Loads more brilliant finds posted to the latest finds page below link.
The first half of the seasons hunts ended today and the guys made some amazing finds. I still have tons more to
photo and upload to the latest find page yet. Keep checking the link above.
Penn Christy was here last week and received her engraved silver urn for winning ‘find of the year’ last seaon. Her
spectacular Medieval gold annular brooch above is currently progressing through the Treasure process and is currently
with the British Museum in London.
Mindy(left) presents Christy with her ‘find of the year’ award
Jurassic period 200 million year old sea urchin star fish fossil
Miss Jeff’s stonking eyeball axe find
Circa 11000 BC Middle Stone Age (Mesolithic) flint axe head
Eastern uninscribed Celtic gold full stater of Dubnovellaunus, c 20 BC – sent to PAS for recording
Cleaned up now
Early 70BC uninscribed Maldon Wheel quarter – ‘Remi ‘Type Celtic gold qtr stater – sent to PAS for recording
The coin you sent, incidentally, is a Maldon Wheel quarter, ABC 2234, rather than the standard South Thames
British Qc type. Both are included in my forthcoming book – being published by Chris Rudd any day now –
“Divided Kingdoms: the Iron Age Gold Coinage of Southern England”. Every type and variety is illustrated
and the 10,300 or so known up to around 2015 are all catalogued with full pedigrees; the many coins recorded
through your good self are referred to as ‘Inf. C.M.’
All the best
The Remi were a Belgic people of north-eastern Gaul (Gallia Belgica). The Romans regarded them as a civitas, a
major and influential polity of Gaul,The Remi occupied the northern Champagne plain, on the southern fringes of
the Forest of Ardennes, between the rivers Mosa (Meuse) and Matrona (Marne), and along the river valleys of the
Aisne and its tributaries the Aire and the Vesle.
Their capital was at Durocortum (Reims, France) the second largest oppidum of Gaul on the Vesle. Allied with the
Germanic tribes of the east, they repeatedly engaged in warfare against the Parisii and the Senones.They were
renowned for their horses and cavalry.
Huge Georgian seal matrix
Cracking silver seal matrix picture sent from the field
Georgian silver and stone seal matrix
Our first ever Uninscribed Corieltauvi North Eastern gold – ‘Ferriby’ type gold stater – Contemporary forgery
‘excessively rare Celtic gold coin’
Ref Hobbs 3167
Size comparison of coins dug by Chicago and and NY Chris I just photo’d
1697 William III milled silver half crown, Medieval hammered silver penny, Charles 1st hammered silver half
penny, Henry VIII hammered silver farthing
1697 William III milled silver half crown (30 pence)
A Medieval silver coin: type: Brabant Long Cross single-lion sterling (brabantinus), Walt type (M p. 13, 1a-g).
Issuer: John I duke of Brabant 1267-1294 and Limburg 1288-1294. Date: ca. 1275-1285
Obverse description: Lion rampant within triangular shield
Obverse inscription: DVX BRABANC[–]
Reverse description: Voided long cross with WALT in the quarters
Reverse inscription: [—] EIG RA TIA
5thC Roman silver coin used by the Saxons to resemble a sceat and used as a pendant
Sent to Mark Lehman for his ID
I told you I’d get back to you on this one – so far as I can determine from the very few legible letters,
this is a siliqua of Gratian, 367-383 AD, the obverse legend should be [D N] GRATIA[NVS P F AVG].
The reverse type is VRBS ROMA with Roma enthroned left holding Victory. The mint mark is fairly
unclear, but I think it may be AQP[S] for the mint at Aquilea.
Having two holes would tend to indicate that this piece needed to be “fixed” in its position, but the
orientation of neither the obverse nor reverse seems to have been of importance. The holes are pretty
large and silver coins were used a lot less often for this, but coins so holed could be sewn to a leather
jerkin for a bit of DIY “scale” armor. Or perhaps it was part of a bit of jewelry of some sort which
needed to attach at two points as part of a necklace or bracelet.
c10thC Saxon gilded disc brooch
Primary Saxon silver sceat 600- 700 AD – sent to Fitzwilliam museum for ID and recording
This is a Series BII sceat recorded as EMC 2017.0317.
The attached image of the reverse is oriented to show the bird on cross with cross to the right of Series BII.