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2006 Latest finds page 5 - Updated 30th Jan 2007

Medieval hammered silver penny

Trinovantes Clacton type Celtic gold 1/4 stater 50BC 1.28g, 13.72mm

06.0492. Not much I can say about these except that the second one is probably the later of the two, struck from a rather more stylized reverse die. But 'later' in this context might only be a matter of days or weeks, I don't think these coins were struck over a very long period'.

117AD Roman Hadrian silver coin

'This is an early denarius of Hadrian, 117 A.D. - his first year as emperor. You can tell it's an early one as the portrait looks so much like Trajan.
Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG. Laureate bust right with drapery on far shoulder.
Rx: P M TR P COS DES II - CONCORD (in exergue) concordia seated left holding patera and resting arm on statuette of Spes; cornucopiae beneath throne.
RIC II 17, RSC 251a, SR 3465, VM 43/1.

30AD Cunobelin Celtic silver coin


'further to yesterday's email, yes, this is a rare silver unit of Cunobelin. The type is in recent volumes of 'Coins of England' (no. 310) but isn't in VA or the BMC catalogue. I've attached an image of the best of the six we already have here for you to compare.
Judging from the style and the very classical griffin it's a late issue, presumably 30s AD. Findspots are in Essex (4 including yours) and Suffolk (1), ie in the Trinovantian territory rather than the Catuvellauni.

I'll record it as CCI 06.0523. Congratulations on a rare find!'

c10thC Viking Thors's hammer pendant
Roman clothing fastener ?
1826 dated London Guild Hall trade weight
Georgian fleur di Lis design ink well cover
German eagle button
WWII RAF button


1865 Victoria gold half Sovereign
17thC decorated clasp
Musket ramrod guide ?
15th/16thC bronze thimble
1854 Greek lead bale seal
Georgian trade weight
Post 1840 Navy button
Medieval decorated and gilded pendant hanger
Lion design livery button
1839 Victorian milled silver three pence
Pre 1840 Navy button
1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling ( 12 pence)
10 Shillings (120 pence) Co operative Society of Colchester and East Essex
17thC copper alloy hanger
20thC lead toy soldier
? Similar to Roman key but has a mounting point
Post 1840 Navy button
Pre 1840 Navy button
WWII New Zealand Forces button
Georgian watch winders
Georgian coin weight - Portcullis type
Very early bronze bead
WWII miltary button
Roman bowl foot
1575 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence
Tudor period decorated clasp
17thC decorated clothing fastener
1944 George V milled silver sixpence
1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny
1653 John Sewell, grocer Colchester hammered farthing
17thC Jonas Whale - baker of Colchester hammered copper trade token - not dated type
1532- 42 AD Henry VIII hammered silver groat - 2nd coinage 2.68g, 25.18mm and a 1272 AD Edward hammered silver farthing 0.32g,9.52mm - Type 30h Obv EDWARDVS REX AN Rev CIVITAS LONDON
1794 Charles IIII of Spain 1/2 Real Mexico mint 1.56g
1582-3 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Bell mint mark

10th/11thC Late Saxon stirrup mount - Type 12 openwork version Page 7 - fig 312, David Williams

20.10g, 46.78mm L x 27.47mm W x 4.99mm T

1636 Charles 1st Scottish hammered silver 20 pence- 2nd issue
Unusual copper alloy post medieval mount
Huge bronze medieval pot fragment
19thC silver sugar spoon - no hallmarks
Unusual Lead weight - mint mark obscured
1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton


1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton


4thC Roman bronze - needs more cleaning
Lead weight with abstract design - possible Saxon
D buckle c1250 - 1500
C10thC Saxon mount
Post 1840 Navy button
Napoleonic French military button
10th Regiment of foot button
17thC apothecary weight - star type
Post medieval copper alloy acorn design mount
pre 1840 Navy button
17thC hammered sopper trade token - Nathaniel Lawrence of Colchester - Not dated type
George IV 1820-1830 (son of George III)
death medallion
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
Unsual find for here - 4 ringer lead bullet
1696 William III trade weight - London mint mark, crown with W
Medieval bronze pot leg
1603 James 1st gold half Angel coin weight - obv Crown VS - Rev Angel
17thC trade token - Johan Jacob - Carolvs - Charles II
Dutch 1770's - 4 Stuivers
George V 1918 milled silver threepence , 1929 sixpence, George VI 1942 sixpence
1670 Ipswich copper farthing
Anglo Saxon - possible Viking type - horse cheek piece c 11thC
1817 George III milled silver 6 pence
1570 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
1929 George V milled silver half crown (30 pence) and sixpence
1843 Victorian milled silver four pence
1696 William III milled silver shilling ( 12 pence)
14thC Medieval hammered silver half groat ( 2pence) - CIVITAS CANTOR - Canterbury mint
1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny
1854 Victorian milled silver three pence
Very early 15thC button
Medieval shield harness decoration with circle design
1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny
18thC decorated clog fastener
Post medieval clasp with glass stone
Early lead gaming piece
17thC apothecary weight
16thC Gold angel coin weight
2 - 20thC girl guides badges
Early medieval harness pendant with gilded circle design
Tiny 18thC toy cannon
Lion livery button
Pre 1840 Navy button
Fish design hunting buttton
Bird design livery button

Lots of nice 16th/17th buckles turning up


Interesting early medieval rope design decorated piece, perhaps late Saxon - appears to be a cord guide and it is not broken - needs more research
18thC sword hanger fitting
18thC gilded belt side
1649 Commonwealth hammered silver half groat
Victorian Silver tree and leaf pattern charm
1903 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
1652, 8 Maravedis revalidated with VIII counterstamp on 8 Maravedis of 1625 of uncertain mint, Felipe IV (1621-1665) of Spain
Interesting Navy button with double anchors
1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton


European copper dated 1810

'This is a 2 (or 4) Skilling Courant from Norway. Ruled at the time by the Danish king Frederik VI. The crossed hammers in the date are an "instant identifier" for Norway.'

It is not possible to see in the picture if it is 2 or 4 Skilling and they are also very close in size: 2 Skilling is 28 mm and 4 Skilling is 33 mm.The 2 Skilling 1810 is common, low value, but if it is 4 Skilling it is very rare! Only 4 years later, in 1814 Norway came under Swedish rule until 1905.

1603 James 1st, Gold Double crown, 2nd coinage, revalued coin weight - obv I.R.M BRITAN

Rev Crown with XI S

Gilded firemans button
Pre 1840 Navy button
1664 Colchester type hammered copper trade token
Late medieval long bronze key - style not in reference books 46.34mm L
16th/17thC decorated knife handle 73.52mm L
Roman period bronze mount 34.2mm dia x 5.15mm T

1895 Silver initialled ring - 'MIZPAH' - Birmingham hall mark date letter V 2.09g, 16.52mm dia

Lodge item . . . The Shriners.

C 17thC Decorative copper alloy mount with flower and circle design
Post medieval decorated copper alloy finger ring 18.88mm dia
Livery button
18thC clog fastener
18thC clog fastener
17thC harness pendant
16thC Tudor buttons
Elizabeth 1st half crown coin weight - Crown VI 1.5g
Pre 1840 Navy button
Georgian button

19thC token - Tooles 'class whiskeys'

'R A1'

rev reads 'Leadenhall St London'

Neat find 18thC token - reads obv ' Good wine needs to bush'

'British Tea Warehouse - 4 Bitter Lane'

Possible 1471- 83 Edward VI gold angel - sent for straightening 5.13g, 26.34mm
Stunning condition 1739 George II copper farthing
Royal artillery button
17thC sword hanger fitting fragment
1640 Charles 1st hammered copper Rose farthing
Huge cast Fleur De Lis decorated mount, next to a Rose farthing for size - probably Georgian period
1902 Edward VII milled silver three pence
Post medieval mount - unusual shell design
Georgian bell type trade weight 6.8g
20thC silver cross with glass stone
Facinating medieval find - Bronze shaft/handle with Vessica shaped lead seal on the end- this appears to be hand made Vessica lead seal matrix holder - 45.7mm L
1640 Charles 1st hammered copper Rose farthing
Medieval hammered silver half groat - London Mint
16thC Tudor button
Georgian gilded hinged mount with cherub design

1619 -1625 Half gold laurel of James 1st square coin weight , 3rd coinage 4.20g

obv Crown XS, rev James 1st bust

1838 Victorian milled silver two pence
1858 Victorian milled silver shilling
Size comparison of a 12 pence (shilling) and a 2 pence milled silver coin
Medieval Heraldic shield hanger fragment
Boar's head button

Curious coin dated 1834 - William IV period - must be a token

'This coin is from the Ionian Islands acquired by Britain in 1809-14 and left to Greece in 1864. You can see the text "IONIKON KRATOS" on the coin and depending on diameter it can be 1 Lepton (15mm), 2 Lepta (22mm), 1 Obol (28mm) or 2 Oboli (34mm).


Huge medieval lead trade weight with petal design 42.11mm x772mm T
Victorian coin with German eagle on back ?
Navy button
Manchester Corporation Tramways button
Scottish 1634 Charles 1st hammered silver 20 pence
WWI 1918 George V farthing love token ? - SM LT
1351-2 Edward III hammered silver groat - Cross 1 Obv EDWARD D G REX ANGL (I) Rev CIVITAS LONDON - London mint

Fascinating copper alloy 'A' punch - Shaft has the markings VIIII on one face, F F F inscribed on the other three sides.

It is pre industrial as it is hand made with no machining so probably Georgian in date. It appears to have had a wooden handle and probably used in leather work.

Manchester - 'Ship, Canal Railways' button
Royal fusiliers cap badge
17thC Clothing fastener
17thC Lead mount - flower design
Post medieval lead cloth seal
Post medieval lead cloth seal with crown impression
15thC lead token - long cross type
Medieval buckle plate
17thC deorated lead candle holder top
Tudor period cloth seal
Early one piece Royal fusilier's button
20thC silver dog mount
Great find, c16thC bronze seal matrix with heart impression
1655 Henry Lamb of Colchester hammered copper trade farthing
1656 Samuel Salter of Dedham Copper trade farthing
1656 Samuel Salter of Dedham Copper trade farthing
1656 Samuel Salter of Dedham Copper trade farthing
1665 William Ferris of Colchester hammered copper trade farthing
Unusual Georgian gilded button
Unusual abstract design lead token - similar to Saxon weights
Saxon pin head with classic ridge decoration - 7.4mm head dia
Georgian spur fragment with hangering decoration still attached
31.54mm dia lead lion - too big for a token and no marks as a bale seal or mount - not sure of use yet
Ear scraper shape with bowl end - could be Roman but looks later possibly medieval 42.02mm L
Roman bronze pin 65.15mm L
Early 1900's St Christopher medallion - early racing car on reverse
1925 George V milled silver shilling
1553 Mary hammered silver groat (4 pence)
1817 George III milled silver sixpence
15thC lead token - cross and pellet type
1670's Charles II copper farthing
1834 William IIII copper in great shape
17thC cup type trade weight
Lead cloth seal with 43 ZZ mark
1672 Charles II copper farthing - reversed bust
1619 -1625 Half laurel of James 1st - 3rd coinage coin weight 4.32g, value 10 shillings (120 pence)
Monster sized decorated harness mount
Better shot of an earlier beautiful Tudor period Ornate book clasp
Better shots of an earlier Medieval pilgrims decorated ampoule

1634 -36 Charles 1st Rose hammered copper farthing type 2



1844 Victorian half farthing (1/8 penny)

Fractional farthings were issued from 1839. Copper half farthings, 1920 to the pound, were used in Britain, and also in many Colonial countries where lower denomination coins were needed.
They were issued from 1839 to 1856, and their reverse design was the inscription "HALF FARTHING" in two lines, with a crown above.

Georgian watch back plate showing man and woman in period dress
1770 Russian bale seal
16thC Tudor button
Pre 1840 Navy button
American GI buttons
Corporation button
Lion button
Royal Engineers button
Infanterie de ligne (1871-1916)
Fantastic condition 1719 George 1st Second issuue small letters copper farthing
Sergeants Mess Depot - 8th Depot Battalion one and half pence token
18thC bayonet frog
3/4 oz lead trade weight
Georgain watch winders
1839 Victorian milled silver shilling ( 12 pence)

Tiny 1701 William III Maundy milled silver one pence - next to a 1839 Victorian shilling for size
17thC hammered copper farthing of James Warwell of Boxwell Suffolk draper
1847 Victorian milled silver sixpence
Medieval bronze pot leg
Victorian Lead lion mount
1stC Roman bronze coin

4thC Roman Barbarous Radiate coin

No, it's not "Barbarous", it's an official issue of Rome - and more interesting speculating how it got to Britain for this, since it's Gallienus - almost certainly dating to his sole reign, 260-268 A.D. after the capture of his co-regnal father, Valerian I, by the Persians. Britain and Northern Europe were part of the break-away Gallic Empire at the time, most likely under Postumus. Unfortunately very little legend remains on that specimen to help pin it down specifically, and Gallienus had, by far, the largest and most varied number of coin-types in the 3rd century. That appears to be a centaur, left, so my best guess would be that the reverse legend should be: APOLLINI CONS AVG - a large series which included a number of mythical creatures as the reverses.


1614-25 James 1st hammered copper farthing Type 3c
1667 Langley, Albra bay maker Colchester hammered copper trade farthing
'In that condition, it's going to be difficult to supply a specific reference, but it seems to be a copper As of a Flavian, probably Vespasian (or, less likely, Titus, as Caesar), c. early 70's A.D., with an eagle standing on the reverse - compare to this specimen from my collection:'

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