Silver hammered coins are always great to find and I see them as little disks of art, and each one has it’s own character. I am also amazed that you never know what will turn up when metal detecting and today’s club search was an eventful one.
When you are metal detecting you just never know what will come to light and what will be starring at you from the bottom of the next hole you dig. That is one of the joys of metal detecting and the find shown here was one of those very unexpected finds.
I have been told it is Roman and it was certainly found on a site where Roman material had been found in the past.
This great little find came out of a field that has produced silver hammered coins, musket balls and all sorts of other great items.
It’s the first wax seal I have found and I assume its dates around the Victorian times. I do need to do a little research to confirm this as not completely sure but watch this space for information it’s date etc.
Finding green field areas to metal detect on can be frustrating and that is why I take every chance I get to get the metal detector out as you just never know what lies beneath your feet.
Dartmouth Farthing of about 1640
Being completely mad on metal detecting, I am are always wondering what my next metal detecting find will be. I am always amazed as to what comes out of the gound and what possibilities are waiting for me to find. Most of the time you can’t plan or really be certain as to what will appear in the next hole you dig. It’s this that makes the hobby so interesting and why this coin was such a surprise when it was starring back at me from the bottom of a muddy hole.
This particular find came to light after spending some time wandering a field with very little to show for my efforts apart from the usual bullets, victorian coins and musket balls.
The image below is one of my most interesting coin finds due to it’s relative scarcity, as they really don’t come to light that much, or so I believe. It was a bit of a mystery but it’s (I believe) a hammerd coin, a Dartmouth Farthing of about 1640. It took me a fair amount of time to track down what it was and if anyone viewing this knows better than please let me know.
Its about 14mm across and came out of the ground as you see here, only having a wash under the cold tap. It was found with my Minelab Explorer XS (review coming soon) at about three inches down on farmland in Devon. Continue reading
Metal detecting finds in the UK can vary greatly with the wealth of history we have, and as a metal detectorist, you can find some beautiful items. Out of all the metal detecting finds that are possible in the uk, hammered coins are one if the most exciting items that turn up when out walking the endless fields.
For me they are more exciting than seeing a roman coin come out of the ground as they are much more beautiful with the detail on some of the hammered coins being stunning, little works of art. They are only a very small section of what you might find metal detecting in the uk, and sometimes they can be very hard to come by. When you do see that little disc of silver in your hand it certainly makes your heart race. Once the excitement calms down thoughts turn to what type of medieval hammered coin it might be and which king is starring old king is starring back at me.