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.
Thoughts also turn to who might of dropped the coin and why is it lying in a seemingly ordinary field in the middle of the countryside. I am also excited by the fact that when you do dig up these old medieval hammered coins, you are the first person to see it for hundreds of years, something I will never get tired of doing.
Metal detecting finds in the uk can be stunning and below are just a few of my silver hammered coin finds. All found with my trusty Minelab Explore XS.
Coin identification (third coin down Venitian Soldino)
The third coin in the images below is a Venitian Soldino.
Soldino of Leonardo Loredan
* Date 1501-1521
* Diameter12mm, weight 0.29g
* Obverse description: Doge, as standard bearer of Venice, kneeling left, receiving the banner of St. Mark from the patron-saint standing right.
* Obverse inscription: LE.LAVS.DVX.SMV
* Reverse description: Standing figure of Christ with halo, holding a cross right. Below IC or XC (IC for Jesus and XC for Christ)
* Reverse inscription: LAVS.TIBI.SOLI (Thee alone be praised).
More information on the Venitian Soldino can be found here at the Portable Antiquities Scheme