The 2nd half of the season kicks off in Feb and more new land has been offered to us by local farmers. I have posted maps
and details on the members forum.
During the off season I have just been banging away producing export license applications for the first half of the season. I have less
than half a dozen to finish now before the guys arrive again. I have posted another load of missed finds to the bottom of the
last hunt page Oct 2017 finds page and it also includes some of the latest ‘cooking’ ancient silver coin updates, check them out.
I have been updating this year’s forum competition page as I process guys export bags, check out your guess and latest count
here 2017 Forum comp.
I had billiant page e-mailed to me of the top 50 biggest treasures ever found in a graphic form. Check it out.
BC Republican Roman silver – cooking to remove crust
This one isn’t “Republican”, strictly speaking – it belongs to the vague, in-betweensy period typically called “Imperatorial”,
but which is not all that well-defined in time. It ends, definitively, with the accession of Augustus to the Imperial throne in 27 B.C.
– when, exactly, it starts depends on who you are asking, but this era contains the rules of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Marcus Antonius,
The “Triumvirates”, etc. In fact, this is an issue of Julius Caesar’s, c. 46/5 BC, struck at a mint in Spain. Diademed head of Venus
Genetrix right, erote on shoulder / “Gallia” and a Gaulish captive bound, seated at base of trophy – it’s not legible (yet) but it should
have “CAESAR” in the exergue. The Gaulish captive may be supposed to represent Vircingetorix
Crawford 468/1, Sydenham 1014; RSC Julius Caesar 13.
Nice find! – that’s the second Caesar denarius your diggers have found recently in addition to all the Republican stuff – you must be
on some late 1st century B.C. – or early 1st century AD (pre-invasion) site.