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  • 2018 Sept Finds page

    1811 George III milled silver bank token - Eighteenpence

    1817 George III milled gold half sovereign


    Medieval gilded Fleur de Lis harness pendant

    2ndC Roman silver coin - need cooking to remove crust 15thC lead token

    Thought this was a Roman buckle but not sure it is - reserching this find

    1794 silver seal matrix

    Maker CF - Crispin Fuller - registered Dec 1792

    London duty paid symbol - date letter small t

    1826 Russian lead bale seal 1933 George V millled silver sixpence
    1567 - 1570 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver three pence Medieval hammered silver long cross penny
    1817 George III milled silver sixpence 17thC lead token  
    Victorian silver clasp Crown C Army button ? 1500-1700 mount
    Georgian lead tacco jar lid handle Post medieval harness pendant 1500-1650 buckle
    1816 George III milled silver sixpence 1841 Victoria milled silver shilling
    1857 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1944 George VI milled silver sixpence
    1919 George V milled silver shilling Georgian silver button + glass stone

    Georgian silver plated seal matrix - needs cleaning to remove crust

    Georgian silver initialed spoon handle 19thC livery button 18thC Royal artillery button
    1624 Chalres 1st hammered silver penny 1902 Edward VII milled silver florin - 24 pence
    19thC livery button 1900's merchant navy button Medieval lead trade weight 1500-1650 buckle

    Georgian silver cuff link Victorian Rifle Regiment button

    c1790-1810 ​

    32nd Regiment of foot button

    The 32nd Regt of Foot gained the Cornwall title in 1782. This style had a long period of use by the Regt lasting until 1871 for other ranks and 1881 for officers.

    1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing Medieval buckle
    1500-1650 buckle

    Copper alloy belt mount. The mount is asymmetrical . The mount has a triangular body, with a collared lozenge shaped terminal at one end, and a circular terminal at the other. The surface is gilded. There are two incomplete integral lugs on the reverse.

    Date from: Circa AD 1350
    Date to: Circa AD 1499

    A small cast copper alloy mount or stud, in the shape of a bird. The mount is a rough oval in shape, being the shape of a bird with wings folded away. The top forms the head, with a sharp beak pointing left; this resembles that of a crow, raven, magpie or other corvid. The decoration is basic, consisting of a crude ‘eye’ and horizontal lines on the body. The mount is convex in section, hollow at the reverse, with the stumps of two studs. This artefact dates to the 13th to 15th centuries.
    17thC lead token Medieval buckle Roman mount A Medieval (1250-1450) sheet copper alloy (0.50mm thick) domed quadfoil belt mount

    The Standing King series

    Charles IV 1322-28 French Jetton

    Obv 'king with sceptre standing beneath a gothic canopy'

    1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross fragment

    Rev RIO - Moneyer Henri

    17thC hammered copper trade farthin

    Ob IR

    16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

    2ndC Roman silver coin sent for ID

    This one is definitely Trajan as well – and I’ve cataloged about half a dozen of this type in the last couple weeks – Felicitas holding caduceus and cornucopiae. The photo below shows how similar it is, although the legends don’t match exactly – there was a whole series of “Felicitas standing” denarii, with altar, leaning on column, etc – this is the closest I have in saved photos

    Mid 4th C Roman copper coin 1500-1700 mount Britstol Fire Brigade

    2ndC Roman silver coin sent for ID

    This is a denarius of Trajan, so far as I can tell. At first glance I was not immediately familiar with the reverse type (odd, since I’ve been helping catalog an enormous Trajan specialty collection over the last couple of months, but then Trajan had a lot of types and I thought I hadn’t encountered this one before.)
    It’s unusual for Trajan’s reverse subjects to be seated, reclining or recumbent to right – they are virtually always shown to the left.
    Your denarius is commemorating Trajan’s victories in Dacia a personification of which is seated on a pile of captured arms.
    It happens I have a photo of a similar specimen

    1819 Russian lead bale seal Mid 4thC Roman barbarious radiate bronze coin
    A Medieval (1250-1450) sheet copper alloy (0.50mm thick) domed sexfoil belt mount Cast copper alloy mount of probable late medieval or post medieval date (1400-1600). The mount is sub-oval in plan and domed in cross section (D-shaped). The front face is convex and undecorated 19thC Victorian Engineers button

    1640's Civil War half pound cannon ball - 7.8oz,39mm

    Medieval buckle Roman mount 15thC lead token Medieval buckle
    18thC clog fastener Medieval mount 1874 Victoria milled silver shilling
    1819 George III milled silver sixpence 1836 William IV milled silver four pence

    11,000 BC flint scraper

    A copper-alloy cast mount. The mount is quatrefoil in shape with a cusp in each angle. The reverse has two attachment lugs.

    c 1600-1700

    Victorian brooch clasp Georgian mount with glass stones

    1412-13 Henry IV hammered gold qtr Nobel- Light coinage - Lis above shield, trefoils beside shield,Lis in centre of reverse.

    Obv +hENRIC'DI; GRA;REX ANGL - mm Fleur de Lis


    1422- 27 Henry VI hammered silver groat - Annulet issue - Annulets by neck and two sets of oppossing pellets on reverse


    Rev VIL LAx CALI SIEx - Calais mint


    16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny

    1314-17 Edward 1st hammered silver half penny - Type 13a

    Obv + EDWA**DVS***A

    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON- London mint

    18thC Royal Artillery button 1500-1700 mount

    1839-1849 87th Regiment of Foot

    The Essex Regiment

    Post medieval lead bale seal

    1855 - 1881 - 96th (Queen's Own Germans) Regiment of Foot

    1824 96th Regiment of Foot
    raised at Manchester

    17thC lead token
    1834 William IV milled silver sixpence 1925 George V milled silver sixpence

    'Eastern uninscribed gold quarter stater of Dubnovellaunos, c 20 BC-AD 10. Van Arsdell VA1660 =BMC 2442.

    12mm,1.28g- sent for recording on PAS

    17thC Charles II silver button - reported as treasure to musuem

    1582 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence - bell mint mark Georgian button

    c1800-1820 ​


    The 28th became the North Gloucestershire Regt of Foot in 1782.

    2ndC Roman fibular brroch

    Royal Navy - Officers (Roped Rim) Unlined Background 23mm - 1891-1901 15thC lead token 1816 George III milled silver sixpence
    1790 George III gold half guinea gaming token 1584 - 1586 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat - Escallop mint mark
    16thC Tudor button

    4thC Roman bronze sent for ID

    Working backwards from the date stamps, this is the most recent piece you sent and I think I might not have gotten around to telling you what it is. By “normal 4th century size” I’m assuming you mean the range of ~17-21mm ?
    At any rate, this piece, I believe, is naming Constantine I: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG on the obverse (most likely) and is probably a SOLI INVICTO COMITI reverse with Sol standing, raising right hand and holding globe aloft in left. The presence of the two letters in the field makes it pretty certain this is from a western mint like Trier or Lugdunum as they used changing filed letters for control marks. These were among the very last couple of issues of the “follis” coinage which typically had a pagan deity or personification as its reverse type. Western mint examples of Imperial coin are more commonly found in British digs than those from eastern mints, for probably fairly obvious reasons.

    This is a photo of  coin I think is similar you can compate to the one you’re asking about – this from the mint at Arles:
    18thC silver clog fastener 15thC lead token Georgian silver button

    Large skull and cross bones mount

    1796 decorated and initialed 'EL'spoon handle - Maker TW

    Thomas Wallis II
    (registered Jan 1780)
    1930 George V milled silver florin (24 pence) Medieval heraldic enameled harness pendant

    Medieval trade weight

    850 BC Bronze age socketed axe hean

    Medieval gilded bar mount 1679 Charles II milled silver tow pence

    Using an ultrasonic cleaner to remove crud stuck to coin

    25 BC Celtic gold qtr stater, reported to museum

    Dubnovellaunus tribe Celtic gold qtr stater-11.0mm,1.35g

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

    1794 half penny copper Condor token

    1804-1820 79th Regiment of foot button

    79 enclosed within strap, crowned with CAMERONIAN VOLUNTEERS above.

    An officers example to the 79th who were first the 79th Royal Liverpool Volunteers between 1778-1784, then Cameron Highlanders 1804-73 and Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1873-1881.

    1560 - 1561 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Cross Crosslet mint mark Victorian Army belt buckle
    Medieval mount 15thC lead token 1500-1700 mount 19thC livery button

    1842 Victoria milled gold half sovereign

    1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/CAN/TOR - Canterbury mint


    1247 Henry III hammered silver voided long cross penny - Class 5b


    Rev ION/ONC/CAN/TER- Moneyer ION of Canterbury mint

    Britain's Merchant Navy
    Generic Design Issue
    In use 1900 's onwards
    Lead Spitfire toy 1946 George VI milled silver sixpence
    Georgian button 15thC lead token Medieval buckle 1500-1650 buckle
    1816 George III milled silver shilling

    1280 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - type 3b - 3cd crown


    Rev CIVI/TASCAN/TOR - Canterbury mint

    1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - Closed E

    Obv EDWAR ANGL***

    Rev DVR/ - Durham mint

    1216 Henry III hammered silver farthing

    WILL - Moneyer Willem

    10-40 AD Cunobelin Celtic gold stater - Linear type -sent to PAS for recording

    VA1925 BMC 1772-83


    1816 George III milled silver sixpence

    1282-89 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

    Egg wasted S, pellet before LON - Class4c

    Obv + EDW** DNS hYB


    1625 Charles 1st hammered silver penny 1922 George V milled silver sixpence
    1820 George III milled silver sixpence Victorian silver thimble 15thC lead token
    18thC toy cannon 17thC crotal bell

    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 '

    19thC silver thimble

    Eastern Counties Railway button

    The Eastern Counties Railway was an English railway company incorporated in 1836 intended to link London with Ipswich via Colchester, and then extend to Norwich and Yarmouth.

    1858 Victoria milled silver three pence

    USA silver 3 cent

    The three-cent silver, also known as the three-cent piece in silver or trime, was struck by the Mint of the United States for circulation from 1851 to 1872, and as a proof coin in 1873. Designed by the Mint's chief engraver, James B. Longacre, it circulated well while other silver coinage was being hoarded and melted, but once that problem was addressed, became less used. It was abolished by Congress with the Coinage Act of 1873.

    Georgian watch winders


    1464-1470 Edward IV hammered silver penny Class VIII, Quatrefoil by neck- mm Crown



    Post medieval gold stud - reported to museum

    0.50g, 10mm

    1216 Henry III hammered silver short cross half penny- Class 6

    Rev NT+TO- Moneyer Tomas of Canterbury mint

    Post medeival lead bale seal
    Georgian bell trade weight

    1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny



    18thC crotal bells 1916 George V milled silver sixpence
    1901 Victoria milled silver sixpence 1816 George III milled silver sixpence

    Very rare 1689 William and Mary maundy milled silver four epnce

    1853 Victoria milled silver shilling 16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat

    Really neat 18thC solid copper toy flint lock pistol

    2ndC Roman silver coin - needs 'cooking' to remove crust

    Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AR denarius, Mint of Rome,
    Obv: primarily illegible (legibility may improve with cleaning?) possibly IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS laureate head of Antoninus Pius right
    Rx: primarily illegible (legibility may improve with cleaning?) probably AVG PIVS P M TR P COS II priestly implementia, simpulum, lituus, jug, aspergillum and knife.
    Possibly: RIC 39, RSC 101 (if my guesses about legends are accurate.)

    Lead bird 19thC livery button 1885 Victoria milled silver sixpence

    Georgian fob seal matrix

    Biggest Roman bronze I have ever seen dug

    36mm dia,4mm T,16.34g

    I’m afraid I can only give you some generalities about this piece. It’s a sestertius, but you probably knew that.
    This appears to be a woman with a bun at the nape of her neck. For our purposes, there are really only 3 women this can be:
    Faustina Junior, Lucilla or Crispina – but without either some of the legend being legible or some more facial features, I can’t say any more than that it’s likely one of these three Antonine women, wives of Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus and Commodus, respectively.
    I know a number of folks who say they feel Crispina is the most attractive (to modern eyes, at least) of all the Roman women on coins – not sure if I agree or not, but she’s usually a bit better looking in the typical poses then Lucilla – I believe there was a better engraver working Crispina’s dies than Lucilla’s. Faustina Junior had extensive lifetime coinages struck both by her father, Antoninus Pius and husband, Marcus Aurelius – and also had an enormous posthumous emission by M. Aurelius, so on the basis of pure probability, Faustina Jr. is the most commonly seen of the three and the most probable.

    I’m afraid the reverse is so far gone I can’t even tell what the orientation is supposed to be, but a standing deity or personification would be a predictable common reverse type if, as it might be, that linear feature in the middle is the remains of a standing figure device..
    So, your time frame is approximately A.D. 141-190 for all the women and 141-185 just for Faustina Jr.
    This is what a lifetime-issue Faustina II sestertius might typically look more like if it hadn’t been mumbled about in plow-soil for decades and doused with agricultural chemicals quite as much as the coin in question.
    Here’s hoping your detectors find something buried a bit deeper which might have allowed it to retain a bit more of its features.
    For the sake of verisimilitude, here are sestertii of Lucilla and Crispina:

    Irish 1272-1307 Edward 1st hammered silver farthing

    Dublin mint



    Roman silver hoard coin addendum No36 - reported to museum


    That seems to be from the earlier range of the coins in the hoard I helped you with ID’s on last year.
    Antoninus Pius, 138-161
    AR Denarius, Mint of Rome, A.D. 159/60 (dated)
    Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII laureate head of Antoninus Pius right   
    Rx: FELIC SAEC COS III Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and leaning on column.

    RIC III 298; C 360.
    This is a common type and one which is repeated in several consecutive years later in his reign. You are lucky to have nearly 100% legible legends here as it might have been a bit more involved guesswork to figure out what was happening on the reverse if the legend were not so clear.
    Unfortunately I have no prepared photos of my own of anything even particularly similar for comparison’s sake – but this is from acsearch:



    Bronze Age Tress Ring C1000BC


    Ornaments, whose function is unknown, made from gold plates in triangular cross-section and secured by a binding strip, resulting in a hollow ring. The face plates can be decorated with repoussé decoration or with fine concentric incised lines imitating fine wire works. More rarely, lock-rings are made from face plates obtained from individual gold wires soldered together.


    • Eogan, G. 1969. 'Lock-rings' of the Late Bronze Age. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 67C, 93-148

    3.12g,27.07mm long


    1935 George V milled silver sixpence 1216 Henry III milled silver short cross halfpenny
    1377-1399 Richard II hammered silver half penny 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat

    Silver bracelet ?- sent to museum as possible treasure

    1356 -61 Edward III hammered silver groat - 4th issue Pre Treaty period - Cross 3, Series G

    Top arches not fleured - annulet stops -pot hook N - Closed C and E

    Obv EDWAR***** FRANC D HYB


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LOII/DOII - London mint

    Georgian fob seal - mans bust facing right 19thC livery button Georgian silver thimble

    Medieval gilded bar mount

    Medieval lead trade weight Georgian fob seal - lady standing facing right


    Mint Roman silver hoard coin addendum No37 - reported to museum

    3.23, 17mm

    Super Lucilla – that’s the way you’d like to see them come out of the ground, no doubt. This one’s so nice I don’t need to scare-up a photo of a decent specimen – this photo does the job!

    AR Denarius, Mint of Rome, c. A.D. 164-166
    Obv: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F draped bust of Lucilla right
    Rx: VESTA Vesta standing facing, head left, pouring ritual libation from simpulum (ceremonial ladle) over lighted altar at her feet and holding Palladium.
    RIC III 788; RSC 92


    1842 Victorian milled gold half sovereign



    Roman silver hoard coin addendum No38 - reported to museum

    Hoard 38 – 2.87g, 18mm


    Geta, Caesar, 198-209. AR denarius, Mint of Rome 203 AD
    Obv: L SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES bare-headed draped bust of Geta seen from behind
    Rx: FELICITAS TEMPOR Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
    RIC IV 9a, RSC 38a


    Roman silver hoard coin addendum No39 - reported to museum

    Hoard 39 -3.06g, 20mm

    Julia Domna (W. of Sept. Severus) 193-217, AR denarius, Mint of Rome, 208 AD.
    Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA draped bust of Julia Domna right    
    Rx: HILARITAS Hilaritas standing facing, head left, holding palm-branch; between two naked children
    RIC 559, RSC 79

    Sterling silver issue 1279 Edward 1st hammered silver farthing- no inner circle on New reverse legend type - Class 20a

    Obv +ER AN GL AII

    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    1553-4 Queen Mary hammered silver groat (4 pence) 1844 Victoria milled silver shilling

    1247 Henry III hammered silver voided half penny

    Rev V/NDE - London mint

    1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny - initial mark in reverse legend

    Obv +EDWA**** hYB

    Durham mint

    1758 George II milled sixpence 1818 George III milled silver sixpence

    Roman plain copper alloy pelta-shaped mount. It is semi-circular

    Broad period: ROMAN
    Period from: ROMAN

    Date from: AD 40
    Date to: AD 400

    1816 George III milled silver sixpence
    Unusual relic - 1941 George VI milled silver coin recessed in amount
    16thC Clothing fastener 1500-1700 mount 1848 Victorian 'Model Eight farthing' 0.29g, 8.4mm

    C1851 The Prince of Wales model half sovereign token

    Queen Victoria


    Stunning medeival gold ring - decorated outer band - full inner inscription in Lombardic script

    Pencer De Moy ?

    Working on deciphering lettering

    3.77g.19mm dia


    "I found this expression, 'pencez de moy', which means 'think of me', engraved in a 14th century French ring at the National Museum in Stockholm. It is a precious gift to have someone thinking of you."

    - Efva Attling


    850 BC Bronze age socketed axe head

    17thC William III gold guinea period forgery. one of the best milled gold forgeries I have seen

    25mm dia - 5.86g

    Right diameter - wrong weight


    Georgian gold brooch


    1279 Edward 1st hammered silver penny


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    London and North Eastern Railways button  

    Florida dug this huge hoard of 60 modern foreign coin from a dozen + different countries- someone lost a coin collection ?

    Austria, Philipines, Polish, Chinese, Janpanese, French, Swedish, Argentina, Russia etc


    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.



    Huge 3rd-4th C Roman crossbow brooch

    Crusty Roman silver coin - 'cooking' to remove crust

    Cleaned up mint - sent for ID

    Elagabalus, 218-222, AR denarius, Mint of Antioch, 218/19 AD.
    Obv: ANTONINVS PI]VS FEL AVG laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus right, seen from behind (we can’t tell if he’s wearing the infamous “horn” or not, it would have been on the chip if it were in the original portrait)  
    Rx: FORTVNA REDVX Fortuna seated left holding patera and cornucopiae, wheel beneath seat.
    RIC IV 189; RSC 47a  
    The chip appears to be modern – probably from a plow-strike.

    Roman silver hoard coin addendum No40 - reported to museum

    3.17g, 19mm

    Geta, Caesar, 198-209, silver denarius, Mint of Rome, 206 AD.
    Obv: P SEPIMIVS GETA CAES draped, bare-headed bust of Geta right seen from behind
    Rx: PROVID DEORVM Providentia standing facing, head left, holding rod and scepter (the scepter looks like a cornucopiae on the coin due to a die flaw, but it’s a scepter) globe at feet.
    RIC 51; RSC 170


    Roman silver hoard coin addendum No41 - reported to museum


    19thC Kings dragoon guards button 1500-1650 buckle 15thC Noble coin weight -not in Withers ref book - h by mast probably indicating Henry VII - these coin weights started in 1471


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