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Noonans sell Colkirk Hoard and other rare finds

On 5 December 2023, Noonans held an auction of Ancient Coins and Antiquities. Amongst the detecting finds in the sale is Part 1 of the Colkirk Hoard of Late Roman silver coins, found in 2021. 

To view any of my 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.

Colkirk Hoard

The Colkirk Hoard was found near Colkirk in Norfolk by an anonymous detectorist between 2020 and 2022. It comprised 432 Roman silver coins, mostly siliquae from Constantius II (323-361) to Honorius (393-423). It was recorded at the PAS as NMS-AC7F17

The auctioneer tells the detectorist’s story of the find “Following several hours of searching which produced little more than a medieval cut halfpenny and a few buttons, he decided to call it a day. Starting back to his car he found, by chance, a single silver Siliqua. Spurred on by this success, he concentrated his searching to the immediate vicinity of the initial find; almost at once more coins started coming up.

By the end of that day some 40 siliquae had been recovered, all single finds distributed over an area of some twenty square metres. The next day a similar number was found. Over the next two years, Mr Finder returned time and time again, working around pandemic ‘lockdowns’, to increase the total number of finnds to nearly 300

In late 2021 an excavation of the find site produced a further 132 coins.

73 coins are being sold in this auction.

Photo: © Noonans

Siliqua of Theodosius I

Mint: Trier
Estimate: £2,000 – £2,600
Hammer: £3400

This is considered to be the most numismatically significant item contained with the Colkirk hoard. It is thought that these were used as prestige presentation pieces as part of donative payments to the army in extravagant ceremonies.

Other detecting finds

Photo: © Noonans

Stater of the Dobunni

Stater with BODVO[C] on the obverse. Found near Standlake, Oxfordshire in 2023.
Estimate: £4,000 – £5,000
Hammer: £3000
Photo: © Noonans

Denarius of Claudius

Found in Meppershall, Bedfordshire in 2023 and recorded at the PAS as NARC-9D6DEC.
Estimate: £1,500 – £1,800
Hammer: £2600
Photo: © Noonans

The Sutton Scotney Iron Age Brooch

Celtic, La Tene bronze horse harness brooch, found at Sutton Scotney in Hampshire. The auctioneer says “Only two brooches for a horse harness are recorded from the UK and these are both enamelled”
Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000
Hammer: £4200
Photo: © Noonans

The Steeple Claydon Saxon Die

8th century, bronze ‘pressblech’ die stamp. Found on 18 April 2021 near Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire and recorded at the PAS as SUR-DF4D6B where it was considered to be a Find of Note of Regional Importance.
Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000
Hammer: £2000
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