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  • Sept 2009 Finds Page

    Medieval gold ring with sapphire - 24.12mm dia, 11.42g - report to Colchester museum as treasure

    Tiny 1485 Unrecorded Henry VII 'brushed hair' type hammered silver halfpenny - legend does match any known Henry's 10.88mm, 0.35g

    Obv HENRICVS A / SIE x H**


    1603 James 1st hammered copper farthing

    1562 AD Hans Krauwinckel I Master German Lion of St Mark Jetton, 19.27g, 30.02mm

    Lion of St Mark standing left with both wings shown. Book of the Gospels between fore- paws.Halo, rising into the margin, is surrounded by a star:


    Rev Imperial Orb surrounded by cross patty witin an ornate tressure *HANNS * KRVRENBER


    2- 1634 Charles 1st hammered coper Rose farthing - Type 2
    1457-1476 Edward IV hammered silver penny -Bishop Lawerence Booth - Durhan mint - Lis at bust

    1641-3 Charles 1st hammered silver penny - mintmark 2 dots

    16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

    1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

    Obv EDWAR DNS *****

    Rev CIVI/TAS/ ****


    1356 Edward III hammered silver penny - Pre treaty Series F - initial mark Crown

    Rev CIVI/TAS/ LON/DON - London mint

    Padlock - no idea of date yet
    Georgian button

    Monogrammed button

    FA - B&H

    Medieval harness rings
    Medieval lead pilgrims badge
    Medieval mount
    36th Regiment of foot button
    Georgian buckle
    Really nice shape 1730 George II copper halfpenny
    1875 Victoria milled silver sixpence
    14th/15thC 1/2 Gold Ryal - King with sword and shield standing in a ship type with rose coin weight
    1603 James 1st coin weight - Britain crown, 2nd coinage
    15th/16thC 'Ship with 2 lions' type coinweight for the gold noble
    1587 Rose Ryal coin weight

    1247 Henry III hammered silver voided longcross penny - Class 2

    Rev NIC(/OLE(/ON/ANT - Moneyer Nicole of Canterbury

    Unusual gilded mount with 2 integral lugs 16th/17thC
    Roman bust figurine finial - 42.39mm L , 22.07g

    1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

    Obv EDWAR ANGL ******

    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON- London mint

    1634 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat( 2 pence)
    Excellent find, new one to us - 1664 Susannah King of Boxford, Suffolk, hammered copper trade farthing
    Medieval shield jetton
    1910 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
    1845 Victoria milled silver sixpence
    1819 George III milled silver shilling (12 pence)

    Victorian model crown coin

    mdcccxlviii (=1848)

    Joseph Moore was a noted Birmingham medallist (1817 - 1892) who trained under Halliday.  He was then in partnership as Allen & Moore (1840 - 1858) and the A&M initials are on many pieces of this period.  From 1859 onwards he was trading in his own name with the Moore business eventually being acquired by Fattorini & Sons in 1920.

    In 1844 Moore produced models (patterns) of a bimetallic penny as a suggestion for a change in the currency of the realm by using lighter and smaller coins than the much heavier and larger "cartwheels" then still in general use.  Later, in 1847 / 1848 Moore's firm produced a range of model pieces ranging from 1/16th of a farthing (6mm diameter) through to the bimetallic half pennies and pennies and up to the very ornate crowns, also bimetallic, and quarter sovereigns.  The lower denominations were very small and not actual currency in force in the UK either at that time, or before or since.

    The smaller pieces were probably produced to enhance his own expertise and to market the larger pieces and they have readily become collectable today as "Model Coins".  The bimetallic pennies - still seen in abundance today - were so popular with the general public that the Royal Mint had to make an official announcement that they were not legal tender.  Moore meant them to be serious models for consideration as currency and most have "Model" on them which probably saved Moore from prosecution under the Counterfeit Laws.

    Victorian gaming token
    Medieval decorated book clasp
    16thC Tudor button
    Victorian silver bottle stopper
    1711 Anne milled silver sixpence
    16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
    19thC Victorian milled silver sixpence
    1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
    1573-8 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
    Post medieval hammered silver half groat
    Georgian spur buckle
    1575-1700 buckle

    1466/7 Edward IV hammered silver groat - Bristol (B on breast) Quatrefoils by bust - Crown inital mark




    1600-1720 buckle

    One piece Navy button



    Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

    RN - Packet Service
    ( Mail & Supplies Delivery )

    Firmin & Co

    1600-1720 buckle
    Medieval decorated book clasp
    15thC open topped thimble
    1694 William and Mary copper half penny
    1664 Joseph Gleson of Dedham Copper trade farthing
    17thC button
    Post medieval lead bale seal
    1816 George III milled silver sixpence
    1924 George V milled silver sixpence
    18thC musket trigger guard
    16thC crotal bell
    Great Eastern railway button
    1770's 9 shilling coin weight
    18thC Dutch copper coin

    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

    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    Medieval lead papel badge fragment
    15thC casket key

    Mint condition 1340 AD French Jetton

    Crown introduced in 1340 by Philip VI (1328-50)

    Royal Crown with 3 rosettes across body of crown

    Rev Triple banded straight cross fleuretty AV

    1310-14 Sterling bust English Jetton Edward II Class XI

    Rev - Long cross patonce 6 pellet clusters in angles, border pellets

    Obv - Bust Class II in circle, border pellets


    1485 Henry VII hammered silver sovereign penny - Keys by shield - Archbishop Rotherham - no pillars to throne

    York mint

    1609 James 1st hammered silver half goat

    1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton


    Beautiful decorated medieval buckle chape - Fleur de lis design and 3 rivet fixing

    This coin has me stumped at the moment, clearly a clipped half groat by the double inner ring on obv. CIVI/TAS type but with a mint legend I do not know VERUT ?. Bust has mad eyes but with an unusual hair style. Crown is also very unusual.

    Facinating coin - Ricahard III ?

    1471 Edward IV hammered silver half groat - C on breast XVIII/XX Rose initial mark


    Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

    19mm, 1.18g

    1553 Mary hammered silver groat

    1.98g, 24.26mm

    Medieval seal ring

    Edward Saddler

    Royal Sussex regiment cap badge
    Medieval strap and hanger fitting
    1912 silver badge - Birmingham hallmark

    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs


    Heart attack find - Celtic style silver ring hall marked 925 silver
    17thC decorated crotal bell
    17thC bell donger
    1606/ 7 James 1st hammered silver half groat -escallop mint mark
    1607-9 James 1st hammered silver penny -Coronet mint mark
    1871 Victorian milled silver shilling

    Sterling silver finger ring

    Medieval silver decorated bodkin needle - reported to museum as treasure
    Army cap badge
    17thC clothing fastener
    Post medieval bale seal

    1508-14 Henry VIII hammered silver halfgroat - Marlett mint mark

    Archbishop Brainbridge issue - keys below shield


    Arabic lettering on an enamelled badge ??
    Military button ?
    Not sure yet - possible sissor handle

    1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny, Class 2a

    Obv EDWR ANGL ***

    Rev CIVI/TAS **


    Medieval pot leg
    92nd Regiment of Foot
    ( Highlander )
    O/R's (Pewter) - 1798-1830
    Officer (Silver) - 1798-1830
    Medieval purse bar arm - decorated, some blue enamelling remaining
    1697 William III milled silver sixpence

    1247 Henry III hammered silver short cross cut half penny

    Obv HENRIC ***

    1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny
    1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver 6 pence
    17thC William Greeveson of Durham hammered copper trade farthing
    Roman baldric mount
    Post medieval lead bale seal
    19thC livery button
    Hnery VIII coin weight - Crown H
    1935 George V milled silver sixpence
    Lemon juice method used to clean up 1808 George III penny and half penny

    Probably one of the smallest hammered silver coins you can find, 1/3rd the weight of a Medieval silver farthing

    1625-42 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - Rose each side - no legend type

    0.17g, 9.5mm

    Medieval silver Fleur De Lis hat badge - reported as treasure to museum

    Venetian Soldino hammered silver coin 0.26g,12.08mm

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

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

    1582-3 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Bell mint mark
    Large medieval lead weight
    1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross cut half penny
    1861 Victorian milled silver 3 pence
    Victorian 1/4 oz trade weight
    WWII Air training corp
    WWII Royal air force
    WWII Woman's land Army button
    17thC decorated crotal bell
    Georgian horse harness bell
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    1816 George III milled silver sixpence

    1279 -Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Cross Potent Class 3f - Lombardic N


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    1.18g, 18.71mm


    1817 George III milled silver sixpence
    Medieval figurine mount 32.86mm H , 10.30g

    1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR- Canterbury mint

    17.11mm, 1.13g

    1560-1 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Martlet mint mark - 2nd issue

    14.68mm, 0.51g

    Medieval Edward long cross hammered silver penny
    17thC Thomas Beckwith of Coggeshall in Essex hammered copper trade half penny

    16thC Tudor jewelry clasp - gold on silver - reported to museum as treasure

    13.01mm H, 0.80g

    1940 George VI milled silver half crown (30 pence)
    1553 Mary hammered silver groat

    Venetian Soldino hammered silver coin 0.26g,12.08mm

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

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

    Huge 15th/16th C Henry VIII trade weight
    Mid 4thC Roman coin - Barbarius Rdiate type
    Medieval gold noble coinweight


    1664 Joseph Gleson of Dedham Copper trade farthing
    Great Eastern railway button
    Generic Merchant Navy button
    16thC crotal bell

    1509 -26 Henry VIII hammered silver groat - Pheon mint mark

    2.87g, 26.93mm

    70BC Morini 'boat tree' type Celtic gold 1/4 stater 1.46g, 11.33 mm

    Tiny Mid 4thC Roman silver coin - clipped to appear like a Saxon sceat


    The siliquae of the late 4th and early 5th century were quite small and rather lightweight - it tends to show, among other things, how little silver the Romans had easy access to at that point.  Your piece may be a fractional siliqua struck with full-size siliqua dies, a contemporary copy, or may have deteriorated in situ - or there may be yet another story behind this one.  There was a time in the post-Roman era when existing siliquae were officially clipped down to a size and weight to circulate alongside Saxon sceatta - and this may be a product of that or a similar era and process.
    I will look forward to seeing whatever may come of your cleaning efforts, since there's not enough showing to tell you anything you don't already seem to know about this one.



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



    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

    T.D Nunn Wix store half sovereign token (126 pence)
    1845 Victorian milled silver sixpence
    Watch winders
    Neat Find - lead toy soldier
    Georgian Harness shield mount with initials GG
    19thC Token - Lowe
    Military badge ?
    18thC clog fastener
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    1704 Queen Anne sixpence
    16thC Tudor S belt clasp

    Admiral Edward Boscawen at the battle of Porto Bello 1737,37.27mm dia

    Saxon Stirrup terminal

    Early Medieval 11th century

    16/17thC Tudor button
    Roman harness loop junction - 2 rivet fixing
    1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
    Royal navy customs button
    19thC Livery button with bishops mitre
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
    1563 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver six pence

    Interesting Roman bronze coin sent off for ID (non hoard)

    This is another of the Magnentius/Decentius centenionales.
    You can only tell them apart by the obverse legends, so I can't say which one of them this is on the basis of these photos, but it's the common VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES, 2 Victories reverse they both used.


    4thC Roman bronze coin in poor shape
    1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
    William IV milled silver 1 1/2 pence

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