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Victorian gold collar stud

0.98g

'PATENT 19 CT'

25BC Eastern uninscribed Celtic gold qtr stater of Dubnovellaunos - reported as hoard addendum to museum

1.27g,11mm

 

1486-1500 Henry VII hammered silver half groat

King and Archbishop Morton jointly - rosette stops

Double arched crown - Class IIIb

Obv HENRICVS DI GRA REX AGL Z A

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

 

 

45 BC to 25BC Addedomarus - Trinovantian tribe- reported as hoard addendum to museum

5.59g,18.55mm

1818 George III milled silver half crown - 30 pence

1634-5 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) - mint mark P in brackets

 

 

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Arrow mint mark 1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Arrow mint mark
1820 George III milled silver sixpence 1660's Charles II milled silver penny

Unknown hammered silver coin fragment - researching it

This is a cut fragment of an Abbasid dirham, common in Anglo-Scandinavian contexts of the late 9th to early 10th centuries.

1931 George V milled silver sixpence 1862 Victoria milled silver sixpence
 
Georgian silver button  

45 BC to 25BC Addedomarus - Trinovantian tribe- reported as hoard addendum to museum

5.45g,16.55mm

 

Smallest Celtic gold we have ever found

Continental Iron Age Gallo-Belgic DC uninscribed gold quarter state

This is a scarce variant of Gallo-Belgic D, the Face type, Scheers seies 14, my Gallo-Belgic Cd.  On one side there's a very worn 'boat' design and on the other a large, kidney shaped blob, also very worn, that looks like an outline face on other coins.  In 2003 I suggested they were struck by eastern neighbours of the Ambiani, perhaps by the Viromandui; there were 13 known at the time, perhaps 20-25 now including several from Britain, although I don't have the cards here.  I'll give it a number later with the next batch if that's OK with you,

All the best

John

1.23g,8.82mm

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.80g, 19.10mm Casey

Hoard coin 15 – silver denarius
Issuer unable to be determined specifically, but appears to be a younger person, therefore most likely one of the younger Severans and during a time with two Augusti (AVGG in reverse legend) so likely to be a young Caracalla or Geta as Augustus – Note: on basis of # 16, this more likely to be Plautilla, to whom Caracalla was briefly married, 202-205.
Reverse:  CO[NCOR]DIA AVGG Concordia standing left holding patera and scepter.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.82g,14.65mm Sal4

Hoard coin 16 – probably a match for coin # 15, both have the same reverse type and the portrait clearly appears female here, so probably Plautilla, Caracalla’s wife 202-205 AD.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.59g,18.02mm Sal2

Hoard coin 17 – Septimius Severus, 193-212 AD.
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG laureate head of Severus right
Rx: FVNDATOR PACIS (“creator of peace” referring to Severus) Pax standing left holding olive-branch (and, probably, a cornucopiae, obscured by encrustation)

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

3.33g,19.23mm Sal 1

Hoard coin 18 – Domitian, 81-96 AD.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT GERM P M TR P VIIII (= 90 AD.) laureate head of Domitian right.
Rx: IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P Minerva standing left holding spear, left hand on hip

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.82g,14.65mm Sal3

Hoard coin 19 – Antoninus Pius, 139-161 [IMP T] AEL CAES [HA]DR ANTONINVS laureate head of Antninus Pius right
Rx: [A]VG PIVS P [M T]R P COS II // [P P] simpulum, lituus, jug, aspergillum and knife (not in that order) the priestly impedimentia 139 AD

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

3.12g, 19mm Nick

Hoard coin 20 – Commodus, 177-192
Obv: (probably…) [M] COMM [ANT P FEL AVG BRIT] laureate had of Commodus right
Rx: P M TR P [XI?] IMP VII COS V P [P] // FO[R] R[ED] Fortuna Redux enthroned left holding rudder on small globe and cornucopiae; wheel beneath seat - 186 AD.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.37g,19mm Nick1

Hoard coin 21 – Sorry, there are limits to what I can accurately ID from photos – re-orientation is conjectural at best – there simply isn’t enough here to distinguish this from any other badly chipped and heavily encrusted denarius, although given the rest of this hoard, the Severan era is most likely for a date (193-238 AD.)

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.55g,17mm Nick3

Hoard coin 22 – Posthumous commemorative issue by Antoninus Pius for his wife, Faustina Sr. (died ~ 140 AD)
Obv: DIVA [FAVS]TINA draped bust of Faustina Senior right
Rx: [AETER]-NITAS – reverse too obscured with encrustation to tell which of the two dozen or so scenes which were paired with AETERNITAS legend it is – although it might be “Providentia standing left holding globe and grasping veil which billows out behind her”. After 147 (and before 161) AD.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

17mm,3,50mm Nick2

Hoard coin 23 – probably Julia Domna (195-217) wife of Septimius Severus – however there were quite a number of Julias who had denarii struck in their names during the Severan era
Obv: IVLIA AVGV[STA] draped bust of Domna (?) right
Rx: sorry – not enough legible legend or device-detail here to say with certainty what the reverse type was supposed to be, but the couple of letters on the left could be “FELI” of FELICITAS (a common reverse type for her). Felicitas generally stands left holding a caduceus and cornucopiae, but none of the device is legible at this point. If so, ca. 206 AD.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.61g,18mm Fl Paul

Hoard coin # 24
Apparently Julia Domna – (194-217)
Obv: IVL[IA] AVGVSTA draped but of Julia Domna right           
Rx: MATE[R DEV]M Cybele enthroned left, flanked by two lions, holding oliove-branch and resting elbow on drum – 198 AD.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.60g,19mm Buddy

Hoard coin # 25
Septimius Severus, (196-212)
Obv: SEVERVS [PI]VS [AVG] laureate head of Septimius Severus right
RESTITVTO[R VR]BIS Roma seated left holding Palladium and scepter, shield at side, 207 AD

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

3.05g,16mm Wendell

Hoard coin # 26
Lucius Verus, co-emperor with Marcusa Aurelius, 161-169 AD
Obv: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS bare head of Lucius Verus right
Rx: [TR P IIII] IMP II COS II Mars standing facing, head right resting on spear and shield, 164 AD.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

3.23g,17mm Bobby

Hoard coin # 27
Septimius Severus, 193-217 AAD.
Obv: SEVERVS [PIVS AVG] laureate head of Septimius Severus right
Rx: VOTA SVS-[CEPTA] XX Severus, togate, standing left, sacrificing over small tripod altar and holding scroll. 207 AD.

2 Roman silver hoard coin stuck together - reported to museum and sent for ID

6.50g,19mm Buddy

Hoard coins # 28 & 29
You sent only photos of the obverses, without photos of the reverses I can’t tell you very much –
28 might be Marcus Aurelius […]ER M A(NT?)[…] but too little of the obverse legend is legible to be sure without a reverse to pair it with – might be Antoninus Pius, too – the profile of the portrait is also obscured
Another possibility is Domitian, 79- 96, who often had “GERM” or “GERMANICVS” in the middle of his titles
29 is Septimius Severus (196-217) – SEVERVS PIVS AVG laureate head of Septimius Severus right – can’t say any more without seeing the reverse.

Roman silver hoard coin - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.35g,20.0mm Ron

Hoard Coin # 30
Hadrian, 117-138 AD.
Obverse HADR[IANVS] AVGVSTVS laureate head of Hadrian right      
Rx: COS I[II] might be Genius (of the Roman People) standing left sacrificing from patera over small altar (off-flan) and holding cornucopiae – if so, it’s ca. 127 AD.
The thing with this one is that the very simple “COS III” reverse legend was paired with literally dozens of reverse types and with so much of the flan missing, all I can do is guess based on what is more or less visible.

17thC hammered copper trade farthing
1602 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - 2 mint mark

Large Roman bronze coin sent for ID

Sestertius of Faustina I, posthumous issue by Antoninus Pius, ca. 147-161 AD
This is identifiable by her unique, “bun-on-top”, upswept in-back hairdo and little else
The reverse has a single legible letter “G” at 10:00 – I suspect the reverse legend is [AV]G[VSTA / SC] – this was a common reverse legend paired with dozens of reverse devices – my best guess is the standing figure is Ceres who lifts a fold of her drapery with left hand on at least one type – if so, she would also be holding a long torch (?) in her right hand.

1817 George III milled silver sixpence

4thC Roman bronze coin sent for ID

This is a follis by Constantine I (307-337)
Obv: IMP CONS[TANT]INVS AVG laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine I right
Rx: SOLI INVICTO COMITI / T – F // […]  Radiate Sol standing facing, head left, raising hand and holding globe.
The exergual mint mark is too incomplete to read, but the T – F in the field places this at the mint of London, ca. 310 AD.

Mark Lehman

1902 Edward VII milled silver sixpence Cameron Highlanders button ?

Roman bronze mount Medieval buckle
1720 George 1st milled silver sixpence Tiny 1792 George III milled silver one pence
1844 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1619-20 James 1st hammered silver half penny - Spur rowel mint mark
Medieval annular brooch Medieval mount

158 -1189 AD Henry II hammered silver half penny ' Tealby' cross and crosslet type

n 1158 a monetary reform was introduced in England which was of sufficient importance for the contemporary chroniclers to record that 'a new money was made, which was the sole currency of the kingdom.' This coinage is notorious for its ugly appearance, bad craftsmanship and careless execution. It continued till 1180, and is named after a large hoard which was found at Tealby, Lincolnshire, in 1807

Telby cut half (EMC 2018.0081) is class C-F , Canterbury mint, uncertain moneyer.

Dr Martin Allen

1922 George V milled silver florin (24 pence)

15th/16th Venetian hammered silver soldino

Type 3
Obverse: [Doge’s Name] DVX (in exergue), S M V; Doge holding banner and kneeling before St Mark
Reverse: LAVS TIBI SOLI (Praise To Thee Alone); Standing figure of Christ facing, haloed and holding cross; mint control marks in exergue

Large early 1761 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg 18thC Royal Artillery button 18thC Royal Artillery button

Nuremberg reckoning counter circa 1415-1500 - small type

Sigismund design - 3 Fleur de Lis in field:fictitious legend

1327 Edward III hammered silver groat

Obv +EDWARD o D ***

Rev TAS/LO - London mint

1560 -1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling Marlet mark

1199- 1216 John hammered silver short cross half penny - Class 5

Obv h*** REX **

Rev ARNAV - Moneyer Arnavd

Medieval long cross half penny

1280-1286 Alexander III Scottish hammered silver penny - 2nd coinage - Class 8

Stars have 7 points - 28 total in 4 quadrants

Obv ALEXANDER DEI GRA

Rev SCO/TOR/VM+/REX

Roman bronze finial

Very interesting Roman bronze sent for ID

Allectus, 293-296 AD.  Æ "Quinarius" (Half-Antoninianus)
19mm, 2.33g, 7h. Mint of Clausentum / Camulodunum (?)
Obv: IMP C ALLECTVS P AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rx: VIRTVS AVG. Galley sailing left with mast and rigging, 5 oars, 7 rowers, and steersman standing at helm, steering-oar aft, no waves; in ex: QC. RIC V, ii 128, SR 13874, VM 11.
Mark

1921 George V milled silver sixpence 1842 Victoria milled silver four pence

Victorian gold cuff link Great condition 1675 Charles II milled copper half penny
1567 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Coronet mint mark 20thC -The Salvation Army - over sixty club badge

1929 George V milled silver sixpence Victorian gold brooch
16thC Tudor seal spoon handle 1839 Victoria milled silver shilling
1819 George III milled sliver sixpence

1737 German States milled silver - 1 Groten (1/72)

Obverse

City arms within shield. Date at end of surrounding legend.

Lettering: MON:NOV:REIP:BREM:1737

Reverse

Lettering:
CAR:VI.D.G.ROM:IMP(:S.A.)
G. / L.C.

 

1740 Dutch milled copper coin

Hollandia

17thC lead token 20thC Generic merchant navy button

Roman silver hoard coin No 31 - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.77g,17mm

This one required me to take a leap of faith to interpret the reverse – I can’t unconditionally guarantee this ID, so what may be found under the crud could be significantly different - I am working mainly on the basis of the 5 legible letters at the end of the legend and virtually nothing else. It is, (of course) Caracalla as a very young Augustus once again; coin is ca. 202 AD. That fits-in well with the dating of most of the other silver hoard coins which tend to be from the earlier Severan era. Those significantly older are as worn as one would expect some of them to be – as in the case of the Domitian denarii that are at least as a century earlier than the bulk of the denarii seen so far.
On another front, I don’t think the Æ coins you are finding in the same field have anything at all to do with this hoard, being from over a century later.
Obv:  ANTONINVS PIVS AVG laureate and draped young-head bust of Caracalla right, seen from behind
Rx: [PART MAX PON TR]P V COS two bound captives in an attitude of mourning seated back to back at foot of trophy
I believe the central device on the reverse of hoard coin 31i s very similar to the reverse of this sestertius of Septimius Severus – and part of the same overall emission of coin:

Mark

 

Roman silver hoard coin No 32 - reported to museum and sent for ID

19mm,3.63g

This one (# 32) wanted to give me a hard time. It wasn’t until I realized this was a fully encrusted silver denarius and not an  Æ semis or quadrans that I was able to get a clue who we have here. As it turns out, it’s Domitian, again – dates to 89 AD.
These legends are a bit provisional, but they seem to fit with what can be seen in the photos.
Obv: [IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GER]M P M TR P VIII laureate head of Domitian right
Rx: IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P Minerva standing left holding thunderbolt and resting on scepter

It raises questions (for me) as to its connection to the rest of the “hoard” find because although it would not be the earliest piece by any great margin, none of the others are anywhere nearly so profoundly dirt/sand encrusted.
Mark

 

70BC Morini Boat Tree type Celtic gold qtr stater - hoard addendum coin reported to museum

1.50g, 10.00mm

50 BC Celtic gold Gallic import qtr stater - new one for me - sent to PAS for recording

Crossed lines with rider ABC 37, VA 37

Classed as scare

1.86g, 10.15mm

Caletes tribe, Normandy coast

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Sunburst mint mark

Great eyeball find - 450 million year old fossil in flint

Irish 1470-73 Edward IV hammered silver penny - double annulet stops - quadrefoil at centre of reverse cross - Unknown legend

Obv **D o ANGL o R* DNS o h **

Rev CIVI/TAS ***/AGIE - Cork mint

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing

1300-10 Edward II hammered silver farthing- new issue with inner circles both sides - oval flan - chubby cheeks - Type 28

Obv + EDWARDVS REX

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1649 Commonwealth hammered silver half groat
17thC William milled silver sixpence love token 19thC Customs button 19thC livery button
16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny fragment

Roman bronze dice - opposite faces do not add up to 7

   

 

19thC 7th Regiment of foot button

BHURTPORE.LASWAREE

The Battle of Laswari took place on November 1, 1803 near Laswari village, Alwar.It was part of the Second Anglo-Maratha War.

The Siege of Bharatpore was a siege that took place in the Indian princely state of Bharatpur (now part of Rajasthan) between December 1825 and January 1826. British troops under Lord Combermere initially surrounded the state's capital until on 18 January 1826 its fortress was stormed and captured.

 

1670 Charles 1st milled silver two pence

1422-27 Henry VI First reign hammered silver penny

Annulets by neck, annulets in centre of pellets in 2 qtrs

Rev VILLA/CAL/ISIE - Calais mint

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv +EDW*****DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Royal Navy - Officers (Roped Rim) Lined Background 17.5mm - 1843-1891 Georgian button

1351- 61 Edward III hammered silver penny - pre treaty Durham - one annulet on each shoulder

Obv EDWARDVS *****

Rev TAS/DVNE/L ** - Durham mint

1921 half crown and shilling comparison
1921 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence) 1921 George V milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1912 George V milled silver sixpence 1922 George V milled silver sixpence
20thC enameled badge

1471- 83 Edward IV hammered silver long cross penny - D at centre of reverse cross

Rev TAS/DV = Durham mint

1501-1521Leonardo Lauredan, Doge

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.

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv + EDWAR****NS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND88 London mint

Medieval hammered silver long cross penny - quadrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross - York mint

Needs more research - hanging pendant ?

Victorian Durham Light Infantry button 16thC Tudor button WWI Royal Sussex regiment cap badge
Victorian silver pendant - Victoria duty paid impression
Georgian bell trade weight Edwardian gilded clasp 1770's - 4 shillings and 6 pence coin weight
Medieval lead token Medieval spur rowel

1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton

HANNS KRAVWINCKEL IN NVRENB

16thC Tudor gold ring top - reported as treasure to museum

12mm L, 1.58g

Primary Saxon silver sceat 600- 700 AD - sent to Fitzwilliam museum for recording and ID

0.84g, 11.00 mm

The sceat (EMC 2018.0080) is Series BIa

Dr Martin Allen

Huge 2ndC Roman fibular brooch

14thC 'Shield of France' Jetton

Obv X AVE MARIA o GRACIA

Obv Shield of France bearing three feur de lis

21st Regiment of Foot button

Officer - 1782-1855

The Royal North British Fusiliers until 1751, when the regiment was assigned the number
‘21’ and its title became the 21st Regiment of Foot, Royal North British Fusiliers.

15th/16th Venetian hammered silver soldino

Type 3
Obverse: [Doge’s Name] DVX (in exergue), S M V; Doge holding banner and kneeling before St Mark
Reverse: LAVS TIBI SOLI (Praise To Thee Alone); Standing figure of Christ facing, haloed and holding cross; mint control marks in exergue

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv + EDW**GL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/DVR - Durham mint

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv + EDWAR ANGL DN ****

Rev CIVI/TAS/DVR/EME - Durham mint

4thC Roman bronze coin - sent for ID

This is one of the 2 or 3 coin-types likely to be tied for “most common Roman coin”. It’s Constantius II, 337-361 AD. and it’s the “fallen horseman Fel Temp” reverse on a reduced majorina – like this:

Constantius II, 337-361 AD.  'Æ3' Billon Light Majorina    18mm, 3.11g, 5h.  Mint of Thessalonica, 351-5 AD.  Obv: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG. Diademed draped and cuirassed bust right.  Rx: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman; in field left: Є; in ex: SMTS.  RIC VIII 189, LRBC 1681, SRCV 18275, VM 100.
A piece of the same general type from my collection ^
Obv: D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG diademed, draped and cuirassed bust or Constantius II right
Rx: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier lunging left spearing fallen horseman // exergual mintmark unclear and/or off-flan (both).
Your reverse image needs to be rotated 45º counter-clockwise to bring it into alignment.
You didn’t specify a diameter but I assume “4th C sized” is supposed to mean ~ 17-18mm or “Æ3” - approximately the size of a pre-decimal farthing or 6d – if so, it’s a later-issue, reduced-module majorina. The majorinae of this overall style of issue (there are several other reverse-types associated with the FEL TEMP REPARATIO legend) were struck between ~ 350-356 AD. One of the reduced Æ3 size majorinae, with the fallen horseman reverse, would date to the mid-350’s AD.
Mark

circa 1730 religious medallion

1700's Portuguese 10 Reis, X; 1/2 Vinten

Obverse Description Crowned arms in baroque frame
Reverse Description Value in wreath, date below
Ruler Name Jose 1

Medieval spur rowel Georgian shoe buckle
RN Flag Officer - 1827
Right Leaning Stock
Roman pin Post medieval lead cloth seal
2ndC Roman fibular brooch

Irish 1603- 1604 James 1st hammered silver six pence - 1st issue

Obv JACOBUS D.G.ANG SCO FRA HIB REX

1572 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat Medieval long cross half penny
19thC East India Company button 18thC Royal Artillery button

Post medieval hammered silver groat/sixpence

Obv ST HIB

Medieval lead heraldic shield type trade weight

1.7oz, 35mm

 

 

Amazing repair by our goldsmith - I had to double check the legend to make sure it was the same ring.

17thC gold memorial ring disclaimed by the British Museum

Roman silver hoard coin 33- reported to museum and sent for ID

17mm,3.22g

Roman silver hoard coin 34 - reported to museum and sent for ID

3.00g, 20.0mm

Hoard coin # 33:
Lucius Verus, 161-169 AD. AR denarius
Obv:  IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG bare head of Verus right, Mint of Rome 161/2 AD.
Rx: PROV DEOR TR P COS II Providentia standing facing, head left, holding globe and cornucopiae

Hoard coin 34:
AR denarius, issuer uncertain (obverse too profoundly encrusted to make out any detail)
Obv: ?? (Maybe Julia Domna, 195-217 AD? She issued this type of Hilaritas reverse at Rome in 208 AD)
Rx: HILARITAS Hilaritas standing facing, head left, holding long palm-branch; two naked infants/erotes standing facing, to either side of Hilaritas; one holds bottom of palm-branch, the other clings to Hilaritas’ leg.
Mint of Rome, time of the Antonines (mid 2nd century AD) or early Severans (early 3rd century AD.)
Although Hilaritas is not completely unknown on coins of male Imperials, she is far more commonly seen on the women’s coins.  Unfortunately, at this time, I cannot say even whether the obverse portrays a male or female Imperial personage. However, if I were a betting man, I’d say it is most likely to be a lifetime issue of Faustina Jr., Lucilla or Crispina – could be later, too – there are plenty of Severans who also used this reverse.
… a bit later:
Looking through listings in Sear RC&TV, I find that a Hilaritas with two naked infants is known for Julia Domna – this doesn’t mean it HAS to be she, but unless I spend an unreasonably long time looking through endless listings of denarii in RIC or RSC, I wouldn’t be able to rule out the possibility it’s someone else. it’s a pretty good bet – given the dating of most of the AR in this hoard so far – that Domna will turn out to be the person portrayed. If it is Domna, the two “infants” pictured probably represent Caracalla and Geta, although they were considerably older than “infants” at the time. I don’t know if there were any other children born to Septimius Severus and Domna – if so, these might be younger siblings of the feuding Imperial brothers.
Mark

1660-2 Charles II hammered silver half groat - Crown mint mark

Third issue - inner circles both sides

1724 George 1st milled copper 'dump' issue farthing
1800 George III milled silver three pence 1817 George III milled silver six pence
1817 George III milled silver six pence 1590-2 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half penny - Hand mint mark
Tiny 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - rose both sides, no legend type 1696 William III milled silver sixpence

1808 French Napoleon - 1 milled silver Demi Franc

Reverse : Denomination within wreath, date below EMPIRE FRANÇAIS. 1 FRANC. ancre 1808. Metal: Silver (.900). Obverse : Laureate head right NAPOLEON EMPEREUR. Denomination: 1 Franc. Country: France.

15th/16thC British Gold Nobel coin weight - Ship type

14thC Heraldic medieval shield pendant - rampant Lion with enameled inlay

I would describe this shield as: " Per Pale or and vert overall a lion rampant gules".

So I believe this shield belongs to one of the greatest of all knights, William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke and several of his descendants on his daughters side, Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk (2 with the same name).

http://www.castlewales.com/marshall.html

Cal Jim

 

1199-1216 John hammered silver short cross penny -class 5a2-Cross pommee in reverse inscription

Obv HENRICVS REX

Rev + RICARD T ON LVN - Moneyer Ricard T of London mint

RN Capt / Commander - 1812
RN Lieutenant - 1812
RN Midshipman - 1812
RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1812
After this issue a Midshipman
will have the Captain's style

O/R's - 1855-1881

THE 83rd REGIMENT OF FOOT

83rd (County of Dublin)
Regiment of Foot

 

Georgian bell type trade weight

Saxon hammered silver penny

Sent off to the Fitzwilliam museum for recording and ID confirmation

1016 AD Cnut's Short Cross type, probably from York, with a mint signature that might be read as [  ]RPI.

 

1279 Edward hammered silver long cross penny

Obv+EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

Scotland Alexander 1249-1286 hammered silver penny Class 4

obv - ALEXANDER DEI GRA

Rev -REX SCOTORUM - King of Scotland

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

1340 AD French Jetton

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

Royal Crown with 3 rosettes across body of crown

1327 Edward III hammered silver half penny

Obv EDW *** REX

Rev CIVI/TAS/***

Medieval fleur de lis mount 16thC Tudor fretwork button
2nd to 3rdC Roman plate brooch- gilded glass centre-boss type Capt / Commander - 1774-1787 1500-1700 mount
Victorian decorated silver anchor brooch 1929 George V milled silver sixpence
Medieval key handle ? 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

Medieval hammered silver long cross penny

Obv **ANGL DNS ****

Rev CIVI/TAS

Medieval hammered silver long cross penny fragment

Rev /DVR/ - Durham mint

Medieval mount Georgian silver cuff link

Air League of the British Empire RAF lapel Badge.

Founded in 1909 originally as The Aerial League of The British Empire, The Air League was formed to counter ‘the backwardness and apathy’ shown by the UK in the face of emerging aeronautical developments and to stress the ‘vital importance from a commercial and national defence point of view of this new means of communication’. The founders of the Air League were concerned that Britain was falling behind other nations in the development of its aviation capability.

Tiny 4thC Roman bronze coin - I need to take better pictures and send them of to our Roman expert

Foreign looking hammered silver penny - researching it

Reverse has quadrefoil at centre of reverse cross

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Arrow mint mark 1844 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1618-19 James 1st hammered silver penny - Plain cross mint mark 1612-13 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Trefoil mint mark
1624 Charles 1st hammered silver penny 17thC Charles II silver button - reported as treasure to museum
Medieval hammered silver long cross half penny

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cros penny

Rev N.CANT+ Canterbury mint

1740 George II milled silver penny Georgian watch winders
1583 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence 1900 Victoria milled silver shilling (12 pence)

1561-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - Pheon mint mark

Silver whistle - 110mm long

London hall mark 1920 date

Maker MORDANT

Georgian silver button 18thC crotal bell

1883 Freeman's pudding powder Try it ! token

Freeman's Baking Powder advertising token Prince of Wales Award. Obverse: Portrait of The Prince of Wales [later King Edward VII]
Awarded For Freeman's Baking, Egg and Custard Powder. Reverse: Freeman's Pudding Powder, Try It.

1696 William III milled silver shilling
1711 Anne milled silver sixpence 17thC lead token 16thC Tudor button
1890 Victoria milled silver half crown (30 pence) 1571 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

 

 

 

Biggest medieval seal matrix I have seen dug

The big impression looks the most promising for a reading. Pretty sure it begins with the usual    s'  for 'sigillum' then I think I see    Icha   which made me wonder whether this might be a Richard  -- but that definitely looks like the expected  's' before it and there seems to be no trace of an R. The next few letters look irrecoverable but the 2nd name/surname may end in  els

Sorry -- can't win em all!

Malcolm

 

1902 - Silver band - Birmingham hall mark - date letter C Lead toy horse
1500-1700 mount 17thC baldric buckle 1603-4 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Thistle mint mark

850Bc Bronze Age socketed axe head

1645 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat - eye mint mark 1624 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat

15thC Venetian hammered silver soldino

Type 1
Obverse: [Doge’s Name] DVX; Doge standing left, holding banner; mint control marks in right field
Reverse: S MARCVS VENETI; Winged lion of St Mark, holding book of gospels

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Interesting Roman bronze coin sent for ID

This is a Constantinian-era billon centenionalis. Given the condition here, it’s only possible to tell who’s on it by checking both the obverse and reverse legends. This one is Constantine II, Caesar.
Although superficially similar types were struck for a bunch of the typical suspects, with the fragments of legend available in the photo, it has to be Constantine II, Caesar. The visible letters are:
Obv:       […] TANTINV […] which is part CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C and is not any part of CRISPVS NOB CAES or LICINIVS NOB CAES.
The way we can tell it’s a Caesar and not either Constantine I or Licinius I is the fragment of the reverse legend    […] M NOSTRO […] part of the concentric legend-type “CAESARVM NOSTRORVM” (“Our Caesars”) surrounding the wreath containing the Vota dedication: VOT / [V] in two lines
These centenionales with a concentric legend around a wreath with Vota date to the early 320’s and are one of the first types of centenionalis, the type Constantine I introduced to replace the follis. A major difference is that the centenionales avoided the pagan god reverses which were standard fare on folles in favor of secular and military themes.
You may notice I turned the photo of the reverse 90º clockwise from the way you had it.

So you lucked out with this one – had we not had these specific parts of the legends we would not have been able to tell which of several Caesars it might be (Crispus and Licinius II both had similar types) and even whether it was a Caesar as opposed to one of the two AVGVSTII (who each had their own concentric reverse legends) as well. Unfortunately the exergual mint mark is completely illegible due to encrustation. It might be possible after some judicious cleaning to tell which mint produced it. These legend-and-Vota centenionales were struck at all of the Imperial mints at this time.
A somewhat clearer picture of what’s going on here:

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Georgian pipe tamper Georgian watch winders

Undiagnostic silver finger ring

A complete cast copper alloy buckle of post-medieval date. The buckle is a double loop asymmetrical shape

Circa 1575- 1700

Georgian fob seal matrix

Medieval seal matrix - needs cleaning to reveal impression

WWII Royal Army Service Corp button

One piece Navy button

HONI SOIT QUI MAN Y PENSE

PACKET

Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

RN - Packet Service
( Mail & Supplies Delivery )

c.1800-1811
Firmin & Co

One of the smallest coin/tokens you can find . 1848 Victoria 'Model Eight farthing' 0.29g, 8.4mm
 
WWII Royal Air force buttons 17thC mount  

Big extra thick Roman bronze coin sent for ID

27mm dia, 4mm T, 15.77g

1623-4 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Lis mint mark 1634-5 Charles 1st hammered silver penny - 2 dot mint mark
1816 George III milled silver sixpence Medieval hammered silver long cross penny fragment
17thC lead token 17thC lead token Post medieval lead Russian bale seal
17thC lead token 15thC lead token

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

York mint

Tiny 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - rose both sides, no legend type

1638/9 Charles 1st hammered silver groat - shield plume

Aberystwyth mint - Wales

 

George 1st trade weight - London mark Huge 50mm 17thC diameter trade weight- obscured plummer mark

Huge 38mm wide medieval lead trade weight

Interesting obverse

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv +EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVIT/TAS ???

Medieval hammered silver long cross penny

1501-1521 Leonardo Lauredan, Doge

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.

1377-1399 Richard II hammered silver half penny

Obv + RICARD. REX ANGL'

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON- London mint

Alexander II 1214-49 Scottish hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Obv ALEXANDER REX

Rev HAN/ON/ - Moneyer Wilam Iohan of uncertain mint

1299 -1300 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny - Class 9b- Pot hook N

Obv +EDWR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVIT/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1579 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Greek cross mint mark
18116 George III milled silver sixpence 1723 George 1st milled silver sixpence
1573-8 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Martlet mint mark 1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny
1868 Victoria milled silver three pence 1697 William III milled silver sixpence - love token - Norwich mint
1697 William III milled silver sixpence

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

Obv /NIC/ - Moneyer Nicole

Georgian watch winders 1500-1700 harness mount 19thC hunting button
1882 USA Indian head milled copper one cent 1762 George III milled silver three pence
15thC lead token 15thC lead token Unknown shipping line button 1881 The Royal Staffordshire Reg

​c1770-1785.​​​Prince of Wales 3rd Dragoon Guards

​​​PoW feathers with D Gds either side and ICH DIEN below.

19thC livery button 1500-1700 mount
Georgian intaglio 1649 Commonwealth hammered silver penny

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Obv hENRICVS

Rev LEM/ONC - Moneyer Willem of Canterbury mint

1929 George V milled silver sixpence
1843 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1485 Henry VII hammered silver sovereign penny - Archbishop Rotherham - no pillars to throne
1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing 1624 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat
Mid 4thC House of Constantine Roman bronze coin - two soldiers standing type 2ndC Roman bronze coin

1663 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)

Circa 13thC Medieval lead seal matrix

+ S'IOhA (short for S[igillum] Iohannis)

 

2ndC Roman silver coin - needs cooking to remove crust

Although I really need the diameter to be 100% certain with as little legend as is legible on this one (although I’m pretty certain it’s from the mint of Thessalonica) I feel sure enough to say I think it’s a SPES REIPVBLICE reduced majorina of Constantius II. After the end of the “fallen horseman” reduced majorinae, ca. 355, these skimpy and typically crudely struck and undersized majorinae were struck by both Constantius II and by Julian, as Caesar. They are the last gasp of the original generation of the majorina denomination which was introduced as an Æ2 (much larger) in 348, immediately before the reforms of Julian II restored a Constantinian-sized centenionalis with a Vota reverse.
For comparison purposes, the lower photo is of an much better than average specimen of this type by Constantius II – the best I’ve ever held.
Yours may have the potential to be pretty nice, too if it’s not killed in the cleaning process:

Constantius II, 337-361 A.D. Æ3/4 reduced bronze majorina
17mm, 1.93gm, axis: 6:00. Mint of Siscia, 355-61 A.D.
Obv: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG. Diademed draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rx: SPES REIPVBLICE. Constantius standing left, holding globe and inverted spear // ASIS*.
RIC VIII 396, LRBC 1246, Cf. SR 4011, VM 105.
These belong to the time-period you might call “the hairy edge” of the Roman occupation of Britannia – within a generation Romanized Britannia was under attack from all sides and it was only a matter of time before all who were able fled to the continent along with the last of the Roman legions.
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1696 William III milled silver shilling 15thC Angel coin weight

One piece Navy button

HONI SOIT QUI MAN Y PENSE

PACKET

Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

RN - Packet Service
( Mail & Supplies Delivery )

c.1800-1811
Firmin & Co

2ndC Roman fibular brooch - trumpet type

2ndC Roman fibular brooch - head stud type

Medieval lead spindle whorl 1590-2 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - hand mint mark

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Rev VND/WIL - Moneyer Willem of London mint

1422- 30 Henry VI hammered silver half groat - Annulet Issue London

IM Cross I

11 arches to tressure- single punch fleurs on cusps, none over crown

Double satire stops, extra annulets in opposing two qtr's on reverse, New letter n - Annulet after POSVI on reverse.

Obv + hENRICx DIx GRAx REXx ANGLx Z F

Rev CIVIT/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny Victorian silver thimble

55th Regiment of Foot

Officer - 1800-1820

1816 George III milled silver sixpence Victorian silver pendant
2ndC Roman silver coin - needs cooking to remove crust 1938 George VI milled silver sixpence
15thC lead token - type 2 Georgian trade weight Roman bronze coin sent for ID

1413-22 Henry V hammered silver penny

Double satire stop on obverse

Quadrefoil with pellet at centre on reverse cross

York mint Archiepiscopal issue

 

1929 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence)

 

Huge 3rd-4th C Roman crossbow brooch

 

1931 George V milled silver sixpence Georgian bell trade weight 1500-1700 mount

 

 

1803 Imperial Fire Insurance Company button
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing  
Tiny 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - rose both sides, no legend type

Oct 1470-April 1471 Henry VI hammered silver penny - Restoration period York

Quadrefoil at centre of reverse cross - key by neck - Lis mint mark

York mint

Medieval continental sterling hammered silver penny

Obv SCE***

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv + EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

WWII Royal Air Force button

George V

HM.C & E

His Majesty Customs and Excise button

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv +EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver groat ( 4 pence)

Cross Crosslet mint mark

Georgian bell trade weight

1000 BC Bronze age socketed axe fragment

Huge 16thC Elizabeth 1st half pound lead trade weight - 7.4oz. 46mm dia

Crown EL and London mark

 
15thC lead token 1904 - 1937 London Fire Brigade button 19thC livery button  
1836 William IV milled silver four pence India 1841 Victoria milled silver two Anna
Tiny 1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half penny - Lis mint mark

13thC hammered silver sterling imitation - Continental, Sterling type

Ferry IV 1312-28 Duke of Lorraine

Obv + DVSDELOTOR ENGIE

Rev NVM/CRV/CIS/SIG

Ref Mayhew 309

Huge 1stC Colchester type two piece Roman brooch

Mid 4thC House of Constantine Roman bronze coin 1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthings

1963 Colombia milled copper nickle coin

20 Centavos

17thC William III milled silver sixpence
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing 1878 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1615-16 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Tun mint mark 1817 George III milled silver sixpence
1603 James 1st hammered silver penny

1485 Henry VII hammered silver halfpenny - rev cross fourchee - wide hair bust - Type 3 single arched crown

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1300 -1310 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny - Class 10ab - Pot hook N

Obv +EDWARD R ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVIT/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

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

Obv hENRICVS REX III

Rev DAV/ION/LVN/DEN - Moneyer Davi of London mint

 

16thC Tudor seal spoon handle
17thC William III trade weight - Crown W cipher 15thC lead token 1649 Commonwealth hammered silver penny
2ndC Roman fibular brooch 17thC lead token

Cast copper alloy double-looped sub-annular shoe or knee buckle

Circa 1650-1720

15thC lead token 1500-1700 mount

1300 -1310 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny - Class 10ab

Obv +EDWARD R ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVIT/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

Medieval strap end buckle Edwardian brooch
2- Victorian Glascow Corporation Transport Dept buttons Georgian silver button with galss stone
 
1500-1700 mount   c10thC Anglo Saxon looking bronze fragment with silver inlay

1279 Contemporary forgery of an Edward 1st hammered silver penny - crudely stuck bust and lettering

Rev LOM/BON

1584-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half penny - Escallop mint mark
1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence fragment

Medieval finger ring

1500-1700 mount 19thC livery button Mid 4thC House of Constantine Roman bronze coin - two soldiers standing

Romano/British bronze clothing toggle ?

1485 Henry VII hammered silver groat C10thC Saxon gilded mount

1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver groat ( 4 pence)

Cross Crosslet mint mark

1327 Edward III hammered silver groat
1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny 1819 George III milled silver sixpence

Great eyeball find - 450 million year old fossil

Sea Urchin Echinoid

Vioctorian gilded copper brooch

Victorian button Medieval mount Medieval pendant
1811 Russian lead bale seal 17thC lead token Victorian General Post Office button

18thC silver clasp - similar decoration to Hester Bateman silver clog fastener

Clog fastener link

1865 Victoria milled silver sixpence
A Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval (15th-early 16th century) cast one-piece copper-alloy mount, convex and cinquefoil in shape

1600-1700

A copper-alloy cast mount. The mount is quatrefoil in shape with a cusp in each angle. The reverse has two attachment lugs.

1844 Victoria milled silver sixpence

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny fragment

Rev DE/- Durham mint

Victorian Cunard lookinng shipping line button

Lion holding globe above anchor

Medieval buckle

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny fragment

Rev DON/- London mint

18thC clog fastener

Double side Georgian seal matrix

Obv Crest of Arms

Rev Bust facing right

18thC Royal Navy silver button 17thC clothing fastener 16thC Tudor button Post medieval spur rowel

Huge 1st C Roman fibular brooch- Colchester type

80mm L

Post medieval copper cruifix

1st C Roman fibular brooch- Dolphin type

15th/16th Venetian hammered silver soldino

Type 3
Obverse: [Doge’s Name] DVX (in exergue), S M V; Doge holding banner and kneeling before St Mark
Reverse: LAVS TIBI SOLI (Praise To Thee Alone); Standing figure of Christ facing, haloed and holding cross; mint control marks in exergue

17thC William III milled silver sixpence Post medieval clasped hands copper ring
1500-1700 mount 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny love token
1859 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1844 Victoria milled silver shilling

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv +EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv +EDW*****hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing Scottish 1602 James VI hammered silver 1/8th Thistle Merk

16thC stone cannon ball - 2 inch calibre

WWII Royal Air Force silver sweet heart badge RN Capt / Commander - 1812
RN Lieutenant - 1812
RN Midshipman - 1812
RN Volunteer Gr.I - 1812
After this issue a Midshipman
will have the Captain's style
18thC Royal Navy silver button
1842 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1866 Italian Emanyele II 10 Centimes copper coin

Double side Georgian seal matrix

Obv Masted sailing ship facing right

Rev Bust facing right

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthings 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence

Unrecorded 5th Dragoon guards button

Description: ​​​Crowned Hannover Horse over V D.G with VESTIGIA NULLA RETRORSUM around. Category:​​ Dragoons​ ​

Type of button: Slightly Convex​​; ​

Metal: Copper Alloy, silver gilded. Backmark: ​​;

Date: ​c1780-1796

Crimera war period

The 5th Dragoons became Princess Charlotte of Wales's Dragoon Guards in 1804.

20thC British railways buttons 18thC clog fastener

1770's coin weight - 9 shillings

Obv S 9

Medieval gilded bar mount

Big 2ndC Roman bronze AS sent for ID

Without a diameter or weight I can’t be certain whether the denomination is an as or a sestertius. The weights of Aurelius’ Æs were all over the place, too so a sestertius may be very similar to an as, varying only in relative overall diameter. In this era, it was typical for the same types to be struck on several – or all – of the denominations at the same time. Common types of reverses would be struck year after year as well so there is a little uncertainty here overall about the minutiae. What is certain is that this is Marcus Aurelius (161-180) the reverse type is Aequitas or Moneta enthroned left holding scales and cornucopiae. I’m not sure yet which it is – I’m not sure we can be certain in any case without a single letter of the reverse legend legible. (both may be seen with these same attributes, although Moneta generally stands – but Aequitas tends to be shown standing too, so…)

http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album94/ML06_M_Aurel_Aequitas_sest?full=1
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD.  Orichalcum Sestertius
30mm, 21.33g, 6h. Mint of Rome, 168 A.D.
Obv: M AVRELIVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX. Laureate head right.
Rx: TR POT XXII IMP V COS III S - C. Aequitas seated left holding scales and cornucopia.
RIC III 690, Cf. SR 5012, VM 128.
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19thC livery button 18thC clog fastener 1574 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

1623 silver hawking ring

11mm,1.28g

Thomas Playters.Eq

The Playters Baronetcy, of Sotterley in the County of Suffolk, was a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 13 August 1623 for Thomas Playters and was one of the last baronetcies created by King James I.[1] The second Baronet was Vice-Admiral of Suffolk between 1640 and 1649.[2] The fifth Baronet served as High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1728. The title became extinct on the death of the eighth Baronet in 1832

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev N + TOMAS.ON **** - Moneyer Thomas

1921 George V milled silver shilling
1816 George III milled silver shilling 1729 French Louis XV milled silver coin - 1/2 ECU (44 Sols)
1852 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1377 Richard II hammered silver half penny-
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing RN Capt / Commander - 1812

'3rd Essex Local Militia gilt (b/m: Charles Jennens. London).

This is the 3rd Reg't of the Essex Local Militia.
Formed march 15th 1809, Disbanded 1816, for the Napoleonic Wars.
Based at Colchester, Lt. Col.Com. John Bawtree.

Tim'

Ch Gretchen polished up what looked like a plain green copper ring but it turns out to be highly decorated.

Too big and wrong shape for a finger ring - not sure of it's use?

Decorated harness ring ?

 
1500-1700 mount 15thC lead token Georgian button  

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