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Unique ID: FASAM-310211

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

Gold tremissis, attributed to the Visigoths in Gaul, copying a coin of the Roman emperor Julius Nepos (AD 474-5) struck at Rome, dating to c. AD 475-500. Obverse: D N IVL NE - POS P F AVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed right, with probable diadem above bust. Reverse: Staurogram in Wreath. Mintmark: COMOB. RIC X, p. 461, no. 3766var. RIC 3766 has a cross above the bust. Incomplete, possibly because a mount has been removed.

You will see I have re-identified the coin.

I was wondering if you could provide me with a find-spot and finders name.

With best wishes,


Dr Sam Moorhead
National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman coins


Merovingian tremissis of the 7th century

Saxon gold coin - this is part of an existing hoard and reported as hoard to the museum

Sent to Fitzwilliam museum for ID and recording

1.18g, 11.73mm


Merovingian tremissis of the 7th century

Saxon gold coin - this is part of an existing hoard and reported as hoard to the museum

Sent to Fitzwilliam museum for ID and recording

This sucker is tiny and mint 1.30g, 10.21mm, totally different from the others

Many thanks. A preliminary trawl of the works of reference has not yet
produced any result unfortunatetely.

Best wishes,


I have not recorded this in EMC as it is probably not a single find.
There have to be a proper hoard publication in due course, but while the finds are still appearing that may be rather premature.

Best wishes,


Merovingian tremissis of the 7th century


This coin (EMC 2010.0131) is a Merovingian tremissis of Coutances (dep.
Manche), moneyer Piontus, from the same dies as Belfort 1681, Prou 299.
The obverse names the mint *CVSTANCIA [S reversed] and the reverse names the moneyer PIONtVS. Priou reads the moneyer's name as tVSPION but Belfort's reading PIONtVS is now accepted as the correct one.

Keep looking.


c 600/800 AD English Saxon gold coin send to Fizwilliam museum for ID and recording

Not shown in any book I have ???

1.35g, 13.87mm

'Saxon' gold coins not in the reference books are usually Merovingian tremisses, and this coin (EMC 2010.0130) is no exception to this rule.
The coin seems to be unworn and from relatively undamaged dies, but the inscriptions are garbled. I have not found any similar coins in the reference books on Merovingian coins (which is not unusual), but if I receive any clarification from one of the continental experts on Merovingian coins I shall let you know.

Merovingian gold coins greatly outnumber Anglo-Saxon gold coins as finds in England.

With thanks,


Monster find C600 AD English Saxon

As usual this coin (EMC 2011.0059) is Merovingian and not Anglo-Saxon, but an important find nonetheless.

We have recorded two cut halves of Anglo-Saxon gold shillings in recent years, and a cut half of a Series B sceat, but this coin is noticeably more than a half (between two-thirds and three-quarters), so it may have been cut up as bullion.

This is developing into a really interesting hoard.

Best wishes,


I should have mentioned that there is no obvious match in the works of reference on Merovingian coins, but the inscriptions are legible, which gives ome hope of identification eventually.


c 8thC Saxon gold coin - sent to Fitzwilliam museum for recording and ID

Unusually thick coin for a Saxon

1.31g,9.51mm x 1.61mm thick

for ID

0.87g, 12.39mm

Many thanks for this new coin, which I have recorded as EMC 2011.0044.

Most 'Saxon' gold coins found in this country are Merovingian tremisses, and this is no exception to that rule. As you rightly say it is too thick to be Anglo-Saxon. The absence of an readable inscription is a problem and I have been unable to find an illustration of a similar coin in the reference books on Merovingian coins (not an unusual experience).
If I get any further with this coin I shall let you know.


Best wishes,


1544 Netherlands - Holland solar crown - Gold Dutch solar crown of Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Count of Holland (1506-1555), etc., 0929 Au, 3.41 g, ø 26 mm, value 42 pence, R1, mint mark Canopy (Dordrecht)

42 stuivers



Guelders cross




Louis Xi straightened

Louis X1 (1461-83) found by Texas Dave

Ecu d'or, 28mm, 1re emission 31/12/1461. Obv: LVDOVICVS:DEI:GRA:FRANCOR:REX, ecu de France crowned, bounded by deux lis crowned. Rev: XPS:VINCIT:XPS:REGNAT:XPS:IMPGRAT, "croix feuillue avec quadrilobes en coeur, accoste de quarte cournelles, dans un quadrilobe." Mint is Paris - pt 18 on the obv. Dup 539v (with XPC); C 741v which has the reverse ending "XPS IMPERT."

Saxon period gold coin 6th/8thC, Early Continental (Merovingian Francia) (584-750), Ruler: anon. (tremissis) (590-670). Found by Boston Bud (Y)

7thC Saxon gold Tremissis 1.27g, 13.16mm

'The new find (EMC 2007.0069) is a Merovingian tremissis of the 7th century. The name of the mint on the obverse seems to read PAATICIACO, and the moneyer's name on the reverse is DEAIRENASCA. I have found a coin with a fairly similar obverse inscription (PATICACO VIGO) from an unidentified town in the region of Tours (Prou 413). If I obtain any more information I shall let you know.

I have passed on your enquiry about the nature of the site to Mark Blackburn, who is much better qualified than I to answer it. The evidence you are finding for early Anglo-Saxon activity in the area is certainly very impressive'.

Fascinating gilded coin find - fake 1709 gold 2 Escudos

5.09g, 24.1mm

Id'd by club researcher Ohio Drew

1709 M Lima Two Escudos

Obverse: cross potent with quartered castles and lions. Border of dots. The legend reads PHILILLUP V D G HISPAN.

Reverse: crowned Pillars of Hercules rising from the waves. Two horizon lines intersect the pillars, creating three tiers. On the topmost tier L/2/H gives the mint (L for Lima), the denomination ( 2 escudos), and the assayer, Felix Cano Melgarejo. The middle tier P./V./A. abbreviates the royal motto “Plus Ultra.” The bottom tier 7/0/9 gives us a three digit date. The legend reads ET INDIARUM REX.

Fantastic little silver treasure - Similar size to a Saxon sceat

1.76g, 9.2mm

East India Company
2 Fanam 1764-1807
Obverse shows Vishnu standing, holding chakra in each upper hand

1832 (AH 1223 year 25), 20 Para, Turkey. Ruler Mahmud II.
Mintname: Constantinople
1736- 1/48 taler piece from the dukedom of Brandenburg-Bayreuth minted under the reign of Fredrick (1735-1763).
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER,(y)
Spanish 15thC hammered reale
Looks like a Ferdinand of Spain 1455 hammered silver reale(b)
Unidentified hammered
  1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER
1032 - 1035 AD Tiel Denar Conrad II of the Netherlands(b)

Dutch Duit-Overyssel Kampen 1630(y)


1717 Danish 12 Skilling silver
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER

1596 Henri IV Huitieme D'Ecu

Obv Henricvs III

15thC Spanish hammered silver 4 real - not researched it yet
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute (Charles the bold) -hammered silver DOUBLE STUIVER 2.82g, 26.79mm

French hammered coin made into a brooch


'1298 AD French 'gros tournois" in Philipp's name (P for PHILIPPVS and EX for REX), but on this fragment, it wont be possible to tell which one, 4th, 5th or 6th..'.

1665 Charles II Spanish colonial 1/2 Real (Mexico city mint)

Monete di zecche italiane

Gian Gastone de’Medici, 1723-1733. Crazia, Mistura 0,83 g. Stemma coronato. Rv. S. Giovanni stante di fronte, con la mano d. sollevata e una lunga croce astile nella s. CNI 30. Galeotti VI/1.



15thC Spanish 8 real 2.76g 26.08mm Ferdinand of Aragon and Elisabeth of Castilla

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


0.32g, 15.29mm

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

1601 AD Portugal 20 Reis silver coin

Obverse : IOAN... In the field : I / X.X (I for Iohannes, XX for valor)
Reverse : ...GA... coat of arms of Portugal.

Lowlands. Duchy of Brabant. Jean III, the Triumphant. 1312-1355. AR esterlin (18 mm, 1.41 g). Brussels, from 1317/8 onward. + I DVX DE BRABANTIA, castle with two towers / MON-ETA BRV-XEL, cross cantonnée with trefoil of pellets in each quadrant.

Silver "esterlin" from Brabant's duchy


17.99mm, 1.19g

(1576-1612) Rudolf II. Dutch city Zwole

29.3mm, 4.01g


PORTUGAL.John II 1481-1495.AR.Real (Vintem).Lisbon mint.


15thC Spainsh hammered silver coin

1474 -1504 Seville, Spain, 1/2 real, Ferdinand-Isabel, mintmark S plus



1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute (Charles the bold) -hammered silver DOUBLE STUIVER

Silver Ottoman Empire coin - not checked ref books yet
19thC Ottoman empire silver coin
Huge 1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -hammered silver DOUBLE STUIVER

Continental hammered silver coin


HILDESHEIM - Free City, Billon 4 Pfennig, 1720. Obv.: City coat of arms, "MO:NO:CIV:HILDES"
Rev.: On 3 lines: "IIII/STADT/17 PF 20". Reference: KM#251.

Huge 1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -hammered silver DOUBLE STUIVER
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER - fragments
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER

1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER - fragments

Continental hammered silver penny - researching it

BRABANT. Jean I, 1268-1294 AD. AR Esterlin (1.10 gm) of Antwerp. Shield of arms / Voided cross, WALT. VanG.160. dW.242. .

It is a sterling (3 penning) of Naestved Mint under Eric of Pommerania ca. 1403-1412/1413. Obv legend- (star)ERICVS:REX:d:S:R. Rev legend- (star)MONETA NESTWED. Obverse features a crown, reverse features a cross. Note- The witten/hvid of 4 penning has a flower versus a star. Your coin reference is Galster #4."

and another...

"The king's title, REX D S N, alleges that Eric was the king of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway (the three countries were united at that time). But that wasn't entirely true. Margaret I, who adopted him as her son, ruled those three countries from 1376 until her death in 1412. Eric was crowned king in 1397, but mainly to get around the problem that Denmark did not allow female sovereigns. (Margaret had had acted as "regent" prior to that time.) But despite his title, she actually ran things right up to her death in 1412. Just an oddity of history."
1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -silver DOUBLE STUIVER

1611 Swedish hammered silver 1 ore coin

OBVERSE: Sheaf separating letters C.R. in circle and date 1611, legend: REGIS*SVECIA*
REVERSE: Lion rampant, legend: MONETA*NOVA* 1ör
COIN WEIGHT: 1.62 gram
SILVER CONTENT: Ag 250/1000 (.250)
MINT: Stockholm

Charles IX 1560-1574 French hammered silver coin

R douzain, 2nd type, 1574, 23.5mm, 2.26gr. Obv: D.G.FRANC.REX.CAROLVS.IX, shield with three lis, surmounted by large crown, shield bracketed by the letter ‘C.' Rev: +SIT.NOMEN.DOMINI.BENEDIC, cross with two lis and two crowns in the quadrants. Mint is Rouen- B under shield.

1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny

1651 Danish billion silver coin -

Obv FRIDERIC.III.D.G.DAN (Lion facing left)




1711 Danish 2 skilling milled silver billion coin


Right coin ) 1700-1724 Spanien - Mallorca Spain MAJORCA Dobler ND(1700-1724) PHILIP

Another very interesting early hammered Continental copper coin - 2nd one we found over the years - sent off to museum for a help with the ID's - ID'd by Ohio Drew


1 Dinero de Mallorca - N/D - 1665-00 - CARLOS II - Local Coinage

Obverse : Crowned Bust facing left with I at right; "CAROLVS·II·REX".

Reverse : Cross within a circle,

18thC Danish 10 Cents milled billion silver coin

1676 billion silver coin

XV Kreuzer (15 Kreuzer) Breslau 1676 MMW RDR Leopold I.

Austria, Leopold I (Hogmouth)




Scottish and Irish coins moved to new page