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1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 2

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/EME/DV * - Durham mint - reverse die error

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3- Florin type

Obv EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3- Florin type

Obv EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1361-69 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 2- Treaty

Obv EDWARD ANGL R DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - - Florin type

Obv EDWAR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/DVN/ELM - Durham mint

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Arrow mintmark

As dug

'cooking'

Mark sent me this pic

MK 15 07 Vespasian, 69-79 AD.
AR Denarius
17mm, 3.18gm, axis: 180ยบ
Mint of Rome, 70-72 AD.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M. Laureate head right.
Rx: AVGVR TRI POT. Priestly implementia: simpulum, aspergillum, jug and lituus.
RIC II, i 43, RSC 43, Cf. SR 2282, VM 12.

 

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

This is probably a Flavian (Vespasian, Titus or Domitian) but it is a similar reverse with sacrificial implementia.  This one has "TRI POT" (Tribunicia Potestatum or the Tribunician Powers) across the bottom of the reverse, and that's a common reverse type for the Flavians. 

Other emperors used the sacrificial implements as a reverse type. So I can't be certain who it is until there's a bit more obverse detail to go on. I can tell you that they're often associated with issues for the Caesar - the "heir apparent" - (if there is one) so I'd make a guess there's a good chance this may be Titus, but I believe Vespasian used this same reverse.

When you've revealed some obverse details I should be able to tell you better what you've got here.

Mark

 

1296 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - - Class 2b

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev VILL/ABE/REV/VICI - Berwick mint

1845 Victoria milled silver 3 pence

Size comparison with penny

 

1431 32 Henry VI hammered silver farthing - Pine cone mascle issue

Obv +HENRIC REX ANGL

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

0.26g,9.74mm

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Arrow mintmark

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3- Florin

Obv EDWAR ANGL R DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3- Florin

Obv EDWAR ANGL R DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1921 George V milled silver florin 9 24 pence)
1920 George V milled silver sixpence

1641-3 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling - Triangle in circle mintmark

Tower mint under Charels 1st

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10

Obv EDWR R ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Charles 1st Aberystwyth - Furnance mint 1648/9 hammered silver half groat - Large plume - book mintmark

Very crisp 1827 George IV milled gold half sovereign
 

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny

Class 7a - top bar to A

Obv HENRICVS REX

Rev NORMAN ON S***

Moneyer Norman of Bury St Edmunds mint

 

1485 Henry VII hammered silver half groat - Two arches jewelled to crown - Type 3

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1526-32 Henry VIII hammered silver half groat - Cross patonce mintmark

Archbishop Warham - WA by shield

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

Stunning medieval silver annullar brooch - reported to museum as treasure

1915 - 9 Carat gold ring - Birmingham date letter q - Maker RP

Robert Pringle & Sons
Clerkenwell Road
London EC1

1604 James 1st gold guinea coin weight
1567 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence George III trade weight - Crown G cipher London 19thC livery button
1567 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence 1945 George VI milled silver sixpence
1835 William IV milled silver sixpence 1900 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1844 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1945 George VI milled silver sixpence
Alexander II 1214-49 Scottish hammerd penny - needs straightening to ID properly 1867 Victoria milled silver sixpence67

As dug and partially 'cooked' sent for ID

1stC Roman coin - straight into 'cooker' to clean off crust

 

What you have here is a denarius of Trajan, 96-117 AD.  It was during Trajan's time that the Roman Empire achieved it greatest overall size - it would never again be so large.  Although Hadrian and others of Trajan's successors were quick to lop-off some of the further flung and less easily administered and defended areas, Trajan's rule ushered-in the era of "The Good Emperors"  The 2nd century, therefore, was noted for a general condition of relative peace and prosperity the likes of which would not be seen again (arguably, even in our own time).

This specific piece has "Genius" (Genio Populi Romani - the genius or motivating spirit of the Roman People) standing left holding a patera - a sacrificial vessel for pouring libations - and a cornucopiae.  The legend on the reverse, as is often the case on Trajan's coins, cites only "The Senate and The People of Rome" and the statement that Trajan was "The Optimum Prince".

The obverse legend (which is somewhat unclear on your specimen, so far) will be the typical 2nd century "laundry list" of titles: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P.

The catalog references for this piece are: RIC II 181; RSC 395. 107 AD

Mark

 

19thC Billingsgate Fish market London trade token - James Howell 1558-60 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - 1st issue Lis mint mark

16thC Tudor S buckle Stunning enamelled 13thC medieval pendant
1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence - Pheon mintmark 1696 William III milled silver half crown (30 pence) forgery
1696 William III milled silver sixpence - Bristol mint Georgian gold watch winder
22 carat 1852 Victorian bust mark London hallmarked gold ring
Stunning gold 16thC Tudor pin head - reported to museum as treasure

A cast copper alloy mount of probable Post-Medieval date (1500-1700 AD).

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1500
Date to: AD 1700

Medieval mount Victoria Royal Engineers button
Roman animal headed mount - gilding remains
   
18thC toy cannon

1341 Edward III hammered silver penny - Florin

Obv EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1351-2 Edward III hammered silver groat - Cross 1 - Letters C & E open

Obv EDWARD D.G. REX ANGL Z FRANCE D HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

 

1859 Victoria milled silver Florin (24 pence)

mdccclix

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

Obv HENRICVS REX

Rev WIL/LEM/ONC/ANT Moneyer Willem of Canterbury

First qtr'd 1634 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) I have seen

Obv **ROLVS D G (Carolvs)

 

Exploded 18thC toy cannon

Medieval copper alloy belt mount

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVA
L

Date from: AD 1100
Date to: AD 1500

17thC lead token 19thC Dragoons guards button 15thC lead token type 2
17thC Thomas Reynolds bay maker of Colchester lead seal
RN Capt / Commander - 1787
RN Lieutenant - 1787
20th C 120th Air Training service key fob
17thC mount Medieval mount
19thC livery button 2ndC Roman fibular brooch Medieval pendant with glass stones and gilding remaining
 
Medieval pin head   17thC pin head

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1700 William III milled silver four pence

1247 Henry III voided long hammered silver penny - Class Vg

Obv HENRICVS III

Rev REN/AVD/ONL/VND - Renavd of London mint

1217 Henry III hamered silver short cross penny Class 7

Obv HENRICVS REX

Rev +WILLEM ** CANT - Moneyer Willem of Canterbury mint

Taco'd 13thC hammered silver penny - need straightening to ID properly

1361-1369 Edward III hammered silver groat - Cross potent - Treaty B - double annulet and satire stops - Normal N's

Obv EDWARDVS REX ANGL DNS HYB HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1561 Elizabethy 1st hammered silver sixpence
15thC lead token 19thC livery button 15thC lead token WWII Civil defence button
1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny
You're correct that this coin has a Shewolf & Twins reverse which is typically found on the VRBS ROMA, City of Rome commemorative, reduced-module folles introduced around 330 AD., at the time Constantinople became the official seat of Constantine's government. These have a helmeted and mantled bust of the allegorical personification of the City of Rome facing left on their obverses. At approximately 17mm (although at 1.41gm, it's on the light side) it's most likely from the emissions of c 330-333/5, rather than the later ones of 333/5-337 which tended to be even smaller. At some mints, they were even continued as a type past the death of Constantine in 337, although often paired with a "Vota" or a GLORIA EXERCITVS soldiers & standard reverse rather than the wolf & twins. This atypical use of a subject other than an Imperial bust on the obverse was a convenient political "dodge" for cities which hadn't necessarily declared-for or been brought securely into the fold of one or another of Constantine's sons, who had some "disagreement" about who had inherited what territory or was to rule where, etc.
h-tips of a few letters are visible, but not enough to really be able to tell what was intended.
For a somewhat clearer view of the type, see: http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album165/52_VRBS_CYZ or: http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album165/57_VRBS_TES and as you can see from the first example, these were originally silver-washed, although the silvering very seldom survives to the present day.
Mark
Mid 4thC Roman bronze coin 1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
1816 George III copper farthing

1247 Henry III voided long cross hammered silver penny

Moneyer Nicole
1844 Victoria milled silver shilling (12 pence) 1902 Edward VII milled silver sixpence

 

Very unusuall BC Republican Roman silver coin - straight into the 'cooker' but there is enough detail sol I have sent it off to Mark Lehman for his views before I clean it up

SILVER Denarius - 49 to 44 BC,
by JULIUS CAESAR,
Refers to MILITARY VICTORY of GAUL !!
When this denarius was first minted, it was a day's wages for one of Julius Caesar's soldiers.
Obv: Elephant Trampling a Serpent
Rev: Priestly Implements

Obv Elephant

Rev Bird facing left

Mitch Chris posted on the forum a picture and ID of the coin and it appears to match.

that's a Julius Caesar elephant denarius.  The elephant is walking right trampling either a serpent (not too likely, but possible) or a Celtic Carnyx - a war trumpet in the shape of a serpent or dragon - in the generous exergue below, you have CAESAR in large, clear letters no one could mistake.  The reverse is an assortment of priestly implements - the exact order and assortment may vary from issue to issue, but will include various items from this list: simpuulum (ladle), aspergillum (sprinkler - looks like a hand-sized floor-mop) jug, knife, axe, apex (pontifex's special hat) and lituus (curved wand).  Caesar held the post of Pontifex Maximus from an early age, which despite its odd set of restrictions, allowed him entry into the halls of power and was his launching-pad to greatness.

The type dates to 49 BC, or about the time his political career in Rome really hit stride, 5 years or so before his demise.  I believe this was well after his abortive attempts at conquering Britain, although I'm not all that certain about the time-line here.  It was a prolific issue and is really relatively common, so it's not too exceptional for one to have made it to Britain in the course of trade, or even been carried by one of Claudius' soldiers as a talisman - although it wasn't impossible for denarii to stay in circulation for a century at that time, this seems to have enough detail to be fairly bold even under encrustation - ie: it doesn't exhibit anything like the wear one would expect for a coin which had circulated for 100 years.

Here's an example showing all the details clearly http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album434/MK_15_04

Mark

 

 
17thC clothing fastener    
Roman spindle whorl WWII Royal artillery badge

A Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval (15th-early 16th century) cast one-piece copper-alloy mount, convex and cinquefoil in shape

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1630

RN Capt / Commander - 1787
RN Lieutenant - 1787
1790 Royal artillery button Georgian brooch 1818 George III milled silver sixpence
Georgian watch winders - and two complete with lever
1914 George V milled silver florin (24 pence) 1935 George V milled silver sixpence
C8thC Saxon harness gilded pendant c10thC Saxon harness cheek piece
C8thC Saxon gilded pendant
2ndC Fibular brooch 1846 Victoria milled silver four pence
1939 George V milled silver sixpence 18thC bullion cup weight
Medieval key handle Lead goose with bowler hat ? Medieval mount with single integral lug
       

 

19thC Harwich Light Cavalry button 1890 General service army button
UNITED KINGDOM
Royal London Yacht Club
R. T. Y. C. - R. T. Y. C.
London, England
In use 1837 - 1901
2- 5th Dragoons guards buttons - Crimean war period - unrecorded in any ref book
1604 James 1st gold coin weight Lock internal mechanism arm- not sure of date as it is marked '2'

French copper- alloy Jeton 1380AD Obv Shield of France bearing three feur de lys

Rev trefoil x 4 Ottery St Mary

18thC crotal bell 19thC VR - Victoria Rex -Dragoon guards button
17thC sword belt fitting Medieval spur

15th/16thC gold ring -reported to museum as treasure - no hallmarks

18.71mm, 1.05g

1592-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) Tun mintmark - sixth issue

31.61mm dia

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided penny

Rev HEN/RIO/NLV/VND Henri of London mint

Great Western Railways button 17thC crotal bell Medieval spur with rowell still attached
Georgian bell trade weight 19thC 55th Regiment of foot button 1634 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat
Medieval bronze 'stirrup' type finger ring
Medieval traders seal ring (IS) 18thC clog fastner 19thC hunting button

19thC London Docklands button Medieval mount Medieval strap end

1509-26 Henry VIII hammered silver half penny Portcullis Crowned mint mark - 1st issue

Obv HENRIC DI GRA REX AGL

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Mid 4thC Barabarous radiate Roman bronze coin
Triang Toys key 1844 Victoria milled silver three pence

1821 George IV milled silver sixpence Post medieval dagger pommel
16thC lead trade weight 1587-9 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
1818 George III milled silver sixpence Georgian buckle

94th regiment of foot

O/R's (Brass) - 1802-1881

18thC toy cannon 18thC German billion silver coin
 
17thC lead token   1836 William IV milled silver four pence
1944 George VI milled silver sixpence 1859 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1916 George V milled silver sixpence 20thC Whistle
Victorian silver cufflink Georgian buckle 1943 George VI milled silver sixpence
Roman mount

Broad period: POST A cast copper alloy mount of probable Post-Medieval date

(1500-1700 AD). MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1500
Date to: AD 1700

Post medieval lead hanging weight 19thC Victoria Engineer Corp button Medieval mount with red enamelling remaining
Roman pendant with face decoration
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER

1728 Portuguese Joao V milled gold - 1/2 Escudo (800 Reis) 0.9170 Gold

John V of Portugal

 

 

1215 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny

Obv HENRICVS

Rev *VD +RA *** Moneyer Ravlf of London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross qtr penny

1351-1361 Edward III hammered silver penny - Pre treaty

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev DVR/REM * - Durham mint

18thC toy cannon
19thC silver thimble 18thC Surry regiment pewter button
Excellent button find - 19thC GR 'Royal Waggon Train'
19thC Colchester club button 19thC corporation button

1485 Henry VII hammered silver farthing - double arched crown

Obv CIVI/TAS/EBO /RACI -York mint

19thC livery button George 1st trade weight - crown G cipher 19thC livery button UNITED KINGDOM
Royal London Yacht Club
R. T. Y. C. - R. T. Y. C.
London, England
In use 1837 - 1901

 

Roman gilded mount

A cast copper alloy mount dating to the seventeenth century AD.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Post AD 1600
Date to: Ante AD 1700

1260 AD Non Heraldic personal seal. The design is typical of mid 13thC non heraldic seals

   

 

Georgian gold collar studd 19thC Victorian milled silver sixpence
1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver 3 pence 1837 William IV milled silver four pence
19thC Great Eastern Railways and Steam ships company button 19thC livery button 1797 George III cartwheel penny overstamped Oxley

 

Lots of Georgian watch winders being dug
Gold plated Edwardian button Taco'd 1554 Mary hammered silver groat

The Thames Tunnel is an underwater tunnel, built beneath the River Thames in London and connecting Rotherhithe with Wapping.

It measures 35 feet wide by 20 feet high and is 1,300 feet long, running at a depth of 75 feet below the river's surface at high tide. It was the first tunnel known successfully to have been constructed underneath a navigable river, and was built between 1825 and 1843 using Thomas Cochrane and Marc Isambard Brunel's newly invented tunnelling shield technology, by him and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

17thC sword hanger 17thC clothing fastener Royal artillery button
18thC musket ramrod guide 16thC Tudor seal spoon handle - AE
19thC Great Eastern Railways and Steam ships company button Georgain barrel tap key 19thC South Eastern railways button

A Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval (15th-early 16th century) cast one-piece copper-alloy mount, convex and cinquefoil in shape

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1630

Post medeival lead bale seal Roman hanging pendant - circule design
19thC Russian lead bale seal 17thC pendant
Victorian silver band

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1921 George V milled silver ixpence 19thC coast guard button Medieval lead bale seal
Victorian silver brooch

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv EDWR R ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

 

 

18thC 2 dram apothecary weight Georgian mount
 
J.Caster of Harwich advertising watch winder   1943 George V milled silver sixpence
1940 George V milled silver sixpence 1696 William III milled silver sixpence
1247 Henry III hammered silver voided half penny Victorian silver watch back
1824 George V milled silver shilling East India company coin weight
Georgian watch winders Army spoon handle ?
1846 Victoria milled silver 4 pence 1565 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
Huge bronze decorated handle - Late Iron Age patina
16thC Tudor purse bar Huge Crown mount 19thC livery button

 

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