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Oldest, biggest, rarest


Biggest find


Mass Bruce's axe hoard - - 800 BC socketed axes and ingots - on display in Colchester museum

Earliest finds

Penn Christy - Earliest find - Axe head - Circa 11000 BC Middle Stone Age (Mesolithic) flint axe head

Can Rod - first 3500 BC Neolitic polished stone axe


Van Brent - earliest metal relic and rarest Bronze axe head find, 2000 BC flat axe, he now shares this record with Can Victor who found a 2000 BC votive axe offering below Sept 2008.

2000 BC - Canadian Victor


Earliest socketed axe - found by Fl Don

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


Oldest coin


146BC Roman silver Republican coin - Min Mindy

Mark Lehman has finally managed to get an ID on the silver Roman coin Min Mindy found in Nov that I have been cooking ever since. It had the hardest crust I have ever seen on a Roman so I knew it was early. I am still cooking it some more to see if I can get any more reverse detail. However Mark has dated it as 146 BC making it the clubs oldest ever coin find by 10 years

Acting on a hunch, I think I might have found something adequately similar in order to provisionally date this piece.  I still can't make heads or tails out of the reverse of the broken denarius, but the letters behind the head of Roma look a lot like # 219/1d & 219/1e on this page: - I suspect that even if yours isn't this precise type, it is at least of similar age - which also, I believe, makes it one of the earliest Republican pieces you've found.




2nd Canadian Rod 136 BC Roman silver

I'm reasonably certain this is RSC/Babelon "Lucretia 1" - Cn(aeus) Lucretius Trio, 136 BC.  Everything visible on your coin fits with the descriptions, line-drawings and photos I have available.  There are a couple other possibilities - not quite such complete matches, but possible - from approximately the same time-frame.  Unfortunately, the remaining "scales" on this coin cover the two areas I'd need to see to be 100% certain and rule out the possibles.  There should be, in addition to the visible "X" below the chin: "TRIO", vertically & downward, behind Roma's helmet on the obverse.  On the reverse, the whole abbreviation beneath the horses of the Dioscuri should be: "CN LVCR".




Can 'Poco' Bill - -

3rd Oldest coin ever found here 132BC Roman silver

4th Place Billericay Mark

Roman Republican silver coin 126 BC

Rarest coin

Alaskan Geo - rarest coin

Celtic gold 1/4 stater , only one of it's type known


Most valuable coin


1st Roman gold coin - sent for ID 19.6mm, 7.81g - Ill Mark

Oh man, is that ever beautiful!
That is, of course, an Aureus of the emperor Claudius (41-54 AD) the presumed-to-be "simple-minded", somewhat disabled uncle of Caligula.  He was seized upon by the Praetrorian guard as a tractible replacement after they had murdered Caligula, his wife and child.  It turned out that Claudius was smarter than most of the Julio-Claudians and had merely allowed everyone to think he was simple-minded.  This allowed him to hide in the background, out of the way of the endless palace intrigues.  The successful ruse evidently kept him from suffering the sort of "mysterious" death which seemed to stalk all the other Julio-Claudians who might be in-line for or have some claim to being emperor.  Once in power, he showed that far from being "simple", he was a shrewd and canny politician and proved to be a benificent ruler as well, righting a lot of the wrongs perpetrated by his evil nephew.  Eventually, however, his love of women was his downfall.  Marrying his neice, Agrippina Jr., the last of his succession of unfortunate marriages, he had inadvertantly adopted and brought into his home one of the true vipers in the Imperial nest, her son, the future emperor Nero.  It is assumed that Agrippina, on her son's behalf, (or possibly even Nero himself) was responsible for feeding him a dish of deadly poisonous mushrooms. This removed the last impediment and cleared the way for Nero to become emperor.
This is one of the more common reverse types for Claudius' aureii, the PACI AVGVSTAE or "The Emperor's Peace".  It has an interesting reverse type, too.  Rather than Victory, whom you might assume was the winged character on the reverse, this is "Pax-Nemesis" performing a gesture associated with a uniquely Roman bit of superstition.  She is drawing out a fold of her gown in what is called in some delicate circles an "Apotropaic gesture" - in other words, she's spitting on her own breast, which, like throwing a pinch of spilled salt over one's shoulder or touching wood, was a common superstitous custom among Romans and meant to deflect bad fortune.
This piece was struck in 41-42 AD at the imperial mint for precious metal coins, which happened at the time to be in the provincial capital at Lugdunum (modern Lyons) and coincidentally was also where the future emperor Claudius had been born.
This is actually one of the more common types of early Roman Imperial Aureii, but "common" here is all relative - particuarly in recent months, Roman Aureii have been bringing astonishing amounts of money - I wouldn't even venture a guess as to what the current market value of this piece might be - most likely at least in the 5-figures range of GBP's, Euros or Dollars.



2nd Louisiana Sal - most valuable coin and only English Saxon gold ever found


Earliest hammered gold coin (non Romano/British)

Boston Bud - Earliest hammered gold coin (non Romano/British)

Early Continental (Merovingian Francia) (584-750), Ruler: anon. (tremissis) (590-675)

Earliest hammered silver penny coin


NY Ken - earliest hammered silver penny coin - King Offa - 780 - 792 King of Mercia hammered silver 1.27g, 16.67mm

Mutilple finders - Earliest hammered silver coin (non Romano/British)Saxon C600-775 AD Silver Sceat 1.23g,11.15mm


Largest milled silver

Can 'Poco' Bill - largest milled silver

Charles 1st Scottish 30 shillings 14.95g, 35.63mm (360 pence)

Largest diameter foreign hammered silver coin



Veggie Mike - largest dia foreign hammered silver coin

James 1st Scottish Merk sometimes known as the half thistle dollar and value of 13 shillings and 4 pence

( 160 pence) 6.56g, 31.40mm

Largest diameter English hammered silver coin found


Monster find, rare - 1603 James 1st hammered silver half crown - 1st issue Lis mintmark

34.88mm - 14.79g



2nd Boston Bud - largest diameter English hammered silver coin found

Rarer early first issue 1559-60 (0.916) fine Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling in mint condition - fantastic find by Boston Bud

Elizabeth penny next to the shilling for size comparison- 5.90g, 32.88mm dia



Rarest and earliest milled gold coin

Washington Tom - rarest and earliest milled gold coin

1718 George 1st gold half guinea - 4.14g, 21.35mm


Earliest hammered gold coin found

- Multiple finders

Morini ' boat tree' type c 70BC Celtic quarter stater - 1.45g 11mm

Can Rod , Colchesterhunter, Atlanta Mike, Dak Dennis, Dak Lowell, Ark Gary



Most stunning relic

NH Dave - most stunning relic - Medieval Iconic gold ring - 2.96g, 18.87mm dia, 3,34mm w x 1.46mm thick

On display in Colchester museum

Rarest find ever made


NS Andy - rarest find ever made

C10thC Anglo Saxon strap end 18.48g, 34.41mmL x 18.33mmW x6.53mm H

Only one of it's type found in Britain - donated to Colchester museum by NovaScotia Andy

'It is probably an insular copy of a Carolingian style, or it could even be the product of a workshop located on the fringes of the Carolingian continent, maybe somewhere like Domburg on the coast of Frisia. 10th - 11th century in date'.

Most valuable relic

New entry found Sept 2009 - Solid gold medieval statue found by Tenn Brad


Script reads FRCO ++SMYUNC +DEI

32.80mm H ,11.46g

Brad's Video just after he dug it


The medieval gold statue is currently with the British Museum being evaulated and the initial feedback is it is a very significant find.

This Saxon pommel was our current leader but is now in 2nd place


Ohio Bud - Most valuable relic

Saxon (c.550-650AD) dagger pommel end piece

On display in Colchester museum

Oldest gold ring find


Monster find -Circa 1300 BC Bronze age gold open backed triple banded gold ring Org Ed

3.48g, 13.73mm dia x 6.74mm H

Reported to Colchester museum as treasure - declared treasure at inquest and donated to museum by finder and landowner

On display at British museum


2nd Mass Bill - oldest gold ring find

4thC Roman gold ring with green stone

On display in Colchester museum


Oldest Roman gold coin found - purest gold find

Mich Tracy - Oldest Roman gold coin found - purest gold find


Tiberious 14 to 37 AD gold Aureus - tested as 97% ancient gold

Other records

Most succesful gold finder - Ark Gary - He has both a Celtic gold hoard and 17th C gold Mouring ring on display at Colchester museum

13 gold coins found , 10 ancient and 3 modern

1 - Roman

1 - Saxon

8 - Celtic

3 - 19th C

Chasing him hard are Boston Bud and Chicago Ron both in 2nd place.

Most succesful treasure/hoard finder - Mass Bruce - Axe hoard and celtic gold hoard on display at Colchester museum




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