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Comments and ID's against Roman coins are from our expert Mark Lehman who also lectures on the subject in the USA

Comments and ID's against Celtic coins are from John Sills who runs the National Celtic Coin Index

Comments and ID's against early Medieval coins are from Dr Martin Allen who runs the National database at the Fitzwilliam museum

Comments and ID's on military buttons are from Tim Burton info@hamwichouse.com

Contact Louisiana Sal stateside for an American's view on hunting here sal@historyhunts.com

Contact Ark Gary for an American's view on hunting here goldeneggman@gmail.com

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15th May 2018 Dutch Robbert finally left after 4 gold finds

1894 Victoria milled gold sovereign

22mm,7.95g

 

Gold ring - 20mm,1.45g

Makers mark SC

 

Gold ring

1.46g,14mm

 

Dutch Robbert was isolated on his own in one of our huge self catering Barns as his first flight back to Aruba was not until the 4th July. He was lucky to have had a close site of ours, he could just wander to, and do a few hours of exercise daily and manage to add three more gold finds on his extended trip ending with 2 gold rings, a hammered gold coin and a crisp milled gold coin.

He also found 6 full medieval groats and other hammered silvers I have posted at the bottom of the latest finds page. 2020 March finds page

One of my favourite finds he made was the Georgian Madonna of Pompei silver framed enameled pendant below.

I am currently working my way through the guys pouches and preparing the paperwork for their export licenses. I am unable to send the forms to export duty yet as they are closed due to the CIVID crisis.

1422- 27 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Annulet issue - IM pierced cross

Annulets by neck, Annulets in opposing quadrants in reverse

Obv +hENRIC x DI GRA x REX x ANGL xZx FRANC'

Rev VIL/LAx/CALI/SIEx - Calais Mint

Rev outer - POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM

1422- 27 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Annulet issue - IM pierced cross

Annulets by neck, Annulets in opposing quadrants in reverse

Obv +hENRIC x DI GRA x REX x ANGL xZx FRANC'

Rev VIL/LAx/CALI/SIEx - Calais Mint

Rev outer - POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM

1422- 27 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Annulet issue - IM pierced cross

Annulets by neck, Annulets in opposing quadrants in reverse

Obv +hENRIC x DI GRA x REX x ANGL xZx FRANC'

Rev VIL/LAx/CALI/SIEx - Calais Mint

Rev outer - POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM

1351- 1361 Edward III hammered silver groat (4 pence ) - Cross 3 Pre treaty period annulet stops

Obv EDWAR **** ANGL o Z o FRANC o D o hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1351- 1361 Edward III hammered silver groat (4 pence ) - Cross 3 Pre treaty period annulet stops

Obv EDWAR **** ***** C o D o hY o B

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1327 Edward III hammered silver groat (4 pence ) -annulet stops

Obv ***** D G ****

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Georgian Madonna of Pompei silver framed enameled pendant


'Madonna di Pompei'

 

2nd April 2018 Dutch Robbert is on fire out there on his own

1344-51 Edward III hammered gold qtr nobel - Standard C type

Obv +EDWAR D G R EX ANGL Z *** hYB - E at centre on obverse -satire stops

Rev: + EXALTABITUR IN GLORIA I

Obv shield quartered with the arms of England and France within a tressure of six arches (early coin)

2.04g,20mm

Robbert's pictures of his finds

New 2020 March finds page created to speed up load times.

Chicago Ron's team canceled the last week of their hunt to get back to the USA but Dutch Robbert, who now lives in Aruba, could not get a flight home until May. He had no choice but to stay on completely self isolated in a huge Barn we rent in a remote area. However around the barn is a large 10 field site we rarely hunt so for his daily exercise he just wanders out the front door on his own. He had already found the beauty Edward III hammered gold coin above before the guys left but since then he has found some great finds including 4 medieval hammered silver groats and a beauty Georgian silver and enameled pendant above. He also popped two more gold jewelry pieces, yellow gold finger ring and another gold ring that looking like a necklace link.. He has been sending me photo's by e-mail of his finds as I am self isolating and cannot go and pick up the finds to take proper pictures. This could be the longest running hunt in the clubs history if his first available flight home is the 4th May.

Note: Export duty is closed due to the virus.

I uploaded a load more new finds the 2020 March finds page

I have updated this years gold page with all the new gold finds Gold page.

1772 Georgian coin weight - 10 shillings and six pence - half gold guinea

1308-12 Henry VII King of the Romans - Henry of Luxembourg

Obv +:hENRICV eagle S:DEI:GRA

Rev ROM/ANO/RVM REX eagle

From the end of the 12th century, the English penny, known for it's good silver, became a standard in north-west Europe. Merchants in the Low Countries (especially Flanders, Brabant, Hainaut) went to England to buy the high quality wool and paid with English pennies.
To get them they exchanged silver bars and/or light weighted coins in English coin work shops. To avoid exchange rates and increase profits, they soon started minting their own copies. In the same alloy and weight but also in baser material to earn more money. As the majority of the medieval population could not read, it was no problem if the legends were not correct or with the name of the local count and mint. If it looks correct, it must be correct!

1299- 1300 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 9a2, open E & C - Star on breast, Unbarred N

Obv + EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence -Thistle mint mark

1351 1361 Edward III hammered silver groat - Fourth coinage Pre Treaty period

Obv + EDWARD DG o ANGL o Z o FRANC D h: Y : B :

Closed letter E type 2

9 tressures

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1603 James 1st hammered silver penny

Rose each side with legend and no inner circles.

1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny

 

 

17th March 2020 More Celtic gold and great silvers - Covid ends the hunts

Since the outbreak of the virus I have been keeping a very safe distance from the guys and only processing finds at the end of each week. Lots of guys have cancelled their trips due to flight restrictions so the season will end early this year. I have loads of great finds to photograph and post yet that were found over the last couple of weeks.

The guys have been searching some of our huge new land with very mixed results. Lidar maps of the area showed at least half a dozen burial mounds scattered over the site. The area around the triple burial mound impressions above has only produced a couple of Roman 'grots' so far, it is a monster sized field and will take years to hotspot properly. However some of the other fields near very early houses have given up some really big hammered silver from medieval to Charles 1st and a beautiful silver ring inscribed 'JH 1521' in keeping with the house date of Henry VIII. Missouri Guy also found a very rare find for Essex, the earliest Bronze Age 2000 BC flat axe. It has twice the blade width of other example we have found over the years. Guy also found our first ever Scottish full medieval groat, all other coins have been pennies or half pennies. Check our Scottish hammered silver finds page

Wiss Steve then popped the sweet 70 BC Morini Celtic gold qtr below, his 2nd target on the field !!

I uploaded a load more new finds the 2020 Feb finds page.

I have updated this years gold page with all the new gold finds Gold page.

2000 BC Early Bronze Age flat axe

Interesting silver ring with what looks like a rock crystal - 3.66g, 31mm long

Inscribed 'JH 1521

The ring is inscribed from Henry VIII period - reported as treasure to museum.

70BC Morini Celtic gold qtr stater - sent to museum for recording

11mm,1.48g

 

First ever Scottish groat we have found

1329-71 David II hammered silver groat

Obv DAVID DEI GRA REX SCOTORUM

Rev VILL/AED/INBV/RGH- Edinburgh mint

 

1820 George IV milled silver half crown (30 pence)

600AD Saxon silver sceat - sent to EMC for ID and recording

1.13g, 11mm


Many thanks for this Series E, Primary variety G3, which I have recorded as EMC 2020.0116.
Best regards,
Martin

First ever Romano/British double looped bronze protected terret I have seen ?

 

1351 Edward III hammered silver half groat Pre Treaty series

No lis above crown - 9 tressures - Lis on cusps - C and E closed- Annulet stops - N reversed

+EDWARDVS REX ANGL: Z FRANC

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint mark

1471-83 Edward VII hammered silver groat - Cross and 4 pellets initial mark - Trefoils in all cusps- Gb crown

Groat of type XVI

Obv +EDWARD'DEI GRA ****

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint mark

1351-2 Edward III hammered silver groat - Cross 1 - 9 arches to tressure

Obv +EDWARD Do Go REX ANGL z FRANC D o hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint mark

1592-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling - Tun mint mark

1904 Birmingham mint - Rose gold brooch

Crusty 50 BC Roman silver with unusual obverse - sent for ID

This is the closest I’ve been able to come. I truly wish I could discern more detail on the reverse, but this “match” seems plausible at least. The obverse is very close to a match, to the extent it can be seen.
It does appear, as I suspected, to be Republican, but so late a date that you could call it “Imperatorial” and not be far off.
Do you have a date for Caesar’s British expedition? This might have come over in one of his soldiers’ purses if that foiled attempt at conquest was after 49/48 BC. (I suspect it might have been earlier – I’m just being lazy not looking it up, but I’vbe had my nose in a couple books for an hour now.
Here’s a photo:



Gens: Sicinia, ca. 49/48 BC Q. Sicinius & C. Coponius
Obv: diademed head of Apollo right, (star below?) Q SICINIVS to right, III . VIR to left (legend clockwise)
Rx: C. COPONIVS PR S.C. club of Hercules surmounted by lion-skin with scalp to right (bow to right, arrow to left?)
Babelon/RSC Sicinia 1; Syd. CRR 939-40; Craw. RRC 444/1; SRCV 413

 

Would I bet my next social security check on this? – maybe not - but I think I got it pretty close seeing that we only had the obverse to go on, really, and much of that unclear as well. All the legible letters correspond to the legends on a clear specimen – the reverse is somewhat different, but these were all hand cut dies and so variety is the norm, within limits. I also suspect the reverse is double-struck about 25% to left on 2nd strike. You can see dotted border at 3:00-4:00 reverse, and I’m pretty sure the crescent you see inboard of that border from 5:00-6:00 is also a segment of border from a 2nd strike. The obverse is also just about exactly 25% off center to left

Mark

 

29th Feb 2020 Roman gold found - Oki Jim's vervel acquired

Ga Buddy's Barn team head home after having a brilliant week searching and finding 7 more gold items. I have updated this years gold page with all the new gold finds Gold page. I have a few days break and the next team comes in on the 4th March, just time to catch up on photographing and uploading more finds.

I uploaded a load more new finds including Roman silver to the 2020 Feb finds page.

Mo Mike found only our 2nd ever 5th Roman gold coin below, stunning condition, Mike then went onto find a nice plain gold finger. I have added it to our Roman gold coin page. German Russ popped a spectacular 1899 dated 18 carat gold cuff links with both faces having different monograms, perhaps a wedding reminder. Other great finds include a 1stC BC dagger quillion and little and large of George III milled silvers.

OKi Jim's silver medieval hawking ring has been acquired by the museum as it was Treasure and there is an article in the Archaeology mag featuring it.

Updated our hunt availabilty page and added 2021 places still open.

 

5thC Roman gold ID'd by Mark Lehman - reported to museum

Very cool! I’m always impressed by the gold you folks find – it looks like it won’t be too terribly hard a job to straighten it out.
Anastasius, 491-518 AD.
AV solidus (your metrology here)
Mint of Constantinople
Obv: D N ANASTA-SIVS PP AVG
helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius three-quarter face to right, holding spear and shield
Rx: VICTORI-A AVGGG (I?) <– officina designation character
Victory standing left holding voided cross; to right, star // CONOB
SBCV 2; DOC 3-5

It’s easy (to the extent that it is easy) because gold doesn’t get encrusted or corroded. However, I get to work on so little gold that it’s hardly like the “in my sleep” identification of things like common LRB’s. But you’re right, not too much of a challenge. I wish I could tell you it was a rare type, but this is among the most common (and is the earliest) “Byzantine” solidus. This general type, however, the facing armored bust and Victory holding voided cross solidi, goes back well into the late Roman tradition, beginning probably at least a century prior to Anastasius “hybrid” reign (he’s considered both the final “Roman” emperor and the first Byzantine emperor in the numismatic community as it was he who introduced the typical Byzantine large Æ coinage with M, K, I, E etc, marks of value on the reverses in ca 498 and so has both Roman-style and Byzantine-style Æ coinages.
Mark

4.51g, 19.5mm

1776 George III milled silver penny

1817 George III milled silver half crown (30 pence)

13.41g,32mm

1st BC Iron Age bronze dagger quillion with iron tang remaining.

 

 

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

 

A seventeenth-century silver hawking ring called a vervel has been uncovered in a field near the town of Harwich, on the southeast coast of England. An inscription on the vervel links the artifact to a man named Thomas Playters, a member of the gentry who bore the title Baronet of Sotterley. The ring would have been placed on a hunting raptor’s leg, to attach the bird to a perch via a line. “Vervels are very helpful items when it comes to tracing individuals through history, especially when they are inscribed,” says Sophie Flynn, finds liaison officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme at Colchester and Ipswich Museums. She notes that while most vervels discovered in Britain are made of silver, those crafted from copper and bronze do turn up as well. Finding more examples made from cheaper materials may help determine to what extent hawking was—or was not—the exclusive preserve of the upper classes.

Stunning 18 carat gold mongrammed cuff links - Dated June 1899

 

25th Feb 2020 Slim pickings, then treble Celtic gold and new Roman silver hoard

45 BC Addedomarus Celtic gold full stater - reported as hoard addendum coin to museum

5.54g,17mm

10- 40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold qtr stater -reported as hoard addendum coin to museum

1.35g,11mm

45 BC Addedomarus Celtic gold full stater - reported as hoard addendum coin to museum

5.44g, 17mm

Ohio Seth (right) popped two Celtic gold's- Buddy handed Mo Brandon (right) the Spinks coin book prize for finding first gold of 2020

Guys made a very slow start to the 2nd half of the season trying to hotspot the new land. Just one of the fields on the new 20 field farm is so big it takes to lunchtime just to get to one end of it. Lots of buttons and greenies, tons of lead and only 4 hammered silver coins so far. It will take us years to hot spot this sucker. Back on older land one of the guys found three Roman silver coins close together in weathered down rough plough and called the rest of the team over and they added another 7. I have reported it to the museum as a new hoard and sent them off to Mark Lehman our Roman expert for his views. Unfortunately you cannot clean any hoard coins as they have to go into the museum as dug. Then two newbie members on their first ever trip were hunting a previous Celtic gold hoard spot the members found and they banged in 3 Celtic gold coins, two full Adde Staters and a beauty Cunobelin qtr stater. I have reported these three to the museum as addendum to previous hoard. That must be close to 30 mixed tribe Celtic gold coins so far in this hoard. All of the previous coins were disclaimed by the museum after going through the treasure process and returned to the guys.

I had a meeting with the museum this week to drop off more treasures and Celtic golds and I also got back half a dozen disclaimed items including more Celtic gold from this hoard. I have posted a full list on the members forum and will now apply for export licenses

I have updated this years gold page with all the new gold finds Gold page

I have created a new 2020 Feb finds page and started to upload other widgets found so far. Couple of real rare silver coins found so far with only the 2nd William and Mary 4 pence I have ever seen and a tiny Indian silver Fanam.

Big thanks to Viktor below for sending an updated ID of two very neat old finds we made. I have moved them to our Military badges page.

If any readers of this site have more accuate ID's of any finds we have made then drop me a mail please.

Hello,
I am metal detectorist from Czech Republic. I am also a big fan of your web sites and noticed that you have wrong inclusion of your artifact. In the middle of this page http://www.colchestertreasurehunting...essmounts.htm# you have harness with two tale lion"19th century harness decoration" but this is completely wrong. Is it a kind of cap badge from czechoslovakian army from period of the first republic (1918-1938) also used by czechoslovakian troops in foreign during WW2 https://panenske-brezany.muzeumbrand...jenska-vystroj .

Yours faithfully


Viktor Vrkoč

 

 

Roman silver hoard coin 1 - reported to museum and sent for ID

Hadrian, 117-138 AD.
AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 123 AD.
Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
laureate head of Hadrian right (possibly drapery on left shoulder)
Rx: LIB PVB (in exergue) P M TR P COS III
Libertas seated left holding branch and scepter
RIC II 127; RSC 903; SRCV 3502

Mark

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

Probably Trajan, 98-117 AD.
AR denarius, Mint of Rome
Rx: P M TR P […]
Seated female, left (could be Vesta?)
Sorry I can’t get you any closer to a cataloged ID here – if you get a chance to see it after some cleaning, send me a photo and I’ll see what else I can add.

Roman silver hoard coin 5 - reported to museum and sent for ID

I suspect this is Hadrian too, (117-138 AD.) and possibly a “LIB PVB” AR denarius like




#4 above (on the basis of what appears to be a horizontally aligned “B” in the left reverse field), but there simply are not enough clear features to say any more at this point.
Again, if you can get photos of it in a cleaner state, I can probably be more specific.

Mark

Roman silver hoard coin 4 - reported to museum and sent for ID

Hadrian, 117-138 AD.
AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 125 AD.
Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
laureate head of Hadrian right (possibly drapery on left shoulder)
Rx: LIB-PVB (across field) P M TR P COS III
Libertas standing facing, head left, holding pileus and rod
RIC II 128; RSC 907a; SRCV 3503

 

Mark

Roman silver hoard coin 7 - reported to museum and sent for ID

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD.
AR denarius, Mint of Rome, (ca 142 AD.?)
Obv: legend ends: [… AN]TONINVS
laureate head of Antoninus Pius right
Rx: PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM
winged thunderbolt (vertical).
the reverse type and the apparent obverse legend don’t “agree” – could be a mule of two different types? It’s 100% certain to be Antoninus Pius and I’m 99% sure it’s PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM winged thunderbolt
Rx: Cf. RIC III 80a, RSC 681; SRCV 4103

Roman silver hoard coin 6 - reported to museum and sent for ID

I’m pretty sure this is Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD.) another AR denarius.
It’s also possible that it could be Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (concurrent with Ant. Pius, Aug) This is another which really needs more cleaning/conservation to say much more than this.

Roman silver hoard coin 8 - reported to museum and sent for ID

# 8 is from half a century or more prior to the other pieces in the “hoard” so far – which all seem to be of the adoptives and Antonines.

#8 – Titus, 79-81 AD.
AR "Supplicatio" Denarius* (your metrology here)
Mint of Rome, 80 AD.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M (ccw)
Laureate bust of Titus right
Rx: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Tripod-ALTAR surmounted by dolphin to right
RIC II, i 128 (Old RIC II 27a); RSC 321; SR 2518
*After the Vesuvius disaster in 79 and the great fire which soon followed in Rome in 80, coins of Titus and Domitian for a couple of years adopted reverses referring to Neptune (who also ruled earthquakes, and, I guess, volcanos) and the sea, in supplication to Neptune, begging, presumably, for less interesting times.

 

Roman silver hoard coin 9 - reported to museum and sent for ID

# 9
Almost certainly a Flavian, most probably Vespasian or Titus – ccw legend on obverse, “[…]PASIAN[…]” 10:00-8:00 obverse
I took a long look for something which might match the linear, blunt, semi-pointed object on the reverse. My best guess is that it would be the base of a trophy or a standard (vexillum), or maybe the bottom of a winged caduceus, but the [CO]S III (or maybe [CEN]S III ?) seems to be in the wrong location if it’s pointing down as would as the base of a trophy, etc. It might also be the leg of a short altar, but then there should be two of them parallel and the reverse is not obviously off-center enough for a 2nd leg to exist.
So this one’s got me stumped for the moment – if we get a photo post-cleaning/conservation it’s a lot more likely to be ID-able.
Mark

Roman silver hoard coin 9 - reported to museum and sent for ID 1690 William and Mary milled silver four pence

 

 

1636-8 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)- Tun mint mark

 

 

5th Feb 2020 Huge plot of new land - rare disclaimed tribe

I just signed the contract with a new landowner last week for us to search his 800 acre plot as from Feb. His land has known historical land marks on it like a Tumulus and the senior members are researching other fields for any evidence of ancient occupation. Check out the holiday availability page on our accommodation site if you want to join the kick off in Feb 2020.

A tumulus (plural tumuli) is a mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves. Tumuli are also known as barrows, burial mounds or kurgans, and may be found throughout much of the world. A cairn, which is a mound of stones built for various purposes, may also originally have been a tumulus.

More export application licenses have been approved and the name list posted on the members forum.

More neat finds missed during the first half of the season have been posted to the bottom of the 2019 Oct latest find page.

Latest forum competition total. Forum comp page

Ch Ron has had his very rare hoard addendum coin disclaimed from 2017 and the curator report from the British museum below indicates it is from the Durotriges tribe, the first ever found here. Not surprising really as they are a long way from Colchester. I have just applied for an export license so Ron can take it home.

An Iron Age uninscribed gold quarter stater of Sills’ insular Af2 type, dating to the period 80-60 BC.

 

PAS reference: ESS-FE6D45.
Finder: Ron Guinazzo.
Date of Discovery: October 2nd 2017.
Circumstances of discovery: Found whilst searching with a metal detector
Date: Iron Age
Description:  An Iron Age uninscribed gold quarter stater of Sills’ insular Af2 type, dating to the period 80-60 BC. Coins of this type are derived from the Gallo-Belgic DC quarter stater but produced locally in South-Western Britain in the coinage area traditionally associated with the Durotriges. The British type seems to have a higher silver content and lower gold content than the Gallo-Belgic types.
Obverse: Boar, left.
Reverse: Abstract geometric design with one stippled quadrant.
The coin is damaged on one side.
Dimensions: Weight: 0.9g. Diameter: 11.8mm. 
Discussion: Unlike the Gallo-Belgic quarter staters previously associated with this findspot this is a coin from South Western Britain, recorded examples of which have a distribution in Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and West Sussex. However if the findspot in the same field as the earlier discoveries is genuine it is plausibly part of the same deposit.
Conclusion: In terms of age, its status as a hoard addendum, and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.
Report by: Violet Starr 25/06/2018, Checked by Sophie Flynn, Essex FLO
Amended by E. Ghey 01/01/19


Sills 2017= J. Sills, Divided Kingdoms: The Iron Age Gold Coinage of Southern England, Aylsham, p.262 no. 298.

More updates from the first half of the season on the individual find pages below.

Dress buttons- all periods
Police, Govt, Railway,Club etc buttons
Henry VIII Henry V
Henry IV Henry VII
Henry VI    

 

 

27th Jan 2020 Ron's rare Saxon video - more updates

Ch Ron has just posted the video of when he found his one of a kind 757-796 AD Offa Saxon silver penny Serpent type, amazing discovery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsA8pVim8JY

I am still busy processing the paperwork for the export pouches from the 1st half of the season and posting any missed finds to the bottom of the 2019 Oct latest find page. While I am sitting here at my PC typing up the finds list I have been watching the most amazing Russian WWII detecting videos. Machine guns, rifles, helmets, badges in water logged areas so the finds come out mint. Some are dubbed in English and other in Russian but so fascinating to watch and there are dozens of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufzfp2j-IVw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_3t_6DhWOA

I have just updated our hoard and treasure page with latest museum feedback. http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/H/hoardandtreasure.htm

 

I have been updating more of the sites individual pages below with finds from the 1st half of the season.

James 1st hammered gold and silver coins Medieval buckles
Foreign milled silver and copper coins Post medieval buckles page 1
Scottish and Irish hammered silver coins Post medieval buckles page 2
Lead bale seals Edward III small silver hammered coins - London mint
Edward 1st hammered silver coins Edward III small silver hammered coins - non London mints

 

10th Jan 2020 - Roman silver hoard video

 

Still beavering away processing the paperwork for the export pouches from the 1st half of the season and posting any missed finds to the bottom of the 2019 Oct latest find page. Check out the holiday availability page on our accommodation site if you want to join the kick off in Feb 2020.

Chicago Ron has put together a great video he took when we found 13 Roman silvers in day on a previous hoard spot. We also have an individual page detailing all the 53 Roman silver coins found so far.http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/Romansilverhoard2018.html

Roman hoard video

I have been updating more of the sites individual pages below with finds from the 1st half of the season.

BC to modern gold jewelry William IV milled silver coins
Henry III hammered silver coins Charles II milled silver coins
William and Mary and William III milled silver coins Venetian hammered silver coins

 

 

 

24th December 2019 - Exporting and a happy Christmas

Wishing all members of the club and readers of this site a very happy Christmas. The second half of the season starts late Feb so I have just 6 weeks left to compile all the export license applications for the first half, full find lists and pictures posted to the members forum. As I process each pouch I have been posting any missed finds to the bottom of the 2019 Oct latest find page.

The individual pages below have been updated with finds from the 1st half of the season.

Victorian gold and large milled silver coins Victorian small milled silver coins
Elizabeth 1st hammered gold and large silver coin Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpences
Elizabeth 1st hammered silver smaller coins Medallions and tokens
Livery buttons 17thC token and farthings
Trade weights Coin weights
Richard II hammered silver silver coins Watch winders

 

2nd December 2019 - Exporting and updating

Great news last week that the thieving 'night hawking' detectorists got huge jail terms handed out for their multi million pound robbery .News story

This is my busy part of the year preparing export applications for the first half of the season and updating our individual page on the site with finds from the first half. I have posted full find lists and pictures on the members forum and each member gets a work document sent via e-mail of the application made. As I process each pouch I then post any missed finds to the bottom of the 2019 Oct latest find page.


I have also started to count this years forum competition
results as I do each pouch. Forum comp page

I had a meeting last week to drop off all our reported treasures and hoards and picked up half a dozen disclaimed items to be returned to the guys after export application. Full list of names posted on members forum.

The individual pages below have been updated with finds from the 1st half of the season.

 

Clog fasteners Roman gold coins
Toy cannons and petronels Edward III gold and large silver hammered coins
George III gold and silver coins Saxon gold and silver coins
Saxon harness fittings Military badges
Named Army regiment buttons Numbered Army regiment buttons
Keys Charles 1st hammered coins
Pipes and tampers Jettons
Bronze Age gold finds    

 

 

4th Nov 2019 - Roman gold and new Offa Rex type penny found

One of a kind Offa Rex penny

757-796 AD Offa Saxon silver penny
Serpent type

1.12g, 15.5mm

Moneyer CIOLHARD - London or Canterbury mint


Ref North page 89 -317 - No coin exists with this Obverse



The reverse is Chick type 18 (North 317), known from twelve coins listed in Derek Chick's book The Coinage of Offa and his Contemporaries and two further coins in EMC. The obverse type is new. Many thanks. I have recorded this as EMC 2019.0309.

An important find.

Best regards, Martin

This is the members last day of searching before we break for the first half of the season. The guys return again in mid Feb to continue the hunt.
There has been too many great finds to list here so check out the latest finds page where all the other great silver and widgets is posted.2019 Oct latest find page.

A new 'dredged' pond site we have this season has produced loads more mint condition finds . Normally I would never take pictures of nails but the huge 14th nails come out of the silt looking brand new. There is a picture of a group below including an early leather shoe.

Chicago Ron has found one of our rarest ever coin finds with a unique one off Offa Rex Serpent type silver penny. Then Fl Rob popped our first ever Byzantine type Roman gold coin. Our Roman gold coin finds. This is Rob's first ever gold coin in ten years as a senior member so what a way to start your collection. Rob videoed the whole event at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He_bCQsVLRY

Miss Jeff did some brilliant gridding on our previous Saxon silver hoard area and added another two new C600 -775 Saxon silver sceat addendum coins to the 'pot'

I have updated this years gold page with all the new gold finds Gold page

Florida Rob

5thC Roman gold sent for ID- my quick guess below

Anastasius AV Solidus. 491-518 AD. 4.41 g. Constantinople. DN ANASTA-SIVS PP AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust three-quarter face to right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield on left arm / VICTORI-A AVGGG and officina letter, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross, star to right (rarely: a cross). Mintmark CONOB. Sear Byz. 3; DO 3-5; MIB 3-5.


Byzantine currency, money used in the Eastern Roman Empire after the fall of the West, consisted of mainly two types of coins: the gold solidus and a variety of clearly valued bronze coins. By the end of the empire the currency was issued only in silver stavrata and minor copper coins with no gold issue.

4.46g, 20.23mm

 

1762 George III milled gold quarter guinea

2.07g, 16mm

Medieval silver annular brooch - reported as treasure to museum

C600 -775 Saxon silver sceat hoard coin 12 - reported as hoard to museum

1.31g,11.79mm

C600 -775 Saxon silver sceat hoard coin 13 - reported as hoard to museum

1.42g,11.62mm

 

 

Unknown continental hammered silver coin - researching it

0.75g, 14.45mm

20 Reis coin of Alfonso VI of Portugal (1656-1667) - here's a picture of a similar one:

Cross side:
https://images.app.goo.gl/rDnD8Ya8iTh8vKJb9

Other side:
https://images.app.goo.gl/BRS5hrnkPVWzRgiz5

Can Drew

Unknown large silver widget with with red carved stone - no idea of it use yet ? Great ID by Cal Tony below

37mm long

 

This looks pretty close, from Rubylane.com, a vintage jewelry site. For sale $995

“A fabulous chunky Victorian Scottish agate and sterling silver bracelet dating from around 1860.

The polished faceted agate barrels are beautiful shades of deep carnelian orange with lighter and darker striped bands.

The bracelet secures with a heart padlock which is engraved with a silver scrolling design on one side and a polished shield-shaped agate on the other. The heart is held secure with its original safety chain.

Scottish jewellery was made popular by Queen Victoria from the mid 1800s, when she frequently visited Scotland and her Scottish castle Balmoral.

In excellent antique condition.

Size: Just over 7 inches inside circumference. Locket measures 20mm across x 32mm down. The safety chain is 3 inches long. Each silver-capped agate barrel is 2.5cm long.

Weight: 41g.”

Cal Tony

 

Three 14th century iron nails,

Other examples Unique ID: BERK-9C7065

Amazing pond silt finds - huge iron nails and tent peg ?

Interesting pond silt finds - Early leather shoe and wooden spike.

Early 14th nails come out of this silt looking like bronze

Date​: c1798-1809 ​

Loyal Greenwich button

Description: GR royal cypher around written 'HONORE ET ARMIS' with outer legend 'LOYAL GREENWICH' ​​ Category:​​ English Volunteer Infantry; ​

Type of button: Slightly convex, flat back 19mm ​;​

Metal: Copper Alloy, silver plated; Backmark​: None ;

Notes: The Loyal Greenwich Volunteer force was raised in 1798 and disbanded in c1809. The dates can be 1798-1801 and 1803-08/14 a four company unit under CO. Major Robert Campbell. Re-raised in July 1803, as a full battalion.

1684-87 James II milled tin farthing

Another amazing pasture land find - first ever James II tin coin find I have ever seen with copper plug still remaining

 

24th Oct 2019 - Amazing relics and more Celtic gold

16thC silver ring - reported as treasure to museum - Greek Cross like on Elizabeth 1st hammered silver coins

'ICET'

 

Another great week of searching by the guys with three more gold coins and a load of amazing relics like my favourite below, a complete set of nesting bullion weights. I was amazed when I finally managed to open it and see its stunning condition. There were a load more superb pond silt finds like the the first ever medieval arrow head I have ever seen. Chicago Ron was using just his probe to search the thick silt and found what looked like a bronze arrow head but because there is no rot it is actually iron. The team also managed to eyeball four mint unbroken pipe bowls, another very rare find for us. Ga Mike found, in the pastureland area, a mint medieval silver annular brooch which I have not posted yet, he also eyeballed a huge 17thC toy petronel below unbroken on ploughed land below. Min Mindy eyeballed her 4th 11,000 BC flint axe head, huge sucker !!

I have posted so many more great relics and silver to the latest finds page 2019 Oct latest find page.

I have updated this years gold page with all the new gold finds Gold page

 

1.99g, 1.93g,3.94g,7.86g 15.76g

Fantastic relic found - I managed to open the clasp on the pot and was staggered to find a full set of marked 1802 George III brass nesting cups

Maker is SG - Continental hinged lid type - Bullion weight

The 5 smaller bronze weights are open cups and contained in the largest weight which has a bronze lid.

It appears that the total weight of all 6 weights together is about 121gms - 1, 2, are marked inside two of the bigger weights

Two weights are hallmarked SG

Truly amazing relic out of pond silt - this is an iron medieval arrow head unaffected by rust

Fantastic huge 17thC toy petronel working match lock pistol

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1640


The toy is based on the match-lock 'petronels' of the 16th and 17th Centuries

25 BC Clacton Cross type, ABC 2356, the companion quarter to British F, the Late Clacton stater, ABC 2332. In ABC it's illustrated as a 'three men in a boat' design but the obverse is probably a degraded boar ; at the moment there are around 30 known, mostly from Essex and Suffolk so it's a definite Trinovantian type.

Martin

Reported to museum and CCI

1.41g,13.88mm

Fl Brian's first Celtic gold

25BC Eastern uninscribed Celtic gold qtr stater of Dubnovellaunos

Reported to museum and CCI

1.32g,11.75mm

1820 George III milled gold half sovereign

3.94g,19.36mm

Huge 11,000 BC Stone Age axe

British Colonial:1822 West Indies George IV milled silver -1/16th dollar

Obverse

Coat of arms on ornate shield

Lettering: GEORGIVS IV D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F:D:

Translation: George by the Gods grace king of Britain, defender of faith

Reverse

Crown over anchor

Lettering:
COLONIAR: BRITAN: MONET:
XVI XVI
1822

Translation: Colonial money of Britain

Roman silver hoard addendum coin reported to museum

Send for ID

Beauty Georgian fob seal matrix - sailing ship facing right

Georgian clay pipes found in pond silt

 

Georgian clay pipe found in pond silt

1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered gold half pound coin - (10 shillings, 120 pence) - Crown mint mark

28.8mm,5.11g

5.06g

Spink ref S2520

Fixed Elizabeth 1st hammered gold half pound coin

1638-9 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling - anchor mint mint

5.54g, 30.12mm

 

14th Oct 2019 - One of kind Offa Rex and lots more gold found

One of a kind Offa Rex penny 757-796 AD Offa Saxon silver penny
Serpent type 1.12g, 15.5mm

Moneyer CIOLHARD - London or Canterbury mint

Ref North page 89 -317

No coin exists with this Obverse


The reverse is Chick type 18 (North 317), known from twelve coins listed in Derek Chick's book The Coinage of Offa and his Contemporaries and two further coins in EMC. The obverse type is new.
Best,
Martin

Many thanks. I have recorded this as EMC 2019.0309.

An important find.

Best regards,

Martin

Chicago Ron has had another great trip so far with a very crisp early 70BC uninscribed 'Q' Gold - 'Remi 'Type Celtic gold qtr stater find and a new type of Offa Rex serpent type Saxon silver penny. The Early Medieval Corpus database is based in Cambridge and records all our Saxon coin finds on the National EMC database.

Georgia Buddy and Tenn Mark meanwhile popped another two beauty full Cunobelin Celtic gold staters, beautiful strikes. Cal Dave who found the Bronze Age gold Torc earlier in the week finished his hunt with a full George III gold sovereign. Ill Chuck then found a taco'd George III third gold guinea. Buddy who is doing another week started with his 2nd gold of his trip and crisp 1842 Victoria gold half sovereign below..

I have updated this years gold page with another couple of bits of gold found , a gold tooth and a watch winder. Gold page

I have uploaded a load more finds to the latest finds page 2019 Oct latest find page.

10-40 AB Cunobelin Celtic gold stater - sent to museum and CCI for recording

18.25g,5.42g

10-40 AB Cunobelin Celtic gold stater - sent to museum and CCI for recording

17.33,5.41g

Early 70BC uninscribed 'Q' Gold - 'Remi 'Type Celtic gold qtr stater

Possible Maldon wheel - reported to museum and CCI

1.33g,11.61mm

 

1817 George III milled gold full sovereign

8.02g,22.17mm

1806 George III milled gold third guinea

2.58g,17,8mm

1842 Victoria milled gold half sovereign

3.99g,19.30mm

 

Mint 1498-9 Henry VII hammered silver half groat - Tun mint mark - double arched crown

Obv HENRIC ***ANGLI Z FR

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

 

 

 

8th Oct 2019 - Monster 1300 BC gold Torc and more Celtic gold

Cal Dave with his gold Torc find

 

1300 BC Bronze Age gold torc - reported as treasure to museum

Found in Cambridgeshire, the torc, dating from 1100 to 1300 BC, is one of the largest and most spectacular to be found, experts said.

Torcs were normally worn around the neck as fashionable jewellery in England and Ireland. But this one, weighing 732g, is too large to fit a person's waist.

It may have been designed to be worn over thick winter clothing, as a sash, or by a prized animal in the course of a sacrifice.

 

Another amazing week of detecting sees more great gold coins found and an amazing 1300 BC Bronze Age gold torc discovery. It is unclear whether it is a neck torc or huge waist torc pictured above. The guys are searching hard for the rest of it. There is a recent story in the newspaper of the same type of torc currently on loan to Colchester museum.

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019...nd-in-norfolk/

I have uploaded a load more great relics and silver to a new 2019 Oct latest find page.

One of my favourite coins found so far is the first ever tin coin I have seen below with any detail. Ch Ron found a tiny fragment of a Saxon silver penny that turns out to be a mega rare example as ID'd by the Early Medieval Corpus expert Martin Allen.

Mint condition 1500-1550 'Normal orb' German jetton with crown initial mark

Anonymous issue

Pond silt find

 

I have posted more great pond silt finds to the latest find page including a mint German jetton above.

The very First time in my 16 years of running this club Cal Mark has found the only Tin coin in remarkable condition I have ever seen.

He dug the William Mary farthing and also the half penny in pasture land where no oxygen had got to it. You can clearly see the copper plug in the middle of the coin.

William & Mary (1688-94), Tin Farthing, 1690, copper plug at centre, second conjoined laureate and draped busts right, rev Britannia seated on globe with spear, shield and spray of leaves,…

 

10-40 AB Cunobelin Celtic gold stater - sent to museum and CCI for recording

17mm,5.38g

A standard Plastic type Cuno stater, no unusual features as far as I can see, I've recorded it as 19.3908.

Best Wishes

John

1859 Victoria milled gold half sovereign

3.97g, 19.3mm

Saxon hammered silver penny fragment - sent for ID

King Offa - 780 - 792 King of Mercia hammered silver

This is a coin of the Canterbury moneyer Ethelnoth in Offa's light coinage. Derek Chick's book The Coinage of Offa and his Contemporaries records three coins of this type (Chick type 232, Nirth 321), and this is the first new find of the type in EMC since the book was published.

EMC 2019.0291

1696 William III milled silver half crown (30 pence)

 

28th Sept 2019 - Rare Roman silver and Celtic golds

 

Well another week of searching comes to an end with double Celtic gold finds, a mint 1500 BC axe head, rare Roman silvers and Saxon sceat. Some amazing artefacts have turned up including some staggeringly good condition pond silt finds. I have posted a load of them on the latest finds page including a medieval looking gold ring with black sapphire.

Sept 2019 finds page

 

 

A palstave is a development of the flat axe, where the shaped sides are cast rather than hammered

Bronze Age (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase.

'Find of the year' winner Tim holds another Celtic gold find

10 AD AD Cunobelin Celtic gold qtr stater - reported to museum and CCI for recording

plastic A' series, VA 2010-3. Believed to have preceded the classic type, so perhaps from c. 25 - 35 AD.

1.33g,10.50mm

It's an early Classic quarter, class 7a, DK 588, with a Classic type design but dies cut by an engraver who had previously worked on the Plastic series, which is why it has the 'look' of a Plastic type.

If you could let me know which parish it was found in I'll add it to the card,

All the best

John

70BC Remi Celtic gold qtr stater - reported to museum and CCI for recording

1.13g,10.00mm

Great week with the first Celtic golds of the season found.

Primary Saxon silver sceat 600- 700 AD

Sent to Fitzswilliam museum for recording

1.07g,11mm

 

An interesting example of the Series E Vernus type Group 1, which I have recorded as EMC 2019.0262.

Thanks,

Martin

 

1351- 1352 Edward III hammered silver groat (4 pence ) Series G Cross 1 - annulet stops, Pre treaty period

top arches fleured - annulet stops - C open closed E

Obv EDWARD D G REX ANGL Z oFRANC oD oHYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON London mint

Rev outer + POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM (outer)

Roman silver coin sent for ID

You’re probably already aware the denarius is Trajan – or even if you aren’t, it is.
The reverse is so profoundly corroded I am wondering whether it might be a silver foil-wrapped fourrèe with core corrosion bleeding through the foil.
I believe the type is ARAB ADQ[VIS] an issue celebrating one of Trajan’s victories in the East
The concentric reverse legend is SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI and beneath the device there is another word or abbreviation. If I were more sure what I was seeing as the device, I’d be a lot more certain what the exergual line reads. I believe I see a small camel peeking out from behind a standing figure which would make it ARAB ADQ in the exergue.
If it is what I think it is – and what I can read of the obverse legend fits with the legend this type should bear, I’d describe it (or, if it’s a fourrèe, the prototype on which it was based) like this:
Trajan, 98-117 AD, AR denarius, Mint of Rome 113 AD.
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P  laureate head of Trajan right, (drapery on left shoulder?)

Rx: ARAB ADQ (in exergue) SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI Arabia standing facing, head left, holding branch and bundle of canes, camel at her feet to left.
RIC II 244 or 245; RSC 26 


Your photo of the reverse was upside-down, I flipped it for you

Romans silver coin with good detail sent for ID


This appears to be Vitellius – the 4th entry in the “Year of five emperors”, A.D. 69.  You must realize it’s impossible to be certain at this point, as illegible as the reverse is – but this reverse is the type most commonly paired with a very scarce left-facing bust on his denarii – all but three types of his denarii are right-facing.  All his coins are pretty scarce, bordering on rarity, since he was only around for a brief time in A.D. 69. Depending on how this cleans up (if it is to be cleaned), it could be quite a bit more “valuable” than the majority of the denarii you find – like, probably, an order of magnitude more, depending on what it winds up looking like.

(Probably) Vitellius, 69 A.D. AR denarius, Mint of Tarraco, Hispania, May-July A.D. 69
Obv: A VITELLIUS IMP GERMAN laureate head of Vitellius left
Rx: VICTORIA AVGVSTI Victory flying left, alighting, holding shield inscribed SP / QR in two lines.
RIC I 36; RSC 101; SRCV 2191
In better shape, it might look a lot like this:

Mark Lehman

 

 

15th Sept 2019 - 5 gold last week

A great 2nd week of searching by the guys with 5 pieces of gold found. Can Tony (left) got two gold sovereigns and Can Ed right got a beauty George III milled gold 1/3 guinea. There were some really nice hammered silver coins found including a mint Elizabeth 1st shilling below and I have posted a load more and relics to the latest finds page.

Sept 2019 finds page

 

Stunning 1560-1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) - Cross Cross-let mint mark - 2nd issue

6.0g,33.2mm

 

 

1810 George III milled gold third guinea

2.82g,17.02mm

 

 

1899 Victoria milled gold half sovereign -- Old bust George and Dragon type

3.99g, 19.30mm

 

 

Beauty large decorated bronze 17thC Key handle

1895 Victoria milled gold half sovereign - Old bust George and Dragon type

1356-61 Edward III hammered silver groat - Fourth coinage: Pr Treaty -Series G - Std F type

Extra annul et in one qt of reverse

Top arches not floured - E&C closed, pot hook N

Mint mark Cross 1 - annul et stops, lees on breast

ob +EDWARD Do Go Rex ANGL Z FRANC D HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Rev outer + POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM (outer)

Ancient bright yellow gold band - very interesting concave inner to the ring and the pointed end - reported to museum as treasure

It came from the field where we also found a 1300 BC Bronze Age tress gold ring treasure

2.94g,28mmL

 

 

9th Sept 2019 - Great start to the season with Roman silvers

 

Early Medieval harness pendant with rampant lions and cross banding design in blue and white enamel work

This appears to be the arms of the Earl of Hereford 14thC

Humphrey De Bohun
(1312-1360)
Earl of Hereford
Earl of Essex
Earl of Northampton
Born 25th March 1342
Died 16th January 1373, probably at Pleshey, Essex

1643-4 Charles 1st hammered silver half crown (30 pence) - mint mark P in brackets - Tower mint under Parliament

14.55g,33mm, 2.20mm thick

Fl Paul has won a free week detecting trip next season for the 'Free Forum Comp' where he guessed exactly the right number found . Tx Ali won 'pouch of the year' as voted for by the membership. His monster pouch was found on the very last hunt of last season.

The new team kicked off the season and are doing really well so far with their 7th Roman silver find of the week. One is a crusty BC one that needs 'cooking' to remove the crust and 6 are hoard addendum coins in beautiful shape. Mark Lehman has ID'd them all and there are emperors that I have never heard of. I am taking them into the museum next week as the local FLO is taking them with her to the British Museum to add them to the 'pot'. So far we have found almost 53 totally different type of Roman silver from this hoard and I have added these ones to the page on our site dedicated to this hoard. http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/Romansilverhoard2018.html. Lots of great pictures of the guys digging them on this page.

I have started a new 2019 Sept finds page and have started uploading more silver and widgets to this page, so far just one tiny ring of gold has been found.

Sept 2019 finds page

Finds of the week for me so far are the monster rare Charles 1st half crown (30 pence), only the 2nd one we have ever found, and the amazing Humphrey De Bohun
(1312-1360) enameled heraldic shield mount.

Roman silver hoard coin -Septimius Severus, 198-209 AD.

2.87g,18mm

Hoard coin addendum number 48 - reported to museum

Septimius Severus, AR denarius, Mint of Rome, A.D. 201

Obv. SEVERVS PIVS AVG laureate head of Septimius Severus right                             
Rx: PART MAX TR P VIIII two bound captives seated back-to-back at foot of trophy between them
RIC IV 153; RSC 370a.

Roman silver hoard coin 49 - reported to museum as hoard

3.07g, 19.24mm

Geta, Caesar, A.D. 198-209, Mint of Rome, A.D. 206
Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES bare-headed, draped bust of Geta right, seen from behind
Rx: PROVID DEORVM Providentia standing left holding rod and scepter, globe at feet.
RIC IV 51; RSC 170

Roman silver hoard coin 50 - reported to museum as hoard

3.10, 18.35mm

VESPASIAN, A.D. 69-79, AR denarius, Mint of Rome, A.D. 70
Obv:  IMP VESPASIANVS AVG laureate head of Vespasian right

Rx: COS ITER FORD RED Fortuna standing left holding prow and cornucopiae
(Old RIC II 4) RIC II 19; RSC 84

Roman silver hoard coin 51 - reported to museum as hoard

2.62g,20.32mm

Geta, Caesar, A.D. 198-209, Mint of Rome, A.D. 208
Obv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES bare-headed, draped bust of Geta right, seen from behind
Rx: PONTIF COS II Geta, togate, standing left holding globe and rod
RIC IV 61b; RSC 117

Roman silver hoard coin 52 & 53 - two coins stuck together- reported to museum as hoard

7.16g, 17.9mm

Commodus, 177-192 A.D. AR denarius, Mint of Rome
Obv: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT laureate head of Commodus right

Plautilla (wife of Caracalla, 202-205) AR denarius
Obv: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE draped bust of Plautilla right
Good luck with the digging

Mark

Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot found

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7416473/Rare-Roman-mosaic-depicting-mythical-chariot-race-Greek-princess-uncovered-Berkshire-village.html

 

 

8th August 2019 More applications and exports

Just over 3 weeks before the kick off to the new season !!

At this time of the year, while the crops are being harvested, I am just beavering away behind the scenes compiling export applications for all the guys pouches last season. I keep posting any missed un-photographed finds to the last hunt page including a huge English Civil War cannon ball a guy found. Latest finds page

There were also a couple more pieces of gold missed during the hunts that I cleaned up which takes this year gold total to 65, our 2nd best ever gold total for a season in 15 years. Gold page.

Loads more of approved export licenses have arrived and the names posted on the closed members forum.

As I process each guys pouch I update last years forum competition to win a free weeks trip next season. Check out the latest total updated today to see if you are still in the running. http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/F/forumcompetition.htm

Back to processing more applications. !!

 

 

2nd July 2019 Find of the year

Monster ancient gold ingot - 81.54g,40.82mm L, 21.05mm W, 10.02mm T - reported as treasure to museum

 

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

Pencer De Moy ?

3.77g.19mm dia

Note

"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

 

Celtic gold votive offering as ring money

Gold ring money- 1st C BC
Smooth ring with blunt ends Van Arsdell 1-3 Taylor pl33 Hobbs-- SCBS-- CE4244

6.86g, 32mm L

 

The members have completed the voting for their favourite 'Find of the Year' and it was a landslide victory for Wis Tim's monster gold ingot find. Min Mindy's stunning medieval gold ring was 2nd with Alaskan Steve's Celtic votive offering in 3rd place. All 3 finds are currently with Colchester museum going through the treasure process. It will be fascinating to see what date is attached to the gold ingot after it is tested by the museum experts.

I have been updating the free forum competition page with the latest competition count as I process the export pouches. Make sure you have a guess at the new competition after voting for your favourite find of the year.

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

More approved export licenses have arrived and names posted on the closed members forum.

I have a meeting this week with the museum to take in more treasures and hoard coins and hopefully I will pick up more disclaimed treasures items.

 

 

13th June 2019 - More updates and exports

I have been busy updating the individual find pages below with finds from the 2nd half of the season. Lots more export license application have been made and full find lists and pictures posted on the closed members forum.

I have been updating the free forum competition page with the latest competition count as I process the export pouches. Make sure you have a guess at the new competition after voting for your favourite find of the year.

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

 

 

Mary hammered silver coins Henry V hammered gold and silver coins
17thC Trade farthings and tokens Henry 1st to King John hammered silver coins
James 1st hammered gold and silver coins Army numbered regiment buttons
Charles II and James II milled silver coins Army named regiment buttons
Charles 1st hammered silver coins Livery buttons
Venetian hammered silver coins Medieval seal matrix
Post medieval seal matrix Saxon harness fittings
Saxon gold and silver coins 18thC clog fasteners
Toy cannons Celtic gold coins
Henry VIII hammered silver coins    

 

 

8th May 2019 Last hunt of the season and they smashed it again

Top team - Va Brian, Va Phill, Lo Ashely,Tx Ali,Tx Josh, Tx Scott W and Texas Scott J

Ashley presents Tx Scott J for last years 'Pouch of the Year' award.

 

 

Tx Scott W, Ashley and Tx Scott J for last years 'team winners' medallion and shield

Tx Ali's 50 BC Uninscribed 'P' gold - 'Trophy' Type - 1/4 Celtic gold coin - 1.35g, 11.31mm - sent to CCI for recording

Beaded trophy quater, ABC 2243, BMC 435, not in VA.  Extremely rare, 10 others known.  An interesting Essex type because of its Kentish associations (derived from the Kentish trophy issue but a separate type), it may have been struck by an otherwise unknown offshoot of the Cantii.

Early 1660 -2 Charles II milled silver half groat - this legend CAROLVS.II.D.G

For the 3rd season in a row Louisiana Ashley's last late season hunt has earned them the club's 'team of the year' award. This team has their own bus and stay in self catering accommodation, they always come in late April when everyone and his mum in the club has hunted the land from Sept. On most of the 300 + fields we have to search the wheat is too high this time of year to detect on so they have a very restricted land choice of just brown fields. No new land was available but they had the odd field here and there on some of our great old Celtic sites we have had as a club for 14 years. These guys made it look like no one had ever hunted them and smashed our 2nd best ever gold count with 5 pieces to make the total for the year 63. Gold page. Not content with the gold they found, they also popped 2 Saxon silver sceats and a loads of hammered silver coins and widgets. I have posted a load of them on to the last hunt page and still have loads more to upload yet. Latest finds page


They searched sites where none of the members ever want to go on any more and banged in loads of great widgets. Their most outstanding day for me was on a 15 year old field that most of the club have dismissed in the past and they found 40 milled silver coins including 7 big ones, Florins and Half-crowns. I have never seen that many big silvers dug in a day, amazing hunting. Most were George V's but amongst them was a nice George IV, Victoria and a rare 1660's Charles II silver half groat. Tx Ali found a mint Trophy Celtic gold on that field, our first ever from that area. On the field next door Va Phil popped his first ever gold coin, a sweet 1762 George III milled gold love token below. Ashley got her first gold coin, part of an early French hammered gold and Tx Ali popped another monster sized gold coin, a Elizabeth 1st gold half pound. Our jeweler with have to work his magic on it.

So that's it for this season and now I have to get on with all the export license application preparations. I have launched the new free forum competition for the coming season to win another free trip and it is also time for members to vote for their favourite 'find of the year'. More details on members forum.

Free forum competition

1762 George III milled gold half guinea - love token

2.08g,15.44mm

 

 

1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered gold half pound coin - (10 shillings, 120 pence)

28.8mm,5.11g

78gn

Spink ref S2520

 

1 Ecu d'Or 1494-1547 France Ecu d'Or au Soleil, François Ier à la Croisette

Obverse legend : (SOLEIL) FRANCISCVS: D: GRA: FRANCOVM REX. (MM). (TRÈFLE).

Obverse description : Écu de France couronné ; lettre d'atelier à la pointe de l'écu.

Obverse translation : (François, par la grâce de Dieu, roi des Francs).


Reverse

Reverse legend : + XPS VINCIT. XPS. REGNAT. XPS IMPERAT (MM) (TRÈFLE).

Reverse description : Croix plaine alésée dans un double polylobe tréflé (11 lobes).

Reverse translation : (Le Christ vainc, le Christ règne, le Christ commande).

1634-5 Charles 1st hammered silver sixpence - bell mint mint

Medieval seal matrix - cleaning in order to take a wax impression

 

By my count on the database there are 4 boars' heads coouped with legend CREDE MICHI, 2 with PRIVE/PREVE SV, 1 LEGE TEGE and 1 "IE SV CEI IEL" [which must be IE SV SEL LEL] -- if you orient it so that the head is exactly horizontal, you'll see the "New Readers start here" star exactly at 12 o'clock where it should be, and then one of the few letters I can make out is the prominent V -- exactly where it should be for PRIVE/PREVE  and I think I can see the following SV ... BUT! the lettering seems to continue, so if it is PRIVE SV or PREVE SV, there must be another word or two after that, e.g. E LEL (and loyal/faithful) which I think does sometimes occur as an extension of the simple PRIVE SV -- I'm not saying yours DOES say E LEL -- merely quoting that as an example!

Malcolm

What a rare relic - 17thC clothing fastener with the 1649 Commonwealth double shield design

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

12.58mm,1.17g

(EMC 2019.0156) is Series E, Plumed Bird variety

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

11.66mm,1.18g

Series B II (Type 27b) as EMC 2019.0155.

 

 

12th April 2019 - Rare Dragon type Celtic found

Celtic gold qtr stater - not certain of tribe yet- send for recording and ID

1.38g, 13.42mm

50 BC Clacton Dragon type

Rev Traces of 'three men in a boat' design

Obv Central bar with appendages forming 'dragonesque' motif

Great find, it's a new reverse variant of the British F 'Dragon' type, ABC 2353 for an earlier version with open-mouthed beast clearly visible and DK 422 for a later, jumbled variant; all the known examples are from the same obverse die, here seen quite worn.

All the best

John

Georgia Doug, hunting new land, popped our first ever Dragon type Celtic gold qtr stater above, amazing find. Lots more great finds posted to the latest finds page. 2018 March finds page.

Also check out this years gold finds Gold page.

 

Early medieval hooked hanger

Romano-British protected loop terret

'Protected loop terrets are usually considered to be Roman and dating to the late first and second centuries AD'

Stunning silver mounted Georgian intaglio

2ndC Roman silver coin - hoard addendum reported to museum

2.16g,17.34mm

450 million year old fossil

Sea Urchin Echinoid

2nd April 2019 - More amazing gold finds and silver

The guys are on fire and are close to beating our 2nd best ever gold season we have had with 57 pieces found so far. Check out this years gold finds Gold page.

I have posted a lot of Roman silvers and hammered silver coins to the latest finds page and some great excellent relics.March 2019 finds page.

c25-35 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold full stater - reported to PAS

'plastic A' series, VA 2010-3. Believed to have preceded the classic type, so perhaps from c. 25 - 35 AD. About ninety of these are recorded including at least one coin in the British Museum (BMC 1819 in Hobbs's Catalogue of Iron Age coins in the BM).

5.45g, 16.88mm

 

CCI 19.1423 - Cuno Plastic stater: this is the ABC 2786 type, which comes in two common varieties, one with a ringed pellet below the horse and the other with a pellet only (as on this coin).  The rare ABC 2789 type reads CVNOB, unlike this one, which reads CVNO on other examples from this reverse, with no B.

10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold Linear type qtr stater - reported to PAS

Ladder main - branch above

11.36mm,1.28g

Ref ABC 2810 - Rare

CCI 19.1424

Weird tiny debased gold coin - Celtic ?? sent to Fitzswilliam museum for their views

0.88g,9.07mm

CCI 19.1426 - base AV ?blank

The side with the lines resembles the 'design' on Gallo-Belgic Bb Crossed Lines quarters, but the weight is barely half what it should be and it looks much too base.

It's most likely to be a blank for an unknown, possible Iron Age, type, or perhaps an early Saxon issue if the weight and fineness corresponds to any of them.

All best

John

Trinovantes Clacton type Celtic gold 1/4 stater 50BC - reported as hoard addendum

0.83g,12.35mm

Ancient looking bright yellow rolled gold sheet reported as potential treasure to museum

3.11g,17.38mm L x 3.47mm T

C600 -775 Saxon silver sceat - sent for recording and ID to EMC

1.14g,11.98mm

Many thanks for this very helpful information about the find, which is EMC 2019.0125.
This is Series E Primary Phase, VICO variety 1, with reverse oriented as in the attached adjusted image.
Best wishes,
Martin

2ndC Roman silver coin - sent for ID

2.88g,17.41mm

Very nice – I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this is Domitian since the name is so clearly readable on the obverse. He was Vespasian’s younger son and the last of Suetonius’ “12 Caesars”, that’s Gaius Julius through the Flavian dynasty, ~ the end of the 1st century AD. He also came to be hated and feared nearly on a level with folks like Caligula and Nero due to his increasing paranoia and reactionary policies.

Domitian, (81-96) as Caesar under Vespasian, 69-79 AD. AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 79 AD.
Obv:  (legend CCW.) CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI laureate head of Domitian, Caesar, right
Rx: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTI Salus standing facing, head right, resting on short column and feeding from patera a serpent she holds in her arms.
RIC II 1084, RSC 384
My advice is to be careful not to overclean this piece – a little thinning of the deposits would help, but you’ll ruin this moderately valuable piece if you try to make it “shiny”.
Mark

1762 George III milled gold qtr guinea love token

2.07g,15.35

Not sure of this type yet - similar to 50 BC Maldon Wheel type sent for recording and ID from PAS

1.35g,13.66mm

Stunning gilded Viking type bronze harness pendant

2ndC Roman Zoomorphic enamelled brooch - bird type

17th March 2019 - More amazing super rare coins found

10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold Linear type qtr stater - reported to PAS

Ladder main - branch above

11.19mm,1.34g

Ref ABC 2810 - Rare

10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold Classic Bow type qtr stater - reported to PAS

1.32g,11.38mm

Ref Rudd 75 57 - Excessively rare

10-40 AD Cunobelinus 'Spiky' silver unit

Obv Head L, spiky hair CAMV in front,occ CAM with VL behind/Seated victory r,holding bowl or wine cup int,hand.CVNO below chair

Ref ABC 2855 VA 2045 - Very rare

1.36g,14.04mm

1.45g,11.96mm

It's a class 3 Great Waltham type quarter, no. 400 in Divided Kingdoms (same dies), essentially a slightly later and cruder version of the Ingoldisthorpe quarter, which is class 2 in the British Ab/Ac north-east Thames series.  I list 14 other examples in DK but there are at least 15 now.

Hope this is of some help,

All the best

John

1821 George IV milled gold sovereign

8.01g,22.13mm

70 BC Morini Celtic gold qtr stater- reported as hoard addendum to museum - tiny undersized coin

0.76g, 10.19mm

As you say, it's a standard Gallo-Belgic D type from the early Gallic War period.  I think the clue to its very low weight probably lies in the very irregular flan, which suggests that it was either struck on an abnormal, mis-shapen blank, not intended for use, or that it has been clipped in antiquity to illegally siphon off gold, much as medieval silver was clipped.  Difficult to be sure but clipping is more likely,

All the best

John

What a fantastic 2nd week of hunting by the guys with some very rare coins found. I have posted hundreds of other great finds onto the new hunt page.March 2019 finds page. I have updated the gold page which now stands at 50 as I have yet to post a solid gold watch winder found by Cal George. Check out this years gold finds Gold page. German Andy found our first ever complete Saxon strap divider below, amazing that it is in one piece. On our Saxon harness page we have only ever found pieces of them before, great find. Saxon Harness page. Virg Marj popped two of the Celtic's found above and both are rare, only our 2nd ever Great Waltham type gold qtr stater above and a Cunobelinus 'Spiky' silver unit. Ill Andrew found the excessively rare rated Cunobelin Bow type qtr stater which is stunning. Ny Jay on the first morning of his first ever trip here popped the Cunobelin Linear type, man that is newbie luck. So many really nice hammered silver to post here on this news page so check out all the other finds on the March 2019 finds page.

 

 

HARNESS FITTING

Complete late Early Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) to early Medieval cast copper alloy harness fitting. This is an Anglo-Scandinavian design and dates from circa AD 1000 to 1150.

This artefact is a strap distributor, formed of a central lozengeform section with a domed circular boss. The reverse of the boss is slightly hollow. There is a projecting arm from each corner of the lozenge; the arms are sub-rectangular with concave sides. Each arm terminates in an incomplete loop which would have secured leather straps.

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian

Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1150

 

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

 

Taco'd 19thC Victorian milled gold half sovereign

Roman silver hoard coin addendum No47 - reported to museum and sent for ID

This one is Caracalla, 198-217 A.D. AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 199 A.D.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS laureate youthful head of Caracalla right
Rx: SEVERI PII AVG FIL Caracalla in military garb standing facing, head left, holding Victory and spear, bound Parthian captive at his feet
RIC IV 45; RSC 589

Mark

Early gold ring - no hallmarks

1.96g,22.3mm dia

BC Republican Roman silver coin sent for ID

T. Carisius. 46 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 4.05 g, 4h). Rome mint. Head of Sibyl Herophile right, hair elaborately decorated with jewels and enclosed in a sling, tied with bands / Sphinx seated right; T • CARISIVS above, III • VIR in exergue. Crawford 464/1; CRI 69; Sydenham 983a; Carisia 11; BMCRR Rome 4061; RBW 1613
Technically, this would more correctly fall into the “Imperatorial” category, but you’re not wrong if you want to call it Republican
Mark

 

9th March 2019 - Amazing hunting and more beauty gold

 

Simply stunning 1777 George III milled gold half guinea

4.20g,20.61mm

Ancient gold band - possible wrist torc fragment - reported as treasure to museum

11.16g, 4.33mm dia x 49.12mm L

The 2nd team of the season have been having an amazing hunt having set a club record on hammered silver coins found by any team, I have posted dozens of them on to the latest finds page. March 2019 finds page

They have also popped two more really crisp Roman silver hoard addendum coins below taking the total out of the 'pot' to 46 now . Big tanks to Mark Lehman our Roman expert for his great ID's. I have not had any feedback yet with the 44 other Roman silver coins lodged with the British Museum. We have been trying our hardest to locate the actual pot with no success yet. Italy Nick also found another coin to add to the Saxon silver sceat hoard we found in Sept taking the total now to 11. This one is well crispy and cannot be cleaned as hoards have to be taken to the museum in the condition they are dug. Can Bill also found another Saxon sceat on a different site that Dr Martin at the Fitzwilliam museum has ID'd and recorded on the EMC database below.

Ill Mike, who has been hunting here for 12 years, finally got the monkey off his back with one of the best looking milled gold coins I have ever seen dug. They were out searching for another one of those 'duck egg sized' gold ingots and he popped the beauty, sucker it mint. Org Stuart popped another Celtic hoard addendum gold coin a mint 70 BC Morini boat tree Celtic gold qtr. Fl Paul added a thick chunk off a possible wrist torc to the gold count which has been reported as treasure to the museum.

Check out this years gold finds Gold page

It will be interesting to see what the curator at the BM makes of this find. There have been too many neat finds to post on the news page so check out the rest I have posted on the March 2019 finds page.

70 BC Morini Celtic gold qtr stater- reported as hoard addendum to museum

1.47g,10.79g

Crisp Roman silver coin sent for ID

2.62g,18.35mm

Hadrian, 117-138 A.D. AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 135 A.D.
Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P laureate head of Hadrian right 
Rx: ANN-O-NA AVG modius containing grain-ears and poppy
RIC II 230, RSC 170a

Nice one for a dugup in agricultural fields. You got this one more or less just in time before it suffered more significant degradation from the fertilizers and pesticides.
I don’t have one of this type myself (actually, I have little more than a sparse representative run of denarii/antoniniani/siliquae – I’ve always favored the larger Æ denominations

Mark

These are hard to find 1709 Anne milled silver shilling (12 pence)

Huge Victorian silver jewelry item - registered number 330 S

C600 -775 Saxon silver sceat - sent for recording and ID to EMC

1.09g,12.28mm

Thanks for this Series D (Type 2c), which I have recorded as EMC 2019.0088.
Best wishes,
Martin

13thC vessica seal matrix

It's our old friend CREDE MICHI -- "believe me" -- i.e. you can believe what is written beneath this seal as being genuine. The lettering is not perfect however! I'd transcribe CREDE [M]IChI. -- possible that the letter before the final C is meant to be MI ligatured, but if so, it's been bungled!

Keep 'em coming -- and, ideally, nice easy ones like this!

regards,

Malcolm

Roman silver hoard coin addendum No46 - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.79g,18.68mm

Continuing with the theme of less-than-pleasant emperors:
This is Caracalla – son of Septimius Severus - also a feared, as well as probably deranged character. He was somewhat successful in terms of military conquests, but more typically by means of subterfuge, like inviting the opposing king and generals to a treaty parlay and killing them all as he did with the Parthians. He also introduced the debased silver double-denarius denomination we call “antoninianus”, a 2-denarius coin with 1.5 denarii worth of silver in it, setting the stage for the massive debasements of the later 3rd century.

Caracalla (198-217 AD), as co-emperor with Septimius Severus, 198-209 AD. AR denarius, issued 207 AD.
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG laureate head of Commodus right.

Rx: PONTIF TR P X COS II securitas enthroned right, at her ease in seat with cornucopiae as arms; head propped on right hand, holding scepter with left; small altar before her.
RIC IV 92; RSC 434; SRCV 6863

Mark

Roman silver hoard coin addendum No45 - reported to museum and sent for ID

2.56g,17.03mm

Commodus. Son of Marcus Aurelius, his sole reign marked the end of the era of “The Good Emperors”. He slowly went crazy, and by the end of his reign/life had convinced himself he was the reincarnation of Hercules and was regularly fighting wild beasts in the arena. This was not considered correct or appropriate behavior for an emperor, to say the least – plus he was an all-around shit to everyone, highly paranoid, and tended to have any foe, real or imagined, executed. He was portrayed, extremely inaccurately from an historical standpoint, as the main antagonist in the movie “Gladiator”. They made him evil enough, but nowhere nearly so bat-poo unhinged as he was in real life.
It’s a very interesting reverse – a far more ambitious composition than one typically sees on a denarius – platform scenes are far more usually seen on sestertii.

Commodus, sole reign, 180-192 A.D. AR denarius issued 186 A.D.
Obv: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT laureate head of Commodus right
Rx: FID EXERC (in exergue) P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P Commodus standing left on platform haranging three soldiers standing right before him; each holds a legionary eagle and shield.
RIC III 130; RSC 143; SRCV 5639
his reign came just before the beginning of the Severan dynastic era, so it’s in the right general time-frame for the hoard, so far.

 

Mark

 

25th Feb 2019 - Great start to the 2nd half of the season with a couple Celtic gold

40-30 BC Trinovantes Rowntree Fern leaf Celtic gold qtr stater

Wreath crossed by spike with 3 pellets,crescents below,stylised hair above

Annulate horse r,grooved tail, fern like motiff above, cogwheel sun below

Sent to PAS for recording

12.64mm,1.27g

 

This isn't the Tring Wheel type, it's a Fern Leaf quarter, DK 442, ABC 2362; they're a little rarer than the Tring Wheels, this is the fifth recorded example.

If you'd like to send a findspot (parish only) I'll do a CCI card for it,  PAS have given up using Index numbers and are just giving their own unique reference code.

All the best

John

 

Nice to get back out there hunting after the half season break. Wash Tom, who has been coming here for 10 years popped his first ever Celtic gold coin on the the very first day of the hunt. He was using the power of the CTX 3030 machine programmed with all the previous hoard coins locations marked on his screen, he popped another hoard addendum coin fragment in between the flags he put out. Not the best example in the world but it counts!! What is amazing is later in the week he popped a 2nd Celtic gold on new land and it is an excessively rare and totally mint Fern leaf design, our first ever of that type. I thought it was Tring type but the CCI's comments above make it even rarer. Tom had a hell of a hunt this week and also found our best ever debased Henry VIII front facing bust type in mint condition, especially for a coin with this low a grade of silver content. His mate Bill found a very unusual 18thC Indian gold fanim, holed to be used as a pendant. Bill also got a half of a Cunobelin Celtic silver unit.

I have posted a load more finds to the latest finds page Feb 2019 finds page and updated the gold page, 39 pieces of gold so far this season.

The guys have left now and the next team in arrives Saturday.

Coin from same hoard

50 BC late British G 'Early Clacton' gold stater - reported to museum as hoard addendum

 

Medieval crucifix

These are very rare to find and our best ever debased 1544-7 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - bust 2 - 3rd issue

Mint mark Lis - CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR -Canterbury mint

Toward the end of Henry VIII's reign, the silver was progressively debased from 9oz.2dwt. (.758) in 1544, through 6oz.2dwt (.508) in 1545, to 4oz.2dwt. (.342) in 1546. At this last standard, the blanched silver surface of the coins soon wore away to reveal the copper alloy beneath which earned for Henry the nickname 'Old Coppernose'.

1158 -1189 AD Henry II hammered silver farthing ' 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

10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic silver unit

 

18thC Indian debased gold Fanim pendant

 

Fascinating coin - initially thought is was Saxon silver sceat as the size matches. I do not recognise the markings and have sent it off to Fitzwilliam museum for ID and recording. Is it probably an Indian debased gold Fanim pendant?

1.08g,9.41mm

 

 

 

Reinstated this news page 14th Feb 2019

14th Feb 2019 Season restarts on Saturday - New electronic export system proposed

 

Our new site https://colchestertreasurehunting.com/news/ is suffering constant malfunctions with Word Press and I have not been able to update the news page regularly. I have reinstated this, our original site, to post regular updates.

The 2nd half of the season kicks off on Saturday with a special early 10 day hunt with Wash Tom's team. Then a short break and the main hunts start on the 3rd March.

The first half of the season produced 35 gold finds so we are on target for a great season final total. Several of the gold finds like the duck egg sized gold nugget and our first ever Celtic gold votive offering are in with a shout for possible finds pf the year.

1. 1582 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - bell mint mark
2. 1422- 27 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Annulet issue - Annulets by neck and two sets of opposing pellets on reverse Obv + hENRIC'x DI GRAx REX ANGLIE Z FRANC Rev VIL LAx CALI SIEx - Calais mint 3.73g,26mm
3. 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 1.80g,18mm
4. 1314-17 Edward 1st hammered silver half penny - Type 13a Obv + EDWA**DVS***A
Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON- London mint
5.1816 George III milled silver sixpence
6. 17thC William III milled silver sixpence
7. Post medieval cloth seal
8. 2ndC Roman fibular brooch
9. Medieval trade weight
11.1500-1650 buckle
12. Post medieval lead bale seal
16. 18thC crotal bell
17. Post medieval lead bale seal
18.17thC William III milled silver sixpence
20.1640's Civil War half pound cannon ball - 7.8oz,39mm

I have been beavering away completing the last of the export applications for all the guys pouches from Sept/Oct and a load of approved export licenses have already been returned, name lists posted onto the members forum. This is a very time consuming process where every piece of metal over 50 years old has to be photographed and itemised and it can be up to 10 + pages per guy. I have to then print off 3 colour copies of the word document + a triple carbonated export application form. This has to be then physically posted, a huge number of trees are cut down to eventually get an export license approved and returned to me. Again the physical officially stamped export license together with one of a my word documents officially stamped is sent back to me in the post. I have been doing this for over 15 years so I have just taken it as read. However brilliant news, behind the scenes they are now talking about a totally electronic replacement version and I was invited to a meeting to give my input on a the new proposed electronic replacement service. It will give me the ability complete the same work on line and fire it off to export duties in box. I will be able to log on to their system and be able to monitor its process. Currently every export application I make has to be physically sent by export duty onto a specialist advisor at the British Museum to vet that none of the finds is of National Importance or constitute a possible hoard or treasure. All the processes surrounding an export application are very slow and time consuming and the only way to find out where the application is in the process is make a phone call to export duty.

More missed finds have been posted to the last finds page 2018Octfinds

I have created a new finds page ready for the kick off on Saturday. 2019Febfinds. All new finds will be posted there as they are made.

 

 

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Roman gold coin send for ID

19mm,7.70g

Well, even though Roman gold is way out of the orbit in which I normally travel, I see absolutely no reason to question its authenticity. I presume you know this is an aureus of Claudius. It’s obviously clear enough overall that there should be no doubt about the legends, but for the sake of form:
Obv: TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P laureate head of Claudius right
Rx: CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI Constantia seated left on curule chair
Mint of Lugdunum, 41/2 AD.
RIC I 2, BMC 1, CBN 19.

My congratulations to all involved – well found!
Mark

 

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From 5th Nov 2016 Latest News page has now moved

Latest news is now posted directly to our new Colchestertreasurehunting.com modern web page. This is our new replacement web site with searchable features and mobile device freindly.

Colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk will continue in tandem as a reference database for all the 14 years of historical finds.

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Lastest finds are always posted to

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29th Oct 2016 10 day break and new web site- Gold ring vid

Short Video of Medieval Gold Ring find

3 minute video of the Medieval Gold Ring find from the new land. Thanks, Rob!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4hI2R_aljx8


The last team of guys left last Saturday and I have been tied up with our new web site fine tuning the off line database. I now have the ability to do updates off line and upload as a group to make thing quicker.

http://colchestertreasurehunting.com/

I have still have a load of the guys finds from last week to upload yet to the latest finds page 2016 Oct finds page.

The next team of guys in arrives on the 3rd Nov for 10 days and then we break for the first half off the season.

I have updated this years gold page with another couple of modern pieces of gold years gold page

Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Cast copper alloy

This instrument has a globular knopped handle at the hinge. There is a small ridge just below the knop on the outer edge of each of the arms. The upper sections of each arms is flattened and one is recessed to accommodate the other. The arms then change shape to have a square cross-section before tapering to form points. There are some decorative facets on the inner edges of the arms near the flattened upper section. There is no evidence of maker's marks.

Similar dividers have been recorded on The Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For example, see finds: LON-33D734; NMS-886014; LVPL-6DBFA6.

Stunning Victorian gold pendant with stones and pearls

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 '

 

 

 

1653 Jeremy Erds of Manningtree Essex hammered copper trade farthing

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

17thC Henry Lamb of Colchester hammered copper trade farthing 17thC Christopher Bayles of Colchester hammered copper trade farthing

 

10th Oct 2016 More gold and stonking relics

 

1806 George III milled gold 1/3rd guinea

2.80g, 17.11mm

I have posted huge number of great silver and relics to the latest finds page 2016 Oct finds page. The guys have been finding an unusual number of milled silver on new land including florins and half crowns that I have posted to that page. NC Jeff found a stunning Roman votive offering figurine below which is a definite 'find of the year' contender and then Idaho Mike found his first ever gold coin find with a neat George III third guinea. Casey popped a 104 BC Roman silver republican coin in remarkable condition for it's age and Mark Lehman has sent his complete ID below.

I have updated this years gold page with another piece of modern gold years gold page

Roman bronze votive figurine

18.88g, 27.2mm L x 18mm H x 16.23 mm W

Medieval lead bust mount

Large stone fossil

Very unusual to have a c13thC 'round type' medieval seal matrix with suspension loop. Normally the vessica type seals are suspension but round types are always bell type.

Early BC Republican silver Roman coin - sent for ID

Okay, I have it:  

AR Denarius - Coelia 2 - C. Coelius Caldus, 104 BC.

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma left.
Rx: Victory charging in biga left; control: • G above; C•COIL below horses; in ex, CALD.

Crawford/RRC 318/1a; Sydenham/CRR 582; SRCV 196; BMC 1435-62; Babelon/RSC Coelia 2.

Mark

1438-1481 Alfonso V Portugal Half Real Grosso

Obverse Crowned letter A between two annulets, below the A, a small letter L (mintmark).

Reverse Cross of five shields, each with five billets in the shape of an X. Near Fine, Rare

Miss Dan

1356-61 Edward III hammered silver groat - Fourth coinage: Pre Treaty -Series G - Std F type

Extra annulet in one qtr of reverse - annulet stops in reverse legend - annulet below bust

Obv + EDWARDo D G REX ANGL Z FRANCo oDo hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Ref North 1193

Oct 1470-April 1471 Henry VI hammered silver penny - period of restoration - G and Key by bust and quatrefoil at centre of reverse cross

Initial mark Lis

Obv +hENRICVS REX ANGLIE

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint

15thC Spanish hammered silver coin

1474 -1504 Madrid Spain, 1/2 real, Ferdinand-Isabel, mintmark M plus

Flourished crown; mintmark below; annulets above mintmark. Bundle of arrows; quartered with annulets.

 

 

 

10th Oct 2016 More stunning finds

 

Roman glass bottle

 

Saxon 978 - 1016 AD Æthelred II's Long Cross type hammered silver penny - sent to Fitzwilliam museum for recording and final ID

This is Æthelred II Long Cross type, London mint, moneyer Ædwold.
Best wishes,
Martin

The guys have been having a great hunt and I have posted loads more really great hammered silver and relics to the latest finds page 2016 Oct finds page. Seattle Casey added another Saxon silver penny to the disclaimed hoard from last year with a very crisp Æthelred II Long Cross type that Dr Martin has ID'd as the moneyer Ædwold. Ill Tim found a neat pure gold collar stud that I have added to this years gold page years gold page. Chicago Ron found the largest medieval seal matrix below I have seen and it is mint shape.

I still have tons more great finds to upload to the the latest finds page.

 

Victorian solid gold collar stud

 

Extra large 13thC seal matrix - sacrificial lamb impression

The central design of a lamb with flag is often accompanied by the inscription ECCE AGNUS DEI, although that is not the case with that example.

 

Very unusual gilded fretwork early medieval harness pendant

 

205 million years old fossil

Name: Clypeus plotti
Age: Jurassic
Location:United Kingdom

Medieval complete purse bar and swivel

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

" 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

 

4th Oct 2016 Gob-smacking gold finds

Spectacular c13thC medieval gold annular brooch

+AMOR VINCIT OMNIA -(Love Conquers All)

2.55g, 18mm dia

Reported as treasure to museum

1361- 69 Edward III hammered gold qtr nobel - Treaty period, Large pellet at centre of reverse cross

Obv EDWAR DEI GRAC ANGL D

19mm,1.83g

Pen Christy popped the most gob-smacking medieval gold annular brooch I have ever seen and in mint condition, easily a find of the year contender. I have reported it to the museum and landowner as treasure. Chicago Ron then added his first ever medieval hammered gold coin find to take his impressive gold coin total 18 gold coins. He is our most successful gold coin finder in the clubs history and 90 % of his gold coin finds are ancient Celtic staters. Nh Tom popped the stunning medieval enameled harness pendant below and our club researchers are scanning the Heraldic Rolls to try and find the owner. It looks like a jester facing left. Another one of my favourite finds below is the 'scum class' early railway ticket/badge below? Mail me with any info you might have on was use this plaque was used for please.

I posted a load more great silver coins and widgets to the latest finds page and trying to mirror the new site.2016 Oct finds page

http://colchestertreasurehunting.com/finds/

Stunning 13thC enameled heraldic pendant - researching family

The Newcastle & North Shields Railway opened in June 1839 from a temporary terminus in Carliol Square in Newcastle upon Tyne to North Shields. The railway was absorbed by the Newcastle & Berwick Railway in November 1844. The Newcastle & Berwick Railway was itself absorbed by the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway, and this became part of the North Eastern Railway in 1854.

The average speed of express trains in 1841 was 31–34 miles per hour (50–55 km/h).Third-class carriages were painted light green, and the first was 20 feet 8 inches (6.30 m) long and 7 feet 9 inches (2.36 m) wide, did not have doors and carried 60 passengers. First class carriages were painted crimson, maroon, and in one case a rich light scarlet claret edged with yellow and second-class passengers were light brown and vermilion.

1631 - 2 Charles 1st hammered silver sixpence - Plume above shield CR - mm Rose 1583 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - Bell mint mark

 

 

1st Oct 2016 Stonking gold ring - new 2016 Oct finds page created - Last day for POTY

I have created a new 2016 Oct finds page as the Sept one is now massive. 'Pouch of the year' voting by members ends tonight at 2355 GMT, mail me your vote and also guess at this years forum comp to win a weeks free trip next season.

I have posted loads more great relics and silver coins to the new Oct and Sept hunt pages, I am backed up with finds and have tons more great hammered silver to post yet. Marl Scott did it again with a monster gold 15thC ring off new land, not content with his Saxon gold shilling find from a few days ago !!. Can Ron also popped a neat little treasure with a 16thC Tudor gilded silver clothing fastener in great shape.

I have updated this years gold page

 

Medieval inscribed gold ring - no hall marks - reported as treasure to museum

'IIIy GOD is al '“My God is al[l]”.

22mm dia,2.80g

 

Saxon Stirrup terminal

Early Medieval 11th century

1351-2 Edward III hammered silver groat - Cross 1 Type F

Obv EDWARD DG ANGL REX Z FRANC D hYB

Rev POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM (outer)

CIVITAS LONDON (Mint) (inner)

Late medieval lock

c1000BC Bronze Age casting slag, includes a fragment of a socketed axe bottom right

17thC working toy petronel (pistol)

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1640

The toy is based on the match-lock 'petronels' of the 16th and 17th Centuries

 

70mm long

16thC Tudor gilded silver clothing fastener - reported as treasure to museum

 

 

 

 

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