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Friday, 16 July 2010

Superb Medieval Seal Matrix

The 'Golden' Harvest is just around the corner, and I'm really looking forward to getting back out with my Fisher F5, however in the meantime it is just a case of passing the time. There is no better way of doing this, than checking out the Metal Detecting Forums, and it was whilst doing this I came across, what I consider, is the best Medieval Seal I have ever seen.

It was found by a guy called Dave Booth, in a field in Stirlingshire. The seal itself dates back 800 years, and is made of silver, with a Roman 'intaglio' in the centre. Around the outside of the seal it reads S' ThOME DE LOhIN which suggests it belonged to a guy probably called Thomas of 'Lohin'.

It will go through an inquest and is likely to be declared Treasure. The value will probably run into thousands of pounds!!

Well done Dave!!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Ring fetches £3,600

Interesting to note that the ring I mentioned

was sold for a price of £3,600 which was between the estimates provided.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Treasure hunter finds huge Roman coin hoard in Britain

It is all over the news today about Dave Crisp, a 63 year old found the hoard of some 52,000 coins in Devizes in Wiltshire in April. I don't mind admitting just how jealous I feel, when I hear about somebody finding a hoard.

Tony Williams, Coroner for Somerset, will hold an inquest on Thursday 22nd July on one of the largest Roman coin hoards ever found in Britain, the Portable Antiquities Scheme funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council and Somerset County Council has reported.

Dave Crisp reported the find to his local Finds Liaison Officer. Initially Mr Crisp found 21 coins, but when he came across a pot filled with more he knew he needed archaeological help to excavate them.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

'Treasure Find' Prosecution

I'm really not too sure what to make of this article. It appears to suggest that the original prosecution has been set aside, on a Shropshire woman who had found a 'coin' and not handed it in as 'Treasure'.

This really is quite an unusual case, as all detectorists know that single coins are not 'Treasure'.

I have discussed this previously in my blog, so I won't cover old ground.

Here is the article