Last Friday, while sitting in a cafe near Ilkley with my wife and daughter, my attention was drawn to the farmer mowing grass on the other side of the road. My mind began to ponder the detecting opportunities the field might offer. The startling dryness of my chocolate cake brought me back to the conversation at the table. “Do you have any Jubilee based items for the website this week?” my daughter enquired. I didn’t. After a minute’s “brain storming”, no ideas had come to the fore and so I returned to my battle with the chocolate cake.
As luck would have it, Peter Vernon sent in a coin, beautifully photographed, with one of the best obverses I have seen on a small coin of Elizabeth. 1st not 2nd but at least it’s a nod to this week’s celebrations.
Other really good finds this week include a gold angel of Henry VII and a rare cut halfpenny of Henry I. Plus there’s a cautionary tale on cast coin copies. In PAS finds there’s a Nationally Important mount of Medusa and a small token that must when a prize for how much writing it accommodates.
A few Treasure inquests last week highlighted some interesting finds. One inquest was particularly intriguing as the detectorist argued, with some merit, that his find wasn’t Treasure. See what you think.
In auction news, Noonans are selling some more rare recent detecting finds. Plus, carried over from last week, the results of Noonans’ sale of Phil and Joan’s small hoard of gold coins. Did they fetch enough for Joan to get her new kitchen?
Valuations and Identifications
Four more readers finds this week. For the rest of this week’s finds see the Front Page
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