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c10thC Saxon stirrup mount type 12 - non open fretwork type , 43.56mm H

Ref 302 Williams

Circa 16thC decorated silver thimble - Inscription

+ FARE GOD -(FEAR GOD)

5.33G, 26mm H

Reported to museum as treasure

circa 8th/9thC Saxon decorated solid silver hooked fastener used on their leg bindings

Reported to museum as treasure

Discussion: Hooked tags are all-purpose fasteners, used to secure small bags or purses and also clothing. They occur in various forms from the late 8th century onwards,

1578 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence Medieval annular buckle

Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) single looped buckle frame (c. 450-600).

17thC crotal bell Royal Army Service Corp badge
Georgian silver jewelry fragment 18thC toy cannon

Medieval book clasp

1794 Colchester half penny(y)

OBVERSE: A view of Colchester Castle to the edge of token. Ex: 1794. REVERSE: A weaving loom. SUCCESS TO THE BAY TRADE. EDGE: PAYABLE AT CHARLES HEATHS BAY MAKER COLCHESTER .X.

18thC medallion

Obv Lion facing left

Rev Rider on horse

Edwardian copper and glass stone brooch
16thC Tudor button in stunning condition 1500-1700 mount
1602 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - 2 mint mark

1515 -59 Iorg Schultes Master, German Lion of St Mark Jetton, Lions halo projects above inner circle and interrupt legend

Lion of St Mark standing left with both wings shown. Book of the Gospels between fore- paws.Halo, rising into the margin, is surrounded by a star:

Rev Large Orb no initial mark, 3 pairs of annulets outside tressure

Ref Mitchiner 1113

1603 James 1st hammered copper farthing

1553 Hans Schultes I 'Ship penny' jetton

Obv Sailing ship facing left

Rev Traditional 'four fleurs in a lozenge' crown HANS rosette SCHVLTES cross PO

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper farthings

1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton

1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton
Post medieval lead cloth seal

17thC Michael Arnold of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing

Ref Norweb 1157b

17thC Andrew Gurney of Hull crotal bell

1871 Victoria Jersey 13th of a shilling copper coin

13th of 12 pence

 

1500-1700 mount Medieval buckle Georgian shoe buckle
17thC copper thimble Medieval harness pendant hanger
17thC sword hanger 17thC crotal bell 17thC pottery

1480 -1500 Edward IV hammered silver penny - quatrefoil with pellet in reverse cross - York Archiepiscopal issue

Archbishop Thomas Rotherham Type XXIv

T and key by neck, star on breast

Obv WDWARD DI GRA REX ANGLE

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBP/RACI - York mint

 

1566 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence
1603- 4 James 1st hammered silver penny - first issue 17thc fish scale croal bell
1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton

1604 -19 James 1st gold coin weight - Britain Crown- 2nd coinage revalued

Obv VsVID (5 shillings and six pence)

16thC Tudor clothing fastener

16thC Tudor glided silver mount - reported as treasure to museum

 

Medieval strap end - single rivet fixing
Georgian silver fob seal mount 16thC Tudor purse bar hanger Georgian gilded spur fragment

Early medieval bar mount 1621-3 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)
1569 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - Coronet mint mark 1567-70 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver two pence - Coronet mint mark

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Ob EDWR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev ** TO/LIE/ - Bristol mint

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper farthings
1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton 1879 Victoria milled silver 3 pence
Medieval lead cross 1921 George V milled silver florin - 2 shillings, 24 pence
Georgian ring pipe tamper Glasgow Corporation and transport button Georgian silver thimble

1725 Portuguese milled gold coin - 1600 reis

20mm,3,49g

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny - Class III

Rev LVC/AS - Moneyer Lvcas of Gloucester or Northampton mint

1215 Henry III hammered silver short cross half penny

Rev ER.ONLV - London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Rev /LON - London mint

1352-53 Edward III hammered silver penny - Pre treaty D- Double stop satires

Obv EDWARDVS x REX ANGLI

quatrefoil with pellet in reverse cross - York Archiepiscopal issue

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver sovereign penny - (Durham) TW by shield Bishop Thomas Wolsey

 

1631 - 32 Charles 1st milled silver half crown fragment (30 pence)

15thC lead token  

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Rev /ONE/ - Exeter or Oxford mint

1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Rev /ONL/ - Lincoln mint

Early medieval lead token 1619-25 James 1st hammered silver penny
Victorian glided silver cuff link Victorian silver band 1553 Mary hammered silver groat

Monster sized 18thC cow bell and size comparison to normal 18thC crotal bells

Robert Well I Aldbourne

Robert Wells II Aldbourne

1760-1780
1792-1799

1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny 1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton

Mid 4thC Roman bronze sent for ID

This appears to be an IOVI CONSERVATORI Follis of Constantine I - not exactly a match for, but quite similar to this piece from my collection:


http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album164/F_01_ConstantineIovi

The first of the IOVI Folles came along half a decade or so prior to this and were significantly larger - about the same size or slightly larger than a pre-decimal shilling, or whatever has replaced it in the decimal system (10p?). By the time that yours - and the one above - came along, they had shrunk down to c. 20 mm or smaller.  Yours may or may not have the eagle holding a wreath in its beak in the field - it's pretty vague on the reverse - and there were several variants in the the reverse legend as well as the ancillary types. All of them started with IOVI CONSERVATORI and then many added AVGG or AVGG NN and/or a code like CMH in ligate form - a few have Jupiter holding a lightning bolt instead of Victory on a globe, and there is huge potential variation in the mintmarks and field marks possible from over a dozen mints and more than a decade of production as the main circulating coin of its time, an eagle and/or a captive may or may not be at Jupiter's feet - but the one above is approximately the same as your coin.

Of course, since the quantity of clear details is so sketchy on your coin, there is also a chance that it's from the parallel SOLI INVICTO COMITI series of Folles - issued concurrently with the IOVI's -

http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album164/51_Constantine_I_Follis_313_SIC_ROM

As you can see, they both involve a deity standing to the left in the same approximate posture ("legs akimbo" you might say?)

I suspect yours is more likely to be the IOVE type, but unless it can be cleaned up a little to reveal at least a few letters of the reverse legend or to make it clear which deity is portrayed, I'd go with that ID.

There is also a very small chance that the figure on the reverse is supposed to be the "GENIO POPVLI ROMANI" - the allegorical personification of the motivating spirit of the Roman People who also is generally portrayed standing to the left, however, the module of those tends to be the next general size larger.  There was a series of GENIO 1/4 Folles issued in 311 which would be the correct size, but Constantine was not included among the rulers portrayed on that series - and the fact that your coin portrays Constantine I, I feel very confident about from both the portrait and the parts of the legend which are legible.  Also, these small-module GENIO's were only issued at the mint of Siscia in modern-day Croatia, so I suspect few specimens of that series ever made it to the shores of Britannia in antiquity.

Mark

Fascinating gold ring - no hall marks so could be early - 26 diamond/stones and 25 remain - one is loose as in the picture. They look like rough cut diamonds and all are different shapes. 16thC Tudor ??

Under my microscope the settings look very early and I cannot clean it as the stones could dislodge - reported to the museum as treasure

 

Not sure what this is - crudely decorated on shaft ??
Fascinating eyeball finds - both balls are stone and too large for marbles - right hand stone looks like a miniature 'bowls'
1500-1700 mount

Post medieval cast copper alloy asymmetrical buckle frame, some with with a pointed knop at the end of the loop

The buckle dates from c.1575 - 1700

Post Medieval cast copper alloy single loop buckle frame.

1500-1650 AD

1603 James 1st hammered copper farthing 1936 George V milled silver sixpence
1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton Georgian silver stud

Neat find 18thC token - reads obv ' Good wine needs no bush'

'British Tea Warehouse - 4 Bitter Lane'

Proverb - Something good does not need to be advertised

Fascinating coin - this purports to be an 1369-1377 Edward III hammered silver penny - Pre treaty Durham - annulet in centre of reverse cross, extra pellet in each quadrant, double satire stops and lis on breast.

However the reverse legend should be CIVI/TAS/DVN/OLM but it is not a known mint.

Obv EDWARDVS REX ANGLIE

Rev CIA/DVR/RE*/**

Stunning 1500-1700 enameled mount
1435- 1438 Henry VI hammered silver penny - 2 rings in centre of reverse cross Durham mint 1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton
1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jetton

1399 -1413 Henry IV hammered silver half penny - double satire stops

Obv hENRIC x REX x ANGLI

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Stunning 1851 Victorian 18 carat gold signet ring - AB

Birmingham hall mark, date letter C

Maker P.F.J

22mm dia , 7.30g

17thC Tiny silver ring - reported as treasure

10mm dia ,0.72g

Inscribed *Layer de la Hayer. in Essex

1422 -27 Henry V hammered silver penny - annulet issue , double satire stops and after TAS

annulets in 2 quadrants on reverse

Obv *** VS x REX x ANGLIE

Rev CIVI/TASx /***/**N - London mint

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10

Obv EDWAR ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

1377 Richard II hammered silver half penny

Obv RICARDVS ******

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

 

0.55g, 12.5mm

Roman bronze ring with missing stone
1928 Irish Free State penny

THE ESSEX REGIMENT Formed in 1881 from The 44th. (East Essex) Regiment of Foot (1st Battalion) & The 56th. (West Essex) Regiment of Foot. (2nd Battalion). Nicknames:- "The Two Fours", "The Little Fighting Fours", "The Pompadours" & "Saucy Pompeys.

15thC cockerel type barrel tap key - Foundry mark O
Corporation button 19thC livery button 1696 William III milled silver sixpence
20thC full size repro flint lock pistol
1918 George V milled silver sixpence WW1 Royal Artillery cap badge
Huge 18thC toy cannon WW1 Royal Engineers cap badge

Post Medieval cast copper alloy single loop buckle frame.

1500-1650 AD

2ndC Roman head stud fibular brooch 18thC silver cuff link
1567-70 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

Victorian London sterling silver clothing clasp

Marker WAE

Large 1stC BC to 1st C AD Celtic bronze bucket mount

40mm H, 26.05g

Here is an example of a similar one found 2012

A cast copper alloy anthropomorphic bucket mount, dating to the late Iron Age and of some rarity

http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/532956

'This bucket mount is one of only a handful to exhibit human representations from late Iron Age Britain, and as such is a rare and important discovery'

1889 Victorian London sterling silver corner trim - date letter O and duty paid bust

 

1910 Edward VII milled silver sixpence

Fixed by our goldsmith

1504- 7 Henry VII hammered silver groat - two arches unjewelled to crown, Crosslet im Obv hENRIC DI GRA REX ANGLIE Z FR Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

1526-44 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Lis mint mark

1247 Henry III hammered silver half penny

Rev ORT/ - Norwich mint

1554 -58 Phillip and Mary hammered silver groat - Lis mint mark Roman lead token 17thC lead token
20thC Britannia badge 13thC medieval enamelled harness pendant - winged bird at centre

1189 Richard 1st hammered silver short cross half penny - Class 4

Rev VER+DA - Moneyer Davi of York Mint

1601- 4 James VI of Scotland hammered silver Eighth Thistle Merk ( 20 pence)

Obv IACOBUS 6 D.G.R.SCOTORUM - James VI by the grace of god king of the Scots

Rev REGEM IOVA PROTEGIT 1602 - Jehovah protects the King 1602

13thC medieval gilded harness pendant - 1485 Henry VII hammered silver penny fragment
1880 Victoria milled silver sixpence Medieval buckle  
Huge 2nd C Roman fibula brooch - these thin examples are believed to be casting failures by the museum
1stC AD Colchester type Roman fibula brooch fragment
Roman mount Medieval mount
17thC William Moore baymaker of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing 1656 Francis Clarke of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing
Georgian watch winders Georgian spur buckle

AD 1600 - 1700

buckle
 
1500-1700 mount

Cast copper alloy buckle of post-medieval date. The buckle is a double loop asymmetrical shape

Circa 1575- 1700

19thC livery button  
20thC Colchester and East Essex 1 pence token

1199 John hammered silver short cross penny Class 5b2

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev + NICOLE .ON.EVC - Moneyer Nicole of York mint

1584-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

1413-1422 Henry V hammered silver penny - mullet and annulet by crown Type D

Obv +hENRIC DI GRA REX ANG

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

Huge 1817 George III milled silver half crown (30 pence)

Taco'd 1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
Roman mount

Cast copper alloy buckle of post-medieval date. The buckle is a double loop asymmetrical shape

Circa 1575- 1700

Royal artillery button

13thC Medieval hook with lombardic inscription on its face

5thC Roman hammered silver coin sent for ID

1.08g, 20mm dia

It's obviously Theodosius - you can read his name quite easily.  The question remains, though, "which Theodosius?" Theodosius I who was part of what I like to call "The Valentinian Dynasty" reigned during the late 4th century.  His dates were 379-395.  Then there's Theodosius II from 402-450.

This one - VIRTVS ROMANORVM - with Roma seated left holding Victory and spear with mint mark MDPS would be Theodosius I from the Mint of Milan.  These are not easily datable to specific years or groups of years - the same type was minted throughout his reign and during several others including that of Theodosius II.  Theo II, however, did not strike at Milan - and his coins are far scarcer. The references for your piece are RIC IX 32a and RSC 57b.

Mark

Monster sized coin - 1894 Alfonso Spanish 5 Pesetas milled silver coin

19.79g, 36mm dia

1697 William III milled silver shilling - Coventry mint Size comparison with a 5 pesetas and a shilling
4thC Roman bronze coin sent for ID

1483 Edward IV hammered silver half penny 2nd reign - Heraldic cinquefoil mint mark

London mint

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

Taco'd 1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny
16thC Tudor button 1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Pheon mint mark
1584-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Pheon mint mark 1603 James 1st hammered copper farthing

1272 Edward 1sthammered silver penny - Type 1c

Obv EDW REX ANGLE DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

1217/8 Henry III hammered silver short cross halfpenny - Type 7a 7b

Rev ELIS ON ** - Moneyer Elis of London mint

Medieval sword pommel
Medieval hammered silver coin fragment

Medieval Edward hammered silver penny fragment

Villa type coin

Circa 100 BC Roman republican silver sent for ID - needs a 'cook' to reveal more detail

 

Plenty adequate detail to ID it, at least.  Cn. Foulvius, M. Calidus & Q. Metellus - 117-116 BC - Helmeted head of Roma right / Victory in biga right, holding wreath; beneath, CNFOVL (CNF & VL ligate), M. CAL • Q. MET (CAL & MET ligate) in exergue. 
RSC-Babelon Fulvia 1; RRC 284/1; CRR 539a; SRCV 160 var.

Medieval book clasp Georgian silver buckle tongue
Gilded and decorated Roman widget ? 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

1485 Henry VII hammered silver sovereign penny - Keys by shield - Archbishop Rotherham - no pillars to throne

York mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny
15thC copper thimble Victorian silver faced mount - maker CW
BC Roman republican silver coin - cooking to remove crust and sent for ID
I found a second to go looking for an ID for this one. I was quite a bit off on my first estimated date - dating to 42 BC, it's right on the cusp of the Republican & Imperial periods. The family is Claudia (Babelon/RSC Claudia 15). The obverse is Apollo, head right (should be a lyre behind the head, but that would have been on the missing bit.) The reverse is Diana Lucifera standing holding two torches, with P•CLODIVS downwardly on the right, and M•F• (illegible) to the left.
Crawford 494/23; Sydenham 1117; SRCV 492.
Mark
http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album98/ML_31_Clodia_den
Georgian watch winder 17thC jug fragment

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint

1904 Birmingham 9 carat rose gold ring - Marker AH
1844 Victorian copper half farthing 18thC bullion weight - Lion mark
Royal fuseliers cap badge

THE ESSEX REGIMENT Formed in 1881 from The 44th. (East Essex) Regiment of Foot (1st Battalion) & The 56th. (West Essex) Regiment of Foot. (2nd Battalion). Nicknames:- "The Two Fours", "The Little Fighting Fours", "The Pompadours" & "Saucy Pompeys.

1778 Russian lead bale seal
 
1887 - The Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars were formed in 1794, as the Worcestershire Yeomanry, when King George III, was on the throne   Medieval bullion weight
17thC lead token 18thC Russian lead bale seal

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross half penny Class 7a to 7b

Rev ER OF RO - Moneyer Roger of R - Canterbury mint

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Stunning 13thC medieval heraldic harness shield pendant

A medieval copper alloy horse harness pendant, shield-shaped, red enamel survives. Gules three owls ?Or/Argent. Possibly for Sir Richard BERMINGHAM, Gules three huits (owles in margin, L) Argent (Papworth 1874, rep. 1985, p. 329).

Inscription: Gules three owls ?Or/Argent.

 

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross half penny Class 7b Square A

Rev + RICAR - Moneyer Ricard of London mint

1422 -30 Henry VI hammered silver half groat - annulet issue - 2 annulets in 2 quadants in reverse qtrs. 9 arches to tressure, fleurs on cusps, none over crown.

Obv +hENRIC x DI x GRA x REX ANGLIE Z FR

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Ob EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/D ** - Durham mint

1665 William Ferris of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing
Very rare early milled find 1687 James II milled four pence
14thC Venetian soldino hammered silver coin 17thC clothing fastener

Post medieval cast copper alloy rectangular two piece buckle

C1650-1725

 

Cast copper alloy buckle frame 1500 -1700

Medieval buckle with integral plate
1770's coin weight - £3 12 shillings
UNITED KINGDOM
Royal London Yacht Club
R. T. Y. C. - R. T. Y. C.
London, England
In use 1837 - 1901
1553 Mary hammered silver groat 1891 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1862 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1792 Trade copper Condor Token John Wilkinson Iron Master
17thC clothing fastener 15thC casket key 1500-1700 mount 16thC Tudor fretwork button

1471- 83 Edward IV hammered silver half penny - 2nd reign

Obv + ED **** DEI GRA REX

Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

Medieval silver finger ring with lombardic lettering - reported to museum as treasure - Edward III type initial mark

1247 Henry III hammered silver half penny

Rev ONL/VND- London mint

1616-17 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1592-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat 1649 Commonwealth hammered silver penny
C10thC Saxon harness cheek piece fragment Medieval lead Boy Bishop token
Medieval lead coin weight 1704 Anne milled silver sixpence

Medieval Chaffing dish handle

17thC clothing fastener Georgian fob seal holder Loads of great 16th to 18thC crotal bells turning up
18thC bullion weight - Lion mark 1851 Victoria milled silver 3 pence
Victorian silver cord end 1771 Russian lead bale seal
2ndCRoman fibular brooch WWI Royal Army Service Corp badge

1327 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3

Obv EDWR ANGL D ***

Rev CIVI/TAS/L** - London mint

1215 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny fragment

1280-1289 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev ROBE/RTDE/HADE/LEIE - moneyer Robert de Hadelie of Bury St Edmunds mint

Venetian Soldino issued by Doge Michele Steno (1400-1413).
Obv: MICHAEL STEN' DVX (Michele Steno, Doge). Doge standing left, holding standard.
Rev: S MARCVS VENETI (Saint Mark of Venice). Winged and nimbate lion of Saint Mark facing.

Doge standing left, holding banner, * / m in right field

 

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross - York mint

Archiepiscopal issue

Roman veiled standing togate figure - popular throughout the Roman Empire but quit a rare find in Britain

50mm high

The small size of the statue, the thin profile of the head and upper body, and the somewhat Augustan or Julio-Claudian traits reflected in the face all indicate that the statue was made, probably as a public or personal votive offering, in a central Italian workshop, such as that which produced the large votive bronzes from Nemi.

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 10C

Obv EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1885 Victoria milled silver sixpence

Beautiful strike of a 50 BC Gallo Belgic full Celtic gold stater sent to CCI for recording

16mm,6.28g

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 3 egg wasted S

Obv + EDWAR ANGL' DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence

1427-30 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Rosette Mascle issue- Inital mark incurved pierced cross - rosettes and mascles in obverse legend

obv HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGLIE Z FRANCE

Rev inner VILLA CASTISIE - Calais mint

Rev outer - POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM

 

3.51g, 27.07mm

1199 John hammered silver silver short cross halfpenny - Class 5a

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev ONGI + AL - Moneyer Alisandre of Ipswich mint

1868 Victoria milled silver shilling (12 pence)

1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv + EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR- Canterbury mint

1461 - 1483 Irish Edward IV hammered silver penny - D at centre pf reverse cross, crosses by neck

 

1189 Richard 1st hammered silver silver short cross halfpenny - Class 3-4a

Obv hENRICVS REX

Rev VND + AIM - Moneyer Aimer of London mint

Venetian Soldino issued by Doge Michele Steno (1400-1413).
Obv: MICHAEL STEN' DVX (Michele Steno, Doge). Doge standing left, holding standard.
Rev: S MARCVS VENETI (Saint Mark of Venice). Winged and nimbate lion of Saint Mark facing.

Doge standing left, holding banner, * / T in right field

Victorian milled silver sixpence
1892 Victoria milled silver sixpence

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long crosss penny - Class IIIb

Obv hENRICVS REX III

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

17thC lead token Georgian buckle

Tiny 1723 George 1st milled silver one pence

12mm, 0.49g

2ndC Roman silver coin sent for initial ID and straight into the 'cooker' to remove crust

At this point, and with as much of the coin missing and encrusted as we see here, I can only say that it most likely is one of 3 emperors.  Galba - in which case it's scarce and in demand, or one of the Flavians - Vespasian or Titus (it doesn't look at all like Domitian).  This puts it in a rather tight temporal window. 68-81 AD.  There really wasn't anyone else that jowly and corpulent - at least who was portrayed on his coins that way.

Let me see it when it comes out of treatment and perhaps I can tell you more about it.

Mark

18thC bullion cup weight with XD on the rim 17thC Charles 1st/2nd trade weight - Crown C cipher
17thC clothing fastener 16thC Tudor clothing fastener Italy 1863 Vittorio Emanuele II milled silver 50 centesimi
Mid 4thC House of Constantine Roman bronze coin - two soldiers standing 1553 Mary hammered silver groat
Early medieval gilded and circle decorated harness pendant
17thC sword hanger 1500-1700 mount 17thC hammered copper 'His Half Penny' trade token

1741 Admiral Vernon medallion

Obv Legend curving above says "THE . PRIDE . OF . SPAIN + HUMBLED . BY . AD VERNON". There is no line enclosing the legend. Along the bottom (in exergue) is the legend "AND SR CHAL" and on the next line "OGLE". A full length Vernon is on the left, facing 3/4 to the right, wearing a tricorn hat; his left hand is extended and in his right hand he is receiving the sword of Don Blass. Don Blass is on the right and facing left (towards Admiral Vernon), and is on his left knee. His right hand is handing his sword to Admiral Vernon and his left hand is holding his hat behind him. Behind Don Blass stands Sir Chaloner Ogle with a baton in his right hand, and the left on his hip. In the field above Don Blass's head is the legend "DON BLASS". The medal has a plain raised edge.

Rev Legend curving along the top says "THEY TOOK CARTAGENA APRIL 1741". There is a line enclosing the legend. Two ships are sailing left towards a fort in the foreground on the right. Two forts in the middle are connected by a chain boom, behind which is a boat. Above the boat in two lines is the legend "DON" and "BLASS". In the background the city of Cartagena is portrayed in a straight line across the medal. A steeple points between the "C" and the "A". A tower in the center points at the central "A" in "CARTAGENA". A tower at the right is pointing right of the last "A" in "CARTAGENA". The medal has a plain raised edge.

Georgian trade weight Late medieval hooked strap end
Medieval mount 1500-1700 mount

Ancient bronze coin - could be either Celtic or Roman so I sent off for Mark Lehmans views

Perhaps the core of a fourree Celtic gold or electrum stater with a very abstract design?  Otherwise it really doesn't look like anything I'm familiar with.  I can run it past some folks who might have a better idea, if you'd like.

Mark

ID'd as 106 BC

One of the best condition c100 BC Roman Republican silvers I have seen dug, minimal cleaning to remove crust.

Sent to Mark Lehman for ID - 3.36g, 17.56mm

 

That's a nice one - and it's actually a rare sub-type of this otherwise fairly common denarius.
AR Denarius Serratus.
L. Memmius Galeria, 106 BC.
Obv: Laureate head of Saturn left, harpa and ROMA behind.
Rx: Venus in biga right, cupid flies to left above; in exergue, L•MEMMI / GAL (ME is ligate)
Babelon/RSC Memmia 2b; BMCRR 1328.

Usually a Memmia 2 will have a control letter either beneath the chin on the obverse or below the horses on the reverse.  Those without a control letter - like this one - are fairly scarce.

Although it's not immediately apparent, this is a "serrate" denarius - it has a toothed edge. Coins of this type vary geatly in the depth and number of indentations around the edges even among a single type and it is theorized that groups of 10 or so flans were clamped together and a file was used to cut serrations in the edges of all of them at once, pre-striking. This technique could - and did - produce great variations in number of teeth and the depth of the indentations around the edges.  It seems that this piece never had particularly deep serration to begin with and wear, etc, has obscured the serration even further on this specimen.

What is less understood is just why they bothered to add this very labor-intensive step to the minting process, and only on a few - less than 10% - of the types.

One leading theory used to be that this was done as a protection against the fourree type of forgery where a copper core was wrapped in thick silver foil which was "soldered" onto the core with an acid flux and heat, then struck. Cutting the edge of a coin was one way to check to see if it had a copper core and so some thought these to have been produced as "pre-cut" to prove that they were silver all the way through.  However, it is easily shown that fourrees are just as common among serrati as in the usual, smooth-edged types, which kills that theory fairly quickly.

this is an example of a fourree serrate denarius from my collection:
 
http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album98/ML_17_Aurelia_den

Another popular theory is that these were for some reason favored by the Gauls and other "tribal" folk to the north where they were more readily accepted in trade than smooth-edged pieces - why this might have been, however, is never explored.

Finally, there's the old "Istanbul/Constantinople" explanation - they might have done it just because they liked them that way - or to make them purposefully different.  For a young and ambitious senator, being a aedile moneyer was a difficult and thankless task which was a typical first step on the cursus honorum - the "ladder" by which those senators with political aspirations beyond their participation in the Senate advanced in a career quest the evenual goal of which was to become a Censor or Consul with great power and access to riches. In order to make a name for oneself as an aedile moneyer one method was to produce coins which were in some way different or memorable - but without going too far out-of-bounds in terms of the accepted designs - and in that way serration may have been one step as a part of a political "arms race" among aediles to create "more unique" types.
This seems to have been somewhat of a passing fashion, becoming relatively common beginning around 125 BC, peaking around 100 BC, and then very seldom seen after about 65 BC.

Mark 

17thC Charles II silver button - reported as treasure to museum

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny

Rev OIC/ONL - Unknown moneyer - London or Lincoln mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross half penny- Class 3a

Rev OlN/ION - Moneyer - Ion of Lincoln mint

Early silver cord end - reported as potential treasure to museum
1578-9 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence - Greek cross mint mark

1351 Edward III hammered silver penny - Pre treaty or Post Treaty

Obv *** LI+

Rev /DV** - Durham mint

18thC toy cannon 1894 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1945 George VI milled silver half crown (30 pence) Georgian spur
18thC button 17thc lead token

1327 Edward III hammered silver penny - Quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross - Archiepiscopal issue

Obv ** RD G

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

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny- Class IIIb

Obv hENRICVS REX III'

Rev NIC/OLE/ONW/INC - Moneyer -Nicole of Winchester mint

1667 Alaba Langley, bay maker of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing
17thC lead token 1887 Victoria copper half farthing

Napoleon Bonaparte

France 1 franc 1812 Utrecht

Netherlands - French in occupation 1810 -1813

Designer Pierre Joseph Tiolier

Mintage 12,000

Small lead Napoleon figurine

 

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