insert is rectangular in plan and cross section, and is pinched into the top of the weight leaving shallow impressions around.


The practice of embedding decorative objects in a lead base seems to be most prevalent from the 9th to the 11th century AD, although earlier datable examples exist. Many such items can be reliably associated with the Vikings, but some may be linked with the Anglo-Saxons. The fact that a number of them have been found inset with silver coins suggests that, at least in some cases, they might have been used for weighing bullion, but other possibilities exist, including their use as gaming pieces.