DNW Ancient and Islamic auction includes rare detecting finds

DNW Ancient and Islamic auction includes rare detecting finds

DNW held an auction of Ancient and Islamic Coins, Antiquities on 13 April 2022. Although most of the lots are improbable detecting finds in the UK, it does contain three recent finds which are of some significance.

To view any of these three selected lots in the auction catalogue click on the lot number. The full catalogue can be found here.

There is a buyer’s premium of 24% (plus VAT) on the hammer price.

Featured Lots

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Aureus of Titus

Mint: Rome
Estimate: £5,000 – £6,000
Hammer: £4000

Found in Carlisle, Cumbria in the first week of September 2013 and recorded at the PAS as DUR-FF7235. A gold Roman aureus of Titus as caesar under Vespasian. COS VI (“Consul for the sixth time”) reverse type depicting Roma seated right on shield, flanked by two flying eagles and she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus. Mint of Rome.

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Anglo-Saxon Shield Boss

Mint: Rome
Estimate: £800 – £1,000
Hammer: £650

A gilt-bronze circular shield boss apex mount inset within an iron base dating to the 6th century. Found in Kesteven, Lincolnshire on 1 June 2021 and recorded at the PAS as LIN-1F3D6D, where it was designated a Find of Note: Regional Importance.

shield boss
Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By SA2.0

It was the featured find in PAS Finds: week ended 17 September. The PAS helpfully produced this graphic to show the two segmented animals.

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Anglo-Saxon Square-headed brooch

Mint: Rome
Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000

Anglo-Saxon gilt-bronze square-headed brooch dating to the mid-late 6th century. The auctioneer says “This type of brooch represents the largest and most ostentatious bow brooch of the pagan period; worn by women as a symbol of their family status“.

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By SA2.0

The brooch was found in Harborough, Leicestershire in 2021 and recorded at the PAS as NARC-529A29.

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