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Friday, 16 November 2012


A historical gold coin bearing Richard III's personal emblem of the boar, has been discovered near the site of the famous Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire and is set to cause much excitement when it goes under the hammer in Spink's Ancient, English & Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals sale in London, on December 4th & 5th, 2012.

While badges, sword mounts and cannonballs, as well as other coins have been found near the site before, this particular gold coin is very rare.  As well as it bearing the personal emblem of Richard III (1483-85), it is also in pristine condition, with few signs of wear and tear, which suggests that it was brand new (recently struck) and had not yet been in mass circulation. The coin dates from circa 1484 and has survived untouched by weather or humans over many centuries.

Spink coin specialist William MacKay, said: "It is incredible that just as we are having all the publicity about the discovery of Richard III's tomb in Leicester, this coin, which was found so close to where he met his death, should be brought into our offices. It's a remarkable find and shows little sign of wear and tear, making this very likely a coin lost at the time of the Battle of Bosworth and Richard III's death."

It is conceivable that the owner of this coin was involved in the events of August 1485 and the battle of Bosworth. Other details on the coin feature St. Michael spearing a dragon and on the reverse, a ship on the waves, with a shield and crucifix above it. It is estimated to fetch £12,000-15,000.

Metal detecting friends find rare emperor coin 'that could change understanding of Roman history'

Metal detecting friends find rare emperor coin 'that could change understanding of Roman history'
After 30 years of metal detecting, pair get lucky by finding Roman coin.

Only the second found featuring Emperor Proculus, it could fetch £80,000.

Experts say it will rewrite the history books.

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Warrington woman's wedding ring safe thanks to metal detector club

WHEN Sandra Jackson’s wedding ring slipped off her hand and landed in Ackers Pit, Stockton Heath, the mum-of-two was convinced she would never see it again. But thanks to South Lancashire and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club, based in Widnes, the Lower Walton grandma was delighted to be reunited with her ring of more than 38 years.

The 67-year-old, of Gainsborough Road, said: “I was so excited and upset at the same time when they said they had found it. “We had tried and tried but had no joy for weeks and I thought swans could have eaten it or it was lost in the mud and then the metal detecting club found it in less than five minutes.”

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Metal detector pair find Saxon artefact

West Bromwich father-of-two Patrick Etheridge and his friend Danny O’Beirnes, from Birmingham, came across the gold pendant while searching private farmland in Meriden. About the size of a 10 pence piece, the Anglo Saxon pendant features designs and patterns consistent with items from the famous Staffordshire Hoard that was uncovered in 2009.

It is now being kept in the British Museum in London where it is being analysed. The pair said they were “over the moon” at the find. “Dan was walking across the field when suddenly he shouted ‘come and have a look at this’,” said steel worker Mr Etheridge, from Law Street. “We thought it was modern at first but when we got in touch with the finds liaison officer we were told it was Saxon. The feeling is amazing. I can’t explain it.”

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

400-year-old silver vervel hunting ring found by detector in East Yorkshire

A RARE silver hunting ring used by aristocrats 400 years ago has been found in East Yorkshire.
The vervel, which was used in hawking, was discovered on land near Sutton-on-Derwent. The artefact is believed to date back from the 17th century.
It was found by metal detecting enthusiast Peter Race, of York. Mr Race, 43, said: "It is my first treasure find, so it was very exciting.
"When that bleep goes, you never know what its going to be – that's part of the fun of the hobby. "When I got it out of the ground, I showed it to some friends and one suggested it might be a hawking ring – and that's what it turned out to be."
Trevor Austin, the general secretary of the National Council for Metal Detecting, said there are two main types of vervel – one that is flat like a washer and one like a ring with a shield on top of it.
He said: "This discovery is uncommon – I've never found one. They are a nice item to discover."
The cast silver post-medieval vervel consists of a circular ring inscribed with the named F Vaghan. The shield-shaped element on it shows a male head with a snake wrapped around his throat – which is attributed to the Vaughan family, of Sutton, East Yorkshire, Herefordshire and Wales.

Bishop's seal found in field goes on display at museum

A 14th century Bishop's seal discovered by metal detector enthusiasts will go on display at the Manx Museum for the first time on Saturday. The silver seal, which was discovered by Andy Falconer, is described by historians at Manx National Heritage (MNH) as "incredibly significant".

Curator of archaeology at MNH, Allison Fox, said: "It is a very rare find and an important part of Manx history." The find was made in a field in the north of the island in February. Andy Falconer made the "once in a life time discovery" when out searching with fellow treasure hunter Rob Farrer.

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