Metal detecting holidays in England

with the Worlds most successful metal detecting club

Twinned with Midwest Historical Research Society USA

 

 
 
Oct 2008 Finds page

 

Earliest flat axe there are 2000BC - It's size suggests it may well be a chisel or scraper 68.50mm L ,24.35mm W x 4.72mm T 30.11g

18thC Dutch lead bale seal - Lion in shield
1826 Russian lead bale seal
Medieval lead token - cross between a Boy Bishop token and a long cross type - at a pinch it could be a Saxon example
RN Purser - 1807
In use 1807 - 1825
In Gilt
Corporation tramways button

Medieval mount with 2 rivet fixings
Slot machine token ?
Georgian watch winder
1903 Edward VII milled silver 6 pence (50)
1619-20 hammered silver half groat - spur rowell mintmark 3rd coinage
1797 George III cartwheel penny - cleaned using the 'Loc Plus' polishing method

1247 Henry III hammered silver short cross cut halfpenny Class 6b2

Moneyer Henri of Canterbury - *ANT/HEN**

1247 Henry III hammered silver short cross cut halfpenny Class 6c2

London - /LV**

16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
1912 George V milled silver 6 pence (51)
Post medieval lead bale seal

Silver seal matrix – double headed eagle with heart - reported as treasure to the museum - difficult to date as it has the style of a Medieval seal but it probably 16th/17thC The British Museum experts will be able to give us more information later.

 5.02g, 25.09mm L x (13.79mm x 10.98mm  seal head)

Roman mid 4thC Roman silver coin - in the 'cooker'to remove the 'horn' crust 16.22mm, 0.97g

Huge 1st C Roman bronze coin with female bust 17.91g, 31.29mm dia x 3.95mm thick - sent for ID

The big AE is a sestertius of Faustina Jr. She was the wife of Marcus Aurelius.  The obverse reads: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, and so it's a lifetime rather than a posthumous issue for her.  Theirs was a very "fruitful" marriage and she bore a large number of children, among whom were the future emperor Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus.  She survived almost to the end of Aurelius' reign (181 AD) dying while visiting him out on the borders in 175 AD. 
 
There are a number of interesting "dynastic" sestertius types for Faustina Jr. showing her surrounded by her children, holding babies, etc. This, unfortunately, does not appear to be one of those.  This seems to have a more prosaic allegorical personification or deity standing on the reverse.  Unfortunately, this standing figure is not (visibly) holding any specific "attributes" - objects which might help us tell who it's supposed to be - or holding (visibly) her arms in a posture which might help, so we'll just have to say that it's a more-or-less generic Sestertius type.  This means that we'll be unable to date it more accurately than to say it would have been issued during the time between her marriage to M. Aurelius as Caesar under Antoninus Pius in about 145 AD and her death in 175 AD.  So, it's a mid-to-late 2nd century AD piece.
 
Mark

 

1572 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - Ermine mintmark 4th issue
1595-8 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Key mintmark 6th issue
1840 Victorian milled silver four pence (groat)
1945 George VI milled silver florin (24 pence) (53)
Rare find 1688 James II milled silver sixpence - love token (54)
Medieval lead token
Georgian button

 

Roman - Cast copper alloy buckle tongue . File marks are evident on the sides and underside. Three incised lines decorate a raised rectangle at the base of the loop - Ref Bishop 186

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided longcross penny Class IIIc, 17.22mm,1.34g

Rev ION/ONS/E(DM/VND -Moneyer Ion - Bury St Edmunds mint

1180 - 1189 Henry II hammered silver penny Class Ic

1.35g, 18.44mm

Rev ** ON LVN** -London mint

25th Regiment of Foot
( King's Own Borderers )
O/R's - 1855-1881
Roman pin head
Post medieval lead clothseal
1750 Russian lead bale seal
Georgian watch winder
44th Regiment of Foot
( East Essex )
O/R's - 1782-1820
Victorian religious medallion
RN Capt / Commander - 1812
Roman lead domed spindle whorl
Interesting button with D*B - military ?
1861 Victorian milled silver 3 pence (55)
1619 -25 James 1st hammered gold Quarter-laurel - 2.24g, 19.46mm 2nd coinage
1925 George V milled silver 6 pence (56)
Royal artillery button
19thC Navy button
16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
C10thC Saxon harness cheek piece

17thC seal spoon handle
19thC livery button
Roman knife quillion
Georgian pipe tamper

 

Chisel ?
1634 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
Medieval hook with iron pin fixing
Interesting Roman piece - like a sword quillion - needs more research
Royal Engineer Department

In use by 1881

Smith & Wright - Birmingham

16th Regiment of Foot
( Bedfordshire )
O/R's - 1855-1881

1351-1361 Edward III hammered silver groat (4 pence) - pre treaty 3rd coinage

obv ****RD.D.G.REX ANGL Z FRANC HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

26.29mm, 4.26g

Roman military hinge plate fragment
Roman deleos buckle fragment

 

 

 

19thC livery button
Georgian trade weight - London hallmark
Roman plate with 2 rivet fixings - possible strap end
17th C mount with 2 integral lugs - traces of gilding remains
1475 AD 'Sun in shield' Bronze uniface coin weight for the 'ecu au soleil' French gold coin
1775 Russian bale seal
17th C mount with 2 integral lugs
1573 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver 6 pence - Acorn mintmark 4th issue
1559 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver groat (4 pence) - Lis mintmark 1st issue

1464/5 Edward IV hammered silver penny - Type VIIi - 0.93g, 18.07mm

obv EDWARD DI GRA RE ANGL

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York Mint - Archiepiscopal issue

1891 Victorian milled silver 6 pence (57)
1940 George VI milled silver sixpence (58)
Roman harness ring
17thC key
1808 Dutch 1/16th of a skilling copper coin
5th ( Pr' Charlotte of Wales )
Dragoon Gaurds
Officer - 1855-1901
Georgian trade weight - London hallmark
WWI Machine gun corp button
19thC livery button

East Anglian type with shell design

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

These ampoule were brought from pilgrimage places as a souvenir

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

 
What a neat button - Trident figure hand etched onto a silver faced button like Scrimshaw wear- 17th/18th C
19thC livery button or Army ?
 

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Cross Potent type 3g

obv EDW****DNS HYB

rev CIVI/TAS/CES/RIE - Chester mint

16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
17thC Angel Plummer mark 1/4 pound trade weight,
Medieval Boy Bishop lead token

 

Medival pot leg
Curious trade weight shape - Georgian ?
Great condition 1770 George copper halfpenny
17thC lead token with star design
Georgian decorative finial
Markers tag
Victorian gold ring top with glass stones
17thC Apothecary weight
1554 Mary groat
Post medieval lead bale seal - crossed keys
Navy button
1817 Portuguese 50 Reis copper coin
1816 George III milled silver 6 pence (59)
1861 German counter Kaiser Konig V

1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton

HANNS KRAVWINCKEL IN NVRENB

Roman fibular broonch fragment

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

Obv CAEOLU D G MAG BRIT

Rev FRA ET HIBER REX

Roman mount
ST Johns's Ambulance button
15thC lead token - long cross and pellet type
Georgian decorated watch winders
Post medieval lead bale seal - crossed keys
19thC silver thimble

Giuseppe Garibaldi (July 4, 1807 – June 2, 1882) was an Italian military and political figure. In his twenties, he joined the Carbonari Italian patriot revolutionaries, and had to flee Italy after a failed insurrection. He then contributed to the independence of Uruguay, leading the Italian Legion in the Uruguayan Civil War, and afterwards returned to Italy as a commander in the conflicts of the Risorgimento.

He has been dubbed the "Hero of the Two Worlds" in tribute to his military expeditions in both South America and Europe.[1] He is considered an Italian national hero.

1696 William III milled silver sixpence (60)
20thC Dutch silver coin (61)

Black Onyx Medieval gold ring 21.93mmdia,2.51g

850BC Bronze Age socketed axe 79.73g, 53.86mm L x 44.24mm W

Medieval harness pendant
French copper- alloy Jeton 1380AD Obv Shield of France bearing feur de lys
1834 William IIII milled silver sixpence (62)
1422-61 AD Bronze coin weight - French Ecu - Three lis in shield type
Medieval finial
1567 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver 6 pence - Lion mintmark 2nd issue
1864 Victorian milled silver 3 pence (63)
1560-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)- Star mintmark 3rd issue
Medieval hammered silver penny
Silver clog fastener
15thC lead token
1696 William III milled silver sixpence (64)
1868 Victorian milled silver 3 pence (65)
1841 Victorian milled silver shilling 12 pence (66)
1931 George V milled silver sixpence (67)
Roman military mount
1572 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)- Ermine mintmark 3rd/4th issue
1595-8 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)- Key mintmark 6th issue
1899 Victorian milled silver shilling 12 pence (69)
1846 Victorian milled silver shilling 12 pence (70)
1603 James 1st hammered silver penny
1571 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1945 George VI milled silver 2 shillings (24 pence) (71)
1847 Victorian milled silver 6 pence (72)
1845 Victorian milled silver 1 1/2 pence (73)

1351-2 Edward III hammered silver groat (4 pence) Inital mark

Cross 1 - 4.43g,25.69mm

obv EDWARD DIV REX ** HYB

rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1549 -51 Edward VI hammered silver shilling (12 pence) - Long cross fourchee over Royal cross 3.70g, 31.38mm

Y mintmark - Southwark London

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - florin type 1.04g,17.22mm

obv EDWAR DNS ANGL HYB

rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Essex police special constable
1550 -1650 buckle
Silver spoon handle hallmarked London 1807
Georgian watch winder
Georgian harness pendant

1189 - 1199 AD Richard 1st hammered silver penny - Class 4a - stops each side of on 17.01mm, 0.94g

rev **ENE.ON.LVD - London mint - Moneyer Estevene

Medieval hammered silver penny fragment

THE 5TH. (PRINCESS OF WALES'S) DRAGOON GUARDS

Unlisted button - Crimea war's period

Georgian jews harp
Post medieval buckle
Roman harness ring
17thC clothing toggle fastener

18thC 2 pennyweight and 16 grains bullion weight
Silver ring - hallmarked Birmingham 1881
18thC button
Possible Saxon period lead token
Huge 17thC decorated cow bell with foundry mark
1889 Victorian milled silver shilling
1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross cut half penny - Class IVa
1817 George III milled silver sixpence (75)
1817 George III milled silver sixpence (76) + 4 (80)
17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
17thC mount with 3 integral lugs

Sept 2008 finds page 1

Sept 2008 finds page 2 New

Nov 2008 finds page