Metal detecting finds uk – silver coins

metal detecting finds uk - silver hammered coinMetal Detecting Finds UK

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



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6 thoughts on “Metal detecting finds uk – silver coins

  1. Pingback: Minelab Explorer XS metal detector reviewMetal Detector Reviews

  2. pulltabMiner

    Now here’s a silly question: Why are they called hammered coins? I think I could guess that they were made using a hammer but I wonder if there isn’t more to the name.

    I too get lost in thought when I find something old. I like to think a connection is made between me and the last person to touch the item I just dug up. Of course, the oldest item I have found is barely 115 years old. I can’t imagine what’s like to find something as old as a Medieval or Roman coin.

  3. meta5213 Post author

    Hi PulltabMiner
    Thanks for the comment and with regards hammered coins. It comes from how the hammered coins were made. All coins today are milled by machine but back then the coins were made by placing a disc of metal (silver gold etc) between to dyes. These dyes had the coin design carved onto them in relief and the disc of metal is placed between these two dyes. The dyes are then hit with a hammer and the coin design is forced onto the thin disc of metal, hence the name hammered coins.

    What amazes me is that some of the coin design are very detailed and all works of art in their own right, with each one being carved by hand to make the original dyes. Take a look at another metal detector find, another hammered coin but this one is fairly rare and dates back to about 1640

    Hope this helps?

  4. Blogger John Post author

    Thanks and not paid to much attention to it but that is about to change. . . .

  5. Dave Jones

    Hi , I to found a soldino , a few years ago over sandridge bury / St. Albans , I believe you re – lease something back , don’t know , but it works , I have been detecting since 1971. And from that first find, down the Thames , mud larking on the north bank of the Thames , in the 70s , I was hooked.and have been detecting ever since.

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