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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

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Detector found ring at Lockdales in July!

A ring found in Lincolnshire, which was disclaimed by the Museum, is finding its way to the auction rooms in July.

Mediaeval gold ring, external diameter 22.3mm. internal diameter 18.8mm., with four oval bezels of 6.0mm. - 6.4mm. and thickness of 1.imm., weight 5.02g. and dated to c.1400 to c.1500 and has a Tresure ref. no. 2009 T483. disclaimed. The four oval bezels are engraved with the images of saints, these being St. Christoper and three female saints, one possibly St. Catherine [holding a sword] one possibly St. Margaret or St. Helena [holding a cross] and one holding possibly a palm or flower and is unidentified the engraving has traces of white enamel within the depth of design, found Lincolnshire, 2009, a rare item in nice condition.

Guide Price £3500 - 4000

Rare Anglo-Saxon Thrymsa sells for £26,000

A rare coin from the Saxon period, found by a detectorist, with an estimate of £6,000-£8,000 has been sold for £26,000 at Spink.

Anglo-Saxon, Crondall phase c.620-635, Kent, Eadbald
(616-640), Thrymsa or Shilling, 1.28g (SG 14.86, c.58% gold), London, draped, diademed bust right, cross before, avdv[arld r]eges, rev. latin cross on globe within pelleted inner circle, blundered inscription around (cf. Sutherland VI.1, corpus nos.77-78 and plate IV, 22, 23; BMC and Stewartby-same dies; Metcalf 50; EMC 2010.0147- this coin; N.29; S.758), well centred on an evenly round flan, clean gold with hints of lustre, a most pleasing example of an early Thrymsa and the first coin issued in the name of an English king, extremely fine, the seventh known of this type, extremely rare
Estimate £ 6,000-8,000


Found near Deal Kent, 2010. Recorded with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, EMC 2010.0147.

Green waste - Metal Detecting!

In response to my blog a while back about potential Green Waste causing problems for metal detectorists, I was reading about the issue on a forum. Here is what they said

'I had heard that ***** have had problems with green waste, including medical waste ie srynges etc. The companies who produce the stuff and then palm it off onto the farmers, need a good looking at, along with the particular body who is encouraging it.
It makes you wonder, its called "green waste" producing images of some nice homemade compost, in fact its just the opposite. No wonder that farmers are having to be paid to have it put on their land. I know I have to pay for compost??? However I'd expect to be paid if somebody wanted to dump the contents of those "for incineration only" yellow buckets and out of date drugs in my garden...................................


'................have spoken to the TV people and put what has happened on a couple of our digs to them, unfortunately they then wanted to speak to the farmer where we had the problem but the farmer didnt want to speak to them so we are kinda stuck. I think it would make for a very good programme but unfortunately we cant force the farmer to go on camera if he doesnt want to.

I shall watch the developments with baited breath!