‘Help the heroes’ team
I was approached a few months ago by the organiser of the ‘Help for Heroes’ group to see if we could give their war veterans
a day’s out metal detecting experience. All the members jumped at the chance to help out and they brought spare machines and
kit for the guys to use for the day.
Chicago Ron gave them all some basic training on hole digging, hole filling and target recovery with a probe. Then the members
went off with them one on one to impart their skills with using the machines. I went off to prepare them hot Cornish pasties and
fresh jam donuts for their lunch and when I returned all the veterans are now metal detecting converts. They had all dug loads of
targets including milled silver and coppers so they are now hooked. It was such a fantastic day out for everyone that I offered
the guys another ‘Hero’ day next March.
c100 BC Roman Republican silver coin – sent for provisonal ID but needs a good ‘cook’ to remove crust
I’m afraid I can add almost nothing to my earlier comments. The photo wasn’t particularly “tweakable”
for detail. It’s definitely Republican, probably relatively early and very possibly anonymous. Until you
cook a bit of the crud off and we can see if there is any lettering beneath the quadriga and/or the circumference
of the obverse, it’s probably safe to call it “Republican denarius, probably anonymous, ca. 150-100 B.C.” –
this time-frame estimate is rather more what we call a “WAG” on this side of the briny. If cleaning reveals any
letters, monograms or privy controls it will be with a lot more confidence that I could place it any closer in time,
etc. than I can from these first photos.
The guys having been finding lots more gold, great relics and our first ever Saxon silver sceat hoard on new land. Cal George
popped another crusty Roman silver from the hoard area making it 44 now. Mitch Terry found another 100 BC + Republican Roman
silver coin above on the @Hero’ day out. It needs a good ‘cooking’ to remove the crust for a definitive ID.
Check out all this years gold finds at http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/G/gold.htm
The Saxon hoard totaled 10 coins spread out among 5 finders, Fl Paul got 4 of them. They are nearly all different types from the
porcupine to the face type.
Check them all out on the latest finds page
I have posted hundreds more great finds to that page and have two more weeks finds to post yet.
1841 & 1842 Victorian gold half sovereigns
Sc Jimbo did the double gold above with an 1841 & 1842 Victoria gold half sovereigns just 20 feet apart. He asked the landowner if he
would like to keep one for his split of the find so Jimbo and Ga Buddy went to the landowners office to present it to him.
55-50 BC Celtic gold qtr stater – sent to museum for recording
It’s a class 3 Great Waltham type quarter, no. 400 in Divided Kingdoms (same dies), essentially a slightly later and cruder
version of the Ingoldisthorpe quarter, which is class 2 in the British Ab/Ac north-east Thames series. I list 14 other examples
in DK but there are at least 15 now.
Hope this is of some help,
All the best
Boston Mike found his 2nd Celtic gold with our first ever Great Waltham type quarter above.
It was not in any of my big reference books so I treated myself to John Sills latest monster sized book on Celtic gold coins
after he ID’d it for us
It is 3inches thick and worth every penny if you are in to Celtic gold coins
Tx Scott W popped another crisp Celtic qtr
45 BC – 25 BC Addedomarus Celtic gold qtr stater – Floral type – sent to PAS for recording
Addedomarus (sometimes written Aθθedomarus on coins) was a king of south-eastern Britain in the late 1st century BC.
His name is known only from his inscribed coins, the distribution of which seem to indicate that he was the ruler of the Trinovantes.
Very interesting hand inscribed gold mount/button – sent off to museum for dating
Chicago Ron popped his 21st gold coin with a sweet Adde qtr and beauty Viking dagger pommel
Ron is celebrating his 14th year as a member of the club.
Early medieval sword pommel
The pommel, which is hollow and is curved at the base, has 5 lobes and appears to be of the
Peterson L Type VI variety (Peterson 1919) The pommel is of probable Viking/Anglo-Scandinavian origin,
a hybrid of both Saxon and Viking styles and dates from the 9th to 11th cenntury
45 BC to 25BC Addedomarus – Trinovantian tribe Celtic gold qtr stater –
Mitch Billy popped his first ever gold coin above and man is it crisp
1894 Victoria milled gold half sovereign