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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Interesting Video of an American trip to the UK


Spinks 2012 Coin Book

Just reading through my latest coin book Spink 2012 and was interested to note in their preface that as from next year, it will be getting split up into two books. Decimal and Pre-Decimal. I know a lot of collectors who don't have an interest in later coinage, but there are a growing band, who like collecting the different commemorative issues and the different types of 50p. The prices might surprise some people. So check your change!!

Funniest Coin Video of 2011

Thought this talking hammy video was funny


How were hammered coins made?

This clip was brought to my attention by a forum member, but it really does give an excellent idea of how hammered coins were made


Henry III Gold Penny - The History

For those of you who know me, you will know I have a great interest in the Henry III, Voided Long Cross Coinage. All the coins were silver pennies EXCEPT 'In 1257, a manuscript chronicle, in the archives of the City of London, states that the king made a penny of the finest gold, which weighed two sterlings, and willed that it should be current for twenty pence. Three specimens of it have yet reached us; and two of the three are in the British Museum. They are from different dies. This is engraved in Snellings 'View of the Gold Coin' in the last edition of 'Folkes's Tables' and in Pinkerton's 'Essay on Medals'. SOURCE: THE PENNY ECYCLOPAEDIA OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE 1837 Over the coming months I hope to write an illustrated guide to the coinage. I'll keep you informed.

Lions, Ships and Angels A guide to identifying coin-weights, British and Foreign found in the UK

Just been advised of a new book on the market, which surely is invaluable to detectorists. Lions, Ships and Angels A guide to identifying coin-weights, British and Foreign found in the UK. 2nd edition is now available. • New, revised and enlarged edition with over 570 colour photographs of weights and around 50 line drawings. • HB 96 pages. A5 (pocket-sized) • Identifies all major types of british coin-weight from 1344 to 1843. • Identifies most foreign coin-weights likely to be found in British soil. • Details of the British and foreign coins for which the weights were made. • Comprehensive index. • A guide for the archaeologist, collector, curator and metal- detectorist. Price £33 including postage. To order you may ring us on 01691 648 765 or order from our website www.galata.co.uk

Workmen make 'bewitching' discovery

Water engineers have unearthed what could prove to be one of the most infamous sites in England's history of witches and warlocks. United Utilities' workers were "stunned" to discover a 17th century witch's-style cottage, with a mummified cat sealed into the walls, during a routine construction project in Pendle, Lancashire. The "spellbinding" find occurred near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the village of Barley, which nestles in the shadow of Pendle Hill - the UK's premier witching hotspot. Speculation is already rife among local historians that the building could be the lost Malkin Tower - the site of a notorious meeting of the Pendle witches on Good Friday, 1612. http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/workmen-make-bewitching-discovery-36

Petersburg man pleads guilty to damaging battlefield

RICHMOND - A Petersburg man whose house was searched earlier this year, revealing a potentially explosive Civil War-era artillery shell, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of unlawfully taking Civil War relics from the Petersburg National Battlefield. In U.S. District Court in Richmond, John Jeffrey Santo pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of damaging archaeological resources, each of which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and one count of depredation of government property, with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Santo originally was charged with three counts of damaging archaeological resources and one count each of depredation of government property, theft of government property and unlawful possession of a firearm. He will remain in federal custody while awaiting sentencing at a date to be determined. According to court documents, Santo was accused of illegally excavating Civil War artifacts at the Petersburg park on several occasions between September 2007 and December 2010. On Feb. 10, 2011, federal officials including park rangers searched Santo's home in the 1800 block of Oakland Street in Petersburg. There, according to a court filing, they found "in excess of 9,000 war relics and artifacts including bullets, buckles and assorted ordnance." http://progress-index.com/news/petersburg-man-pleads-guilty-to-damaging-battlefield-1.1242403#ixzz1fwM8qSVr

Charles I coin found by Newport treasure hunter

A history buff has unearthed a rare 17th Century coin while metal detecting on the edge of Newport. Tony Baker’s heart skipped a beat as he dusted off the Charles I Declaration Shilling, dated 1642. Mr Baker said it was one of the most exciting moments of 40 years as a detectorist. “I have found a lot of artefacts, but this is probably the most important,” he said. Read more: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2011/12/13/charles-i-coin-found-by-newport-treasure-hunter/#ixzz1iAMC6bTH

Viking hoard provides new clues to 'previously unknown ruler'

One of the most important hoards of Viking silver ever found in Britain contains valuable coins bearing the identity of a previously unknown ruler. The “hugely significant” hoard of 1,000-year-old artefacts includes more than 200 coins, ingots and pieces of silver jewellery that was found buried underground in north Lancashire in September 2011. Experts at the British Museum are currently examining the hoard after it was discovered in a lead pot by a metal detector enthusiast. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/8955955/Viking-hoard-provides-new-clues-to-previously-unknown-ruler.html

Jersey return for 7,000-year-old Neolithic ring

A Neolithic stone ring which dates back more than 7,000 years is to be returned to Jersey. La Societe Jersiaise and Jersey Heritage bought the polished jadeite ring for $17,500 (£11,291) at auction. The ring, which was found in 1986 and sold to a private collector in 1993, is considered to be one of the island's most valuable archaeological treasures. It is made from stone quarried in the Alps and was brought to Jersey by the first farmers who colonised the island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-16223233

Two medieval brooches discovered

RARE finds of two medieval brooches were revealed as treasure at a coroner’s hearing on Tuesday 13th December Sitting on a Treasure hearing at Selby Magistrates’ Court, Coroner Rob Turnbull said the two items, both livery brooches, were discovered at separate locations in Beal and Stillingfleet. The first item, a silver guilt brooch depicting a stag’s head with three antlers (above left), is believed by experts to date from either the 14th or 15th Century. Although the silver backed brooch, found with a metal detector at Beal, is damaged, Mr Turnbull said because of its age and the fact it contained a minimum of ten per cent precious metal, it was treasure. http://www.selbytimes.co.uk/news/local-news/district-news/two_medieval_brooches_discovered_1_4059814

Roman coins given Museum of Somerset

More than 2,000 bronze Roman coins found at a Somerset water treatment works have been donated to a museum. The coins, buried in about 300 AD, were unearthed in 2006 by archaeologists investigating the Maundown water treatment works site near Wiveliscombe. Described as "a hugely significant find", the Maundown Hoard has been donated by Wessex Water to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton Castle. The work of cleaning and recording the coins was done at the British Museum. The 2,118 coins are due to go on display alongside the Frome Hoard, the second largest collection of Roman coins found in the UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-16243681

Anyone think metal detecting is sad now?

A father-of-three has had the last laugh after a Viking hoard he found was officially declared treasure. Darren Webster, 39, from Silverdale, is now hoping the silver coins and jewellery will be bought by a Lancashire museum. The stone mason’s hobby started two years ago when his wife bought him a metal detector for Christmas and he found a rare lead casket containing 27 Viking coins, from 871 to 899, and jewellery buried in a field in Silverdale on September 14. Mr Webster said: “Metal detectors, some people look on them like it’s a bit of a sad hobby. My wife used to laugh at me. “The first think I did was ring my wife. I said, don’t laugh, but I’ve found treasure.# http://www.lep.co.uk/news/features_2_1844/anyone_think_metal_detecting_is_sad_now_1_4070228

Ship Sunk Four Centuries Ago Virtually Reconstructed In 3-D At Texas A&M

Sunk in 1606, the Portuguese merchant ship Nossa Senhora dos Martires is sailing again — in 3-D presently but perhaps one day in reality. If the cyber-replicated vessel ever does hit the high seas, the way will have been paved by the research of a persevering Texas A&M University nautical archaeologist combined with the high-tech applied study of a graduate student well versed in computer-based visualization techniques. http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/2011/12/20/ship-sunk-four-centuries-ago-virtually-reconstructed-in-3-d-at-texas-am/

Tax bill paid with 2,000-year-old Iron Age fire guard

A 2,000-year-old Iron Age fire guard has been accepted into Wales' national museum in lieu of inheritance tax. The Capel Garmon Firedog, once one of a pair on the hearth of a chieftain's roundhouse, is regarded as one of the finest surviving prehistoric iron artefacts in Europe. Previously on loan to the National Museum it will now be part of Wales' collections of Early Celtic Art. It was discovered in a peat bog in 1852. Conservation X-raying of the object, twinned with an experiment attempting to replicate the making of the piece, has demonstrated the sheer skill of the blacksmith. The piece comprises of 85 separately shaped elements, and originally weighted around 38 kilos. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-16252711

Sweden: Wedding ring 'found on carrot' after 16 years

A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it, says a newspaper. Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports Dagens Nyheter. The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995, she told the paper. Although the ring no longer fits, she hopes to have it enlarged so she can wear it again. Mrs Paahlsson and her family live on a farm near Mora in central Sweden. She took the ring off to do some Christmas baking with her daughters, but it disappeared from the work surface where it had been left, she explained to Dagens Nyheter. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16374283

Arley Hall, Northwich

Received my ticket confirmation today for the Metal Detecting Rally at Arley Hall in Northwich on the 15th January. The event is a charity rally limited to 100 detectorists, and already close to being sold out. Lord and Lady Ashbrook are helping a charity raise money. Can't wait to go there.