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March 2005 Latest finds

Updated 4th May

Comments on Roman coins are kindly supplied by the Mark Lehman at the Uncleaned Roman forum

Comments on the Celtic coin finds are kindly supplied by Philip de Jersey at the Celtic Coin Register

Comments on the Saxon coins are kindly supplied by Martin Allen at the Cambridge Museum

Addedomaros 37 - 33 BC found by Dakota Dennis

'a very nice example of the Addedomaros spiral stater, VA 1620. Lots of them about now (150 plus) but this is a very decent example - though as usual without a trace of the reverse inscription, all off the edge of the flan. VA's dating is a bit unrealistic, I would suggest anywhere between 45 and 30 BC, but certainly a little later than the Gallo-Belgic stater you recorded before. This one will be CCI 05.0196.

Dutch Gelderland 1709/8 Silver Ducat (48 Stuivers) Mint Mark Knight on horse
17thC Portuguese Coin weight - P Withers

Early 1600's silver button found by Dakota Lowell.

Reported as treasure

Roman silver
George 1st London trade weight
1340 AD Bronze beehive thimble
1819 George III, 1832 William IV and Victoria 1845 milled silver sixpences
Alnage seal, 17th/18thC gaming token, Russian bale seal, 17thC navy traders token, Hallmarked cloth seal with Crown
GLORIA EXERCITVS - soldiers flanking single
legionary standard - of some member of the family of Constantine and so
dates to about 335-340 A.D
'Tetricus I, 270-273 A.D. and appears to be Spes
advancing left holding flower and hitching skirt - Cf. Sear RCV, 3181
'

Saxon C600 - 775 AD Silver Sceattas Porcupine Type

0.94g, 12mm

Your 'sceat' is a very interesting mule with designs derived from the Series E plumed bird type and the Series D cross pommee reverse. This is a good example of the copying of designs in this coinage, which often resulted in rather garbled copies.

1216 Henry III voided long cross hammered silver 1.3g, 19mm
1216 AD Henry III voided long cross half penny and a 1500's Elizabeth 1st one pence
1272 AD Edward 1st penny
Victoria 1860 three pence, 1852 Victoria six pence and George VI 6 pence
17thC Clothing fastener
18thC silver thimble
15thC Long cross trade weight
1696 William III silver love token
Russian bale seal
'unfortunately, one can't even see if there is
a laurel wreath or diadem that might help with vague dating. My first
impression is that it's post-Constantinian, but that's in the realm of
"clarevoyant attribution" rather than being based on any firm evidence'
'This appears at first glance to one of two possible coins - either an early Byzantine-era pentanummium (c. 525 A.D.), or a fragment (or barbarous imitation) of a centenionalis of Constantius II or Magnentius (c. 350-355
A.D.) with a large Chi-Rho (X + P) monogram style Christian symbol on the reverse'.

Looks like an armour piercing cross bow bolt - needs further research
Unusual 15thC half groat sized lead token
1696 William III silver sixpence - Bristol mint
Spur rowell - looks , modern
Cleaning bullet ?
Post Medieval mount
Charles 1st hammered silver one pence
17thC bell clapper
Lead carriage crest
18/19thC silver mount
Early Customs button
Figure left Napoleon lead soldier, found on a Napoleonic prisoner of war site
Victoria 1860 - milled silver 3 pence
Great find - Crotal bell with wheat growing throught it and the guy pull it out by the stalk LOL
Suffolk Reg cap badge
1766 Russian bale seal
15thC lead token
1812 Russian bale seal
Alnage cloth seal
1575 Snake belt fitting
1340 AD Bronze beehive thimble
post 1775 Navy button
15thC lead token
Victorian Coronation medallian June 26th 1838
Unknown copper coin
Lion with Castle livery button
post 1775 Navy button

George III Bullion weight mid 1700's

GIIIR - D G 5.8 refers to pennyweights and grains

N.Biggs

15thC lead token
Charles 1st half groat( 2 pence) hammered silver
Charles 1st hammered silver one pence
1575 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
Excellent find, pre 1850 Large Navy belt buckle
Post 1795 Artillery button in great shape
15thC knife pommel

1946 George V Florin (24 pence)

Last year of the silver coins

Great find - large complete bell with makers mark T. Probably a sheep bell c 1700's
Royal Artillery Cap badge
1795 Captains button

Large Roman in great shape 11.97g - 30mm Neronian VICTORIA AVGVSTI S C dupondius

'It would date to 50 AD to 68 AD based on date of minting but keep in mind that by the time the coin traveled all the way to Britain and acquired as much wear as it enjoys, it was probably deposited in that field where your guy found it 20 to 30 years later and possibly as late as Hadrian's time (117 AD plus.) (These things circulated a long time sometimes.)

The rarity of the coin is certainly in the "scarce" category'

1816 George III milled silver sixpence - 2.72g 20 mm
Neat find, Chester hallmark 1890 silver brooch - 2.12g
Facinating solid bronze button 18thC - 14.14g 26mm
1641 with Crown, VIII
Gold Ring fragment with emeralds - reported as possible treasure - no hallmarks
Medieval single loop oval buckle with an integral box chape

Addedomaros Celtic full stater 45 to 30 BC found by Palatine Bob 5.56g 17mm

CCI 05.0211

Large horse harness brass with farmers initials
Several really nice early Crotal bells turning up
Large Civil war 1640's Caronade stone cannon shell, great eyeball find by Veggie Mary
Complete 17thC Jews harp

4thC Roman silver

RBS ROMA / Shewolf & twins city commemorative from the mint of Lugdunum (Lyons, France) - it would date to about 335-337 A.D. being the smaller module issue - the larger ones (c. 18 + mm) are the ones from
333-335 A.D.

'It would have been silver-washed, originally - the alloy itself might have contained a percent or two of silver as well, but not nearly enough to make the coin look silvery on its own. Except for the silver or billon argenteus of the era, there were no silver coins, per-se, in circulation - silver-washed bronze or copper evidently filled-in as token coinage at a good bit above its intrinsic value with the silver wash to indicate that it took the place of silver. Unfortunately, little to nothing survives from contemporary records and no even knows what these were called as a denomination, or what relationship they stood to the gold and other base denominations.
These, and the equally common "CONSTANTIOPOLIS" city commemoratives were issued simultaneously, and at about the same time as the "GLORIA EXERCITVS" - two soldiers flanking one or two standards - and they are even found paired with those reverses.'

Thank to Mark at the UCR forum for the great info


Chicago Keith's and Chicago Ron's full Celtic staters

Left example 5.64g 16mm CCI 05.0212
Right example 5.54 g 17mm CCI 05.0213

Chicago Ron's 2nd full Celtic stater

5.30g 16mm

CCI 05.0267

1590 to 1592 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - 'hand' mintmark
1247 Henry III long cross cut 1/4 (farthing)
1625 AD Charles 1st hammered silver one pence
Nice interesting piece scripted CP or CR - Not researched it yet but coin weight size and feel
Large very early Medieval bullion weight- N.Biggs
Saxon period clothing fastener
1888 Birmingham hallmarked sold silver, maker BM, name tag Violet, neat artefact
Post medieval cloak fastener
Fragment of a bronze 1stC Roman fibular brooch
Victorian period butterfly brooch
Bronze ruler fragment in inches - 17/18 th C
Post Med base metal brooch with glass stones
Bronze bell clapper

National Mutual Insurance 19 to 20 Charring Cross Rd London

Return attached to get a 5 shilling reward - neat artefact, Victorian era

19thC Stag livery button
The Great Eastern Railway button
20thC Toy lead pistol
Book clasp with markers mark RH
Georgian period flower decorated watch winder
1199AD King John hammered silver short cross penny
16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver 6 pence fragment
1694 William and Mary penny
1670 Ipswich farthing
FVC early military one piece button
1696 William III milled silver sixpence - Early Harp large crown
Post Medieval belt mount
Huge 16thC decorated cow bell with markers mark
1604 James 1st hammered silver 6 pence
1500's Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

Addedomaros type 45- 30 BC 17mm 5.50g not in any major reference book Canadian Rod

'This will be CCI 05.0283. What is unusual about it is that the reverse is struck quite far off-centre, so that much more of the inscription is visible than is usually the case. Although the initial A of Addedomaros is not visible (at least I can't make it out on this image), what you can see then reads DDIID working clockwise round the top of the horse - with the first two Ds represented by the Greek letter theta (so with a bar across the middle), then the II representing the fourth letter, E, then a conventional D for the next letter. And obviously the rest of the inscription would carry on round in front of the horse's head and beneath the cornucopia under the horse. It is more common to see these coins offstruck so that the lower part of the design is visible, and relatively very rare to see the early part of the inscription as you can here'.

CCI 05.0283

Addedomaros 45- 30 BC found by Mass Linda 19 mm 5.45g

CCI 05.0285

Addedomaros 45- 30 BC found by Canadian Rod 17mm 5.42g sent to CCI for logging

Addedomaros 45- 30 BC found by Mass Linda 18 mm 5.62 g

CCI 05.0286

George V 1922 Milled silver half crown (30 pence)
Heart attack find LOL Gold plated pocket watch !!
1844 Victorian milled silver Sixpence
Looks like a 1500's Elizabeth the 1st hammered silver penny by the dot behind the head but it is the size of a half groat, needs more investigation
14thC Edward hammered silver penny
Richard 1st 1189 AD shortcross hammered silver penny
On first glance a Saxon looking heart attack find LOL. Probably Victorian
Bronze axe socketed axe fragment c 1250 BC
Essex hallmarked trade weight
Very unusual hand made buckle unlike any design in the reference books, 6th-8th century Byzantine
Huge Medieval spur rowell
lead coin weight
15thC dagger chape
1679 Charles II milled silver 3 pence
1723 Dutch Zeelandia Duit copper
1900 USA Barber Dime
Group of hammered silver coins showing sizes
1335 - 1343 Edward III Type 3 Farthing 0.36g
1604 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence) 0.90g
15thC belt mount
17/18thC Musket bayonet frog

Saxon period coin weight

N.Biggs

Bullion cup weight used from 17thC onwards.

Made in nests to fit inside each other. This type has the fittng for the hinged lid.

Charles 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)

Addedomaros type 45- 30 BC - 5.53g 18mm

Veggie Mike

CCI 05.0290

Addedomaros type 45- 30 BC 5.62g 17mm

Mass Linda

CCI 05.0291

Addedomaros type 45- 30 BC 5.63g17mm

Mass Bruce

'The 'burnt' one is curious, can't really tell whether a lot of that will clean off or not from the image. It's interesting that so far, most of the coins are really quite worn - which suggests that these coins had been around for a while before they were buried. So subject to further finds etc, at the moment I'd guess a burial date somewhere round 20 BC, perhaps even a few years later'.

CCI 05.0293

Addedomaros type 45- 30 BC 5.57g 16mm

Mass Bruce

CCI 05.0292

Roman 1st to 4thC animal head knife/dagger handle

36.81g 42mm L x 15mm W x 20mm D

Roman ear scraper 30mm long
Gilded button with crown
Early 1800's Victorian milled silver sixpence
George V 1920 milled silver sixpence
'local imitation of a Nero ANNONA AVGVSTA CERES sestertius in very crude style - the portrait less so than the reverse. The portrait looks like Nero, but he had a fairly limited group of reverse types and the only likely possibility for a standing figure next to a seated(?) one is the Annona type'.
3rd century product - of excellent style - although you show the reverse rotated 90 or so degrees clockwise - it may also be unofficial, but the relief is unusually high for a "barbarous radiate". The reverse is probably meant to be a peacock flying right with a person riding it - this is a memorial style, the peacock bearing the person off to "heaven" or wherever. Say around 260-275 A.D. (?) I believe would be a safe guess. I think there are coins struck posthumously for Valerian by Gallienus with this reverse, I know there was a type or two Valerian struck for his late wife Mariniana with a similar reverse, but that's no woman on the obverse and women were never portrayed with radiate crown. This is problematic, because at the time of Gallienus, Britain was part of the Gallic empire, so you might need to look under listings for Postumus or his successors to find a closer match
Great find - complete Alnage cloth seal with both ends intact
1910- 1935 George V silver Jubilee Medallion
15thC lead token
Early 1800's Victorian silver sixpence
Nice George 2nd copper penny
1922 George V milled silver Florin ( 24 pence)
'This coin seems to be an official, though highly worn sestertius of either Vespasian or Titus - I think I can see "VES.." in the obverse inscription from about 9:00-10:00. Since they both were portrayed looking nearly alike and Titus used VESP in his inscriptions, it would be difficult to say which of the two it is from your photo, but you could fairly safely date this to the 60's & 70's A.D'.
1942 George VI milled silver sixpence
Great eyeball find 17/18thC Musket flint
1199 AD King John hammered silver shortcross cut half Class 5b
17thC Bale seal with M design
18thC shoe buckle

Trinovantes Clacton Celtic gold 1/4 stater 50 BC 1.29g 14mm CCI 05.296

'yet another very interesting coin. This is a Clacton quarter stater, unlisted in Van Arsdell but in the British Museum catalogue (in the wrong place, with the Corieltauvi) as BMC 192, and in 'Coins of England' as no. 42. These coins were almost unknown in the late 1980s, but there are now about 60 of them recorded here, mostly from Essex and Suffolk. The reverse design is basically the same as the better-known Clacton stater (VA 1455), while the obverse has yet another interpretation of the three men in a boat design, here with two 'men', and sometimes looking like a human face. Unfortunately not readily visible on this one, though you should be able to pick out the outline of the boat.

Of those 60 or so examples, possibly as few as two are struck from the same reverse die as this coin, which has several large flaws and is probably from late in the series (as the use of a nearly plain obverse die also suggests). Both of the earlier two coins came from Suffolk, one from Ipswich and the other near Alderton. The type probably dates to c. 50 BC and was definitely a production of the Trinovantes.

1816 George III sixpence
1853 Victorian milled silver six pence

Medieval lead cross and pellet 2oz trade weight

Ref N. Biggs

18thC shoe buckle
16thC purse bar swivel
19thC Lion and crest leather mount
Geogian period silver buckle fragment
18thC chest key
17thC chest key
19thC Rose design mount
Two Grouse livery button
Another 19thC Lion and crest leather mount
Hound design livery button
Lion design livery button
19thC button
Winged bird livery button
Crown design Military button
Lion deisgn gilded button