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1811 George III milled silver bank token - Eighteenpence

1817 George III milled gold half sovereign


Medieval gilded Fleur de Lis harness pendant

2ndC Roman silver coin - need cooking to remove crust 15thC lead token

Thought this was a Roman buckle but not sure it is - reserching this find

1794 silver seal matrix

Maker CF - Crispin Fuller - registered Dec 1792

London duty paid symbol - date letter small t

1826 Russian lead bale seal 1933 George V millled silver sixpence
1567 - 1570 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence Medieval hammered silver long cross penny
1817 George III milled silver sixpence 17thC lead token  
Victorian silver clasp Crown C Army button ? 1500-1700 mount
Georgian lead tacco jar lid handle Post medieval harness pendant 1500-1650 buckle
1816 George III milled silver sixpence 1841 Victoria milled silver shilling
1857 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1944 George VI milled silver sixpence
1919 George V milled silver shilling Georgian silver button + glass stone

Georgian silver plated seal matrix - needs cleaning to remove crust

Georgian silver initialed spoon handle 19thC livery button 18thC Royal artillery button
1624 Chalres 1st hammered silver penny 1902 Edward VII milled silver florin - 24 pence
19thC livery button 1900's merchant navy button Medieval lead trade weight 1500-1650 buckle

Georgian silver cuff link Victorian Rifle Regiment button

c1790-1810 ​

32nd Regiment of foot button

The 32nd Regt of Foot gained the Cornwall title in 1782. This style had a long period of use by the Regt lasting until 1871 for other ranks and 1881 for officers.

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing Medieval buckle
1500-1650 buckle

Copper alloy belt mount. The mount is asymmetrical . The mount has a triangular body, with a collared lozenge shaped terminal at one end, and a circular terminal at the other. The surface is gilded. There are two incomplete integral lugs on the reverse.

Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1499

A small cast copper alloy mount or stud, in the shape of a bird. The mount is a rough oval in shape, being the shape of a bird with wings folded away. The top forms the head, with a sharp beak pointing left; this resembles that of a crow, raven, magpie or other corvid. The decoration is basic, consisting of a crude ‘eye’ and horizontal lines on the body. The mount is convex in section, hollow at the reverse, with the stumps of two studs. This artefact dates to the 13th to 15th centuries.
17thC lead token Medieval buckle Roman mount A Medieval (1250-1450) sheet copper alloy (0.50mm thick) domed quadfoil belt mount

The Standing King series

Charles IV 1322-28 French Jetton

Obv 'king with sceptre standing beneath a gothic canopy'

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross fragment

Rev RIO - Moneyer Henri

17thC hammered copper trade farthin


16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

2ndC Roman silver coin sent for ID

This one is definitely Trajan as well – and I’ve cataloged about half a dozen of this type in the last couple weeks – Felicitas holding caduceus and cornucopiae. The photo below shows how similar it is, although the legends don’t match exactly – there was a whole series of “Felicitas standing” denarii, with altar, leaning on column, etc – this is the closest I have in saved photos

Mid 4th C Roman copper coin 1500-1700 mount Britstol Fire Brigade

2ndC Roman silver coin sent for ID

This is a denarius of Trajan, so far as I can tell. At first glance I was not immediately familiar with the reverse type (odd, since I’ve been helping catalog an enormous Trajan specialty collection over the last couple of months, but then Trajan had a lot of types and I thought I hadn’t encountered this one before.)
It’s unusual for Trajan’s reverse subjects to be seated, reclining or recumbent to right – they are virtually always shown to the left.
Your denarius is commemorating Trajan’s victories in Dacia a personification of which is seated on a pile of captured arms.
It happens I have a photo of a similar specimen

1819 Russian lead bale seal Mid 4thC Roman barbarious radiate bronze coin
A Medieval (1250-1450) sheet copper alloy (0.50mm thick) domed sexfoil belt mount Cast copper alloy mount of probable late medieval or post medieval date (1400-1600). The mount is sub-oval in plan and domed in cross section (D-shaped). The front face is convex and undecorated 19thC Victorian Engineers button

1640's Civil War half pound cannon ball - 7.8oz,39mm

Medieval buckle Roman mount 15thC lead token Medieval buckle
18thC clog fastener Medieval mount 1874 Victoria milled silver shilling
1819 George III milled silver sixpence 1836 William IV milled silver four pence

11,000 BC flint scraper

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

c 1600-1700

Victorian brooch clasp Georgian mount with glass stones

1412-13 Henry IV hammered gold qtr Nobel- Light coinage - Lis above shield, trefoils beside shield,Lis in centre of reverse.

Obv +hENRIC'DI; GRA;REX ANGL - mm Fleur de Lis


1422- 27 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Annulet issue - Annulets by neck and two sets of oppossing pellets on reverse


Rev VIL LAx CALI SIEx - Calais mint


16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

1314-17 Edward 1st hammered silver half penny - Type 13a

Obv + EDWA**DVS***A

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON- London mint

18thC Royal Artillery button 1500-1700 mount

1839-1849 87th Regiment of Foot

The Essex Regiment

Post medieval lead bale seal

1855 - 1881 - 96th (Queen's Own Germans) Regiment of Foot

1824 96th Regiment of Foot
raised at Manchester

17thC lead token
1834 William IV milled silver sixpence 1925 George V milled silver sixpence

'Eastern uninscribed gold quarter stater of Dubnovellaunos, c 20 BC-AD 10. Van Arsdell VA1660 =BMC 2442.

12mm,1.28g- sent for recording on PAS

17thC Charles II silver button - reported as treasure to musuem

1582 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - bell mint mark Georgian button

c1800-1820 ​


The 28th became the North Gloucestershire Regt of Foot in 1782.

2ndC Roman fibular brroch

Royal Navy - Officers (Roped Rim) Unlined Background 23mm - 1891-1901 15thC lead token 1816 George III milled silver sixpence
1790 George III gold half guinea gaming token 1584 - 1586 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Escallop mint mark
16thC Tudor button

4thC Roman bronze sent for ID

Working backwards from the date stamps, this is the most recent piece you sent and I think I might not have gotten around to telling you what it is. By “normal 4th century size” I’m assuming you mean the range of ~17-21mm ?
At any rate, this piece, I believe, is naming Constantine I: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG on the obverse (most likely) and is probably a SOLI INVICTO COMITI reverse with Sol standing, raising right hand and holding globe aloft in left. The presence of the two letters in the field makes it pretty certain this is from a western mint like Trier or Lugdunum as they used changing filed letters for control marks. These were among the very last couple of issues of the “follis” coinage which typically had a pagan deity or personification as its reverse type. Western mint examples of Imperial coin are more commonly found in British digs than those from eastern mints, for probably fairly obvious reasons.

This is a photo of  coin I think is similar you can compate to the one you’re asking about – this from the mint at Arles:
18thC silver clog fastener 15thC lead token Georgian silver button

Large skull and cross bones mount

1796 decorated and initialed 'EL'spoon handle - Maker TW

Thomas Wallis II
(registered Jan 1780)
1930 George V milled silver florin (24 pence) Medieval heraldic enameled harness pendant

Medieval trade weight

850 BC Bronze age socketed axe hean

Medieval gilded bar mount 1679 Charles II milled silver tow pence

Using an ultrasonic cleaner to remove crud stuck to coin

25 BC Celtic gold qtr stater, reported to museum

Dubnovellaunus tribe Celtic gold qtr stater-11.0mm,1.35g

Linear wreath, with opposed crescents; Horse left with branch below and trefoil design above

1794 half penny copper Condor token

1804-1820 79th Regiment of foot button

79 enclosed within strap, crowned with CAMERONIAN VOLUNTEERS above.

An officers example to the 79th who were first the 79th Royal Liverpool Volunteers between 1778-1784, then Cameron Highlanders 1804-73 and Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1873-1881.

1560 - 1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Cross Crosslet mint mark Victorian Army belt buckle
Medieval mount 15thC lead token 1500-1700 mount 19thC livery button

1842 Victoria milled gold half sovereign

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint


1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny - Class 5b


Rev ION/ONC/CAN/TER- Moneyer ION of Canterbury mint

Britain's Merchant Navy
Generic Design Issue
In use 1900 's onwards
Lead Spitfire toy 1946 George VI milled silver sixpence
Georgian button 15thC lead token Medieval buckle 1500-1650 buckle
1816 George III milled silver shilling

1280 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - type 3b - 3cd crown


Rev CIVI/TASCAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Closed E


Rev DVR/ - Durham mint

1216 Henry III hammered silver farthing

WILL - Moneyer Willem

10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold stater - Linear type -sent to PAS for recording

VA1925 BMC 1772-83


1816 George III milled silver sixpence

1282-89 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Egg wasted S, pellet before LON - Class4c

Obv + EDW** DNS hYB


1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny 1922 George V milled silver sixpence
1820 George III milled silver sixpence Victorian silver thimble 15thC lead token
18thC toy cannon 17thC crotal bell

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 '

19thC silver thimble

Eastern Counties Railway button

The Eastern Counties Railway was an English railway company incorporated in 1836 intended to link London with Ipswich via Colchester, and then extend to Norwich and Yarmouth.

1858 Victoria milled silver three pence

USA silver 3 cent

The three-cent silver, also known as the three-cent piece in silver or trime, was struck by the Mint of the United States for circulation from 1851 to 1872, and as a proof coin in 1873. Designed by the Mint's chief engraver, James B. Longacre, it circulated well while other silver coinage was being hoarded and melted, but once that problem was addressed, became less used. It was abolished by Congress with the Coinage Act of 1873.

Georgian watch winders


1464-1470 Edward IV hammered silver penny Class VIII, Quatrefoil by neck- mm Crown



Post medieval gold stud - reported to museum

0.50g, 10mm

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross half penny- Class 6

Rev NT+TO- Moneyer Tomas of Canterbury mint

Post medeival lead bale seal
Georgian bell trade weight

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny



18thC crotal bells 1916 George V milled silver sixpence
1901 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1816 George III milled silver sixpence

Very rare 1689 William and Mary maundy milled silver four epnce

1853 Victoria milled silver shilling 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

Really neat 18thC solid copper toy flint lock pistol

2ndC Roman silver coin - needs 'cooking' to remove crust

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AR denarius, Mint of Rome,
Obv: primarily illegible (legibility may improve with cleaning?) possibly IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS laureate head of Antoninus Pius right
Rx: primarily illegible (legibility may improve with cleaning?) probably AVG PIVS P M TR P COS II priestly implementia, simpulum, lituus, jug, aspergillum and knife.
Possibly: RIC 39, RSC 101 (if my guesses about legends are accurate.)

Lead bird 19thC livery button 1885 Victoria milled silver sixpence

Georgian fob seal matrix

Biggest Roman bronze I have ever seen dug

36mm dia,4mm T,16.34g

I’m afraid I can only give you some generalities about this piece. It’s a sestertius, but you probably knew that.
This appears to be a woman with a bun at the nape of her neck. For our purposes, there are really only 3 women this can be:
Faustina Junior, Lucilla or Crispina – but without either some of the legend being legible or some more facial features, I can’t say any more than that it’s likely one of these three Antonine women, wives of Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus and Commodus, respectively.
I know a number of folks who say they feel Crispina is the most attractive (to modern eyes, at least) of all the Roman women on coins – not sure if I agree or not, but she’s usually a bit better looking in the typical poses then Lucilla – I believe there was a better engraver working Crispina’s dies than Lucilla’s. Faustina Junior had extensive lifetime coinages struck both by her father, Antoninus Pius and husband, Marcus Aurelius – and also had an enormous posthumous emission by M. Aurelius, so on the basis of pure probability, Faustina Jr. is the most commonly seen of the three and the most probable.

I’m afraid the reverse is so far gone I can’t even tell what the orientation is supposed to be, but a standing deity or personification would be a predictable common reverse type if, as it might be, that linear feature in the middle is the remains of a standing figure device..
So, your time frame is approximately A.D. 141-190 for all the women and 141-185 just for Faustina Jr.
This is what a lifetime-issue Faustina II sestertius might typically look more like if it hadn’t been mumbled about in plow-soil for decades and doused with agricultural chemicals quite as much as the coin in question.
Here’s hoping your detectors find something buried a bit deeper which might have allowed it to retain a bit more of its features.
For the sake of verisimilitude, here are sestertii of Lucilla and Crispina:

Irish 1272-1307 Edward 1st hammered silver farthing

Dublin mint



Roman silver hoard coin addendum No36 - reported to museum


That seems to be from the earlier range of the coins in the hoard I helped you with ID’s on last year.
Antoninus Pius, 138-161
AR Denarius, Mint of Rome, A.D. 159/60 (dated)
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII laureate head of Antoninus Pius right   
Rx: FELIC SAEC COS III Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and leaning on column.

RIC III 298; C 360.
This is a common type and one which is repeated in several consecutive years later in his reign. You are lucky to have nearly 100% legible legends here as it might have been a bit more involved guesswork to figure out what was happening on the reverse if the legend were not so clear.
Unfortunately I have no prepared photos of my own of anything even particularly similar for comparison’s sake – but this is from acsearch:



Bronze Age Tress Ring C1000BC


Ornaments, whose function is unknown, made from gold plates in triangular cross-section and secured by a binding strip, resulting in a hollow ring. The face plates can be decorated with repoussé decoration or with fine concentric incised lines imitating fine wire works. More rarely, lock-rings are made from face plates obtained from individual gold wires soldered together.


  • Eogan, G. 1969. 'Lock-rings' of the Late Bronze Age. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 67C, 93-148

3.12g,27.07mm long


1935 George V milled silver sixpence 1216 Henry III milled silver short cross halfpenny
1377-1399 Richard II hammered silver half penny 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat

Silver bracelet ?- sent to museum as possible treasure

1356 -61 Edward III hammered silver groat - 4th issue Pre Treaty period - Cross 3, Series G

Top arches not fleured - annulet stops -pot hook N - Closed C and E



Rev CIVI/TAS/LOII/DOII - London mint

Georgian fob seal - mans bust facing right 19thC livery button Georgian silver thimble

Medieval gilded bar mount

Medieval lead trade weight Georgian fob seal - lady standing facing right


Mint Roman silver hoard coin addendum No37 - reported to museum

3.23, 17mm

Super Lucilla – that’s the way you’d like to see them come out of the ground, no doubt. This one’s so nice I don’t need to scare-up a photo of a decent specimen – this photo does the job!

AR Denarius, Mint of Rome, c. A.D. 164-166
Obv: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F draped bust of Lucilla right
Rx: VESTA Vesta standing facing, head left, pouring ritual libation from simpulum (ceremonial ladle) over lighted altar at her feet and holding Palladium.
RIC III 788; RSC 92


1842 Victorian milled gold half sovereign



Roman silver hoard coin addendum No38 - reported to museum

Hoard 38 – 2.87g, 18mm


Geta, Caesar, 198-209. AR denarius, Mint of Rome 203 AD
Obv: L SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES bare-headed draped bust of Geta seen from behind
Rx: FELICITAS TEMPOR Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC IV 9a, RSC 38a


Roman silver hoard coin addendum No39 - reported to museum

Hoard 39 -3.06g, 20mm

Julia Domna (W. of Sept. Severus) 193-217, AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 208 AD.
Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA draped bust of Julia Domna right    
Rx: HILARITAS Hilaritas standing facing, head left, holding palm-branch; between two naked children
RIC 559, RSC 79

Sterling silver issue 1279 Edward 1st hammered silver farthing- no inner circle on New reverse legend type - Class 20a


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1553-4 Queen Mary hammered silver groat (4 pence) 1844 Victoria milled silver shilling

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided half penny

Rev V/NDE - London mint

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - initial mark in reverse legend

Obv +EDWA**** hYB

Durham mint

1758 George II milled sixpence 1818 George III milled silver sixpence

Roman plain copper alloy pelta-shaped mount. It is semi-circular

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Date from: AD 40
Date to: AD 400

1816 George III milled silver sixpence
Unusual relic - 1941 George VI milled silver coin recessed in amount
16thC Clothing fastener 1500-1700 mount 1848 Victorian 'Model Eight farthing' 0.29g, 8.4mm

C1851 The Prince of Wales model half sovereign token

Queen Victoria


Stunning medeival gold ring - decorated outer band - full inner inscription in Lombardic script

Pencer De Moy ?

Working on deciphering lettering

3.77g.19mm dia


"I found this expression, 'pencez de moy', which means 'think of me', engraved in a 14th century French ring at the National Museum in Stockholm. It is a precious gift to have someone thinking of you."

- Efva Attling


850 BC Bronze age socketed axe head

17thC William III gold guinea period forgery. one of the best milled gold forgeries I have seen

25mm dia - 5.86g

Right diameter - wrong weight


Georgian gold brooch


1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

London and North Eastern Railways button  

Florida dug this huge hoard of 60 modern foreign coin from a dozen + different countries- someone lost a coin collection ?

Austria, Philipines, Polish, Chinese, Janpanese, French, Swedish, Argentina, Russia etc


Pilgrim ampullae - holly water bottle made of lead 12th to 15thC,

These ampoule were brought from pilgrimage places as a souvenir

Mitchiner suggests that many ampullae were used in the annual springtime ’Blessing the Fields’ ceremony, in which the Holy Water they contained was sprinkled on the ground to give prayer for a good harvest. Having served this purpose, Mitchiner suggests that the ampullae were discarded. Others have suggested that the ampullae were buried along with their contents for a similar purpose.



Huge 3rd-4th C Roman crossbow brooch

Crusty Roman silver coin - 'cooking' to remove crust

Cleaned up mint - sent for ID

Elagabalus, 218-222, AR denarius, Mint of Antioch, 218/19 AD.
Obv: ANTONINVS PI]VS FEL AVG laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus right, seen from behind (we can’t tell if he’s wearing the infamous “horn” or not, it would have been on the chip if it were in the original portrait)  
Rx: FORTVNA REDVX Fortuna seated left holding patera and cornucopiae, wheel beneath seat.
RIC IV 189; RSC 47a  
The chip appears to be modern – probably from a plow-strike.

Roman silver hoard coin addendum No40 - reported to museum

3.17g, 19mm

Geta, Caesar, 198-209, silver denarius, Mint of Rome, 206 AD.
Obv: P SEPIMIVS GETA CAES draped, bare-headed bust of Geta right seen from behind
Rx: PROVID DEORVM Providentia standing facing, head left, holding rod and scepter (the scepter looks like a cornucopiae on the coin due to a die flaw, but it’s a scepter) globe at feet.
RIC 51; RSC 170


Roman silver hoard coin addendum No41 - reported to museum


19thC Kings dragoon guards button 1500-1650 buckle 15thC Noble coin weight -not in Withers ref book - h by mast probably indicating Henry VII - these coin weights started in 1471


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