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Roman gold coin send for ID

19mm,7.70g

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!
Mark

 

13thC seal matrix

Bird facing right with double long beak

Legend PRIVE SV (I am private)

Sent to our seal expert for his views

It's another PRIVE SV, Chris. HAMP-EA9E0$ and SF-470BCD are particularly close with the upraised and spread wing. If you simple search "matrix bird PRIVE SV" you'll find parallels. In this case I found it was much clearer simply reversing the original than looking at the impression -- sometimes it's like that!

regards,

Malcolm

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv + EDW **** DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/DVN/** Durham mint

1624 Charles 1st hammered silver penny
1247 Henry III hammmered silver voided long cross penny 1624 Charles 1st hammered silver penny

1377 - 99 Richard II hammered silver half penny - Type 1n

Obv +RICARD.REX.ANGL

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON London mint

1327 Edward III hammered silver groat

Rev S/EBO/ - York mint

1697 William III milled silver sixpence

c 1800 Napoleonic Wars East Essex Militia button - sent for date confirmation and recording

​​​The East Essex Militia were formed in 1759 and became the Essex Rifles Militia in 1853 during this period they had five styles of known button, this one is not listed yet.

Unlisted on

http://asahelena.wixsite.com/militarybuttons/buttons-e-f

 

Apologies for the delay in reply. This East Essex Militia style would date to c1790-1800. There is however no conclusive dating evidence for this style but has to be pre 1830 with GR script. The unit itself was raised in 1759 and there is at least two earlier designs to the unit known
Hope that helps
Steve

Post Medieval cast copper alloy single loop buckle frame.

1500-1650 AD

19thC Coast guard button

Huge 1720 Continental copper coin

Portugal 10 Reis

João V

Obverse

Lettering:
J*V*
D.G.PORT.ET.ALG.REX

Reverse

Lettering:
*X*
*1713*VTILITATI*PVBLICÆ

 

19thC Royal Regiment of Artillery button 16thC Tudor clothing fastener Undiagnostic silver finger ring
1st to 4thC Roman bronze coins
2 - 18thC crotal bells Georgian horse harness bell
Georgian silver pendant Georgian lead tobacco jar lid handle Medieval long cross hammered silver penny fragment

1351-52 Edward III hammered silver groat- Series C annulet in third qtr on reverse - annulet under bust

Obv +EDW****

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1500-1700 mount 17thC decorated sword hanger

1485 Henry VII hammered silver half penny - Cross furchee - Open crown

im.Pheon: 'brushed hair' type

Obv HENRIC DI GRA REX A

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

 

1569 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthings

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver long cross penny

Obv +EDWAR****

Rev **I/TAS/DVN - Durham mint

1679 Charles II milled silver three pence

1199 John hammered silver short cross half penny - Class 5b

Obv *ENRICVS REX

Rev REV/ON C- Moneyer Andreu of Canterbury mint

Huge Georgian pot leg with ball and claw foot Huger medieval bronze pot leg

1199 John silver short cross half penny - Class 5b

Obv *ENRICVS **

Rev ON.CICE - Chichester mint

Georgian silver button

'C.GRIFFITH LONDON'

Medieval hammered silver long cross penny- quadrefoil at centre of reverse cross - York mint 17thC Thomas Reynold baymaker of Colchester hammered copper trade farthing

Neat glass Georgian fob seal matrix

Georgian watch winder RN Capt / Commander - 1787
RN Lieutenant - 1787
1842 Victoria milled silver sixpence

 

Roman style tent peg

 

Victorian silver brooch 18thC crotal bell

Irish 1279-1301 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv EDWR ANGL DNS HYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/DUBL/INIE - Dublin mint

1369-77 Edward III hammered ilver penny - Post Treaty period - quadrefoil at centre of reverse cross

Obv *** L FRAN

Rev TAS/EBO - York mint

1634-5 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling - Bell mint marl (12 pence)

Large 60mm dia medieval lead bird feeder

1344 Edward III hammered silver farthing - Type 1

Obv EDWARD*****

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1280 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Cross 1 - Class 3cd

Obv + EDWR ANGL' DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LYN/C *** Lincoln mint

 
15thC lead token 16thC Tudor button 16thC Tudor clothing fastener  
1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

1413 -22 Henry V hammered silver half penny - Type 10

Annulet to left and trefoil to right by hair

Obv + hENRIC x Rex X:ANGL'

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

Rev EIN - Bury St Edmunds mint

17thC Henry Lamb of Colchester hammered copper trade farthing

18thC 11th Regiment of foot button - pewter

XI regiment

Hanmer's (11th/Devonshire) Regiment

Remaining in Ireland until 1703, the Devonshires then joined John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough's, army in Holland, where they assisted to capture the fortress of Huy and the city of Limburg, then held by the Spaniards. The Regiment's next campaign was in Portugal in 1705, and, after a visit to England, again in 1708.

In 1711 the 11th formed part of the unsuccessful expedition against the French in Canada.

Except in 1715 and 1719, where the 11th gave a good account of itself in Scotland, the Regiment's history is uneventful for some thirty years. In 1719 Spanish troops landed in Ross-shire, and were joined by the Scottish clans of the neighbourhood. The 11th formed part of a small force which, charging with the bayonet, dispersed Spaniards and Highlanders, won the Battle of Glenshiel, and broke the insurrection.

18th Dutch lead bale seal 1834 Willim IV milled silver sixpence
WWII Royal Air Force button 1550 - 1700 buckle WWI Royal Army service corp lapel badge
17thC lead token WWII Royal Air Force button 1608 AD Hans Schultes III, looks like 'Turbanded bust' German Jetton.
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing

19thC Insurance Token

Obv Mutual

Rev Wagoon. Horses

1816 George III milled silver shilling

​An officers example to the 67th who were known as the 67th (South Hampshire) Regt of Foot from 1782-1881.

c1790-1820 

67 within inner strap reading HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE.

 

THE 67th REGIMENT OF FOOT

The 1st South Hampshire Regiment was formed in 1782 of the old 67th Foot. The regiment won acclaim in India and was commemorated with the Royal Tiger on the regimental badge. They later became the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment

Victorian Royal Engineers button WWI Royal Army medical corp

1770's 18 shillings coin weight

Ibv S 18

2ndC Roman bronze coin Georgian bell trade weight
Georgian mount 18thC toy cannon
 
1896 Victoria milled silver sixpence Capt / Commander - 1774-1787
RN Master & Mate - 1787-1807
RN Surgeon - 1787-1805
 
15thC Angel coin coin weight 1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing
1578 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat 20thC 'Mother' brooch
1584-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat- Escallop mint mark 1592-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Tun mint mark
Interesting spiked copper ball ? Georgian silver thimble 1500-1700 mount
Victorian gold cufflink - Initials CM 1279 Edaward 1st hammered silver long cross penny
1641-3 Charles 1st hammered silver penny - mintmark 2 dots

1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

Obv EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

 

Classic Roman mounts

 

Very unusual Roman bronze mount - possible lynch pin with hole through pin

 

 

Georgian watch winders 17thC crotal bell 1819 George III milled silver shilling
Continental billion silver coin 1908 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
Early medieval lead token 1582-3 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - bell mint mark
18thC crotal bell 1500-1650 buckle

11,000 BC flint scraper

Victorian pill box

Post-medieval copper alloy double-looped buckle frame, both loops trapezoidal. The very distinctive form is as Whitehead 2003 no. 527

c.1620 - c.1680

1500-1700 mount Large toy lead elephant
1696 William III milled silver sixpence Georgian button 15thC lead token

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross farthing

Rev ON.C+ - Canterbury mint

1873 Victoria milled silver three pence

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

Rev VND - London mint

1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross farthing

Rev LE.I - Carlise mint

French Infantry Button
88th Line Regiment
Circa 1803-1814
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
15thC casket key

Alexander II 1214-49 Scottish hammerd penny

Obv ALEX***

1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing Georgian watch winder
 
1550-1700 buckle 17thC lead token Georgian button  
1814 Russian lead bale seal 1943 George V milled silver sixpence

Victorian silver clasp Victorian silver trim piece

1501-1521 Leonardo Lauredan, Doge

Rev: LAVS TIBI SOLI (Thee Alone be Praised). Haloed figure of Christ holding a cross.

Obv: LE LAV DVX S M V (Leonardo Lauredan, Doge. St Mark of Venice.) Doge kneeling before Saint Mark.

1788 George III Worchester visit medallion

Obv George III Dei Gratia

Rev Worchester August 6th 1788

 

 

Victorian gold sovereign scale arm

 

Cleaned up stunning BC Roman silver coin sent for ID

As it turns out, there are very few trigas (3-horse hitch) on Roman coins of any type – only a few among the Republicans which run heavily to quads- and bi-gas. It’s C. Naevius Balbus, 79 B.C.
This is specifically the only type of serrate denarius with a triga reverse.

Also, the “SC” on the obverse is quite unusual as well, indicating that the silver for the issue was approved – probably as a huge emergency issue to raise and equip an army during the civil war disturbances at the time of Sulla’s dictatorship – by a specific act of the Senate. Not particularly early, and definitely not rare, but in the Republican silver series, it is a unique combination of all of these somewhat lesser-seen elements: serrate, triga, “SC”. The “CCV” on the reverse is a control mark and variable.


Mark


Cunobelin wild type gold contemporary forgery stater, VA 1933-1. VA 1933 type recorded although there are some minor variations in the size of the star over the horse (Van Arsdell splits them into small and large, but it's not always easy to decide where small ends and large begins!). Probably somewhere around the middle of his reign, perhaps c. 20 - 25 AD'.

 

1656 Richard Rich of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing

Ref Norweb 1216

1578 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence
18thC cotal bell Roman bronze amphora pendant

George III gold guinea gaming token Georgian spur

Disclaimed treasure fixed gold ring and sapphire reset

Unique ID: ESS-77F7D3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

 

A Medieval gold ring with rectangular bezel. The band would have been circular in shape but is now distorted. It has a circular section and is very narrow, thickening slightly before the bezel. The bezel is rectangular in plan and hexagonal in section, with a rectangular opening on the outer face. Within the opening is a blue stone setting.

Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the metal of a finger-ring from Tolleshunt Major, Essex, by the British Museum's Scientific Research section indicated a surface composition of approximately 77-78% gold, 13-14 % silver, the rest being copper. The stone was identified by Raman spectroscopy as corundum, which when blue is known as sapphire.

Dimensions:diameter (distorted): 21.99 mm; thickness of bezel: 5.02 mm; weight: 1.84g.

Disclaimed treasure fixed gold ring

Stunning 14thC medieval gold ring

1.26g, 20mm

Lombardic script possibly Latin

A medieval gold finger ring. The object has a flat band, slightly concave and with an engraved decoration on the outer surface. There is an inscription in black letter style writing, which reads tout mon coer (all my heart). Engraved between each word is a plant, resembling a palm or fern. The ring is slightly distorted with a small crack visible on the internal surface.

Dimensions: diameter (distorted): 17.26 mm; thickness: 0.84 mm; weight: 1.23g

1500-1650 buckle 1500-1700 mount 1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny
17thC key 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny
Georgian pendant - glass stone with leaf motiff

Mid 4thC Roman bronze coin sent for ID

It’s easy to tell you the type and even, probably, the mint here. What I can’t tell you with certainty is who among the members of the “House of Valentinian” issued it – the obverse legend is completely missing due to edge-chipping. So is the reverse legend, but the type is pretty obvious – it’s a SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE restored centenionalis. Most likely to be, in this order:
Valens, 364-378
Valentinian I, 364-375
Gratian, 367-383

There is a possibility, a bit more distant, that it is Valentinian II and very distantly that it might be Theodosius I or Arcadius, but the first 3 account for probably at least 90+% of the extant specimens from all mints which date mainly to the 2nd half of the 360’s and the 1st half of the 370’s AD.

Although it may not be from the same mint (several of the Western mints used privy-mark systems which, among other marks, would have placed an F in the left field) this is the same basic type – and definitely from Siscia:

http://www.stoa.org/gallery/album82/20_Valens_SER_SIS?full=1
Although this certainly is not a design unique to this series – Victory walking left carrying wreath and palm-branch is on literally hundreds - perhaps thousands – of  different coin types from all over the Empire, as well as on many pre-Roman Greek coin types.  However, given the “F” in the field which is likely indicative of a Western mint as well as the history of the pieces you seem to find regularly, I’d be really surprised if it were not a House of Valentinian centenionalis.


Mark


Great eyeball find - 450 million year old fossil

Sea Urchin Echinoid

Huge lead hanging seal matrix - circa 15thC

Partial legend

Medieval hammered silver long cross penny

Obv DNS hYB+ ****

Rev TAS/C ***

Georgian buttons

Roman silver hoard coin No35 - sent for ID and reported as hoard addendum to museum

18mm, 3.11g

Roman silver coin - needs 'cooking'to remove crust

16mm,3.12g

Huge 1704 Queen Anne trade weight - London mark 17thC clothing fastener

Post medieval cast copper alloy two piece buckle

C1650-1725

70BC Morini Celtic gold qtr - sent to PAS for recording

1.39g,11mm

10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold qtr stater - sent to museum for recording

1.32g,11mm

1stC BC to 1stC AD Celtic cosmetic wode grinder

16thC Tudor gilded silver clothing fastener - reported to museum as treasure

 

Interesting gilded hollow copper horse filled with lead ??

1296 -1318 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - pellet on breast - Clss 2c

Obv **** DNS hYB+

Rev VILL/ABE/REV/VICI - Berwick mint

Louis XII (1497-1515)French Jetton

Rev Simple cross patty

Obv Three circles of Tournai

15thC lead token Royal fuseliers button 2ndC Roman bronze coin

Description: ​Letters KO either side of crown above Staffs knot

Category:​​English Infantry Militia

Type of button: Convex ​;

Metal: Copper Alloy gilded.Backmark:​;

Date: ​1805-c1853.

Georgian buckle 1854 Victoria milled silver three pence
1500-1700 mount   5th Dragoons guards buttons - Crimean war period - unrecorded in any ref book -
1582 -1584 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - 'A' mint mark 1627 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)
Georgian gilded mount 1816 George III milled silver sixpence forgery
18thC Royal Artillery button Medieval mount Georgian key
19thC livery button Georgian watch winder 1837 William III milled silver four pence
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. RFA- Royal Fleet Auxiliary regiment lapel badge
16thC Tudor clothing fastener Georgian button 1655 Henry Lamb of Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing
17thC button 1820 George III milled silver sixpence
1625 Cahrles 1st hammered silver half groat 1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross farthing
1838 Victoria milled silver four pence 1696 William III milled silver shilling
1929 George III milled silver shilling 1922 George III milled silver sixpence
1572 - 1573 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence - Ermine mint mark 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

C10thC Saxon harness cheek piece 1945 George VI milled silver half crown (30 pence)
1500-1650 buckle 16thC Elizabeth 1st lead trade weight - Crown E cipher

Huge post medieval mount

Mid 4thC House of Constantine Roman bronze coin

1377 Richard II hammered silver half penny

OBV +RICARDxREXx:ANGL**

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

Roman bronze foot

Unknown 17thC coin weight - possible foreign issue

Obv bust facing left

Rev II D XX

Not in Withers British coin weights ref book

1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross farthing

Rev ON.C+ - Canterbury mint

17thC hammered copper trade farthing French copper- alloy Jeton 15th Obv Shield of France bearing three fleur de lys
 
1770's George III gold guinea coin weight - S21 - 21 shillings  
   
   
   

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