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  • Sept 2019 finds page

    1260 AD Non Heraldic personal seal of freeholders, 4 have been found attached to pasture rights. The design is typical of mid 13thC non heraldic seals and part legend reads : AVDERTI:D


    1894 Victorian milled silver sixpence
    17th hooked fastener
    17thC decorated sword hanger
    Roman military baldric mount
    Georgian harness decoration

    1464 -1476 Edward IV - (Archiepiscopal issue) Archbishop George Neville hammered silver half penny 14.35mm , 0.55g

    Quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross - - G and key by bust

    York mint

    1341 Edward III hammered silver Florin penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    18.88mm, 1.35g

    1645 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) Tower mint under parliamant - Sun mint mark

    1217/8 Henry III hamered silver short cross silver penny Class 7a


    Rev RE(INAVD on C(A - Moneyer Reinald of Canterbury mint

    19.98mm, 1.34g



    1204/5 King John hammered silver cut halfpenny Class 5a - E before sceptre

    Obv **** ald on ***

    0.54g, 17.8mm

    (1576-1612) Rudolf II. Dutch city Zwole 29.3mm, 4.01g


    Looks like a Henry V penny - not checked the books yet

    1601-2 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat 17.10mm, 0.88g - 7th issue, '1' mintmark





    17thC mount


    C10thC Saxon stirrup mount - Class B type 2 - Mounts with central heads and flanking beasts

    46.71mm L x32.99mm W x 4.09mm T

    Georgian watch winder
    19thC livery button
    Queen Victoria 60th year medallion
    Large Georgian mount
    Royal artillery cap badge
    Large piece of medieval bonze pot bowl with rim
    Georgian mount
    17thC lead token
    Lead sewing palm guard
    15thC lead token - flower petal type
    Post medieval cloth seal
    Roman prick spur
    1820 The old stock exchange - Auctioners, Sales of Estate houses token
    1804 George III milled silver dollar (5 shillings) forgery
    1850 Victorian milled silver sixpence
    1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat
    1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

    'Still unrecorded, but I have it in my book as the below'


    13th Light Dragoons

    Officer - 1800-1830

    RN Capt / Commander - 1812

    1760's £3 12 shilling coin weight - used to weigh the Portuguese moidore series of gold coins

    28.11mm, 27.96g

    The name moidore is derived from Portuguese moeda de ouro, which literally meant "golden coin".

    AD 1293 – 22 August 1350


    Lamb left standing with banner coin wieight- French made weight for two coins , the agnel d'or of Philip VI, or the d'or of Jean le Bon and Charles VI

    legend: P DE LAENEL


    23.58g, 22.10mm

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/****EME - Durham mint

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

    **** ANGL DNS HYB

    Obv CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR -Canterbury mint

    Roman Delous buckle
    HM coast guard button

    Royal Artillery button

    Dates - 1840 - 1855

    Royal Artillery button

    Dates - 1840 - 1855

    17thC lead token
    Post medieval lead bale seal
    2 - Incomplete harness strap distributors (probably a bridle cheek piece) of the late Anglo-Saxon period
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    18thC decorated clog fastener
    1814 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg
    1697 William III milled silver shilling


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


    PORTUGAL.John II 1481-1495.AR.Real (Vintem).Lisbon mint1.88g.
    +IOHANES II R P ET A, Shield containing arms of Portugal, annulets either side.
     Reverse.+IOANES II R P ET A DGN, crowned Y L-L either side, an annulet has been cut over the right L. Ref:Gomes J2.11.01 varient.

    Very rare 1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Class 1a - Lombardic N


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    1.24g, 17.30mm

    1848 Victorian milled silver 4 pence

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


    Obv ***** ANGL DNS HYB

    Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

    Obv ED ***** ANGL DNS HYB

    Rev aDV/NOL/MIE Durham mint


    1582 - 4 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - A mint mark

    1327-1335 Edward III hammered silver penny - First coinage - Archiepiscopal issue -Reverse has quatrefoil with pellet at centre

    Obv EDWARDVS REX A ***

    Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint

    17.27mm, 0.85g

    Medieval hammered silver penny in poor shape
    Medieval hammered silver penny in poor shape
    Post medieval lead bale seal
    1678 Dutch lead bale seal
    17thC sword belt fitting
    Medieval mount - rivet fixing
    18thC shield mount



    Large 17thC mount with 4 integral lugs
    Saxon period helmet trim, classic punched circle pattern.

    17thC decorated belt slide - fern design
    17thC acorn mount with 2 integral lugs
    56th Regiment of foot badge

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

    Obv EDWR ANGL ******

    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    Medieval prism mount
    Roman dolphin headed open looped buckle fragment
    1902 Edward VII milled silver shilling

    Medieval enameled religious belt end- IHS, initials for IESUS HRISTOS SALVATOR, Jesus savior of man - some red and blue enameling remains

    Nail of christ's cross above the lettering

    In the Latin-speaking Christianity of medieval Western Europe, the most common Christogram is "IHS" or "IHC", derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, iota-eta-sigma. Here, the Greek letter eta was transliterated as the letter H in the Latin-speaking west (Greek eta and Latin-alphabet H had the same visual appearance and shared a common historical origin), while the Greek letter sigma was either transliterated as the Latin letter C (due to the visually similar form of the lunate sigma), or as Latin S (since these letters of the two alphabets wrote the same sound). Because the Latin-alphabet letters I and J were not systematically distinguished until the 17th century, "JHS" and "JHC" are equivalent to "IHS" and "IHC".

    1351- 1352 Edward III hammered silver half groat - 4th coinage series C - pre treaty period


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint



    Medieval harness shield pendant
    West Yorkshire regiment lapel badge
    WWII Royal artillery button
    Georgian candle holder handle
    17thC oval mounts with single integral lug
    2 Georgian watch winders
    18thC Royal artillery button
    1550-1650 buckle


    Venetian Soldino hammered silver coin

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

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

    Sent off to the Italian forum guys for confirmation of ID


    Excellent 14th/15thC lead token - shield and pellet type

    1204/5 King John hammered silver half penny - Class 5b


    Rev ****FRE(I. ON - Moneyer Gifrei of Norwich

    1247 Henry III voided long cross hammered silver half penny

    Medieval hammered silver penny

    CIVI/TAS /`*****

    Very unusual Edward hammered silver penny - There is a mullet(star) stop next to the inital cross which is not one I know off - still researching

    Obv *+ EDWA ****

    Rev - CIVI/TAS/ *****

    Unrecorded 91st Regiment of foot button - Argyllshire Highlanders
    Medieval hammered silver fragment
    Medieval strap fitting
    Medieval strap fitting

    1461 Edward IV Irish hammered silver penny

    Obv EDW ***** NIE

    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint


    18thC silver thimble
    Roman riveted plate
    4thC Roman bronze coin
    Medieval pot foot
    1890 pattern General service Army button
    Medieval annular buckle fragment

    Royal Artillery button

    Dates - 1840 - 1855

    Tiny 1732 George II milled silver penny

    Very important find as no examples exist with a clear initial mark and this appears to be a crown. The legend is also not one in the Withers reference book so I will send it off to the expert at the British museum. It is definetly a Henry VII as it has the distinctive cross fourchee cross ends only found in that King's coinage.

    1485 Henry VII hammered silver half penny - 'brush' hair bust , Reverse cross fourchee , 0.26g,11.89mm

    Obv **** A*ORZ (Crown)

    Rev CIVI/TAS/ ***

    George II trade weight - London hallmarks

    Navy button H.M. Coast Guard
    O/R's Button
    In use 1820 - 1836 ?

    Sterling bust English Jetton 1302-50

    Rev - Three armed cross, 6 pellet clusters in angles, border pellets

    Obv - Bust of Edward 1st trifoliate type in double circle

    18th & 17thC thimbles
    16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
    Georgian plain silver ring
    19thC livery button
    19thC hunting button
    Unrecorded 5th Dragoon guards buttons - Crimea wars period



    92nd Regiment of Foot
    ( Highlander )
    O/R's (Pewter) - 1798-1830
    Officer (Silver) - 1798-1830


    Medieval buckle with chape 34.73mm L

    C14thC Medieval gold ring 1.31g,20.40mm dia

    Medieval lead gaming piece
    17thC lead token - Anchor type
    Interesting brooch ? , fittings on back for pin and clasp but has a loop for a hanging pendant ? Not in the reference books so one for the museum. Feels more 17thC than Roman
    17thC fretwork hooked fastener
    Early Irish regimental pewter button - harp design
    15thC lead token
    George 1st copper halpenny love token - overstamped IC
    C 1638 Charles 1st hammered silver sixpence - defaced bust during English silver war and heavily clipped - square topped shield with plume type
    Medieval prick spur
    Post Medieval lead bale seal
    17thC copper jetton
    19thC livery button
    General Post Office button

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny

    Obv Ed****ANGL DNS HYB

    Rev VIL/SCIE/DMV/NDI -Bury St Edmonds mint

    1302- 50 AD Sterling bust English medieval jetton

    Obv Bust , wearing cap ,in circle:border, strokes and pellets

    Rev Straight cross 'quatrefoil-in-circles' in angles, border pellets

    1720 George 1st milled silver penny
    1697 William III milled silver shilling (12 pence) Coventry mint
    Post medieval bale seal
    1793 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg Port
    1653 Louis XIV, Liard de France 'B' type copper coin
    Post medieval bale seal
    2ndC Roman fibula brooch
    Royal Artillery button
    Georgian gold plated watch winder
    1825 Russian lead bale seal - St Petersburg Port
    Really nice 17thC seal matrix - fish jumping out of water impression
    1817 George III milled silver shilling forgery
    1550-1650 buckle
    16thC rosery hanger
    1247 Henry III short cross hammered silver farthing (cut qtr)
    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny - Durham mint

    1351-61 Edward III hammered silver pre treaty penny


    Rev **S/L - London mint

    18thC silver cufflink
    Royal London Yacht Club
    R. T. Y. C. - R. T. Y. C.
    London, England
    In use 1837 - 1901

    Britain's Merchant Navy
    Generic Design Issue
    In use 1900 's onwards

    BM - Extra high quality

    RN Capt / Commander - 1812
    RN customs
    O/R's Button
    In use 1820 - 1836 ?
    19thC livery button
    RN Purser - 1807
    In use 1807 - 1825
    1819 George III milled silver sixpence

    Medieval Edward hammered silver penny

    Obv **** ANGL DNS ****

    CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint

    4thC Roman bronze coin


    1567-70 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - 4th Issue coronet mintmark

    Roman votive figurine 48.34mm L, 14.68g

    Medieval badges Ref Mitchiner p244 939 - 941


    'A badge for a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in bronze and dating somewhere around C13/14th possibly very slightly later . This is a very scarce item and it relates to The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem being a Catholic chivalric order of Knighthood that traces its roots to Godfrey of Bouillon, principal leader of the First Crusade. According to reliable sources in the Vatican and Jerusalem, it began in historical reality as a mixed clerical and lay confraternity (association) of pilgrims which gradually grew around the most central of the Christian holy places in the Middle East, the Holy Sepulchre or the tomb of Jesus Christ.This would have been a pin for a member of the order , there is a mark on the reverse where the original pin would have been fixed '

    Lead owl figurine mount - very difficult to date - one for the museum to look at

    19thC Victoria hall marked 1/2 oz bell type trade weight


    Very unusual bullion cup weight
    19thC button
    15thC casket key

    1553 Hans Schultes I 'Ship penny' jetton

    Obv Sailing ship facing left

    Rev Traditional 'four fleurs in a lozenge' crown HANS rosette SCHVLTES cross PO


    1377-1399 Richard II hammered silver half penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    0.48g, 13.62mm

    1680-96 6 pence silver bullion weight


    Medieval decorated book clasp
    1653 hammered copper trade farthing - John Chandler in Stratford St Mary Suffolk
    18thC decorated clog fastener
    Royal Horse Artillery
    Officer & O/R's - 1802 - 1829
    1840 Victorian milled silver sixpence
    1801 Danish 2 skilling silver coin
    1817 George III milled silver sixpence

    Royal Navy Lieutenant button - 1748

    17thC decorated crotal bell
    19thC livery button
    Georgian watch winder
    600 AD Saxon silver sceat 1.20g, 12.12mm - Sent to the Fitzwilliam museum for recording and ID


    Medieval gilded cherub mount - reported as treasure to Colchester museum

    13.82mm H x14.84mm W, 1.05g

    1413-22 Henry V hammered silver half groat - pierced cross - mullet in centre of breast

    20.59mm, 1.82g




    2nd coinage 1533-1544 Henry VIII hammered silver half groat - TC beside shiled - Archbishop Thomas Cranmer) Inital mark Catherine wheel


    Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

    1.20g, 18.5mm

    1697 William III milled silver shilling - love token

    1361-69 Edward III hamered silver penny - Treaty period - York Type 2 with quatrefoil on the breast - quatrefoil with pellet at centre of reverse cross

    0.73g, 15.58mm

    Obv *** REX ANGLI

    Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RACI - York mint


    1613-15 James 1st hammered silver 6 pence - 2nd coinage -Cinquefoil mintmark

    Perfect legend on this example


    1217/8 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny - Class 7a - 'A' has top and middle bar


    Rev LVN ON CANT - Moneyer LVN of Canterbury mint

    1592-5 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny- Tun mintmark
    1576-9 Antwerp hand coin weight - Maker KI unknown
    Medieval decorated book clasp
    1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    1550-1650 buckle
    18thC mount
    Georgian button
    18thC decorated clog fastener
    1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    Not sure of this yet ?
    Post medieval lead cloth seal
    1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    1550-1650 buckle
    Georgian mount
    16thC Tudor button
    1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    20thC 'Old King Cole' badge
    18thC bayonet scabbard pommel
    1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    1550-1650 buckle
    Georgian buckle
    18thC decorated clog fastener
    17thC oval mount with single integral lug

    1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton



    70BC Morini 'boat tree' type Celtic gold 1/4 stater 1.48g, 10.28 mm

    Mass Bruce's Roman

    NH Scott's 6 Roman's

    Unless I am mistaken, all 7 of these belong to the brother team of Magnentius & Decentius - a fairly short-lived (350-353 AD) Augustus/Caesar pair of the sort promoted to Augustus, ad-hoc, by their legions. This was a very common story during the chaos-years of the later 3rd century, but happened far less often in the 4th.  Magnentius had been a top general of Constans' - his army proclaimed him Augustus and since Constans did him the favor of being captured and executed conveniently quickly - within a few months - Magnentius was duly recognized as Augustus in most of the Western provinces in 350.  The next year he elevated his little brother Decentius to be his colleague Caesar.
    Constantius II was not pleased by the Western upstarts and within 2 years had defeated them in a couple of significant battles.  Realizing the jig was up, they both committed suicide in 353.
    Although these reverse types are known for other rulers (for whom they are pretty rare), they are especially associated with Magnentius & Decentius, both of whom were always portrayed "bare headed" - no laurels or diadems, etc. - and both of whom sported distinctive "mullett" hairdos like you see on the clearest specimens here.  Since I believe the obverse legend on that nice one of Bruce's ends in "AVG", I'd say it's most likely Magnentius.  Any on which the obverse legend ends (around 5:00) in CAES, CAESAR,  NOB C, or NC can safely be assumed to be Decentius.
    The type with the 2 Victories resting shield inscribed: VOT / V / MVLT / X on a cippus (or just holding it between them) woul have a legend like: VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES - and was common for both of them.  The large Chi-Rho Christogram reverse was used on both the centenionalis and short-lived double-centenionalis denominations - it's not really scarce, but is sought-after making it a bit more expensive for those wanting to buy one.  This is a common factor in ancient coins, those with some sort of "religious" reference are always found desirable by folks who have no other interest in ancient coins, thereby driving up the prices (like the so-called "Tribute Penny" denarius of Tiberius - of which your diggers have found several - which is the most common silver coin of the early 1st century, but sells for 3-4 times as much as any other).
    This pair struck only in the Western mints: Amiens, Trier, Lyon, Arles, Aquilea, Rome and Siscia
    You have the Chi-Rho reverse 90º counter-clockwise out of alignment, by the way. in the left and right interstices of the Chi are "A" and "W" (Alpha/Omega).  You can see these letters pretty clearly on this specimen although the "P"-shaped top of the Rho seems to have taken too much damage to be visible.
    Some examples from my collection:
    Magnentius: Chi-Rho double-centenionalis:
    typical 2 Victories:
    2 Victories from a British MD find:
    a couple less-common reverses:


    Mark Lehman has sent me futher information on Fl Don's Roman silver find

    Under closer examination and tweaking the images a little, I'm pretty sure this piece at least began its career as a half-siliqua of Arcadius, 383-408 AD.  If I am reading the lower letter-seriphs on the obverse correctly, what's visible should, I believe, read "D N ARCADI [ VS P F AVG]" - the legend breaking between I - V is correct for Arcadius too. 
    Interestingly - and I'm not sure whether this "proves" anything or not, I also have a siliqua of Arcadius showing some clipping and which also weighs exactly 0.7gm  - this complicates the issue a little, since I can't see any features on the reverse of your coin which would indicate either Roma seated left (legend: VIRTVS ROMANORVM or VRBS ROMA) or a "Vota" type with vows: VOT / X / MVLT / XX in a wreath - which are the only 2 reverse types for Arcadius' siliquae - but that piece from my collection might also be a siliqua officially clipped-down to sceat-size.  Certainly to make a sceat out of a half-siliqua would require the removal of a lot less metal - or your piece might merely be a skimpy, underweight half-siliqua with no clipping.
    However, the reverse of yours I cannot be quite as certain about as the obverse, but I believe it is VICTORIA AVGG (or AVGGG, depending on the era - 2 emperors before, or 3 after the ascension of Theodosius II in 402) with Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.  I believe I can see [VI] CTOR [IA  AVGG(G?)] between 9:00 - 11:00.  The crook-like feature at the top-right should be Victory's arm holding up a wreath at about 12:00.  Although these are AE denominations and some years earlier, the general design of the reverse should be the same or similar as one or the other of these two: or
    I can't make out anything at all for a mint mark, so I can't tell you the city of origin with certainty, but it appears that Arcadius struck half-siliquae only at Milan (MD in exergue) Aquilea (AQPS in exergue) or Rome (RM in exergue).  In case you can make out letters at the bottom, that's the list of probable exergual mint marks to look for on a half-siliqua of Arcadius. 
    Good digging this season!
    It's encouraging that your first Roman is an interesting AR instead of an AE grot for a change!

    Medieval dagger chape

    45 BC Addedomaros Celtic gold coin 18.64mm, 5.61g sent to CCI for recording

    Very unusual die strike - gold appears to be in an almost non moldern state during the strike