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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

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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.

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


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




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:

Other side:

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, 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



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.


Reported to museum and CCI


Fl Brian's first Celtic gold

25BC Eastern uninscribed Celtic gold qtr stater of Dubnovellaunos

Reported to museum and CCI


1820 George III milled gold half sovereign


Huge 11,000 BC Stone Age axe

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


Coat of arms on ornate shield


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


Crown over anchor


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



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.

Many thanks. I have recorded this as EMC 2019.0309.

An important find.

Best regards,


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


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


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

Possible Maldon wheel - reported to museum and CCI



1817 George III milled gold full sovereign


1806 George III milled gold third guinea


1842 Victoria milled gold half sovereign



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


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.

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


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

Best Wishes


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.


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


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


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

Primary Saxon silver sceat 600- 700 AD

Sent to Fitzswilliam museum for recording



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




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


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




1810 George III milled gold third guinea




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


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




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
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. 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.


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


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


Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot found



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.

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


"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.

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.



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.

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1762 George III milled gold half guinea - love token




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



Spink ref S2520


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


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 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!


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


(EMC 2019.0156) is Series E, Plumed Bird variety

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


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


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


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


Ref ABC 2810 - Rare

CCI 19.1424

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


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


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


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


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,

2ndC Roman silver coin - sent for ID


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”.

1762 George III milled gold qtr guinea love token


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


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


Ref ABC 2810 - Rare

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


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



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


1821 George IV milled gold sovereign


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


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.




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.


Broad period: 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


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


9th March 2019 - Amazing hunting and more beauty gold


Simply stunning 1777 George III milled gold half guinea


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


Crisp Roman silver coin sent for ID


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


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


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

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!



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


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


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


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.




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



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



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?





Reinstated this news page 14th Feb 2019

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


Our new site 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


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!


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From 5th Nov 2016 Latest News page has now moved

Latest news is now posted directly to our new modern web page. This is our new replacement web site with searchable features and mobile device freindly. will continue in tandem as a reference database for all the 14 years of historical finds.

Lastest finds are always posted to


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!

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.

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.


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


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


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,

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).

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



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

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



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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