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1260 AD Non Heraldic personal seal of freeholders, 4 have been found attached to pasture rights. The design is typical of mid 13thC non heraldic seals and part legend reads : AVDERTI:D


1894 Victorian milled silver sixpence
17th hooked fastener
17thC decorated sword hanger
Roman military baldric mount
Georgian harness decoration

1464 -1476 Edward IV - (Archiepiscopal issue) Archbishop George Neville hammered silver half penny 14.35mm , 0.55g

Quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross - - G and key by bust

York mint

1341 Edward III hammered silver Florin penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

18.88mm, 1.35g

1645 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) Tower mint under parliamant - Sun mint mark

1217/8 Henry III hamered silver short cross silver penny Class 7a


Rev RE(INAVD on C(A - Moneyer Reinald of Canterbury mint

19.98mm, 1.34g



1204/5 King John hammered silver cut halfpenny Class 5a - E before sceptre

Obv **** ald on ***

0.54g, 17.8mm

(1576-1612) Rudolf II. Dutch city Zwole 29.3mm, 4.01g


Looks like a Henry V penny - not checked the books yet

1601-2 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat 17.10mm, 0.88g - 7th issue, '1' mintmark





17thC mount


C10thC Saxon stirrup mount - Class B type 2 - Mounts with central heads and flanking beasts

46.71mm L x32.99mm W x 4.09mm T

Georgian watch winder
19thC livery button
Queen Victoria 60th year medallion
Large Georgian mount
Royal artillery cap badge
Large piece of medieval bonze pot bowl with rim
Georgian mount
17thC lead token
Lead sewing palm guard
15thC lead token - flower petal type
Post medieval cloth seal
Roman prick spur
1820 The old stock exchange - Auctioners, Sales of Estate houses token
1804 George III milled silver dollar (5 shillings) forgery
1850 Victorian milled silver sixpence
1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat
1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

'Still unrecorded, but I have it in my book as the below'


13th Light Dragoons

Officer - 1800-1830

RN Capt / Commander - 1812

1760's £3 12 shilling coin weight - used to weigh the Portuguese moidore series of gold coins

28.11mm, 27.96g

The name moidore is derived from Portuguese moeda de ouro, which literally meant "golden coin".

AD 1293 – 22 August 1350


Lamb left standing with banner coin wieight- French made weight for two coins , the agnel d'or of Philip VI, or the d'or of Jean le Bon and Charles VI

legend: P DE LAENEL


23.58g, 22.10mm

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/****EME - Durham mint

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


Obv CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR -Canterbury mint

Roman Delous buckle
HM coast guard button

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

17thC lead token
Post medieval lead bale seal
2 - Incomplete harness strap distributors (probably a bridle cheek piece) of the late Anglo-Saxon period
17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
18thC decorated clog fastener
1814 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg
1697 William III milled silver shilling


PORTUGAL.John II 1481-1495.AR.Real (Vintem).Lisbon mint.


PORTUGAL.John II 1481-1495.AR.Real (Vintem).Lisbon mint1.88g.
+IOHANES II R P ET A, Shield containing arms of Portugal, annulets either side.
 Reverse.+IOANES II R P ET A DGN, crowned Y L-L either side, an annulet has been cut over the right L. Ref:Gomes J2.11.01 varient.

Very rare 1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 1a - Lombardic N


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1.24g, 17.30mm

1848 Victorian milled silver 4 pence

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


Obv ***** ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


Rev aDV/NOL/MIE Durham mint


1582 - 4 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - A mint mark

1327-1335 Edward III hammered silver penny - First coinage - Archiepiscopal issue -Reverse has quatrefoil with pellet at centre


Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint

17.27mm, 0.85g

Medieval hammered silver penny in poor shape
Medieval hammered silver penny in poor shape
Post medieval lead bale seal
1678 Dutch lead bale seal
17thC sword belt fitting
Medieval mount - rivet fixing
18thC shield mount



Large 17thC mount with 4 integral lugs
Saxon period helmet trim, classic punched circle pattern.

17thC decorated belt slide - fern design
17thC acorn mount with 2 integral lugs
56th Regiment of foot badge

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

Obv EDWR ANGL ******

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Medieval prism mount
Roman dolphin headed open looped buckle fragment
1902 Edward VII milled silver shilling

Medieval enameled religious belt end- IHS, initials for IESUS HRISTOS SALVATOR, Jesus savior of man - some red and blue enameling remains

Nail of christ's cross above the lettering

In the Latin-speaking Christianity of medieval Western Europe, the most common Christogram is "IHS" or "IHC", derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, iota-eta-sigma. Here, the Greek letter eta was transliterated as the letter H in the Latin-speaking west (Greek eta and Latin-alphabet H had the same visual appearance and shared a common historical origin), while the Greek letter sigma was either transliterated as the Latin letter C (due to the visually similar form of the lunate sigma), or as Latin S (since these letters of the two alphabets wrote the same sound). Because the Latin-alphabet letters I and J were not systematically distinguished until the 17th century, "JHS" and "JHC" are equivalent to "IHS" and "IHC".

1351- 1352 Edward III hammered silver half groat - 4th coinage series C - pre treaty period


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint



Medieval harness shield pendant
West Yorkshire regiment lapel badge
WWII Royal artillery button
Georgian candle holder handle
17thC oval mounts with single integral lug
2 Georgian watch winders
18thC Royal artillery button
1550-1650 buckle


Venetian Soldino hammered silver coin

Rev: LAVS TIBI SOLI (Thee Alone be Praised). Haloed figure of Christ holding a cross.

Obv: LEO LAV DVX S M V (Leonardo Lauredan, Doge. St Mark of Venice.) Doge kneeling before Saint Mark.

Sent off to the Italian forum guys for confirmation of ID


Excellent 14th/15thC lead token - shield and pellet type

1204/5 King John hammered silver half penny - Class 5b


Rev ****FRE(I. ON - Moneyer Gifrei of Norwich

1247 Henry III voided long cross hammered silver half penny

Medieval hammered silver penny

CIVI/TAS /`*****

Very unusual Edward hammered silver penny - There is a mullet(star) stop next to the inital cross which is not one I know off - still researching

Obv *+ EDWA ****

Rev - CIVI/TAS/ *****

Unrecorded 91st Regiment of foot button - Argyllshire Highlanders
Medieval hammered silver fragment
Medieval strap fitting
Medieval strap fitting

1461 Edward IV Irish hammered silver penny

Obv EDW ***** NIE

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint


18thC silver thimble
Roman riveted plate
4thC Roman bronze coin
Medieval pot foot
1890 pattern General service Army button
Medieval annular buckle fragment

Royal Artillery button

Dates - 1840 - 1855

Tiny 1732 George II milled silver penny

Very important find as no examples exist with a clear initial mark and this appears to be a crown. The legend is also not one in the Withers reference book so I will send it off to the expert at the British museum. It is definetly a Henry VII as it has the distinctive cross fourchee cross ends only found in that King's coinage.

1485 Henry VII hammered silver half penny - 'brush' hair bust , Reverse cross fourchee , 0.26g,11.89mm

Obv **** A*ORZ (Crown)

Rev CIVI/TAS/ ***

George II trade weight - London hallmarks

Navy button H.M. Coast Guard
O/R's Button
In use 1820 - 1836 ?

Sterling bust English Jetton 1302-50

Rev - Three armed cross, 6 pellet clusters in angles, border pellets

Obv - Bust of Edward 1st trifoliate type in double circle

18th & 17thC thimbles
16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
Georgian plain silver ring
19thC livery button
19thC hunting button
Unrecorded 5th Dragoon guards buttons - Crimea wars period



92nd Regiment of Foot
( Highlander )
O/R's (Pewter) - 1798-1830
Officer (Silver) - 1798-1830


Medieval buckle with chape 34.73mm L

C14thC Medieval gold ring 1.31g,20.40mm dia

Medieval lead gaming piece
17thC lead token - Anchor type
Interesting brooch ? , fittings on back for pin and clasp but has a loop for a hanging pendant ? Not in the reference books so one for the museum. Feels more 17thC than Roman
17thC fretwork hooked fastener
Early Irish regimental pewter button - harp design
15thC lead token
George 1st copper halpenny love token - overstamped IC
C 1638 Charles 1st hammered silver sixpence - defaced bust during English silver war and heavily clipped - square topped shield with plume type
Medieval prick spur
Post Medieval lead bale seal
17thC copper jetton
19thC livery button
General Post Office button

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


Rev VIL/SCIE/DMV/NDI -Bury St Edmonds mint

1302- 50 AD Sterling bust English medieval jetton

Obv Bust , wearing cap ,in circle:border, strokes and pellets

Rev Straight cross 'quatrefoil-in-circles' in angles, border pellets

1720 George 1st milled silver penny
1697 William III milled silver shilling (12 pence) Coventry mint
Post medieval bale seal
1793 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg Port
1653 Louis XIV, Liard de France 'B' type copper coin
Post medieval bale seal
2ndC Roman fibula brooch
Royal Artillery button
Georgian gold plated watch winder
1825 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg Port
Really nice 17thC seal matrix - fish jumping out of water impression
1817 George III milled silver shilling forgery
1550-1650 buckle
16thC rosery hanger
1247 Henry III short cross hammered silver farthing (cut qtr)
1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny - Durham mint

1351-61 Edward III hammered silver pre treaty penny


Rev **S/L - London mint

18thC silver cufflink
Royal London Yacht Club
R. T. Y. C. - R. T. Y. C.
London, England
In use 1837 - 1901

Britain's Merchant Navy
Generic Design Issue
In use 1900 's onwards

BM - Extra high quality

RN Capt / Commander - 1812
RN customs
O/R's Button
In use 1820 - 1836 ?
19thC livery button
RN Purser - 1807
In use 1807 - 1825
1819 George III milled silver sixpence

Medieval Edward hammered silver penny

Obv **** ANGL DNS ****


4thC Roman bronze coin


1567-70 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - 4th Issue coronet mintmark

Roman votive figurine 48.34mm L, 14.68g

Medieval badges Ref Mitchiner p244 939 - 941


'A badge for a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in bronze and dating somewhere around C13/14th possibly very slightly later . This is a very scarce item and it relates to The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem being a Catholic chivalric order of Knighthood that traces its roots to Godfrey of Bouillon, principal leader of the First Crusade. According to reliable sources in the Vatican and Jerusalem, it began in historical reality as a mixed clerical and lay confraternity (association) of pilgrims which gradually grew around the most central of the Christian holy places in the Middle East, the Holy Sepulchre or the tomb of Jesus Christ.This would have been a pin for a member of the order , there is a mark on the reverse where the original pin would have been fixed '

Lead owl figurine mount - very difficult to date - one for the museum to look at

19thC Victoria hall marked 1/2 oz bell type trade weight


Very unusual bullion cup weight
19thC button
15thC casket key

1553 Hans Schultes I 'Ship penny' jetton

Obv Sailing ship facing left

Rev Traditional 'four fleurs in a lozenge' crown HANS rosette SCHVLTES cross PO


1377-1399 Richard II hammered silver half penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

0.48g, 13.62mm

1680-96 6 pence silver bullion weight


Medieval decorated book clasp
1653 hammered copper trade farthing - John Chandler in Stratford St Mary Suffolk
18thC decorated clog fastener
Royal Horse Artillery
Officer & O/R's - 1802 - 1829
1840 Victorian milled silver sixpence
1801 Danish 2 skilling silver coin
1817 George III milled silver sixpence

Royal Navy Lieutenant button - 1748

17thC decorated crotal bell
19thC livery button
Georgian watch winder
600 AD Saxon silver sceat 1.20g, 12.12mm - Sent to the Fitzwilliam museum for recording and ID


Medieval gilded cherub mount - reported as treasure to Colchester museum

13.82mm H x14.84mm W, 1.05g

1413-22 Henry V hammered silver half groat - pierced cross - mullet in centre of breast

20.59mm, 1.82g




2nd coinage 1533-1544 Henry VIII hammered silver half groat - TC beside shiled - Archbishop Thomas Cranmer) Inital mark Catherine wheel


Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1.20g, 18.5mm

1697 William III milled silver shilling - love token

1361-69 Edward III hamered silver penny - Treaty period - York Type 2 with quatrefoil on the breast - quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross

0.73g, 15.58mm


Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint


1613-15 James 1st hammered silver 6 pence - 2nd coinage -Cinquefoil mintmark

Perfect legend on this example


1217/8 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny - Class 7a - 'A' has top and middle bar


Rev LVN ON CANT - Moneyer LVN of Canterbury mint

1592-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny- Tun mintmark
1576-9 Antwerp hand coin weight - Maker KI unknown
Medieval decorated book clasp
1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
1550-1650 buckle
18thC mount
Georgian button
18thC decorated clog fastener
1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
Not sure of this yet ?
Post medieval lead cloth seal
1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
1550-1650 buckle
Georgian mount
16thC Tudor button
1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
20thC 'Old King Cole' badge
18thC bayonet scabbard pommel
1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
1550-1650 buckle
Georgian buckle
18thC decorated clog fastener
17thC oval mount with single integral lug

1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton



70BC Morini 'boat tree' type Celtic gold 1/4 stater 1.48g, 10.28 mm

Mass Bruce's Roman

NH Scott's 6 Roman's

Unless I am mistaken, all 7 of these belong to the brother team of Magnentius & Decentius - a fairly short-lived (350-353 AD) Augustus/Caesar pair of the sort promoted to Augustus, ad-hoc, by their legions. This was a very common story during the chaos-years of the later 3rd century, but happened far less often in the 4th.  Magnentius had been a top general of Constans' - his army proclaimed him Augustus and since Constans did him the favor of being captured and executed conveniently quickly - within a few months - Magnentius was duly recognized as Augustus in most of the Western provinces in 350.  The next year he elevated his little brother Decentius to be his colleague Caesar.
Constantius II was not pleased by the Western upstarts and within 2 years had defeated them in a couple of significant battles.  Realizing the jig was up, they both committed suicide in 353.
Although these reverse types are known for other rulers (for whom they are pretty rare), they are especially associated with Magnentius & Decentius, both of whom were always portrayed "bare headed" - no laurels or diadems, etc. - and both of whom sported distinctive "mullett" hairdos like you see on the clearest specimens here.  Since I believe the obverse legend on that nice one of Bruce's ends in "AVG", I'd say it's most likely Magnentius.  Any on which the obverse legend ends (around 5:00) in CAES, CAESAR,  NOB C, or NC can safely be assumed to be Decentius.
The type with the 2 Victories resting shield inscribed: VOT / V / MVLT / X on a cippus (or just holding it between them) woul have a legend like: VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES - and was common for both of them.  The large Chi-Rho Christogram reverse was used on both the centenionalis and short-lived double-centenionalis denominations - it's not really scarce, but is sought-after making it a bit more expensive for those wanting to buy one.  This is a common factor in ancient coins, those with some sort of "religious" reference are always found desirable by folks who have no other interest in ancient coins, thereby driving up the prices (like the so-called "Tribute Penny" denarius of Tiberius - of which your diggers have found several - which is the most common silver coin of the early 1st century, but sells for 3-4 times as much as any other).
This pair struck only in the Western mints: Amiens, Trier, Lyon, Arles, Aquilea, Rome and Siscia
You have the Chi-Rho reverse 90º counter-clockwise out of alignment, by the way. in the left and right interstices of the Chi are "A" and "W" (Alpha/Omega).  You can see these letters pretty clearly on this specimen although the "P"-shaped top of the Rho seems to have taken too much damage to be visible.
Some examples from my collection:
Magnentius: Chi-Rho double-centenionalis:
typical 2 Victories:
2 Victories from a British MD find:
a couple less-common reverses:


Mark Lehman has sent me futher information on Fl Don's Roman silver find

Under closer examination and tweaking the images a little, I'm pretty sure this piece at least began its career as a half-siliqua of Arcadius, 383-408 AD.  If I am reading the lower letter-seriphs on the obverse correctly, what's visible should, I believe, read "D N ARCADI [ VS P F AVG]" - the legend breaking between I - V is correct for Arcadius too. 
Interestingly - and I'm not sure whether this "proves" anything or not, I also have a siliqua of Arcadius showing some clipping and which also weighs exactly 0.7gm  - this complicates the issue a little, since I can't see any features on the reverse of your coin which would indicate either Roma seated left (legend: VIRTVS ROMANORVM or VRBS ROMA) or a "Vota" type with vows: VOT / X / MVLT / XX in a wreath - which are the only 2 reverse types for Arcadius' siliquae - but that piece from my collection might also be a siliqua officially clipped-down to sceat-size.  Certainly to make a sceat out of a half-siliqua would require the removal of a lot less metal - or your piece might merely be a skimpy, underweight half-siliqua with no clipping.
However, the reverse of yours I cannot be quite as certain about as the obverse, but I believe it is VICTORIA AVGG (or AVGGG, depending on the era - 2 emperors before, or 3 after the ascension of Theodosius II in 402) with Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.  I believe I can see [VI] CTOR [IA  AVGG(G?)] between 9:00 - 11:00.  The crook-like feature at the top-right should be Victory's arm holding up a wreath at about 12:00.  Although these are AE denominations and some years earlier, the general design of the reverse should be the same or similar as one or the other of these two: or
I can't make out anything at all for a mint mark, so I can't tell you the city of origin with certainty, but it appears that Arcadius struck half-siliquae only at Milan (MD in exergue) Aquilea (AQPS in exergue) or Rome (RM in exergue).  In case you can make out letters at the bottom, that's the list of probable exergual mint marks to look for on a half-siliqua of Arcadius. 
Good digging this season!
It's encouraging that your first Roman is an interesting AR instead of an AE grot for a change!

Medieval dagger chape

45 BC Addedomaros Celtic gold coin 18.64mm, 5.61g sent to CCI for recording

Very unusual die strike - gold appears to be in an almost non moldern state during the strike

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