Hi all. I thought I would post a bit about how metal detecting saved me. I’ve been interested in this hobby ever since I was a boy, but never got around to actually taking it up.
It wasn’t until 2016 when I bit the bullet, and finally bought a detector. It’s been brilliant, especially on a nice summers day. The birds are singing, and it’s me, my machine, and the open fields. It’s more than a hobby, it’s also therapy for me personally!
This is one of my best finds, a Celtic full gold stater (55/57bc). I can’t describe the feeling, when I’m the first person to hold this coin, since it was lost by someone nearly 2100 years ago!
The Ambiani tribe were a Belgic people who lived in the modern-day Picardy region. In 57 BC they united with other tribes to resist the Roman invasions led by Julius Caesar. Sometimes known as Gallic War staters, these types of coin are thought to have been made to finance the war in Gaul and perhaps pay for mercenaries.
This example is uniface, having a design on only one side, perhaps indicating that they were struck hastily under wartime conditions.
This coin is over 6 grams of 22 carat gold. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that yellow peering at me through the mud! Gallo-Belgic Tribes, Ambiani (c. 60-55 BC). Gold Stater, ‘War Type Obverse: Mound. Reverse: Celticised horse galloping right, disjointed lines and pellets above.
I’m going to put these two Beautiful coins up for sale. If any of my readers are interested in owning a piece of history, then please do your research on these rare coins. You can message me for any further details, thank you.
Stater £750 + shipping
Ambiani Tribe 22 carrot gold stater
This beautiful gold coin dates back to 55-BC. The coin was awarded to a Celtic warrior for his services in the war against the roman invasion. The price doesn’t include shipping. Please get in touch.
Another one of my favourite coins is this Saxon silver penny. This is a “King Baldred of Kent” (823/826c), and a very rare coin. This was folded in half when I found it, and I straightened it out. ”Baldred” was king of Kent from 823 until 826 or 827. He had ruled Kent directly, but in 823 he was deposed, and at about the same time moneyers at Canterbury started issuing coins in the name of “Baldred, king of Kent”. It is uncertain whether he was independent or a Mercian under-king. In 826 or 827 he was expelled by “Ethelwulf”, son of “King Egbert of Wessex”, and Kent was ruled directly by Wessex thereafter.
Baldred Saxon penny, non-portrait type Canterbury. Tidbearht, + BELDRED REX CANT, cross within inner-circle, rev. + TIDBEARHT, cross within inner-circle, one limb fourchÉe. A very rare coin.
Baldred Penny £850 + shipping ***SOLD***
Saxon King baldred silver penny.
This extremely rare coin dates from 823/25c. A similar baldred coin sold for £3800. This coin has been repaired with the letter “L” being glued back on. Price doesn’t include shipping. Please get in touch.
It’s very hard to gain permission to detect, but once you find somewhere to go it’s great. I’ve found a lot of other nice bits, but these are 2 of my favourite finds. If you’ve never tried metal detecting, I would definitely recommend it!. When your mood is at a low point, get out in the fresh air and go find that gold and Silver! It’s out there, you’ve just got to walk over it! 😁👍