First silver roman !!

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First silver roman !!

Post by James G » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:36 pm

Hi all,

Last weekend saw me out on an organised dig, a good 2 hour drive from home so a very early start. The first few minutes at 5am are always a killer, but after a coffee the excitement of the day soon had me wide awake.
Eventually I arrived at the dig site, along with half of the UK's detecting fraternity (or so it seemed); it was a sharp, sunny morning and I soon got talking to some of the other detectorists as I set up my trusty CTX. Chatting to one guy in particular, I soon got the impression that perhaps the fields had been 'done to death'......oh brother, let's hope not....but I've heard that before and still had nice finds.

So after the briefing, we all set off in high expectation. First 10 metres, first signal and up pops a nice buckle ::g ...things could be promising. An hour later, and several lumps of lead, I was beginning to think these fields have been 'done to death' ! Then a very iffy, jumpy signal and about 7 inches down I pull out what I thought at the time was a Georgian copper penny, due to the thickness and knackered appearance. On later inspection at home after a gentle scrub under warm water, I found it was an 1854 Victorian copper penny. I'd never found a Victorian copper penny, larger than the more common bronze varieties and considerably thicker. So, a first...I was a happy man.

Then followed hours, and I mean hours, of trashy signals....shotgun cartridges, random bits of unidentifiable lumps of metal. I was running the CTX quite high sensitivity wise, so lots of falsing.

I'd heard a few hammered's were coming up, so continued on my quest, ever hopeful. Finally, I decided to try the last field I hadn't visited.....quick pee in the hedgerow, only to be shocked half to death by a hare bolting for it's life.....poor animal !

Right, let's do this ! Shotgun cartridge, lead....lead, foil...and then, as I started to approach the far side of the field I noticed the falsing had dropped off considerably as well as the iron grunts.

Then... a ping. A double ping. I didn't bother looking at the screen or the reading, the tone was...good. Oh please be something good, just this once........silver. I pushed the earth away with my pinpointer, definitely silver. I picked up my find a gently scraped a thin layer of soil off. Oh wow! Cue heart rate increase. I could see writing. Old writing. Slight increase in heart rate again. A seated figure. I removed the soil from the other side. Huge increase in heart rate.

An emperor !!! I actually did jump up in the air at this point (what an idiot!)

So here it is.....my very first roman silver, my first roman with any real detail, and boy were those hours of lead and shotgun cartridges worth it.
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I was told at the dig that it is possibly a Tiberius Denarius minted in Lugdunum (modern day Lyon), also known as a tribute penny.

If someone could confirm the id I would be extremely grateful.

Sometimes those hard days can seriously be worth it !!!!
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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Allectus » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:48 pm

Tiberius 'Tribute Penny' ::g

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Post by Mud Max » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:49 pm

Congratulations, and snap, had my first decent silver Roman coin on Sunday as well.
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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by James G » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:51 pm

Thanks Allectus, I was hoping you were going to be about.

To say I am chuffed, is a complete understatement !!!!!

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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Stillburning » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:59 pm

Very nice coin, well done ::g
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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Mega B » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:03 pm

That is a very outstanding find,very well done

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Post by fred » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:24 pm

Very nice. Congratulations. ::g
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Post by James G » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:45 pm

Thanks everyone, still buzzing. Just been to the British Museum (in fact I tend to go every lunchtime) and they have one there. Ok, a slightly better example than the one I found :D

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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Lowland » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:49 pm

Lovely stuff
And the five pence is a nice example too
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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Agent Smith » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:07 pm

Isn't that just sweet....very nice indeedy ::g

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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Able » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:25 pm

Good write up and a stunning coin mate ::g

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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Batman » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:30 pm

That is a beauty. Lovely find ::g

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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Quoin » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:33 pm

Well rescued. It's the coin mentioned in Luke 20:22 so technically that actual coin that you found could have been touched by Jesus. There's a thought.

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Post by oldartefact » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:45 pm

I think that you're going to need a bigger finds pouch!!! What a superb find ... and a brilliant very well thought out write-up!! Many thanks for bringing a touch of joy to my day.
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Post by Ray » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:46 pm

That's what it's all about. Great little write up.
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Post by Roberts » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:52 pm

Thanks for the story and a most excellent coin in near perfect condition. Congratulations and may you find many more ::g
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Post by Mancave-man » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:17 pm

Lovely find. Well done.He looks like he's wearing a mask. Early superhero?
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Post by Jamesy636 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:20 pm

Amazing find matey! , chuffed to bits for you
That is a beautiful old coin in amazing condition
Congrats ::g

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Post by fred » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:50 pm

Nice coin and writeup. ::g There is a very similar one in the last edition of Searcher!
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Post by thefiggis » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:00 pm

Finding that first Roman silver is a special moment made even more memorable in this case by the quality of the coin. A right belter, and thanks for sharing.
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Post by sidaces » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:30 pm

Amazing coin well done ::g

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Post by niceguyfrankie » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:38 pm

agreed, great write up, congrats on the silver, a beautiful coin indeed

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Post by coal digger » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:21 pm

Hi bud,have you cleaned it?,and do you have an exact weight?,cd ::g
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Post by tigerseeker » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:39 pm

Great write up and what a find.

Well done ::g
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Post by cantona1 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:31 pm

Beautiful, just beautiful, you must be chuffed :D

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Post by PeakDetectorist » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:35 pm

A very attractive coin. Excellent result! :D
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Post by James G » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:58 pm

cantona1 wrote:
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Beautiful, just beautiful, you must be chuffed :D
Thank you, absolutely chuffed to be bits!!! It was a hard day, we all get those, but when this popped out all that was forgotten

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Post by James G » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:00 am

coal digger wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:21 pm
Hi bud,have you cleaned it?,and do you have an exact weight?,cd ::g
These are the only scales I have, usually used for flour :D . They only measure in gram increments

Only cleaning I did was a gentle rub with a toothbrush under warm water - this is pretty much how it came out.
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Post by ipcress » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:11 am

Enjoyable read and a lovely find.

Congratulations and thanks for posting

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Re: First silver roman !!

Post by Dom » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:27 am

What a sweet find! Really nice condition. ::g

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