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- Jul 14, 2014
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I've tried to get out on every local dig I could, it's been a long time in lockdown and waiting for harvest and I'm not ruling out another lockdown this winter. But the more I go out, the less I find. Bank Holiday Monday however was on land in Northamps supposedly not detected on before - still didn't find much but the enjoyment came back. Sure, some nice stuff was discovered (Bronze Age spear head for example) by other people in other fields, but I was happy pootling about in my own world, not being at Work.Morning bungle went out for my first metal detecting outing on Sunday and found nowt
Credit card sized aluminium scale card (£1.50 + post) to give an idea of how big or small some of these coins can be. A silver penny contained a penny's worth of silver, a halfpenny half as much, a farthing's worth of silver meant a very small and/or a very thin (hammered) coin.What is the background the coins are on?
Yes a long cross where the arms extend to the edge of the flan, which as you know made coin clipping (punishable by death ?) harder to get away with. Short cross coins where the arms only extend to the inner ring are earlier and possibly more desirable, yet almost always clipped to some extent.is it a long cross (half)penny? My Finds Manager antennae are twitching
Thank you!Credit card sized aluminium scale card (£1.50 + post) to give an idea of how big or small some of these coins can be. A silver penny contained a penny's worth of silver, a halfpenny half as much, a farthing's worth of silver meant a very small and/or a very thin (hammered) coin.
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Looks like an old rock cake.
My dad used to do field walking after the plowing and would quite often come home with things like that and sponges, he used to have a conical shaped fossil set urchin type thing, idk what happened to it, it was about the size of a kiwi fruit.The sort Alfred would burn - pictures don't do it justice, it's actually a pleasing addition to my Wunderkabinett. And very tactile.
That's a fantastic coincidence 'cos when I first went out with my Garrett EuroAce 350, all I found was scrap iron (+ an actual iron) and nails - lots of nails - not even a strap end. It got better, mainly when I changed detector and put the hours in. Seriously though, don't give up yet.Out on Saturday to give the mem’s impulse-purchased metal detector (a Garrett Euro Ace 250, IIRC) a go on 200 acres of arable land.
After 5 hours, we’d found about three pounds of scrap iron:
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-and what l tentatively identified (later confirmed) as a mediaeval reinforcement for the end of a belt or strap:
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I also found - using Mk.1 Mod. 0 eyeball - a modern 1p coin, which is worth, by my estimate, about ten times everything seen above…
Still, an interesting and informative day out.
PS: Scale in mm.
Metal detectorist finds small gold bible near YorkPublished14 hours ago
The miniature book was found near property once owned by King Richard III
A small gold bible, once perhaps owned by a medieval aristocrat or royal, has been found by a metal detectorist.
NHS nurse Buffy Bailey, from Lancaster, found the book while searching farmland near York with her husband Ian.
The 600-year-old object, which is just 0.5in (1.5cm) long, could be worth more than £100,000, Mrs Bailey said.
An expert described it as an "exceptionally unique" artefact which would have originally been owned by someone "incredibly wealthy".
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jan/24/devon-detectorist-13th-century-gold-coin-sold‘I owe it to the kids’: coin found by detectorist dad sold for £648,000
A metal detectorist who gave up his hobby when he started a family, only to return to it when his children were old enough to nag him into taking them out detecting with him, has been rewarded with one of the most extraordinary finds – a fine example of England’s oldest gold coin, which has sold for a record-breaking £648,000 at auction.
Michael Leigh-Mallory, 52, found the Henry III gold penny buried 10cm deep on farmland in the Devon village of Hemyock shortly after taking up his old hobby again. Not realising what it was, he posted a picture of the coin on social media, where it was spotted by the auctioneers Spink in London.
He will split the proceeds of the find with the landowner and plans to use his windfall to help fund the future education of his children ...
The penny found by Leigh-Mallory was struck in about 1257 by the king’s goldsmith, William of Gloucester, with precious metal imported from north Africa.
The coin features a portrait of the bearded and crowned Henry III on his throne, and about 52,000 of them were minted.
It became apparent they were financially unviable because the value of the coin was less than its weight in gold and almost all were melted down. Leigh-Mallory’s is only the eighth known example. ...
Gregory Edmund, a senior numismatist at Spink, said: “Not only does this stand as the most valuable single coin find in British history, but also the most valuable medieval English coin ever sold at auction.”
It achieved a hammer price of £540,000, with extra fees taking the final figure to £648,000. ...
A father of two who'd renewed his detectorist hobby at his kids' insistence found "the most valuable single coin find in British history." The coin has now been sold at auction.
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jan/24/devon-detectorist-13th-century-gold-coin-sold
I love a challenge like this, and I reckon (with the help of Google) that this is an 1857 Algerian token commemorating a French victory. I did a Google picture search for 'old arabic coins', which took me to a collectors' forum, and from there to the link below.
Wow, thank you!I love a challenge like this, and I reckon (with the help of Google) that this is an 1857 Algerian token commemorating a French victory. I did a Google picture search for 'old arabic coins', which took me to a collectors' forum, and from there to the link below.
I think the left-hand picture below is identical if you turn it 90 degrees.
What a beautiful find! It looks as if it might have held a relic at some point from the folded section in the middle.A god find.
A medieval pendant discovered in a muddy field by a metal detectorist could reach £8,000 at auction.
Jason Willis, 38, from Norwich, found the 11th or 12th Century gold cross while detecting with friends at Sutton St Edmund, Lincolnshire, in April 2019.
"I knew it was something special by the shining yellow colour," he said.
A gold coin found at Reepham, Norfolk, and an Anglo-Saxon shilling discovered at Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire, will be included in the same sale.