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c 35 BC Dubnovellaunus tribe Celtic gold qtr stater-11.73mm,1.32g - Sent to CCI for recording

Recorded as CCI 10.1046.

Gold quarter stater of Dubnovellaunos, c. 20 BC-AD 10

Linear wreath, with opposed crescents; Horse left with branch below and trefoil design above

VA 1660, BMC 2442

Around 25 provenanced examples of this type are known.... mainly from Essex or the Essex or Herts borders.




Ps. Note the figures for the British G quarter stater were also PROVENANCED examples only!




1856 Victoria milled silver sixpence

Saxon sceat sized silver coin - cross on obv - 'cooking' it to remove the crud

0.43g, 10.18mm dia ,1.08mm T

1645-6 Charles 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) - Sun mintmark
1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) - Woolpack mintmark

Facinating coin find - Slightly bigger than a Saxon sceat and has Saxon type markings - Sent off to Dr Martin at the Fitzwilliam musmeum Early medieval corpus for his views

This is from the Indian sub-continent or south-east Asia. I am not an expert on this area unfortunately. You might contact one of the discussion groups on the Oriental Nummismatic Society website.

Best wishes,


12.44mm, 1.02g

1590-2 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence) - Hand mintmark
18thC bullion weight - Lion mint mark
1815 Russian lead bale seal
1813 Russian lead bale seal
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper farthing
Georgian buckle

33rd regiment of foot button

Officer - 1848-1853

1550-1650 buckle
1797 Cartwheel penny - overstamped love token
Early BC Iron age harness ring
1509 -26 Henry VIII hammered silver groat (4 pence) - Lis mintmark
Georgian watch winders
Royal Navy - Officers (Roped Rim) Lined Background - 1843-1891
18thC bell clapper

1485-1509 Henry VII hammered silver half groat - double arched crown

Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

James VI of Scotland 1601- 1604 hammered silver 1/4 Thistle Merk or half noble as it was sometimes known value 3 shillings and 4 pence ( 40 pence )

17thC William Aldred of Colchester, Essex hammered copper trade farthing

Norweb 1156

1873 dated religious medallion
Unrecorded 33rd regiment of foot button
O/R's - 1782-1810


RN Capt / Commander - 1825
RN Lieutenant - 1825
RN Midshipman - 1825
In use 1825 - 1827
16thC Tudor fretwork buttons
Medieval mount

17thC Nathaniel Backler of Dedham Essex hammered copper trade farthing

Norweb 1254

17thC HL - East Bardgholt (East Bergholt) Essex hammered copper trade farthing - not in the Norweb ref book - working on it


WWII Royal artillery cap badge
1762 George III milled gold 1/4 guinea - 5 shillings 3 pence
RN Capt / Commander - 1825
RN Lieutenant - 1825
RN Midshipman - 1825
In use 1825 - 1827
1550 -1650 buckle
17thC Colchester Essex hammered copper trade farthing
RN Capt / Commander - 1825
RN Lieutenant - 1825
RN Midshipman - 1825
In use 1825 - 1827
17thC lead token
16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver shillinh fragment

1550 -1650 buckle
Georgian silver jewelry iten with glass stone
Medieval bucket handle
1700 William III milled copper half penny
17thC lead bale seal

Victorian silver pocket watch
1766-1780 THE 76th REGIMENT OF FOOT
RN Capt / Commander - 1825
RN Lieutenant - 1825
RN Midshipman - 1825
In use 1825 - 1827
1165 AD William 1st of Scotland hammered silver half penny
1834 William IIII milled silver groat (4 pence)
1594 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
1485-1509 Henry VII hammered silver penny - Brush hair
Medieval hammered silver penny
1855 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1861 Victoria milled silver shilling
1816 George III milled silver sixpence
15thC lead token type 2
Gold plated ring
Huge fragment of a decorated circular disc - bird style reminds me of Saxon - one for the museum to date
1649 Commonwealth hammered silver half groat
Stunning King and Constitution button military button ?
19thC livery button
19thC buckle
18thC toy cannon
Victorian Royal Irish regiment cap badge
Georgian silver thimble
1562 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
Medieval lead pilgrims ampullae with flower pattern. East Anglia type many made at Walsingham

Pilgrim ampullae - holly water bottle made of lead 12th to 15thC,

These ampoule were brought from pilgrimage places as a souvenir

Mitchiner suggests that many ampullae were used in the annual springtime ’Blessing the Fields’ ceremony, in which the Holy Water they contained was sprinkled on the ground to give prayer for a good harvest. Having served this purpose, Mitchiner suggests that the ampullae were discarded. Others have suggested that the ampullae were buried along with their contents for a similar purpose


1816 George III milled silver sixpence
Roman silver coin cut half - straight into the 'cooker'
Medieval gilded harness pendant hanger - single rivet fixing
1831 William IIII milled silver sixpence
1906 Edward VII milled silver sixpence

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR Canterbury mint

19thC St Christopher medallion
1768 Ductch Zeelandia Province copper coin
18thC clog fastener
15thC lead token

17thC button
Georgian spur
Medeival lead hanging weight
Victorian brooch
17thC brooch with yellow glass stones
1819 Russian lead bale seal
19thC hunting button
1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
2ndC Roman fibular brooch
Victorian silver clasp
19thC hunting button
15thC lead token
1928 George V milled silver sixpence




17thC buckle clasp

First 1550 -1650 buckle I have see with inscription - CRAS **** BIN

It appears to have had two stones for decoration

1927 George V milled silver sixpence

1242-1247 Henry III hammered silver short cross penny - Class 8a- curuke shaped X

London mint

1858 Victoria milled silver sixpence

1471-1483 Edward IV hammered silver groat - 2nd reign, B on breast

rev BBISTOW - Bristol mint


Gilded Georgian brooch - red stone set in silver
Unrecorded 5th Dragoon guards button - Crimea wars period
19thC Essex regiment button
Victorian lead toy horse
1886 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1919-47 Royal Army ordnance corp
General service headdress badge, Union of South Africa Army, 1909 - 1919

Springbock badge - union strength

1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

Medeival style crucifix
19thC Gold on silver signet ring
1893 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1696 William III milled silver sixpence

70BC Morini Celtic 'boat tree' gold qtr stater - Sent to CCI for recording 1.41g, 10.81mm

Stunning Georgian navy seal on red stone
1865 Victorian milled gold 1/2 sovereign
1595 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
1572 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
Medieval lead Boy Bishop token
1500 -1700 Acorn mount
Unrecorded 11th Light Dragoons
Officer - 1783-?
19thC North Eastern railways button
19thC London and North East railways button
19thC hunting button
19thC Customs button
15thC lead token
19thC USA One dollar Indian gold forgery ?

1356 -1361 Edward III hammered silver penny - Cross 3 - 4th coinage Pre treaty period Series Ga - Double satire stops


Rare varity reads CIVI TAS LON DOM not LONDON

Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DOM - London mint


850BC Bronze age axe head fragment
18thC clog fastener
Georgian trade weight
Georgian bell trade weight
Unusual dated 1620 Dutch lead bale seal
17thC Dutch lead bale seal

Medieval hannered silver shot cross cut half penny

Rev ***.ON.LVD - London mint

Georgian lead tobacco jar lid handle
1780 Royal Navy button
Medieval bronze beehive thimble
1550 -1650 buckle

Monster find - 9th/10thC Saxon/Viking sword scabbard chape- gold on nickel

This style better matches known Viking types so one for the museum to look at.

11.96g, 39.58mm L

1944 George VI milled silver Florin (2 shillings, 24 pence) & 1946 George VI milled silver sixpence
1921 George V milled silver Florin (2 shillings, 24 pence)

1274 Edward 1st (Ireland) hammered silver imitation penny

Obv **ANGL DNS ***

Rev **AS/ WA - Waterford (Ireland) mint

Georgian silver thimble
18thC crotal bell
1840 Victoria milled silver 4 pence
Neat Georgian spoon handle with red stone inlay
19thC livery button

1st Suffolk Yeomanry button

1st Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry 
Officer - 1794-1827
Georgian silver buckle

Great detail - Tiny mint condition Early issue 1280 -84 Irish Edward 1st hammered silver farthing 0.38g, 9.77mm dia


Rev CIVI TAS * DVBL INIE - Dublin mint

1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
1550 -1650 buckle
19thC livery button

1340 AD French Jetton

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

1906 Edward VII milled silver sixpence

'3rd Essex Local Militia gilt (b/m: Charles Jennens. London).

This is the 3rd Reg't of the Essex Local Militia.
Formed march 15th 1809, Disbanded 1816, for the Napoleonic Wars.
Based at Colchester, Lt. Col.Com. John Bawtree.


Decorated gilt 17thC spur

61.54mm L x 35.8mm W, 54.89g

Stunning early medieval dagger quillion - finger guard is decorated with a runic inscription

I checked all the runic styles and it matches Norwegian the best - one for the museum

Norwegian Futhark



Roman BC republican silver coin - cooking to remove crust
Roman silver coin Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD - cooking to remove crust
Roman BC republican silver coin - cooking to remove crust
1604 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1909 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
1931 George V milled silver sixpence
1891 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1873 Victoria milled silver sixpence
1485-1509 Henry VII hammered silver penny

Essex Yeomanry

The Essex Yeomanry was raised in 1797 during the Napoleonic Wars as a number of independent troops. The regiment was brought together as the "Essex Yeomanry Cavalry" in 1814. The regiment was disbanded in 1828, but with the expansion of the volunteer movement in the 1850s the regiment was re-raised as the "West Essex Yeomanry Cavalry" in 1857. The regiment was disbanded again in 1877, but an "Essex Troop" continued to serve under command of the "Loyal Suffolk Hussars".


Medieval lead bird feeder bowl

French 39th Regiment of line button

French Order of Battle
Leipzig 1813

39th Infantry Division: GdD Jean-Gabriel Marchand
1st Brigade: GM von Stockhorn
. . . . . . Baden 1st Line Infantry Regiment (2 btns.)
. . . . . . Baden 3rd Line Infantry Regiment (2 btns.)
2nd Brigade: GM Emil, Prinz von Hesse
. . . . . . Hesse-Darmstadt Guard Fusiliers (1 btn.)
. . . . . . Hesse-Darmstadt Leibgarde Regiment (2 btns.)
. . . . . . Hesse-Darmstadt Leib Infantry Regiment (2 btns.)
Divisional Artillery
. . . . . . Baden Foot Battery (4 guns)
. . . . . . Hesse-Darmstadt Foot Battery (3 guns)


  • Reserve Artillery
    . . . . . . Foot Battery (8 x 12pdr cannons)
    . . . . . . Foot Battery (8 x 12pdr cannons)
    . . . . . . Foot Battery (6 guns)
    . . . . . . Neapolitan Foot Battery (? guns)
Victorian trade weight - Crown VR cipher
Georgian trade weight - Crown GR cipher
19thC livery button

The Great Eastern railway button

The Eastern Counties Railway opened in 1839. In 1862 it amalgamated with three other companies, to form the Great Eastern Railway

Royal London Yacht Club
R. T. Y. C. - R. T. Y. C.
London, England
In use 1837 - 1901
19thC hunting button
19thC livery button
Georgian dandy button

As dug


Partially 'cooked


I'll need to see what's on the reverse (it's probably a "collection" of 3 or 4 objects, but I need to know which grouping it is in order to determine the exact type), however, speaking solely from what I can see on the obverse, I suspect this Republican Denarius is one of the varieties of C. Norbanus, c 83 BC., just a few years after the end of the "Social War".



Roman silver coin - straight into 'cooker' to remove horn crust

Detail is coming through so sent off to Mark Lehman for his views - back in the 'cooker' to remove more of the crud


Roman (40-100 AD ) cast copper alloy skirted terret harness fitting


1644 Charles 1st hammered silver sixpence - R in brackets mint mark
1583 Elizabeth hammered silver sixpence
1571 Elizabeth hammered silver three pence
12thC Shield of France - French jetton
Post medieval lead cloth seal
Georgian button
Honourable East India Company
1666 'His Half Peny' hammered copper trade half penny
1653 Jeremy Erds of Manningtree Essex hammered copper trade farthing

Rare Roman silver coin - 'cooking' it to show detail

27 BC

That is the Augustus, Gaius & Lucius denarius.  Rather than sitting at table, Augustus' two grandsons are standing either side of a pile of arms, shields, etc, on the reverse.  This is a rather common denarius of Augustus, but this one looks as though it had very little wear before deposition, so it might clean-up to be a really nice coin.
This is a not-so-pretty example I used to have in my collection which has all the specifics, date and reference already listed.


Revised ID after cleaning

This one is still found under the same basic reference-type, still from the Lugdunum mint c. 2 BC - 4 AD., but it's a slighlty different variety.  On the reverse of the "regular" one, the simpulum (the ladle) is on the left and the Lituus (crooked staff) on the right between the 2 spears.  Yours has them reversed, and has an "X" in the field below them.
This changes the RIC listing to # 212 and the RSC listing to # 43d.  The "frequency rating" in RIC is "Rare" for this variety as opposed to Common/Scarce for most of the other varieties.


Eastern uninscribed Celtic gold full stater of Dubnovellaunos, c 20 BC

Sent to CCI for recording

5.41g, 18.45mm

1845 Victoria milled silver sixpence
Neat medallion- Edward V ?
15thC lead token - type 2
1550 -1650 buckle
1906 Edward VII milled silver sixpence
1743 St Petersburg Russian lead bales seal
Georgian watch winder

XCVII regiment button

The 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1824 and amalgamated into The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) in 1881.

15thC lead token
15thC lead token

As dug

Almost cleaned - still 'cooking' it

South Eastern Celtic silver unit of Amminus circa 1stC - sent to CCI for recording


Adminius was probably the eldest son of Cunobelin, who was given the administration of Cantium by his father c.AD30. Inscribed coinage has been found throughout the canton, bearing the name AMM INVS, and a mint mark DVN, probably indicating an administrative centre at Durovernon

Dvrovernvm Cantiacorvm (Canterbury, Kent)

Native pre-Roman settlement on the Stour in East Kent, later cantonal capital served by a port three miles down the Stour at Fordwich. Amminus (Adminius) minted coin bearing a mint-mark of DVN, which is thought to be an abbreviation of Durovernon, with the implication that he had a mint here.


1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny - Cross 3



1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny - Cross 3



Huge 1867 Repub. Peruana Lima 9 D Fino Y.B" and a crest milled silver coin
1883 Victoria milled silver 3 pence

1280 - 1286 Alexander III 2nd coinage Class 1


REV REX SCOTORUM - King of Scots

RN Flag Officer - 1827
Left Leaning Stock
In use 1827 - 1843
Georgian button
Harwich football club
16thC Tudor button
1696 William III milled silver sixpence


Large AS sized Roman bronze coin - sent to Mark for ID

You didn't give me a diameter or weight on this, but I can tell you a bit about it and I'll assume since you mention finding As-sized pieces that it's an As rather than a Sestertius (although there are similar types of Sestertii and Dupondii) .
I won't be able to date this piece exactly - however, if you can manage to read the final characters in the obverse legend - Roman Numerals - that would give us the TR P year and date the piece very closely. Unfortunately, although it has 3 dates, Tribunician year, Imperium number and Consular number, none of them are readable - the 2 on the reverse are probably beyond hope of reading, but the TR P date on the obverse might be readable in person.
It's Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) and the reverse type is FELICITAS AVG IMP (number?) COS ( number?) SC showing Felicitas standing left holding a caduceus and a short scepter.  The obverse legend is very likely to be: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P (number?) 
Examples exist between 171 (TRP XXVI) and 180 (TR P XXXIII) AD.  I was unable to find an As with Felicitas left (although there is one with Felicitas right and this may be an unrecorded variant) I suspect it's a variant of RIC 1020, TR P XXVI since the rest of the Felicitas types with the correct obverse legend-type are sestertii.
So, I'll guess that this piece probably dates to 171 AD. unless you are able to give me a more accurate reading of the final characters in the obverse legend.




1817 George III milled silver sixpence
Medeival bronze beehive thimble

Contemporary Roman silver forgery - sent to Mark Lehman for ID 1.99g, 17mm

Yes, this does appear to be a "fourree" of a Tiberius denarius of the so-called "Tribute Penny" type.  The forgeries from this era generally were the result of a higher level of more specialized work than are the contemporary copies of other eras.  Beginning in the Republican era and up through at least the end of the 2nd century, these copies were created with copper cores with a heavy silver-foil wrapping soldered to the copper surface by the use of a eutectic flux layer and heating pre-strike.  In the 3rd century, the lower fineness of "silver" led to copying by surface enrichiment techniques - then, when the Roman Empire itself had to resort to these same surface enrichment techniques, you tend to find the copies which make no effort to appear as anything but bronze or copper. 
Tiberius, as I've no doubt told you before, was not a particularly original, energetic or engaged ruler.  He was satisfied with, basically, a single type of denarius throughout his relatively long, 23-year rule from 14-37 AD.  There are some vague date-ranges attached to the various levels of elaboration of the legs of the throne on which Livia is seated and/or the style of the protrait (looking more like Augustus at the beginning and more like himself at the end of Tiberius' reign).  These would not be as helpful for specifically dating a fourree.  You can probably say no more than that this dates to c. 15-40 AD.
Very nice and interesting find - possibly the electromotive potential between the copper core and the silver wrapping was responsible for this coin not becomeing encrusted like other silver pieces of the same age.


1stC BC Uninscribed 'L' 'Waddon Chase type' Celtic gold full stater - sent to CCI for recording

5,86g, 1.6mm

'These coins are probably not very much earlier than the Addedomaros staters - it all depends really on when one dates the Addedomaros issue. It seems fairly certain that the Whaddon Chase staters could be from the later stages of the Gallic War, say about 54 BC at the earliest; they could be a little bit later, but are unlikely to be after say 40 BC at the very latest.'

Dr Philip de Jersey

This looks like a Tetrarchic era follis - c 294-315 AD. with major edge-chipping resulting in complete loss of legends, obverse & reverse.  The reverse seems to be from the GENIO POPVLI ROMANI series which also included legends like GENIO CAESARIS and GENIO AVGVSTI along with a representation of the Genius of the Roman People standing left, sacrificing from a patera, often over a small altar at his feet, and holding a cornucopiae.  Diocletian made a conscious effort to have as little distinction between his and his co-rulers' portraits - in order to try to avoid the cults of personality which had caused so much chaos in the later 3rd century - resulting in all the portraits from this era looking so much alike that there is no way to say who was supposed to be on the obverse.  There's a fairly long list of possibilities including Diocletian, Maximian, Constantius I, Galerius, Maximian II, Severus II, Maxentius, Licinius I, and even Constantine the Great.
With the lunate "E" in the left field, the list of possibilities narrows down to Maximinus II, Galerius as Augustus, and Licinius I and the mints of Heraclea and Cyzicus, between 310-313 AD.  The legend type most likely is GENIO AVGVSTI.

1327 Edward III hammered silver penny


Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint

Huge 1475 Dutch -Karel de Stoute -hammered silver DOUBLE STUIVER
1247 Henry III hammered silver voided half penny
1867 Victoria milled silver 3 pence
1834 William IV milled silver shilling (12 pence)

1471- 1483 Edward IV hammered silver groat (4 pence) - 2nd reign - Initial mark pierced cross


Rev CIVI/TAS/LOND/DON - London mint


17thC lead token
18thC Royal navy silver button
1594-6 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Woolpack mintmark
1934 George V milled silver sixpence
2ndC Roman fibular brooch
18thC bayonet frog
1817 George III milled silver sixpence
1500-1700 mount
1633-4 Charles 1st hammered silver penny- Portcullis mint mark
Medieval chest key
138-161AD Dupondius of Faustina II, wife of Marcus Aurelius bronze coin

1485 - 1509 Henry VII hammered silver half penny - Reverse cross fourchee - Type 3 single arched crown


Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint


1817 Russian lead bale seal

Continental hammered silver coin


HILDESHEIM - Free City, Billon 4 Pfennig, 1720. Obv.: City coat of arms, "MO:NO:CIV:HILDES"
Rev.: On 3 lines: "IIII/STADT/17 PF 20". Reference: KM#251.

1634 Charles 1st hammered silver penny
15** 16thc Elizabeth hammered silver groat fragment
Medieval hammered silver groat fragment
134 AD Hadrian Roman bronze coin

1341 Edward III hammered silver florin penny - Cross 3



1670's Charles II milled silver penny

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