Metal Detecting Finds

Hi all. Some of you may not be interested in history, so will probably find this post boring lol. I done a post a while back about metal detecting, and how it’s helped me cope with bipolar disorder. I class this great hobby as “therapy”, as when I’m out in the fields all my troubles fade away. You just can’t beat it on a summers day, where all I hear is the birds singing, and the occasional buzz when my detector sweeps over a metal object. Then I get excited as to what I’ve just swept over. Could it be treasure, or just another ring pull?, which most of the time it’s the latter.

I haven’t been out of a couple of months as I’m waiting for the crops to come off the fields. I’m starting to get withdrawal symptoms lol. I spend hours out in the fields in the hope that one day I’ll find that hoard of treasure. Believe me it’s out there as many detectorists have found it, you’ve just got to be lucky enough to walk over it. I can’t describe the feeling when you discover something good, only another detectorist will know that. It might be just a very old coin that’s been laying in the ground for 100s if not 1000s of years, and I’m the first person to find and touch that coin since it was lost all them years ago.

The oldest coin I’ve found is a silver Roman denarius which dates back to 75BC. I found this coin near a river where it was said the Romans possibly came up in the invasion of Britain. It’s quite possible that this coin was dropped by a one of the Roman soldiers when he might of been running into battle with the British Celts. Maybe he was killed and his purse was dropped, and the coins got scattered on the ground?. I’m not saying this actually happened, but it is a possibility. How this coin was actually lost no one will know, but its been laying in the ground for 2095 years, 75 years before the birth of Christ himself, and I’m the first person to see it since it was lost it all them years ago.

I also found a gold Celtic coin called a “Stater” some of you may have seen this coin on my previous post. This also could have been lost in battle, as this coin was awarded to the Celtic warriors for their services in fighting the Roman invasion. I thought I would post a few of my finds, as some of you may be interested in seeing some little pieces of history.

L. Farsuleius Mensor. (75 BC) Silver Denarius. Left: MENSOR before diademed and draped bust of Liberty (as in the Statue of Liberty) Right: SC & pileus behind Roma in biga assisting togate figure to mount into the chariot.

Gallo Belgic Full Stater. (55/60BC) 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 Gold Stater, ‘War Type Obverse: Mound. Reverse: Celticised horse galloping right, disjointed lines and pellets above. 

Saxon King Baldred Of Kent: (823/825c) silver 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.

King Edward 1 Of England (1239/1307c) hammered silver penny, minted in Canterbury.

King Henry VII of England (1457/ 1509c) Henry V111 father. silver hammered half groat.

Elizabeth I (1533/1603) Henry V111 daughter. Silver hammered sixpence.

Roman fibula brooch. ( 200/400c) I found this brooch with the pin still attached, which is quite rare as they normally get broken, or rot away.

Saxon Small Long Brooch. (400/600c) These brooches were sometimes buried with the deceased. I actually found this on a Saxon settlement not far from where I live.

These are my other medieval coins I’ve found, dating from 75BC to the 16th century.

I hope some of you have found this post interesting. I can’t wait until the land is ready for me to get back out and detect again. You never know, I might just walk over that hoard of Saxon gold, and if I do I’ll let you know lol.

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