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US Navy button ID'd

Interesting 1stC Roman coin - sent off to Mark at the URF to see if he can ID it
1605 James 1st hammered gold Thistle- Crown (4 shillings)
Henry VII 1487-8 full Groat Class IIIc with two half pennies of Henry III 1180 AD & Richard 1st 1189 AD
30th Regiment of foot button
1757 Spanish Reale
Royal Welsh Fusiliers button
Geo III ' up to 1st Jan 1772' 20 shilling and 6 pence coin weight pr 5.6 grains
Early decorated silver mount (not researched it yet)
Late saxon 10thC hook fastener
Post medieval lead seal
Post 1812 Coldstream guards button
1st to 4thC Roman knife handle butt
Dragon design livery button
1696 William III silver love token


1856 Victorian milled silver 6 pence
Interesting small silver piece
Excellent find - Medieval purse mount with animal head
1640's Charles 1st hammered silver penny
1600 AD Elizabeth 1st hammered silver halfgroat 0.92 fine
1834 William IIII milled silver shilling (12 pence)
1216 AD Henry III short cross hammered silver penny
Possible early lead coin weight - not researched it yet
Navy button
Interesting decoarted lead mount with the portrait of a man cut out. Possibley a civil war mount with the bust of Charles 1st defaced
Large bronze key posible Roman - not researched it yet
Small silver pipe no hallmarks- cannot be a whistle as the silver is rolled and not making an airtight join ??
17thC Jetton
17thC hammered trade farthing
SMB button
15thC lead token
1594 AD Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence 0.92 fine - 2.9g - 25.34mm
Large lead trade weigh with IIP - 49.38mm
1413 AD Henry V hammered silver penny 0.91g - 16.11 mm

Fantastic find - one of the earliest milled coins during the hammered silvercoin period.

Nicholas Briot's coinage 1631 -9

0.35g- 11.18 mm

1413 AD Henry V hammered silver penny
1605 James 1st Irish hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
Saxon cheek piece 52.0 mm L x 17.36 Dia 30.88g
1840 Victorian milled silver sixpence
Some nice early decorated crotal bells turning up
Decorated lead carriage mount

Interesting weight with markings of CP - IL

not researched it yet


What an amazing find - Early Medieval harness pendant with rampant lions and cross banding design in blue and white enamel work

This appears to be the arms of the Earl of Hereford 14thC - 30.13 mm L x 22.31 mm W

Humphrey De Bohun
Earl of Hereford
Earl of Essex
Earl of Northampton
Born 25th March 1342
Died 16th January 1373, probably at Pleshey, Essex

Another great find a 1159 - 1181 AD Pope Alexander lead Papel badge -33.03 mm L

1272 AD Edward 1st hammered silver penny

1.10g - 17.83 mm

1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny 0.92 fine - 0.43g - 13.90 mm Marlett mintmark
Crispy Post 1272 AD Edward 1st to III hammered silver penny
17thC Charles 1st silver button reported to museum as treasure found by Ohio John - 1.35g - 11.88mm dia

Celtic gold ring money ? - looks right but feels too light - sent off to the CCI for evalution

1.75g - 22.12 o/d - 4.70mm rod dia

1724 Foreign hamered coin or jetton ? not checked the reference books yet
18thC clog fastener
Henry VIII hammmered silver penny - Sovereign type London 0.49g - 15.53 mm
1864 Victorian gold half Sovereign 4.01g - 19.32mm

45 BC Addedomaros Celtic gold full stater found by Ohio Mike

Sent to the CCI for recording

5,51g - 19.05 mm

45 BC Addedomaros Celtic gold full stater found by Florida Don

'this one's a real cracker!

Certainly one of the best I've recorded in recent years, with just a little wear, as you say. The quality of the engraving is also extremely high - I'm sure these must have been among the first dies engraved for this type. The horse's muzzles which I mentioned last time are particularly neat here, it's really unusual to see them quite so clearly. I also suspect, though I haven't worked out how to prove it yet, that the coins with the pellets between the spiral arms are the earlier examples of this type.

I'll record this one as CCI 05.0655

5.58g - 18.38 mm

Saxon Primary silver Sceattas c 680 - 710 AD

sent to Fitzmuseum for logging

Tudor period snake clasp
1500's Elizabeth 1st hammered silver groat
15thC lead token
Not sure what this signifies ?

1493-5 AD Henry VII Class 1 hammered silver groat (4 pence).

2.6g - 25.21mm

18thC clog fastener
1589 Antwerp hand coin weight
1846 Victorian milled silver groat (4 pence)
1838 Victorian milled silver groat (4 pence)
1816 Georger III milled silver sixpence
1817 Georger III milled silver sixpence
1587 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
18thC decorated clog fastener
Huge early key fragement Medieval or even earlier as there is no matching type in reference books
1696 William III milled silver sixpence
Large pot leg fragment post Medieval
Colonial war period 92nd Regiment of foot button
20thC PWI HELI ? badge
16thC Tudor period button
Poor mans lead love token ?
15thC long cross lead token
Large Medieval key fragment
1553 Mary hammered silver groat
Very unusual foreign silver love token
1619-25 James 1st hammered silver penny
Medieval Venitian Soldino hammered silver coin
17thC Dutch low countries bale seal
Possibly Henry V 1413-1422 hammered silver penny
Interesting piece - not sure of use yet
Silver bird probably form a charm bracelet - late Victorian
Another interesting piece - not researched yet
Club button


18thC working toy cannon
Royal Signals Regiment button
Royal artillery baton top
This early 13thC Medieval seal matrix is a superb example and is very unusual having a seal matrix on both ends. One end has a shield with lombardic script around the outside and the other has 2 letters
1760 AD - 18 shilling coin weight
1860 Victorian milled silver sixpence
1562 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver groat
1837 William IIII milled silver groat (4 pence)
16thC Antwerp hand coin weight
Henry III 1180 hammered silver half penny
1279 AD Edward 1st hammered silver penny



Late Saxon stirrup-strap mount. A picture can be seen in Portable Antiquities Scheme South-East Regional Newsletter - Newsletter No. 2 2005. Figure E. The animal is described as "a lion looking upwards with his tail curled across his back and one foreleg raised"

'That, my friend, is a denarius of Tiberius, 14-37 A.D. Not only is it Tiberius, but that is also the piece that is commonly referred to as "The Tribute Penny" for being considered the most likely coin that Jesus examined and opined: "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God, the things that are God's" in Matthew 22, 17-21.
These are in no way and by no rational definition rare - actually, they're very-to-extremely common. Tiberius was a rather uninvolved and unimaginative fellow, had very few denarius types, and struck this type throughout his long reign. - but due to the Biblical reference, these have enormous cross-over appeal to folks who would otherwise not care in the least about ancient coins, so they normally sell for several times the amount they would otherwise bring.

Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS = Tiberius, Caesar, Son (adopted) of the Deified Augustus, Augustus (in his own right) Laureate head right.
Rx: PONTIF MAXIM = Head of the State Religion. Livia (his mum, you might remember her and her antics from "I Claudius" a few years back on BBC) seated right, holding long, vertical scepter and branch, ornamented legs on chair, footstool, single line underneath.

RIC I, 30, Mint of Lugdunum (Lyon, France), RSC 16a, SR 1763, VM 8.

That's a very, very nice, well struck and centered, full VF specimen, too'.

4thC Roman bronze - Comments from Mark Lehman

'That's an easy one - up to a point. It's Constantius II, (377-361 A.D.) DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. The reverse type is FEL TEMP REPARATIO - roughly translated as "Happy days are here again". The reverse shows a soldier advancing left, spearing a fallen horseman. As inappropriate as this juxtaposition of legend and scene might seem, the thought that foot-soldiers could unhorse and kill "barbarian" cavalry was comforting enough to those for whom this propaganda type was issued.
This series was current from about 250-260 A.D. and these "AE3's" (medium sized bronzes, 17-22mm) are among the very most common Roman coins known - however, they're not so common in Britain, I suppose, since Roman involvement in Britain was about done-for by that time. Unfortunately there isn't enough visible in the exergue (space below the "ground line") on the reverse to be able to tell the mint from which this specimen comes, although it looks like it might become visible with careful cleaning'.

Huge medieval key fragment
Medieval barrel lock fragment
George II London hallmarked trade weight
1813 Russian bale seal
Medieval bronze ring fragment
1773 Coin weight, Pennweights and grains - 2.16 = 10 shillings and 6 pence which is a half guinea
19thC harness shield decoration
Interesting bale seal - not researched yet
1stC Roman fibular brooch - dolphin type
15thC long cross lead token
15thC weave design lead token
1838 Victorian milled silver 4 pence
1905 Edward VII milled silver six pence
Great find - First iron Caronade English Civil War shell c 1640's
1939 George V milled silver sixpence
Very unusual Tudor period button without fretwork and is enamelled
Small arrow with heart pin - 20thC
1572 Elizabeth 1st Hammered silver groat (4 pence)
18thC Dutch lead bale seal
1625 -42 AD Tower mint
Charles 1st hammered silver half groat
1817 George III milled silver shilling
1820 George III milled silver sixpence
1216AD Henry III cut half hammered silver penny
1566 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny
Longcross hammered silver penny probably Henry VI 1443 AD
17thC crucifix
Decorated Georgian period watch winder

Top 18thC large toy cannon found by Ohio Mike -

Middle 17thC toy Petonel found by Ohio Tony

Bottom 18thC small toy cannon found Ohio Eric

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