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70 BC Morini boat tree Celtic gold qtr stater sent to CCI for recording and reported to museum as potential hoard

1.45g, 10.51mm

Huge 11,000 BC flint axe head

1660 mm L x 54.82mm W x 29.22 mm T

20thC Gold pendant marked .375 (9 carat) Georgian blank fob seal
Georgian silver thimble 17thC button 1921 George V milled silver florin (24 pence)
The Glasgow Highlanders was a former Territorial Army (TA) regiment in the British Army, it eventually became part of The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) in 1881, 19thC British Military button - not researched it yet U.S. Marine Corps pin
1816 George III milled silver sixpence 1578-9 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Greek cross mint mark

Medieval hammered silver penny

Quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/*** - York mint

Alexander II 1214-49 Scottish hammered silver short cross half penny

Obv WILLRLMUS REX

Rev **** ON ROE - Roxburgh mint

Victorian silver ear ring stud with blue stone 17thC clothing fastener
Medieval shield mount 17thC clothing fastener
17thC milled silver sixpence - over stamped love token

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10

Obv EDWAR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny Class IIIa

Obv HENRICVS REX III

Rev IERE/MIE/ONE/VER- Moneyer Jeremie of York mint

Unknown Edward hammered silver penny - annulet stops both sides of DNS & R which is singled out. It does not appear to be a sterling imitation,

Obv ***o R'o DNS o hYB ???

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Crown shaped glass stopper 17thc Dutch lead bale seal

2ndC Roman silver coin sent for ID - cooking to remove crust (Ed) - resent for update on ID

We will need to see what appears on the obverse - particularly in the legend - before I can be completely certain who this is beyond "an Antonine woman".  It's highly unlikely to be Faustina Sr. since the main body of her coinage is posthumous and the reverse type - PVDICITIA - would be a quality or virtue only of a living woman.  I suspect Faustina Jr. for the following reasons:

The shape of the head and the hair style seem to strongly suggest the Antonine era, and although it could be either Faustina Jr. (issued under Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius), Lucilla or Crispina, the length of the obverse legend suggested under the encrustation is likely only on a coin of Faustina Jr.
Although PVDICITIA is a reverse type which could appear on any Imperial wife's coinage and did, in fact, appear on at least 75% of Imperial wives' coins, in a quick search I found this exact posture of Pudicitia only on a denarius of Faustina Jr.

But we'll have to wait and see what the cooker reveals on the obverse.

Mark

Now that we can read (or at least puzzle-out) the obverse legend well enough to be certain that it reads: FAVSTINA AVGVS-TA AVG PII F = "Faustina, Augusta, Devoted Daughter of the Emperor"   She was honored as Augusta in her own right when her mother died in 147, this was several years before before her husband, M. Aurelius was made Augustus (161). She married Marcus Aurelius in 145 and died a few years before him in 175. 

We can now be certain that this is a lifetime issue for Faustina Jr. which was issued by authority of her father, Antoninus Pius.  This issue dates to 156-7 from the mint at Rome.
From his ascencion to Augustus in 161 onward, her later issues of coins, both lifetime and posthumous types, were issued by authority of her husband.

This is an unusual form of obverse legend and is almost unique to this specific type, although this type is not considered particularly scarce. References include: RIC III 508a; RSC 184; BMC1092; and SRCV 4707.

Mark

 

1916 George V milled silver shilling

1509-26 Henry VIII hammered silver half penny - Cross fourchee , single arched crown

Obv hE ******

Rev CIVI/TAS EBO/RACI - York mint

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10

Obv EDWAR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1327 Edward III hammered silver penny

Obv EDWR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - yORK mint

1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence

Medieval hammered silver short corss half penny

Obv *** CVS REX **

Rev ** R ON LV - London mint

1793 Suffolk Sudbury Halfpenny Condor

OBVERSE: Shield of Arms of Sudbury; dog, lion. MAY THE TRADE OF SUDBURY FLOURISH. REVERSE: PRO BONO PUBLICO 1793. EDGE: PAYABLE AT GOLDSMITH & SONS SUDBURY .XXX.

1792 NORFOLK AND NORWICH HALFPENNY, PRO BONO PUBLICO MAY NORWICH FLOURISH (dot) Edge: PAYABLE AT N. BOLINGBROKES HABERDASHER &c NORWICH X as D&H 14 except no dash (-) in HABERDASHER
19thC Colchester 'Bedwell' token - Hill Street

Post Medieval cast copper alloy single loop buckle frame.

1500-1650 AD

Medieval knife pommel ring Post medieval lead Russian bale seal

Post medieval cast copper alloy rectangular two piece buckle

C1650-1725

Victorian mount Medieval purse bar end

1980 London hall mark 9 carat gold ring Maker W&G

1.80g, 20.99mm

1987 London hall mark 9 carat gold ring Maker SMC

0.99g 20.31mm

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

91.52mm L x 26.56 mm W

17thC Francis Lay of Coggeshall Essex hammered copper trade half penny -

Obv THIS FOR/HALF /A PENY

Rev Swan

Issuer died at the The Swan

Ref Norweb 1149

13thC Continental sterling imitation, researching type

bv +GAM hSC ONE RORE

Rev EVA/ Y.VE/NOE/*AN

Early medieval zoomorphic mount 1547-53 Edward VI hammered silver sixpence forgery
16thC Tudor button 16thC Tudor button 1582 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence

19thC military button

MEF ?

Georgian silver thimble

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross - Class IIIb

Obv hENRICVS REX III

Rev NIC/OLE/ON/LVD -Moneyer Nicole of London mint

1696 William III milled silver sixpence

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross

Obv hENRICVS REX III

Rev ND/hEN -Moneyer Henry of London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross - Class IIIb

Obv hENRICVS REX III

Rev NIC/OLE/ONL/LND -Moneyer Nicole of London mint

1876-1894

Honour; if the head of a "blackamoor" or Moor, refers to deeds of prowess in the Crusades

Livery button

Firmin & Sons Ld
153 Strand London

Georgian silver thimble
Eastern Railways button Unknown Georgian silver thimble 15thC open topped thimble
Medieval shield mount Georgian watch winders

19thC livery button 1900 Generic Merchant Navy button Medieval gilded hooked mount
18thC crotal bell Post medieval lead hanging weight Medieval lead spindle whorl 1722 Phoenix Fire Office button

Roman bronze coin sent for ID

The Æ is a Centenionalis or Majorina of Magnentius, a short-lived (350-353) contender for the Western territories formerly controlled by Constans, whom he chased into exile, waylaid along the way, then had killed. Magnentius' (and brother Decentius') coins are all from Western mints. This one appears to be from the mint at Trier.  The reverse type here is the common VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES, 2 Victories holding wreath, which was both his and his brother Decentius' most-used reverse type. 

Your coin is a close match for this one in my collection:

http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album167/29_Magnentius_2VIC_TRP

You might recall a group of more than 10 similar coins of this Imperial pair which one of your boys found a couple years ago and which were eventually declared a hoard find.  Today's find is in a lot better condition than most of those were, however - they evidently had been in the plowed layer of soil for quite some time and were mostly broken or badly chipped.  The recently found specimen shows some post-strike damage, but is mostly whole.

You can always tell Magnentius' and Decentius' coins by their jowly & chubby-cheeked portraits and the silly-looking "mullett"-style hairdos they both sported.  Their coins also are generally larger than the prevalent circulating Æ's of that era - but you wouldn't have any way of knowing this given the mixed-era nature of your finds.

The more typical Imperial-issue of the era was this ubiquitous "Æ3", FEL TEMP REPARATIO fallen horseman type:

http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album167/44_Constantius_FTR_AQL_2

You don't seem to find these very often in your area, but they are, so far as I am aware, the single most common type of coin surviving from antiquity.  I guess by the 350's, aside from issues by the more local "pretenders/usurpers" like Magnentius & Decentius, Britain was already beginning to get pretty short shrift in terms of the supply of new coin reaching the area from more central & Eastern areas of the Empire.

Mark 

Roman silver coin fragment sent for ID

The silver fragment is from a denarius of Septimius Severus, 193-210 AD.  I can't tell from the remaining features what the reverse type may have been - and Sept. Sev. was a very prolific issuer of different reverse types on his denarii.

Although the device might appear to be a highly unusual tubby personification, I think this is the result of encrustation appearing to be part of the relief.  From the couple of letters visible at the lower left, it might be "PROVIDENTIA..." but generally a standing representation of Providence will be holding a wand and/or pointing at a globe at her feet.  It's not impossible that this was what was originally happening on this coin's reverse, but it's one of those "best guess" situations at this point.

Medieval buckle with plate
1942 George VI milled silver sixpence MN - G & J Burns Ltd In use 1842 - 1922 Unknown military button

Medieval Edward hammered silver penny - quatrefoil at centre of reverse cross

York mint

18thC lead token Bury Grammer Scool enamelled badge
17thC knife pommel Georgian watch winder 17thC knife quillion
Quality copper seal 1500-1700 mount 2ndC Roman fibular brooch
17thC seal matrix
2ndC Roman fibular brooch BC Republican silver coin sent for ID

Roman bronze dagger quillion

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Cross potent - Class 1d - barred A

Obv EDWR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1247 Irish Henry III hammered silver voided penny

Obv hENRICUS REX III

Rev /DIV - Dublin mint

Roman lead token
1812 milled silver Bank Token - 3 shillings forgery

Cast copper alloy trapezoidal shoe or knee buckle with concave sides

1660-1720

Georgian watch winder Unknow knopped medieval fitting
1696 William III milled silver sixpence

1422 -27 Henry VI hammered silver groat (4 pence)

obv HENRIC DI GRA x REX x ANGL Z FRANC DNS HYB

rev outer legend - POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM

inner legend VILLA CASLISIE - Calais Mint

Annulet issue - annulets by neck and between two sets of opposing pellets

15thC thimble 17thC buckle with face design 1582 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny
2ndC Roman fibular brooch

1340 AD French Jetton

Crown introduced in 1340 by Philip VI (1328-50)

Royal Crown with 3 rosettes across body of crown

Medieval short cross hammered silver half penny Early medieval buckle 17thC sword belt fitting
York and Lancaster Regiment badge Medieval lead token

63 BC Roman BC republican silver sent for ID

Believe it or not, this is actually a pretty easy one to identify - mostly due to the fortuitous way it broke and what parts of the distinctive reverse device were left visible.

This is a denarius of L. Cassius Longinus, 63 BC.  The obverse is the veiled and diademed head of Vesta left.  The reverse is really an interesting and important voting scene - "Togate citizen standing left depositing ballot inscribed "V" in voting box."  Off flan to the right is the legend LONGIN III V vertically to the right of the standing figure.

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sear5/s0364.html

There are links to another dozen or so specimens of this type on the page to which the URL above links.

Mark

1344 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 1 (broken)

Obv EDWR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

16thC Elizabethan illegal tavern lead token

Repaired

19thC silver livery ring

Possible Murray clan ring

Hard to decipher what's in the left hand of the man, but everything else looks correct for a Scottish Clan named Murray.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mu...Background.png

John

Georgian rose gold button with stone

13mm dia, 1.54g

70BC Celtic gold Morini qtr gold stater- sent to CCI for recording and reported as hoard addendum to museum

18thC rose gold ring top bezel - missing stone

0.62g, 11.65mm H

 

1886 - 9 carat signet ring - Birmingham mint, circle M

1.61g, 11.68mm W

 

1859 silver ring - Birmingham hall mark

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny - Class 5d

Obv hENRICVS REX III

Rev ROBERD ON CANT - Roberd of Canterbury mint

1561-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - Pheon mint mark

1344 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

Obv EDWAR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON London mint

Almost mint 1929 George V milled silver florin (24 pence)

 

Complete unit at the British museum

Stunning pair of solid gold 1300 BC armlet rings - reported to museum as treasure

7.06g, 9.25mm W x 11..45mm dia

2nd C Roman trumpet brooch Roman bronze mount
17thC Dutch lead bale seal 19thC livery button
RN Flag Officer - 1827

In use 1827 - 1843
1921 George V milled silver shilling 1500-1700 hooked mount

c1940 League of Ovaltinys

The League of Ovaltineys (LoT) bronzed badge was  the standard issue which all new members received from  1930-1950. Badge made by Butler, Birmingham.

The LoT was founded in 1935 and proved to be a stroke of marketing genius for the company that produced Ovaltine, a malt-flavoured milk based drink. The club ran until the end of the 1950’s reaching a peak membership of over five million in 1939. The League was heavily supported by printed advertising, star celebrities and even had it’s own radio show broadcast by Radio Luxembourg on Sundays. The LoT also had their own theme song ‘We Are the Ovaltiney

1939 George VI milled silver sixpence

1493-5 Henry VII hammered silver half groat - rosette stops - Tun mint mark

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

1247 Henry III hammered silver coided long cross half penny

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev - **** /RI0/NLV - Moneyer Henri of London mint

 

Medieval hammered silver penny - Quatrefoil with pellet in reverse cross - York Archiepiscopal Issue

Obv *** ANGL**

Rev /EBO - York mint

Interesting early coin - checked my ref books and not a jetton as I first thought - needs more research

Fist ever Crusader coin found here

1270 The Mahona, Lorenzo Giustiniani Banca (1483), Denaro, arms of Chios flanked by L and I, rev
cross, 0.62g (Lunardi S47). Very fine and very rare.

 

1369-1377 Edward III hammered silver penny - Post Treaty - Quatrefoil with pellet in reverse cross - York Archiepiscopal Issue - Cross on breast

Obv EDWARD REX ANGLIE ET

Rev TAS/EBO - York mint

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10

Obv EDWAR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/DVR/EME - Durham mint

1574 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence 1910 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
1stC BC Roman European fibular brooch , Knotenfibeln
Georgian copper stopper Colchster Constabulary button George V Royal Engineers button

1640's Civil war lead gun powder measure and cap

26th Regiment of Foot
( Cameronians )

Officer - 1848-1853

Large cow bell

William Gwynn 1770-1813

Medieval lead steelyard weight 1835 USA Bust Half Dollar qtr
1846 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1817 George III milled silver sixpence

Initially before I cleaned this token I thought of a 1640's Civil War siege token but this looks to be middle eastern in origin - sent of to the Fitzwilliam museum for their views, Crusades ? Could just be a fragment off a thimble ?

0.53g, 11.83mm x 14.02mm

Roman silver coin - cooking to remove crust

1215 Henry III hammered silver short cross farthing

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev LVN + London Mint

Serian sterling imitation

1304 - 53 Valeran of Ligny hammered silver penny

Obv INVS:DE:LIN

Rev MON/ETA/SER/

Taco'd 1215 Henry III hammered silver short cross farthing

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev ** MVEL. ON. CAN -Moneyer Samvel of Canterbury Mint

 
1838 Victoria milled silver sixpence  

 

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