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2nd Oct 2009 Neat seal matrix - Another Saxon penny - more slots opened up

The guys are still doing amazingly well considering that we have not had a decent rain for months. Luckily the fields have now been rolled like billiard tables as the farmers put in the seeds. Digging is easy but we are still getting no depth. A couple of new sites however are just like rock so we can't get on them to start hot spotting. I have opened up more slots on the 7th Nov by which time we must have got some rain to compress the fields and can then get on these sites.

Another new site will hopefully be available to search from the 24th Oct, a dozen new fields in a prime location. I am waiting to get the contract signed as the farmer is very busy out there working on his land.

Guys last day ended well with Toronto Boris finding a stonking sliver seal matrix treasure. Ohio Eric found another rare Æthelred Saxon silver penny that I have sent off to the Fitzwilliam museum for recording and confirmed ID. It appears to be a later version of the similar coin found earlier in the week.

More great finds and hammered silver posted to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page.

 

995-7 Late transitional period - Æthelred II 'crux' type South Eastern mint bust type Fig 7 - Eadpold, moneyer

Bar headed bust left Voided short cross with C,R,V,X in angles

Obv + AEDELRED REX . ANGLO\X, written with sperate R & X

Rev + EADPOLD M : U CAENT - Cantebury mint

Æthelred the Unready, or Æthelred II,(c. 968 – 23 April 1016), was a king of the English (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was a son of King Edgar and Queen Ælfthryth. His reign was much troubled by Danish Viking raiders. Æthelred was only about 10 (no more than 13) when his half-brother Edward was murdered and was not personally suspected of participation. But as the deed occurred at Corfe Castle by the attendants of Æthelred's mother, it made it more difficult for the new king to rally the nation against the invader, especially as a legend of St Edward the Martyr soon grew. Later, Æthelred ordered a massacre of Danish settlers in 1002 and also paid tribute, or Danegeld, to Danish leaders from 991 onwards. In 1013, Æthelred fled to Normandy and was replaced by Sweyn, who was also king of Denmark. However, Æthelred returned as king after Sweyn died the following year. "Unready" is from Anglo-Saxon unræd, meaning ill-advised

 

Stunning 17thC seal matrix - reported to museum as treasure

Red enamelled pin for the 'Cherry Coons Club'. With Eb' and Flo'.

Eb' and Flo' was a comic strip produced by British cartoonist Wilfred Haughton. Haughton is best known as being the illustrator of Disney comics in Britain during the 1930s. There is not much information about him available on the internet.

Interesting grasshopper figurine - not sure of date one for the museum

1897 Zuid Afrika republic coin - 2 shillings (24 pence)

 

 

30th Sept 2009 Confirmed Saxon penny ID - Scottish hammered silver - Bronze age axes

A new site that has already produced a 1300 BC gold ring last week also produced two 850 BC axe head fragments off two different fields today and yesterday. Both fields also have signs of bronze casting waste indicating these areas might have been used as a foundry for making them.

 

2 - 850BC Bronze Age socketed axe head fragments

25.51mm L ---- 23.51mm L

Scottish hammered silver coins are a rare find here in the south of England. Usually we get one a year but a new site we started hunting this year must have had a huge Scottish presence back in the 13thC as they are spread over 3 fields. Great early finds.

Dr Martin at the Fitzmuseum has sent me back the revised ID on the Æthelred Saxon coin. It is a class 2 bust and is recorded as EMC 2009.0327 on the National early medieval corpus database.

More great finds and hammered silver posted to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page.

 

 

Scottish 1249 Alexander III hammered silver cut half penny - Class 3

Obv ALEXANDER REX

Moneyer Nicole of Edinburgh

Scottish 1249 Alexander III hammered silver penny- Class 3

Possible Moneyer Robert of Berwick

Scottish 1249 Alexander III hammered silver penny - Class 3

Obv ALEXANDER REX

Moneyer Nicole of Edinburgh

Thank you for letting us know about this very new find (EMC 2009.0327).

A Late Transitional coin of the Crux type would be an fairly uncommon find, but unfortunately this is not Late Transitional. The bust is North Fig. 2 (note the double drapery in front in Fig. 7) and the R and X are not separate. These differences may not be easy to spot if you do not see large numbers of Anglo-Saxon coins on a regular basis.

Your readings of the inscriptions are very helpful as they would be impossible to recover in full from the images.

With thanks,

Martin

 

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny - Class IIIA

Obv HENRICVS REX

Rev WIL/LEM/ONC/ANT - Moneyer Willem of Canterbury mint

 

 

29th Sept First modern gold of the season and a Saxon silver penny

Cal Sarah banged in her first ever gold coin and the first milled gold of the season, really crisp Victorian half sovereign off a brand new field. Then Can Boris found a monster on the same field, Saxon silver penny and then a mint Henry VII groat . Great days detecting.

More great finds and hammered silver posted to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page.

Updated the gold page with the latest finds

 

 

 

995-7 Late transitional period - Æthelred II 'crux' type South Eastern mint bust type Fig 7 - Eadpold, moneyer

Bar headed bust left Voided short cross with C,R,V,X in angles

Obv + AEDELRED REX . ANGLO\X, written with sperate R & X

Rev + EADPOLD M : U CAENT - Cantebury mint

Æthelred the Unready, or Æthelred II,(c. 968 – 23 April 1016), was a king of the English (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was a son of King Edgar and Queen Ælfthryth. His reign was much troubled by Danish Viking raiders. Æthelred was only about 10 (no more than 13) when his half-brother Edward was murdered and was not personally suspected of participation. But as the deed occurred at Corfe Castle by the attendants of Æthelred's mother, it made it more difficult for the new king to rally the nation against the invader, especially as a legend of St Edward the Martyr soon grew. Later, Æthelred ordered a massacre of Danish settlers in 1002 and also paid tribute, or Danegeld, to Danish leaders from 991 onwards. In 1013, Æthelred fled to Normandy and was replaced by Sweyn, who was also king of Denmark. However, Æthelred returned as king after Sweyn died the following year. "Unready" is from Anglo-Saxon unræd, meaning ill-advised

 

1844 Victorian gold half sovereign

Excellent find

Damianus Krauwinckel Master 1543 - first active member of the Krauwinckel family

'Lion of Saint Mark' jetton

Lion of St Mark standing left ,nimbate and winged, holding book of the Gospels

Obv DOMIANVS rosette KRAVWINCK

Rev Imperial orb surrounded by cross patty - fictitious inscription

1485 -90 Henry VII hammered silver half groat 19.80, 1.49g

CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint Class II

Archbishop Morton

 

 

28th Sept 2009 Another gold ring and continental silver

Mass Mike found another gold ring which is hall marked older than first thought. The guys are finding some interesting continental silver as we are situated next to the coast of Europe, I really like the Russian coin.

More great finds and hammered silver posted to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page.

Updated the gold page with the latest finds

 

 

1855 - 9 carat gold ring - 2.58g, Mintmark Birmingham (anchor G)

 

Neat relic - musket ball still lodged in wood

Heart attack find on a Celtic site - 1975 gilded FIFA football trophy key ring

 

1786 Danish milled silver 2 Skilling

Danske of Christian VII

1694 Danish milled silver 2 Skilling
1815 Russia Alexander I milled silver 5 Kopeks

 

 

 

26th Sept 2009 More treasures at the inquest - Celtic gold recorded

The Oregon boys left today after an amazing hunt where Ed was on fire and got Saxon, Celtic and that staggeringly old 1300 BC gold ring. His buddy Org Gary got that stonking Medieval stirrup type sapphire gold ring and now they have to wait to see the curators report from the British museum on their finds.

I received the official letter from Chelmsford coroners court yesterday and 9 of our reported treasures were all declared treasure by Mrs Beasley Murray the presiding judge. They must have added a couple more treasures to the list at the last minute as I thought we only had 7 being heard, the extra ones were Can Dan's silver cufflinks and Idaho Gerry's medieval silver terminal. These will all now go forward to the valuation committee stage where a board of experts will decide on their current market value and send both the landowner and finder an offer to purchase.

More great finds and hammered silver posted to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page.

I have updated the forum competition page with those guys bags I have counted the coppers found. Forum comp

 

 

CCI 09.3448, CCI 09.3450, CCI 09.3451

John Stills who took over the Celtic Coin index from Philip De Jersey has just sent me more info on the Celtic gold coins I sent to him and there CCI reference numbers.

Thanks for the three gold coins to record, the first Gallo-Belgic D you sent is now CCI 09.3448, the second is 09.3450 and the Addedomaros stater is 09.3451.  The Gallo-Belgic D quarters are both Scheers class 3, probably struck around the same time as the earliest Gallic War uniface staters, in other words around 58-56 BC.  The second coin is a slightly unusual variety, known from only a couple of reverse dies, with four rather than two symbols below the wavy line on the reverse; from memory there are 30 or so known of this type so it's quite scarce
 
The Addedomaros has been struck from a very worn obverse die and a highly flawed reverse one, giving the appearance of 'molten' metal, especially when the blanks were likely to be quite hot and soft when struck.  Addedomaros staters of this 'whorl'  type seem to have been struck in quite large quantities, and to speed up production the dies were often kept in use until they were heavily worn and flawed to avoid cutting new ones.  Although they tend to be less desirable from a collector's point of view they're very useful to anyone putting trying to establish the sequence of dies, as Philip and I have both done with this series.
 
 
All the best
 
John
 

 

A happy Oregon Ed

 

Scottish 1249 Alexander III hammered silver penny - Class 3

Obv ALEXANDER REX

Moneyer Nicole of Edinburgh

Largest 18thC toy cannon I have seen - over 4 inches long

 

1485 Henry VII hammered silver sovereign penny - Keys by shield - Archbishop Rotherham - pillars to throne

York mint

 

 

25th Sept 2009 Two more great gold ring finds - Saxon hoard story

 

Massive million £ hoard found - watch the video

Huge hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure uncovered in UK

 

Yet more unbelievable finds being made including this stonking medieval gold ring find by Billericay Mark. The inscription on the inside is a French family but the outer legend is slightly worn with use. Both the landowner and museum have been informed that it is treasure. Fl Gene then finds another really neat gold ring, this time turn of the century signet ring. One of my favourite finds is that superb 18thC 91st Regiment of foot belt buckle.I have posted a bunch more neat finds to the latest hunt page Sept 2009 hunt page. I have some really great finds to upload yet including a really crisp medieval Scottish hammered coin.

Updated the hoard and treasure page with the latest finds

Updated the gold page with the latest finds

 

 

 

 

 

Medieval gold ring - full inscription inside and out - reported to Colchester museum as treasure

Inner - PEULET Z (FRENCH NAME )

Outer - SF UNY

17.18mm, 4.17g

20thC mans gold signet ring

 

Tiny 1603 James 1st hammered silver halfpenny penny - portcullis type

 

Superb find - 18thC 91st Regiment of foot belt buckle

The 91st Regiment of Foot was raised four times. First raised in 1759 but disbanded in 1763. It was raised again in Shropshire as the 91st (Shropshire Voluntiers) in 1779. It was sent to the West Indies in 1780 serving as a garrison force on St Lucia and Barbados. In 1784 it was disbanded in England.

 

 

24th Sept 2009 The monster find and a confirmed Roman bronze hoard - come and help us

Our latest treasures at the coroner's inquest on the 23rd Sept made the papers.

Treasures found in Tendring

'Among the treasures was a medieval gold figurine of John the Baptist, discovered in Tendring in October last year, made in the late 15th century. The item is “unusual” because he appears as a prophet.'

This find from Org Ed is the absolute monster, 3300 year old bronze age gold ring. Simply stunning find on new land we are just wandering around aimlessly trying to hot spot. Reported to both Colchester museum and landowner as treasure.

'While the object belongs broadly to the class of Bronze Age penannular rings, it has more in common with Middle Bronze age type (which includes composite rings) than with the later Bronze age series Date c 1300-1150 BC'

See Annual treasure report (2006 T451) for a similar example

 

 

Monster find -Circa c 1300-1150 BC Bronze age gold open backed triple banded gold ring - penannular

3.48g, 13.73mm dia x 6.74mm H

Reported to Colchester museum as treasure

Mass Bruce, Scott and Mike found more Roman bronzes yesterday to add to the 7 they found earlier so I spoke to the museum this morning and it has been officially declared a hoard. The land is very dry and just rolled so no doubt we will be adding more to the 'pot' over the coming months as moisture and compression give us more depth. We have found several gold hoards and Roman silver hoards over the previous seasons but this is our very first Roman bronze hoard, fantastic find.

Mark Lehman has ID'd the 'hoard' Romans on the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page and given his views based on the current coins found in the hoard.

Given that all these "hoard" coins so far have been of Magnentius and Decentius, and all show little to no wear - check the hair and ear detail - it's probably reasonable to assume that they were a freshly minted group of coins which had been kept together from the time they were made until they were buried.  The one clear mint mark seems to be Lugdunum (Lyon) - I'll be interested to see if other mints' ID's are found. [I just checked the earlier images and the one relatively clear mint mark appears to be Trier - so although they are all from the same time-frame, it probably wasn't a "sealed mint bag" situation - but it still dates the hoard very tightly to 360-365 or so unless we have some evidence that their coinage was demonetized] 
I'm thinking that depending on how many pieces eventually come to light, this might be the quartermaster's purse (or chest) for a detachment of troops sent from the continent to Britain - perhaps on garrison duty - although the 360's is getting pretty late for organized and active Roman involvement in Britian.  At very least, we can tell that it was a group of freshly minted coins which, for whatever reason, had been kept together - I suppose a frugal soldier might have saved a few months' pay - or a merchant might have done some ad-hoc "banking" - but the ultimate numbers of the hoard will tell us more.
 
Mark
 

New Barn accommodation near the new 60 field site

The guys on the members forum have been 'googling' looking for suitable accommodation near our new 60 field plot. They have found a really smart newly converted Barn with 3 separate apartments 2 miles from the site. Each one is really nice with bedroom, lounge and kitchen facilities. I spoke to the owner and she has a another barn we can store any wet gear and shovels if needed. She also has further really smart B&B accommodation and can cater for another 5 guys if needed. She also would be happy to supply packed lunches for the guys to take to the fields with them.

The 3 apartments are : a double, a twin and a triple (2 bedrooms). They are very well equipped and here is the spec of the double.

 

Kingsize bed (5 feet wide) and two bedside cabinets with bedside lights.
Wardrobe and chest of drawers with glass top.
Hairdryer.
Carpeted floor.
Stable door leads from the bedroom onto an outside patio area.

Three seater leather sofa.
Colour Television/DVD and stereo system.
Bookcase, nest of coffee tables and an occasional lamp.
Tiled floor.

Electric cooker.
Microwave Oven.
Refrigerator.
Electric toaster and electric kettle.
Dining table with drop-down leaves and two chairs.
Crockery, glassware, cutlery and cooking utensils.
Tablecloth and tea towels.
Iron and ironing board.
Vacuum cleaner, dustpan, brushes, bucket, mop and floorcloth.
Tiled floor.

Shower (no bath).
Washbasin.
Raised toilet with grab rails and low-level washbasin.
Bath and hand towels.

Remember this is a brand new site that has never been detected before and is it is only available to hunt from the end of bird hunting season Feb 1st to April when the crops grow too high. If you fancy being the first on this plot then come along and give us a hand as this will take us years to try and cover. We need to try and throw as many bodies as possible out there as we also still have our 250 normal fields to cover as well.

It is a serious Roman area next to Colchester with a known documented Roman village at it's centre, roman roads, dykes and medieval churches cover it.

This will be a go as you please hunt ( as many hunting hours as you like ) with your own vehicle or shared, your choice. The plot is massive and impossible to walk to without transport. I will be producing a new page on our site shortly giving more detail. A senior member will be in charge and can drive up to a maximum of 7 guys with a NA license if required. You will get the normal full support with photographing and ID'ing of finds, liaising with museums and full export documentation, application and approval as part of the package.

Drop me a mail if you are interested newland@colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk

 

23rd Sept 2009 Hard as a rock but great rewards - another Celtic gold - Inquest day

 

5 amazing treasures of ours, including that huge sapphire medieval gold ring and the medieval gold statue, are having their inquest at Chelmsford Coroners court today. They will probably make the local paper and I will post the article if it does.

A new site yesterday was hard as a rock but the guys managed to chisel out some more great finds. Org Gary even managed to bend his custom pick axe digging a good target. Mass Mike, in very dry nuggety conditions, still managed to find the first full gold stater of the season, 45 BC Addedomaros who was a local King of Colchester. I have sent it off to the Celtic coin index for recording. That was our 73rd Celtic gold coin find, amazing. Loads more fields have just been ploughed and rolled and even farmers that normally do not plough their land to Nov are coming on line. There are probably nearly 200 fields for the guys to pick from but we desperately need is rain to help compress these suckers.

I am totally backed up with posting finds and will try and get a bunch posted today to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page.

Updated the gold page with the latest finds

Gary tried to straighten it but now he has only two prongs left on his axe !!

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 molten state during the strike

 

Saxon Stirrup terminal

Early Medieval 11th century

 

 

22nd Sept 2009 - 2nd Celtic gold of the season - Potential Roman hoard found

Oregon Ed has found our 2nd Celtic gold of the season and another stonking 70 BC Morini 'boat tree' type. I have sent it off to the Celtic Coin Index for recording. This has a very unusual die type that is showing the obverse bottom inscription. This is only the 2nd Morini find of ours with that inscription showing, the other one was found over 6 years ago.

Another exciting find on new land by an old river is 7 Roman coins found by NH Scott and Mass Bruce. I think they have potentially found a hoard as they are all of the same age and in very close proximity to each other. For it to be officially reported to a the museum as hoard there has to 10 bronzes or more. The land conditions were very poor, dry and nuggety so a return visit when we have had some rain and compression will no doubt turn up more. They are in remarkable condition so it suggests they came out of a pot. I sent them off to Mark Lehman and his fascinating reply is posted below the coins.

 

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: http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album167/26_Magnentius_SAL_AMB
typical 2 Victories:
2 Victories from a British MD find:
a couple less-common reverses:
 
Decentius:
 
Mark
 

 

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 http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album83/02_Arcadius_Sil_MIL  - 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:  http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album82/09_Valentinian_I_SER_ALE or http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album82/37_Valentinian_II_VIA_SIS
 
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!
 
Mark

 

Medieval dagger chape

 

 

21st Sept 2009 First Celtic gold of the season - Roman silver ID - More amazing finds

Updated the hoard and treasure page with the latest finds

Updated the gold page with the latest finds

Uploaded a load more to to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page

 

 

70BC Morini 'boat tree' type Celtic gold 1/4 stater 1.46g, 11.33 mm

 

 

Tiny Mid 4thC Roman silver coin - clipped to appear like a Saxon sceat

13.2mm,0.70g

 

Mass 'axe hoard' Bruce dug the first Celtic gold of the season and what a beauty, the earliest Celtic gold's you can find at 70 BC. It has been several years since Bruce, who found part of a Celtic gold coin hoard on display at the museum found his last gold and I was standing right next to him when he dug it, amazing moment. I have sent it off to the Celtic Coin Index for recording and the CCI reference.

I have had a fascinating e-mail in from Mark Lehman our Roman coin expert on the crispy Roman silver found last week. I had never seen such a small Roman silver and at the time Fl Don dug it he thought it was a Saxon Sceat. That area is proving to be avery good Saxon area for artifacts. Mark's reply fits perfectly for that area.

The siliquae of the late 4th and early 5th century were quite small and rather lightweight - it tends to show, among other things, how little silver the Romans had easy access to at that point.  Your piece may be a fractional siliqua struck with full-size siliqua dies, a contemporary copy, or may have deteriorated in situ - or there may be yet another story behind this one.  There was a time in the post-Roman era when existing siliquae were officially clipped down to a size and weight to circulate alongside Saxon sceatta - and this may be a product of that or a similar era and process.
I will look forward to seeing whatever may come of your cleaning efforts, since there's not enough showing to tell you anything you don't already seem to know about this one.
 
Mark

I replied to Mark that the coin is too fragile to try and clean and here was his 2nd reply

 

I will have another look at your photos, but I'm afraid that there probably just isn't legend enough on the obverse nor detail enough on the reverse to pin it down to a specific emperor or even be certain whether it was originally official issue vs contemporary copy, etc.  I have in my collection a Valentinian dynasty-era "subaeratus" fourree of a silique which has been cut down to sceat size and weight.
 
So I do tend to suspect that your piece was either produced in or altered to its present form in the Saxon era
 
Evidently they didn't much care if the coins they were clipping were official issues, copies, or counterfeits, but this is only one example of an earlier "obsolete" currency being clipped-down to a lower standard weight by a succeeding culture - this happened often in the European countries bordering the Byzantine Empire (Bulgaria, Romania, etc) and among the Islamic "Arab Sasanians" who clipped the earlier Zoroastiran Sasanian dihrems down to the size of their circulating dihrems a couple centuries later.
 
Mark

 

1509 -26 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Pheon mint mark

2.87g, 26.93mm

 

 

1279 -Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Cross Potent Class 3f - Lombardic N

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1.18g, 18.71mm

 

17thC William Greeveson of Durham hammered copper trade farthing
17thC Thomas Beckwith of Coggeshall in Essex hammered copper trade half penny

 

 

19th Sept 2009 Another 3 treasures reported and more great finds

The guys are out and about making some great finds including 3 treasures, 2 medieval silver mounts and a decorated silver bodkin needle. The guys are really on their game finding two tiny Venetian silver soldino coins and one of the tiniest hammered silver coin you can find a Charles 1st silver half penny. Fl Don found a really nice rare 5thC Roman silver coin I have yet to clean up. I have posted a load more great finds to the latest finds page New finds page Sept 2009.

1501-1521).
Venetian Soldino hammered silver coin 0.26g,12.08mm

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

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

 

Medieval silver Fleur De Lis hat badge - reported as treasure to museum

Probably one of the smallest hammered silver coins you can find, 1/3rd the weight of a Medieval silver farthing

1625-42 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - Rose each side - no legend type

0.17g, 9.5mm

Medieval figurine mount 32.86mm H , 10.30g

 

 

 

18th Sept 2009 Stunning jettons and hammered

I have created a new finds page to speed up load times, just uploaded a bunch more.

New finds page created Sept 2009

Some of the jettons and hammered found by the guys on another new site yesterday are the finest examples I have ever seen. The land up until recently had been pasture and therefore has not suffered the rigor of ploughing, oxygen, fertilizer and water. To a lover of Jettons like myself these are truly staggering finds and if you look at the jetton page on this site you will see the normal effect of corrosion of coins of this age. Hopefully there are more of the same on the new site waiting to be discovered. Some of the hammered silver like the Henry VII penny below are in mint condition also.

 

 

Mint condition 1340 AD French Jetton

Crown introduced in 1340 by Philip VI (1328-50)

Royal Crown with 3 rosettes across body of crown

Rev Triple banded straight cross fleuretty AV

 

 

1310-14 Sterling bust English Jetton Edward II Class XI

Rev - Long cross patonce 6 pellet clusters in angles, border pellets

Obv - Bust Class II in circle, border pellets

1485 Henry VII hammered silver sovereign penny - Keys by shield - Archbishop Rotherham - no pillars to throne

York mint

1609 James 1st hammered silver half goat

Beautiful decorated medieval buckle chape - Fleur de lis design and 3 rivet fixing

Heart attack find - Celtic style silver ring hall marked 925 silver

 

 

17th Sept 2009 More great finds

The guys are still making some amazing finds and we had rain for the first time in weeks to soften the ground up. They picked a brand new site this morning that last week was impossible to dig and they had already found a dozen hammered silver coins by lunchtime. I am totally backed up with posting the guys finds but have just uploaded a load more to to the latest finds page Sept 2009 hunt page. There are just so many neat do dads like this Victorian model crown coin.

Victorian model crown coin

mdcccxlviii (=1848)

Joseph Moore was a noted Birmingham medallist (1817 - 1892) who trained under Halliday.  He was then in partnership as Allen & Moore (1840 - 1858) and the A&M initials are on many pieces of this period.  From 1859 onwards he was trading in his own name with the Moore business eventually being acquired by Fattorini & Sons in 1920.

In 1844 Moore produced models (patterns) of a bimetallic penny as a suggestion for a change in the currency of the realm by using lighter and smaller coins than the much heavier and larger "cartwheels" then still in general use.  Later, in 1847 / 1848 Moore's firm produced a range of model pieces ranging from 1/16th of a farthing (6mm diameter) through to the bimetallic half pennies and pennies and up to the very ornate crowns, also bimetallic, and quarter sovereigns.  The lower denominations were very small and not actual currency in force in the UK either at that time, or before or since.

The smaller pieces were probably produced to enhance his own expertise and to market the larger pieces and they have readily become collectable today as "Model Coins".  The bimetallic pennies - still seen in abundance today - were so popular with the general public that the Royal Mint had to make an official announcement that they were not legal tender.  Moore meant them to be serious models for consideration as currency and most have "Model" on them which probably saved Moore from prosecution under the Counterfeit Laws.

 

 

 

1466/7 Edward IV hammered silver groat - Bristol (B on breast) Quatrefoils by bust - Crown initial mark

Obv EDWARD DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC

Rev VIL/LA+B/BIS/TOLL

25.6mm,2.88g

 

Lots of real nice coin weights being dug - medieval to 17thC

 

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny - Class 2

Rev NIC(/OLE(/ON/ANT - Moneyer Nicole of Canterbury

Roman bust figurine finial- 42.39mm L , 22.07g

 

 

15th Sept 2009 Best day of the season so far - monster treasure found - new land is a go from Feb

I have posted more neat finds to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page

 

I went and saw the new land yesterday and it is split into 3 parcels. We have permission on the first parcel which is 2400 acres, around 60 new fields and they are all joined together. The land has a known Roman village at the centre, Roman dykes, roads etc and several medieval churches. We will only be able to hunt this from the end of the pheasant shooting season from 1st Feb to April when the crops get too high. This is our largest landowner so a huge amount of hot spotting to be done from Feb. I will be posting maps on the members forum today so guys can start googling the crops marks, houses, dykes etc ready for off. I had a quick look at local accommodation in the area and there are some potentially good B&B's we can use so you can walk out the door and roam the 60 fields at your leisure. I will post more details later.

Stonking find from Oregon Gary is this medieval gold ring, what a fantastic relic.

Medieval gold ring with sapphire - 24.12mm dia, 11.42g - report to Colchester museum as treasure

All in all an amazing day on new land with 16 hammered silver coins found + a bucket load of great finds. One of the hammered, an early short cross penny, has one of the clearest legends I have ever seen on an obverse, beautiful. There was also an unrecorded Henry with a totally different legend from any Henry coin. This is amazing good strike and the SIE can be clearly seen. I will have to send it off to the british Museum expert for his views.

Another bonus is it rained last night and was raining this morning so some moisture in the soil will really help with targets. Another dozen freshly rolled new fields have come on line so the guys are on another virgin plot this morning.

I got an e-mail from Dr Martin Allen recording and ID'ing the Saxon silver coin find on the Medieval corpus database. The EMC number is a unique database entry for that coin.

'Thank you for this Series C1 sceat, which I have recorded as EMC 2009.0301.

Good luck for the new season.'

Martin

The series C1 is an early coin with high silver content C 600 AD

 

 

Perfect legend on this example

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

Obv HENRICVS REX

Rev LVN ON CANT - Moneyer LVN of Canterbury mint

Tiny 1485 Unrecorded Henry VII 'brushed hair' type hammered silver halfpenny or farthing (average weight and sizes do not match either)- legend does match any known Henry's 10.88mm, 0.35g

Obv HENRICVS A / SIE x H**

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON

 

14th Sept 2009 Fantastic finds including a treasure and Saxon

A freshly ploughed and rolled field the guys picked produced the first Saxon coin of the season from Oregon Ed. It is very unusual to have such a high grade of silver content in a Saxon and I have sent it off to Dr Martin at the Fitzwilliam museum for recording on the early Medieval Corpus National data base and ID.

The guys found a bunch of neat relics including, bible mounts, Jettons, coin weights and a some amazing hammered silver in crisp condition. Billericay Mark found a mint medieval half groat and Can Ed got a beauty Archbishop Henry VIII half groat.

I have posted more neat finds to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page

 

 

 

600 AD Saxon silver sceat 1.20g, 12.12mm - Sent to the Fitzwilliam museum for recording and ID

Medieval gilded silver cherub mount - reported as treasure to Colchester museum

13.82mm H x14.84mm W, 1.05g

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

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

20.59mm, 1.82g

Obv HENRICxDIxGRAxREXxANGLxZFR+

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - LONDON MINT

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

Obv HENRIC VII

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1.20g, 18.5mm

 

 

12th Sept 2009 New land and neat finds - still no rain

I have meeting with the new land owner early next week on the 100 + new fields we just acquired. I spoke with him today and he has a lot of hunting on his land at the moment so we might have to wait to the end of the hunting season to commence searching his land that will be a bummer. I will have more details next week after our meeting.

Meanwhile lots more fresh ploughed and rolled land coming on line daily. A new site this season, in the middle of an old village, shows great potential and Atl Mike dug a neat Roman votive offering figurine. The two fields we tried out were covered with targets including a Knights templer badge, lots of buttons and coppers but only one hammered silver an Elizabeth 1st sixpence. Well worth a return visit later in the week. Another new field the guys tried out a couple of days ago around an old house site produced a whole range of early numbered military button and 4 more of those unrecorded 5th Dragoon guard buttons posted below. This site is also worth a return visit shortly.

I have posted more neat finds to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page

 

 

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 '

 

 

 

4- Unrecorded 5th Dragoon guards buttons - Crimea wars period

 

1720 George 1st milled silver penny

Really nice 17thC seal matrix - fish jumping out of water impression

 

 

9th Sept 2009 120 new fields added - First gold of the season

Cal Gail opened the seasons gold count with a pure gold medieval ring. It was found near a medieval nunnery so it could possibly have belonged to one of the nuns there. I have reported it as Treasure to the local museum and it will go on to the British museum for further tests.

C14thC Medieval gold ring 1.31g,20.40mm dia

 

Yesterday we were asked to hunt a new landowners site which is our biggest ever. 4000 acres, approx 120 new fields in Colchester and surrounding areas. I will be taking a trip to get the maps and the contracts signed shortly, hopefully we can start searching it straight away. We have also been offered another two huge plots in the same area, 3000 and 4000 acres each . That will potentially take us over 500 fields now to try and cover.

Medieval buckle with chape 34.73mm L

 

The weather out there is stunning but still no rain and the ground is dry as a bone. Luckily the fields are being ploughed and rolled so they are still digable but then become horribly baked. Guys are still finding a lot of targets but there is no depth without any compression and moisture. Atl Mike made a couple of great finds, an unrecorded henry VII half penny and a really nice 13thC gilded buckle with integral chape. Mike was also presented with the club 'coin hunter of the year' award for his hunt last season.

I have posted more to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page

 

2000 year old treasure found in Israel

10,000 Roman coins unearthed by amateur metal detector enthusiast... on his first ever treasure hunt



 

Tiny 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 definitely 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/ ***

 

 

Idaho Jim presents Atlanta Mike with the club 'coin hunter of the year' award

 

 

6th Sept First normal hunt begins - More finds posted - Museum feedback

Just got a letter from the Coroner disclaiming Chicago Ron's medieval silver hawking bell so he gets it back. I also got a letter from the British museum detailing what I thought was a silver Roman dolphin buckle fragment found by Idaho Gerry. The curator report details it as early medieval:

'A medieval terminal possibly from a brooch, taking the form of a grotesque. Dates 11th to 12thC. The local museum have shown interest in acquiring the object after the inquest'

The boys turned up for the normal start of the season and got 4 hammered silver in the afternoon including a very crisp Venetian soldino hammered silver coin. The legend was slight different from other with have found so I sent it off to the Italian forum guys to confirm my ID.

(1501-1521).
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

I am still posting finds from last week hunt to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page. NH Dave found a brilliant religious artefact below with the IHS motif . Other really nice finds include 2 very early 13thC jettons.

 

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".

 

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

 

2nd Sept 2009 Fantastic weather - Double Saxon - Very Rare Edward coin

I was really surprised when I cleaned up this Edward coin yesterday that NH Dave found to discover a legend I had not seen before and knew straight away this could a rarer one. The legend reads EDW REX ANGL DNS HYB which makes it a class 1a, lombardic 'N' on obverse. I was even more shocked to look it up in Spink's catalogue is realise it is mega rare and one of the most valuable pennies you can find, what a great find. What makes it even more special is this coin is in EF condition with a perfect strike and legend.

 

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

Obv EDW REX ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1.24g, 17.30mm

 

 

 

 

Fl Roman had a great last day and found two c10thC Saxon harness cheek pieces on the same area of a site we are just hot spotting at the moment. This site is showing real potential as this is the 4th harness cheek piece found so far. Other Saxon finds on this site so far include a silver coin and a fretwork stirrup mount at the other end of the plot which is 800 acres.

 

 

NH Dave on his own on a 800 acre site

The guys left on Monday ending our first ever early 'week whacking' hunt. Amazingly for this time of year no one had to hunt stubble which really sucks. There was sufficient numbers of ploughed and rolled fields to keep the guys busy and they did really well considering how hard and dry the land is. Just NJ and NH Dave are left until the normal hunt begin this Saturday. We desperately need rain to get some moisture into the soil and start compacting the ground, it was 30 degrees C out there yesterday !! The guys are hunting new land which is flat enough but we are getting no depth due to air pockets in the soil. Luckily the farmers have been irrigating their potatoes fields and have started raising them now. Moist harvested potato fields are great as they are compacted and we can start getting depth with our machines.

NH Dave had a great day yesterday with 5 silver coins including, that omega rare Edward 1st and this continental hammered silver. I found two examples of the coin on a dealers web site but they both have different mint marks by the Y on obverse. This coin has a mint mark 'J' which I am trying to research, the two other examples have a 'L' for Lisbon.

I have posted more to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page

 

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

18.64mm,1.98g



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.

PORTUGAL.John II 1481-1495.AR.Real (Vintem).Porto mint.
Описание: PORTUGAL.John II 1481-1495.AR.Real (Vintem).Porto mint.1.57g. +IOANES: II: R: P: ET: A:
D: GNI:, Shield containing arms of Portugal, annulets either side. Reverse.+IOHANES :II:
R: P: ET A. D.G., crowned Y P-O either side. Ref:Gomes J2.17.02.

 

 

30th Aug 2009 Still too dry - first English dollar find - Hoard makes £1 million

Still no rain so the ground is very dry and hard but the guys are doing really well considering the conditions out there. The guys are still finding some very interesting relics and hammered silver coins and I have posted more to the latest finds page August 2009 hunt page. Special thanks to the guys on the French forum who headed me in the right direction for that foreign hammered silver. I found a foreign web site with an exact match of the coin but I don't know what language it was in. Two very interesting coin weights were found that weighed gold coins over 20g and the French agnel d'or of Philip VI is the first of that type found here. Another unrecorded 13th Light dragoons button was also found.

Viking silver treasure hoard worth £1m unearthed after 1,000 years


(1576-1612) Rudolf II. Dutch city Zwole

 

VI. stuiver, mince bez letopočtu stuiver, coins without AD
s titulem Rudolfa II. with the title of Rudolf II.
(1576-1612)

* *

ražba holandského města Zwole embossing Dutch city Zwole


* *

opis: RUDOL.II.DG.ELEC.RO.IMP.SEM.AU./ Description: RUDOL.II.DG.ELEC.RO.IMP.SEM.AU. /

MONE.ARG.IMPERIA.CIVITA.ZWOL. MONE.ARG.IMPERIA.CIVITA.ZWOL.


* *

průměr 3cm diameter of 3 cm


* *

jedná se o ražbu o období 30leté války; it is a striking 30-year period of war;

na naše území tyto mince přinesli žoldnéřští vojáci to our country these coins brought mercenary soldiers

 

Obv : RVDOL II DG ELEC RO IM SEM AVG
Rev : MONE ARG IMPERIA CIVITA ZWOL

Eagle Schelling Zwolle from the period 1620-1675 (Sun: V.176.3) (p. 158: Sunflower Official Catalog Silver coins part 2) front: double shield with Spanish Crown (Mone.Arg (ENT). IMPERIA.CIVI (TA). Zwol.) side: crowned double eagle with scepter and orb: and depending on the year text: RVDOL.II.DGELEC.RO.IM (P). SEM.AV (G) Matthew (I) (S ): I: D: D: RO (IMP): SEM: AVG (USA) 1618 MATTJ.DGROM.IMP.SEM.AVG DA 1670-75: PAC: DOM: IN: Dieben: NOS

1804 George III milled silver dollar (5 shillings) forgery

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

Maker HENRIC LE LOMBART

23.58g, 22.10mm

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".

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

Tim

13th Light Dragoons

Officer - 1800-1830

 

 

 


 

 

27th Aug 2009 More great finds - New hunt page

The guys are doing amazingly well considering how dry the land conditions are. It keeps threatening to rain but then the sun comes out. Boston Bud continued his roll and dug a really nice Saxon stirrup mount and a really crisp Elizabeth 1st half groat, NJ found a large continental looking hammered silver with double eagle on the obverse. I cannot find it in my books so I have posted it on both the French and Italian forums to see if their experts can ID it.

I have started a new August 2009 hunt page to post all the finds to

 

Continental hammered silver coin - if you can ID it please drop me a mail 29.3mm, 4.01g

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

25th Aug 2009 First hammered silver of the season

Great start to the hunt and the guys are doing really well considering how bad the land conditions are. The land is as dry as a bone and the freshly ploughed and rolled is horrible with huge air pockets. We need a down pour of heavy rain to compress the newly ploughed fields. . We went on a new site this morning and it was like concrete and I had to pass over a load of targets as I could not chisel them out of the ground. Boston Bud however had a great day with the little and large of hammered silvers. medieval Archbishop half penny and a Charles 1st shilling, two grotty Roman coins but an excellent 13thC lead seal matrix with lombardic inscription. Other interesting finds included a Roman baldric mount, 17thC sword hanger and hooked fastener. Florida John found a really crisp short cross penny with perfect legend.

 

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

Obv - EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

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

Obv HENRICVS REX

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

 

22nd Aug 2009 Couple of days to the off - canceling and filling slots

Remember **** Last day to get your entries in to win a free trip next season. Check the forum competition page to make sure you guess has been entered.

Monday is the kick off for the new season and everything is ready for the off. Lunch time's chow hamper is packed to the top with the guys favourite snacks. A couple of returning guys, Boston Bud and NJ Ed, are two of our longest serving members from 6 years ago. Bud has found some amazing finds over the years including our first ever Saxon gold coin, Celtic gold and even more staggering a 1 dollar gold USA coin. I made sure I got Bud's favourite snack, bumper pack of pork scratchings to keep his energy levels up !

I am not sure how much finds posting I will be able to do next week when the hunts begin. There are so many old and new sites to try and cover and I want to get out with my machine and have a search. Obviously if we find a monster then I will post it but the weather is so glorious at the moment that it will be hard to be entombed in my office posting finds. All depends if I am getting skunked or not !!

The final clips for the bus racking arrived yesterday. I tried out several makes of detector and they all fit really well and are held securely. I can jiggle them around to suit any make of machine when the guys arrive. I fitted all the new rubber mats to the flooring so it will be a simple job just to pull them out to jet blast when the time comes.

Chicago Ron has just had a late cancellation on his Barn hunt due to illness and the guy wants his payment back. Just to remind you that Barn payments are non refundable due to the nature of the event . Ron rents the 'Barn' on a weekly basis from its owner and pays for it in full up front on booking, he also pays in full when they hire their own mini bus from 'Sixth'. The overall cost is divided by the 6 guys staying there. Payments for the 'Barn' self catering are non refundable unless you can find someone to take your slot. The terms and conditions are clearly posted on both sites.

If you can join Ron during his Oct 'Barn' hunts then drop him a mail.

Ron has been out and about again in the USA parks and beaches and posted his latest video on the members forum. Amazing number of rings and finds, the guy is a digging machine. Check out Ron's other England hunting videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF8MgIOtBAY

19th Aug 2009 Disclaimed treasures - Outstanding treasures - More new site research

Tools are loaded ready for the off !!

Weather is perfect here at the moment with temperatures in the 70's, last night is was 72 F and still light at 9pm so the guys will be able to detect to very late when the hunts begin in a couple of days. The new club bus is now tooled up ready for the off and I put a range of shovel sizes in to test it out. Remember you do not have to pack a digger as I have dozens of them in all shapes and sizes for you to use. You can choose your weapon of choice when you get here. I was disappointed that I could not fit the new soap dispenser as the mounting bracket was missing from the box. I rang the company and they are going to ship me one and a few more detector sized clips as I noticed I was short of a couple.

Cal Jim is still doing more great research on one of the new sites we have for the start of the season. He has found lots of information on a huge Roman settlement discovered there in the 1940's. He has posted the link on the members forum where you can read the archeology report and all the coins ploughed up.

I am still waiting for the curators report on our two hand made gold ring finds below, currently with the British museum for ID and dating. The 2nd one will be very difficult to date as there are no obvious inscriptions or markings. Even if it looks very old if the BM cannot determine it's age with certainty then is has to be disclaimed and returned to the finder as not pre 1709 and is therefore not treasure (10% gold or silver by weight and over 300 years old).

 

 

Medieval gold posy ring with full Lombardic inscription and with the flower possibly representing the wound of Christ- With British museum 22.38mm O/dia x 1.64mm T , 2.77g

Legend reads : * CN IIS LK VUI CK LOOIJ ?

With British museum for tests and dating. 26.97mm, 4.77g

 

 

I picked up 8 disclaimed treasures from the museum yesterday, list below and posted on members forum. Ron's got his gold ring back as the museum have not been able to identify the hall marks and therefore there is no evidence to date it earlier than 1709 to qualify as treasure. It here are any continental hall mark experts out there and you can ID them please drop me a mail on RonsringID@colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk.

I took in Wash Tom's silver clog fastener for the museum experts to look at as advised by export duty. They agreed with me that it is George II and therefore not treasure (not over 300 years old). Tom's export license will now be approved. No items that they currently have for recording were ready for collection yet.

 

Pretty 18 carat gold ring - Continental hallmarks I have not seen before - no idea of date. British museum unable to ID the hallmarks either

.750 *18 AA CP

20.44mm,1.27g

 

Ill Joe's - Tudor decorated pin head
Marjo's - 17thC silver button
Marty's - 17thC silver seal matrix
Chicago Ron's - Continental gold ring
Fl Rolo - 17thC silver button
Ark Gary's - Med hawking bell
Ohio Scott's - 17thC silver button
Wash Tom's - Med silver hawking bell.

 

I took another drive around our sites and 90% have been harvested. Several have already been ploughed and rolled ready for the first team that arrives on the 24th.

 

 

15th Aug 2009 More members fixed silver - Treasures and updates - Club anthem

The 'perfco' racking is now fitting in our new club bus and I tried out a couple of the clips on a detector and a shovel. The clip design is very clever as you just push the item into the rubber and it folds around and locks keeping the item perfectly secured. They are even neatly colour coded to identify the sizes of the items you can push into them. The great bonus of this system is you can move the clips easily anywhere on the boards to accommodate any size of machine or digger. I am still waiting for 2 large 'perfco' cam belt straps to arrive that can be used to further lock everything in place. Time to load up with all the lunchtime tables and chairs as it is just one week to the kick off !!

 

I have added Senior member Tenn Brad's anthem he wrote for the club to auto play on main news pages, great tune. Brad is a famous song writer and musician, check out his my space page for more of his music.

Great stories Florida Mitch posted on the members forum

How 6 people accidentally found a fortune

I have added Texas Dave's silver medieval figurine find from April to our Treasure and Hoard page . I spoke to the British Museum's treasure registrar this morning about outstanding treasures yet to have their inquest date set. A couple of our hand made gold ring finds that initially were given to the medieval expert to evaluate have been moved on to the post medieval expert for their views. Several treasures have had their curators reports written but have not been signed off yet. I will get copies sent to me when they are completed. Please note that the finds.org national database entry reference number against each treasure is not available for public viewing until the treasure is officially had it's inquest or been disclaimed.

Medieval silver figurine

2009 T218 for

Date of discovery:    5 April 2009

Circumstances of discovery:  Whilst Searching with a metal detector

Finder's or Finders' first and last name/s:  Mr David *****  

County:  Essex

Grid ref:  *******

TBKA (if applicable): Tendring District

Coroner’s name and District:  Mrs C Beasley-Murray (Essex)

Object type and number:  Silver figurine

Other info about the object (speculative or otherwise): ?Post Medieval

PAS find id:  ESS-C71F62

 

More of the members repairied silver coins back from the goldsmith

 

These two silver coins were very tricky to repair as they are very brittle and covered in stress cracks like the above picture of the Edward III penny. The annealing process attempts to make repair the structure of the coin and make it more malleable.

 

1274 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10ab

Ob EDWARD R ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/DVR/ENE - Durham mint

18.55mm, 1.19g

 

 

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

Ob EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

17.92mm, 1.17g

 

 

12th Aug 2009 Coroner's inquest date set for 23rd Sept - Valuation committee stage

I received a letter from the Essex coroner this morning detailing our finds that are to go for inquest, the date has been set for the 23rd Sept at Chelmsford's court. Assuming they are all declared treasure ( 10% gold or silver over 300 years old) then they will go forward to the next stage in the Treasure process which is the valuation committee. Check out the treasure act document that details all the stages and how the fair valuation is achieved

http://www.finds.org.uk/documents/treasure_act.pdf

I have updated our Hoard and Treasure page with the latest information I have on those still outstanding and ones that have been disclaimed and are being returned to the finders.

 

 

Treasure case 2009T596

16thC Tudor decorated silver pin . Complete and undamaged with much of the original gilding Pin dia 10.88mm, 4.68g

Treasure case 2008T453

16thC Tudor rectangular headed fastener with a raised central box section . Complete and undamaged with much of the original gilding 2.24g, 25.02mm

Treasure case 2008T575

Post Med silver gilt pendant

PAS no: ESS-481232

Gilded silver item - possible rosary hanger - 22.34mm L x 19.57mm w, 3.29g

Medieval gold figurine

PAS no: ESS-49E265

Treasure Report:   2008 T581                                                                            

A medieval figure of John the Baptist. The saint is shown not in his usual attribute of a camel skin, but in the robes of a prophet. He gestures with his right hand to a salver, which he holds in his left. This was originally designed to carry a lamb, signifying the Lamb of God. A scroll issues from the Saint’s left hand and is inscribed with the words
: ECCE +ANGUS+DEI
(Behold, the Lamb of God)

The figure stands on a small plinth with a finished base. It is designed to be seen in the round and on its back there is a loop for attachment to an object. It would probably have been entirely enamelled, but no traces of enamel survive on the figure.

The figure is gold and dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century.

Dimensions: height 33 mm, width 11 mm, depth 10 mm.

 

 

 

Treasure Report:   2008 T580  

A Medieval finger-ring with a simple wire hoop and a symmetrical hexagonal bezel set with a sapphire.

The finger-ring is gold, and dates from the late twelfth or the thirteenth century.

Dimensions: diameter 21 mm


Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of a finger ring from Tendring, Essex, indicated a gold content of approximately 60%, a silver content of approximately 20%, and a copper content of at least 19%. The dark blue stone was identified by Raman spectroscopy as corundum, which for this colour is known as sapphire. The ring weighs 2.48 grams.

 

Treasure Report: Case 2008 T235



Date: 15th century


A medieval gold finger-ring in the form of a flattened band, now distorted. The ring is engraved with a black letter inscription which reads: +de le bien(?), probably an amatory phrase meaning ‘of, or for, the good’. Each word is separated by motifs of flowers and sprigs.

Dimensions:
Max diameter: 20mm.
Width: 4mm.

Treasure Report:   2008 T236

Post medieval silver clothing fastener, 17.34mm H x 18.04 mm W, 1.66g -

Treasure Report:   2007 T495

17thC silver cufflink

 

11th Aug 2009 Two weeks to the kick off - new site researched - free slots

I am still busy getting ready for the start of the season that is just two weeks away now. All the racking arrived our new bus and I tried out the clips which hold our detectors and diggers perfectly.

I have updated the land availabilty page for with the latest new properties added for Aug'09.

 

18thC silver clog fastener

I have meeting next week with the museum to pick up a bunch of our disclaimed treasures including Tenn Marty's silver seal matrix. I had one export application held up as the export advisor wants me to take Wash Tom's silver clog fastener in to the museum for evaluation. I am taking it in to show the FLO at the same meeting. Our last batch of finds taken to the museum for recording have not been completed yet.

I have updated our clog fastener page with our latest finds

 

 

Silver seal matrix – double headed eagle with heart - 17thC - The British Museum disclaimed this find

 5.02g, 25.09mm L x (13.79mm x 10.98mm  seal head)

Special thanks to Cal Jim and Pen Chris who have been doing such sterling work mapping and researching our new Abbey site. Jim has just posted a highly detailed 272 page on line history book on the members forum covering this site for all to read. It even mentions Roman silver finds and the detail of its history since the 12thC is staggering. This is by far our most historically documented site. Jim even posted a link to the ghosts that are known to wander this site, lots of witch burning and hangings, spooky !! Not sure if guys will want to do a night hunt here !!

'wrinkled monk walks silently around the lanes'

I have managed to find a detailed coloured 1600's map of the site that shows 2 old buildings on one of our fields that have since disappeared. I have posted it on the members forum and printed off a large copy to keep in the bus.

Chicago Ron has been out and about in Chicago finding some amazing early US silver and wheat's in the parks . Check out his latest video he posted on the members forum. Also check out his other great vids on his site. http://www.chicagoron.com/. Ron still has a free space on his 2nd to 9th Oct and his 9th to 16th Oct hunt if you want to join an experienced group of fun Colchester hunters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7skXXcWsl_w

 

 

 

6th Aug 2009 More fixed hammered silver

I thought I would post the progression of a hammered silver from before, annealing and cleaning. To successfully straighten a bent ancient silver coin it has to be annealed to repair the damage to the structure. Our gold smith sometimes anneals the coin up to 3 times to get a successful straightening. If you look at a hammered silver coin under a scope it is covered will fine fracture lines so this process should only be carried out by someone that knows what they are doing. All the coins are perfectly flat now. I have updated the coin straightening page that has loads more examples of the goldsmith work. I have a few more fixed silver coin to post yet.

I spoke to our existing landowner that is selling up and retiring and we can still continue to detect his land up to the middle of Oct when he expects to exchange contracts. We have got to give this one last hit early in the season.

 

 

1422 -27 Henry hammered silver groat - annulet issue - annulet between opposing pellets on reverse

obv HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGLIE FRANC

Rev Outer POSVI DEVM ADITORE MEVM

Inner CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London Mint

26.2mm, 3.49g

 

Lowlands. Duchy of Brabant. Jean III, the Triumphant. 1312-1355. AR esterlin (18 mm, 1.41 g). Brussels, from 1317/8 onward. + I DVX DE BRABANTIA, castle with two towers / MON-ETA BRV-XEL, cross cantonnée with trefoil of pellets in each quadrant.

Silver "esterlin" from Brabant's duchy

A/ +IDVX.DE.BRABANTIA
R/ MON / ETA / BRV / XEL

17.99mm, 1.19g

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3 - Florin type

Obv EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

 

1.28mm,16.65mm

 

1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver halfgroat

 

 

Rare Saxon Coenwulf silver penny sent to me by John Cross

 

 

1216 Henry III hammered silver penny - Class 6b2

SALE(MVN.ON.CAN - Salemvn moneyer of Canterbury mint

1.26g, 17.11mm

1377 Edward III hammered silver half groat - Post Treaty period

CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

26.05mm, 4.35g

 

4th Aug 2009 Contracts signed - CLA meeting - Coins back repaired

I visited the new land on offer yesterday and the landowner happily signed the contracts, his land is now available for searching by our membership straight away. The new site is probably the most historically significant area we have ever searched. There are 10 or so small manageable fields with various 'cash' crops during the season. The guys on the forum have been 'google earthing' the site and it looks fantastic, I also have the history book covering this site. Amazing potential for the new season.

I was invited to a meeting with the CLA this morning ( the club are members) to pass on all the information I have been researching on the HLS and ELS schemes. They want me to write a report for inclusion in the monthly CLA magazine on my findings.

I have also been offered 3 more plots of land and just one of the farms is 2800 acres. This would be by far our largest plot and one of the guys on the forum Mitch Chris worked out the dimensions as 2.09 miles x 2.09 miles = 4.368 square miles. 2800 acres = 4.375 square miles. That is one large farm. We currently have around 250 fields for searching in the coming season so I am not sure we should take on another plot of this size, that probably equates to another 60 new fields.

I also got some disappointing news today that one of our landowners has decided to finally retire and has sold his estate for over £3 million so he can move to the coast. All the guys that know him wish he and his family the best of luck with their new endeavor. Luckily the new landowner is a friend of one of our other landowners so we will approach him again once he has settle in to hopefully continue to search this land which has been productive.

Remember to get your guess in for the 'free trip' forum competition. Closing date for entries is 23rd Aug so make sure your guess is on the entry sheet.

I got a phone call from the goldsmith today and picked up all our repaired coins and the first gold ring we have sent for repair. He did an amazing job on Ohio Gerry's 18thC gold mourning ring considering how badly twisted it was. Most of the coins were annealed so I have to clean them up first and will then post a bunch of 'before and after pictures' later.

 

 

 

 

Gold mourning ring of Richard Wall aged 80 died in 1797 - some black enameling remaining

Legend reads - OB 21st OCT 1797 // E 80 RICHD WALL

 

 

30th July 2009 Awards on order - delay to straightening - New bus - more new land

Chicago Ron had a great result today. I received a letter from the British Museum today disclaiming his Roman gold pendant as they can not prove it is pre 1709. Ron gets it back like several other hand made gold rings we have found where there is no evidence to accurately date them pre 1709 for treasure.

Check out the Treasure Act page for the rules.

 

 

 

Dear Mrs Beasley-Murray,

Treasure Act 1996: 2008 T596  Gold pendant from the Tendring district, Essex.
Finder: Mr Ron Guinazzo

The Finds Liaison Officer, Laura McLean, or the finder will have reported this find to you.

It has since been deposited at the British Museum where the relevant specialist, Beverley Nenk, has examined it. In her opinion there is not enough evidence to securely date the find to pre-1708 (see attached report), and therefore it falls outside the provisions of the Treasure Act 1996.

As such an inquest will not be necessary, and the item will be collected from the British Museum by British Museum by and returned to the finder after a period of six weeks has elapsed, unless we hear otherwise from you of course.

Yours Sincerely

 

Hilary Orange
Assistant Treasure Registrar Tel 020 7323 8546

Still busy getting things ready for the start of the season and have been out visiting the landowners to find out the cropping schedules for this season. 3/4's of the crops have been harvested and there are fields ready for detecting already . The onions fields are flat like pool tables and compressed after the crop was removed. I am waiting to see yet another new farm being offered us 20 miles away by an old Abbey. The owner unfortunately is on holiday until Saturday so I will have to try and make an appointment for next week. Min Mindy has bought the history book of the site and it is potentially very exciting with a medieval fair recorded next to the Abbey.

I picked up the new club mini bus today and it is very impressive. Amazingly quiet and comfy with twice the power of our old bus. The new seat covers are fitted and I measured up the rear luggage area for the 'Perfo' racking system that is now on order to stow our detecting equipment safely.

All the cups and shields are now at the engravers ready for presentation to this years winners. I ordered up another bunch as the same awards and prizes are up for grabs this season including a special metal detecting medal to our own design. I am waiting for further info from the company that produces them.

I rang the goldsmith this morning chasing our coins and rings that are with him for fixing. He has been on his summer holidays so they are not ready for collection yet.

I have updated the free forum competition page with the latest entries. Closing date is the 23rd August.

 

25th July 2009 New land comes on line - oldest coin found - New Roman silver page

Retired electrician Malcolm Langford has been metal detecting for seven years and has found the oldest coin recorded in Britain at 200BC . The link is the story posted on the BBC web site. We have been lucky to have found several Roman republican silver coins with the club record held by Canadian Rod at 136BC and the 2nd oldest found by Can Bill at 132BC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/berkshire/content/articles/2009/07/24/roman_coin_feature.shtml

I have created a new Roman/British ancient silver coin page for our finds to reduce the size of the original gold, silver and bronze page. Click here to view . It is still too large and wants splitting further.

 

UK's oldest Roman Coin found in Thatcham

Canadian Rod 136 BC Roman silver

I'm reasonably certain this is RSC/Babelon "Lucretia 1" - Cn(aeus) Lucretius Trio, 136 BC.  Everything visible on your coin fits with the descriptions, line-drawings and photos I have available.  There are a couple other possibilities - not quite such complete matches, but possible - from approximately the same time-frame.  Unfortunately, the remaining "scales" on this coin cover the two areas I'd need to see to be 100% certain and rule out the possibles.  There should be, in addition to the visible "X" below the chin: "TRIO", vertically & downward, behind Roma's helmet on the obverse.  On the reverse, the whole abbreviation beneath the horses of the Dioscuri should be: "CN LVCR".

Mark

Can 'Poco' Bill - -

2nd Oldest coin ever found here 132BC Roman silver

It's clear enough now for a positive ID - it is definitely a Roman Republican Denarius - moneyer: M Aburius M.f. Geminus, 132 B.C. 
RSC-Bab Aburia 6, SR 127, Syd-CRR 487. 
You should, eventually, find the letters: "GEM",  behind Roma's helmeted head on the obverse, and there should be an asterisk-looking mark under her chin which is actually a monogram of XVI - ie: 16 Asses to the denarius.  On the reverse, you have radiate Sol driving a fast quadriga right and brandishing a whip, below the horses, you have M ABVRI with the AB and VR in ligate form, ROMA in the exergue.
 
Very interesting, as this piece dates to a century and three-quarters before Claudius' conquest of Britain.  I'm going to guess that it originally came to the island in trade for tin, or was carried as a good-luck piece by a superstitious soldier all those years later.  These certainly weren't normal, circulating pieces anywhere else in the Empire in the late 1st through early 3nd century era we associate with a significant Roman presence in Britain and circulating silver.  These were "overweight" by the standards of the denarii at that time and after Nero's debasement, the silver was too pure also - these would have been pulled out of circulation wherever anyone knew that their silver value was well above their nominal denomination - the sort of information that any savvy merchant would have been aware of.
 
Mark

 

I got a phone call yesterday from one of our new landowners from last season letting us know that he has just cropped his land already for detecting. He will be ploughing his land in a couple of weeks which is very early for this area. Last season we only hit his site for a day on each field and found a 50BC Gallo Belgic celtic gold stater so this will be excellent news for the guys on the early hunt this season. I have been offered another new site 20 miles away around an old Abbey and I will have to arrange a visit for next week to take a look.

I have ordered up a full set of set covers for the new club bus to protect the seats from the mud.

20th July 2009 Chicago Ron 'free trip' raffle - Racking out the new bus

Still updating our searchable finds database at our foundintheground site. You can also view all finds by individual 'type' pages on this site from our findsindex page

I am still waiting for a phone call from the 'goldsmith' to pick up the latest coins and rings in for repair. Should be any day now hopefully.

 

Just over a month to the start of the 2009 season and we are busy getting things ready for the off. I am ordering up a proper racking system for the back of the new mini bus so we can stow our detectors and diggers securely while in transit. Some of the members suggested some nice additions like the soap dispenser which will be great for a quick wash up at lunchtimes. This 'Perfo' range has an amazing number of gadgets that can be mounded on their boards including water containers. A lot neater way of 'tooling' out the bus ready for the start of the season.

 

Chicago Ron is one of our most successful club members and has made an impressive collection of finds including part of a Celtic gold coin hoard and several Treasure finds. Ron originally started his trips here in 2005 with 6 members of his MHRS club, where he is president, since then has increased his trips to a full 6 weeks a year from 2009 . Ron has just posted a novel 'raffle' idea on the members forum where guys can win a free trip in the 5 star Barn accommodation during the 2010 season bookings. Contact Ron directly and check out his web site for Videos from the England fields. or log onto the members forum.

'Tickets are 20.00 U.S. each.
Winner will be drawn at either the October 2009 England hunt or at the MHRS Christmas party. The drawing will be video taped and posted on the Colchester and MHRS web sites. Winner is entitled to 1 week at the barn on either the March 26th or October 15th 2010 hunt.
Prize includes all hunt fees and food excluding dining out and airfare'.

Tickets will be available to Colchester members, MHRS members and friends only.
Please post here how many tickets you would like and e-mail me the info at rpg61@msn.com

If you would like to send check or money order please send to :
Ron Guinazzo
5819 W Waveland
Chicago, IL 60634
Good Luck All


Ron

 

18th July 2009 More updates and another huge hoard

Updated a load of the individual button pages below with our latest finds. We have found an amazing set of numbered regiment buttons due to Colchester being a huge garrison town since the Romans. Just about every regiment was stationed here over the years and some of the buttons are the only examples of that regiment that exist. I got call from the museum asking if we minded our members names being entered into the latest annual treasure report which is being compiled at the moment. It appears that NS Andy's nationally important Saxon strap end find he donated to the museum is to feature in the report. I told the museum that the members would be happy to have their names along side their finds. Once the report is published I will post the Pdf link so guys can view it on line. I have a hard copy of last years report and it is far too large to ship,

 

 

Navy buttons Foreign military buttons
Rail and Tramway buttons Local Government buttons
Named military regiments 16thC Tudor buttons
RAF buttons Numbered military regiments
   

 

Another great find that has just had its Treasure inquest. Amateur metal detecting enthusiast Keith Bennett discovered a total of 1,141 Roman denarii, or silver coins, in a field last July. The countdown to the start of the season is approaching and we need to find a nice pot like that one !! So far we have found 3 hoards but our BC Roman Republican silver hoard was only half a dozen coins , not quite the same.


Treasure trove of silver Roman coins worth thousands found buried in field


Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200126/Treasure-trove-silver-Roman-coins-worth-thousands-buried-field.html

 

14th July 2009 More new land added - scheduled monument - Mary wins the silver coin

'Congratulations to Oregon Mary!!! Mary guessed 3.12 ounces and the actual weight of Buzz’s Ganes Creek nugget per Gene’s scale was 3.13 ounces. Very close was Mindy with a guess of 3.10 ounces and Jim with a guess of 3.15 ounces.


Thanks to everyone who ventured a guess and made this so fun. Mary, if you will PM me your address I’ll send the coin off to you next week.

If any of you would like to join Gene, Buzz and I on a trip up there next year we’d welcome the company.

Enjoy the coin Mary, '

Tom & Gene

I have potentially added more new land for the up and coming season yesterday. The land owner, who is a good friend of several of our existing farmers, was previously e-mailed a detailed set of the rules by which we hunt, treasure, hoard, export laws etc . I followed it up yesterday with a long chat about responsible metal detecting and my role to ensure it is carried out properly. I have a meeting next week to take over the contracts for the landowner to view and hopefully the deal will be struck. I will need to obtain detailed maps of their land especially as part of it is 'scheduled' and you must not metal detect on that type of land under any circumstances. I already have ariel maps showing the huge monument and its location on the site. The addition of these new fields, around a dozen, will give us over 250 fields now for searching in the new season.

'A scheduled monument is a monument of national importance'

What is scheduling?

Scheduling refers to the legal system for protecting nationally important archaeological sites in England. Its aim is to preserve significant examples of the archaeological resource for the educational and cultural benefit of future generations. Scheduled monuments are designated and added to a ‘Schedule’ by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under powers contained in the 1979 Act. The Schedule derives its name from the original list of protected monuments attached to the first Ancient Monuments Act of 1882. In making decisions on scheduling, the Secretary of State is advised by English Heritage, which takes the leading role in identifying sites in England for designation.

Once a site is scheduled, consent must be obtained from the Secretary of State for any works that affect it, with the exception of those noted under class consents. English Heritage regional offices play a central role in advising the Government and owners on individual applications for consent and can offer management advice. Grants are sometimes available to help maintain scheduled monuments.

Not all scheduled monuments are old. Archaeological sites from the prehistoric era, such as burial mounds, to 20th- century remains from the coal industry, World War II or the Cold War can be scheduled. Some monuments are difficult or impossible to see above ground, their form and layout only becoming clear from the air. Other sites have no visible remains above ground: it is their buried archaeological deposits which are of national importance. Standing buildings or ruins can also be given this type of protection.

Scheduling is carefully restricted to the most important sites of each type of monument and to those for which this designation provides the most appropriate protection. Other means of protection for archaeology include local planning controls. Scheduled monuments are registered as Local Land Charges and therefore become apparent during Local Land Searches. Scheduling does not affect your freehold title or other legal interests in the land. If a monument is included in the Schedule this does not give members of the general public any new rights of public access.

 

I am off to the engravers this week to get the cups and shields engraved with this years winners and to order up a new batch for the coming season

 

11th July 2009 Mailed out more finds - new Roman page

I mailed out load more finds today with their approved export license, list of names posted on our members forum. These were sent 'International signed for' with insurance, 5 working days delivery not guaranteed.

I have updated the awards page with the latest info on the prizes and awards up for grabs this year. Prizes. I will be taking all the cups and shields off to the engraves shortly for presentation of the awards in Sept.

 

 

The Roman artefact page is too large so I have started splitting it into sections and there is now a new Roman jewelry page. The Roman gold bell shaped pendant is still with the British museum awaiting for the curators report.

 

Still working my way through our finds.org database entries and ID's.

 

 

ESS-128DD6 Roman terret harness fitting

Dates
Help EARLY ROMAN (Certain) to LATE ROMAN (Certain), Circa 43 AD - Circa 410 AD

 

Object Type: Terret Harness Fitting
Help A fragment of a cast copper alloy covered loop Roman terret mount measuring 19.76mm in surviving height. The only part of the circular loop, through which the rein would have passed, to survive is the base which is 5.16mm thick. This joins on to a 'skirt' which is very incomplete. The underside of the 'skirt'covers the now all but missing very corroded iron loop. The 'skirt' measures 8.73mm in width and 6.14mm in height. The colour of the terret is dark green with a brown patina/rust. The weight of the terret is 6.76g

 

 

 

ESS-FA7CA4 Roman coin: Nummus of Valens

Dates
Help ROMAN (Certain) to ROMAN (Certain), 364 AD - 378 AD

 

Object Type: Coin
Help Roman copper alloy coin; Nummus of Valens (possibly)

 

 

8th July 2009 Largest amount of Iron Age coins found since 1849 - New club mini bus

We have a new mini bus arriving next week to replace our aging one that the gearbox has just failed on again. This is a new bus from Ford designed with loads of extra leg room, two huge side opening doors and a large meshed off rear area, perfect for all our equipment storage. It also have the latest security devices to protect our kit. This is the latest 'Trend model' so guys will get full aircon and lap top plug ins. Great addition to the club for the start of the season.

 

Great find by a couple of local detectorists near me is this fantastic gold celtic coin pot.

 

The battle over Boadicea's gold: Treasure hunters fall out over who deserves £500,000 reward for coins found in field

 

I have been updating our lead pages with the latest finds, click the link below to view.

 

Lead tokens Roman to 17thC

 

 

Lead items mixed

Toy cannons

 

 

Check your entry for this years forum competition has been added to the master list, closing date has been changed to the 23rd Aug as we have a special early 'weed wacking' hunt this season.

http://colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/F/forumcompetition.htm

 

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English Saxon gold coin found

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Chicago Reid's Roman gold ring

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Medieval Iconic gold ring find

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NEWS Oct 2005 to March 2006

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Great Saxon silver finds Offa Rex - Coenwulf - Hammered gold

NEWS March 2005 toSept 2005

Villa Dig - Roman gold - Celtic gold hoard found

NEWS Sept 2004 to March 2005

Can Majos and Mass Bills gold rings - Texas Dave's hammered gold