The hoard that keeps on giving - very, very slowly! And a stranger for ID. (IDed as Antoninius Pius)

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The hoard that keeps on giving - very, very slowly! And a stranger for ID. (IDed as Antoninius Pius)

Post by fred » Fri May 19, 2017 6:13 pm

As regular visitors to this forum will know I have slowly been digging up a hoard of siliquae since well before Christmas, slowly being the operative word. It amuses me to read that these tiny coins come in hoards of thousands because at one time it looked as though reaching two figures was purely aspirational. The real saving grace of this hoard was the lovely gold solidus that I pulled up a few weeks ago.

My detecting partner is unavailable for a few days so yesterday I ventured out on my own my to test my brand new CTX stock coil. The previously dry soil was pleasantly damp and the two and a half siliquae in the top row all came up within minutes and a few feet of each other but alas no more. I was convinced that the half would match up with another half that I found a while ago but later established that it didn't.

Today I also went out alone with the large coil back on. The first proper signal was another siliqua in the same place as yesterdays finds. It was about 9 inches down on edge, which probably explained why the stock coil didn't get it, and brought the silver total up to 11. I took a clod shot of it to delight you all but when I downloaded it I couldn't actually spot the coin in the picture and a picture of soil alone isn't really that interesting. rl; I then spent a couple of hours getting rained upon and digging only nails before wandering further afield. About a hundred yards away I found a small Roman grot from about the same period as the hoard, which is the only non hoard Roman anything that has come from the whole field.

Shortly afterwards, and by now soaking wet, I decided to detect back to the car. About a hundred and fifty yards away from the hoard site I got a nice sweet signal on a very steep slope which sounded just like a deep hammered silver. I dug down and down until I found a denarius resting just above the solid chalk. Unfortunately it has a minting crack and a small plough bite but it is otherwise in really good condition. It's obviously much earlier than the hoard although I have no idea which Emperor it is. Any suggestions would be appreciated. ::g



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Post by the-roman » Fri May 19, 2017 6:53 pm

Antoninus Pius ::g

Obv: IMPTAELCAESANTONINVS - Bare-headed, draped bust right.
Rev: TRIBPOTCOS - Concordia standing left, holding patera and two cornucopiae.

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Post by Oxgirl36 » Fri May 19, 2017 9:00 pm

You lucky, lucky thing. Keep enjoying the finds ::g
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Post by sweepstick47 » Fri May 19, 2017 9:01 pm

Very well done 'fred' ::g That's a great account and a successful session. I for one, look forward to further developments and wish you Good Luck ::g Regards ss47
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Post by john Colin » Fri May 19, 2017 9:16 pm

Great write up Fred, thanks for posting.

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Post by Koala » Fri May 19, 2017 9:40 pm

Nice finds and a great read.

Thanks for sharing

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Post by Steve_T » Fri May 19, 2017 10:07 pm

Great story and news your still finding more, hope it continues to be productive for you, nice when you get a field like that that never disappoints and keeps drawing you back for another go.

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Post by coal digger » Fri May 19, 2017 10:45 pm

Nice finds Fred,the Gratian is in decent shape to say how much they were clipped,cd ::g
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Post by fred » Sat May 20, 2017 7:27 am

coal digger wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 10:45 pm
Nice finds Fred,the Gratian is in decent shape to say how much they were clipped,cd ::g
Interestingly the coins are a mixture of clipped and unclipped. ::g

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Post by fred » Sat May 20, 2017 7:29 am

the-roman wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 6:53 pm
Antoninus Pius ::g

Obv: IMPTAELCAESANTONINVS - Bare-headed, draped bust right.
Rev: TRIBPOTCOS - Concordia standing left, holding patera and two cornucopiae.

and great finds mate ::g
Thanks for the very quick ID. ::g

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Post by Cromwell » Sat May 20, 2017 8:31 am

Isn't the local FLO or museum people helping out if you have a hoard .

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Post by fred » Sat May 20, 2017 10:19 am

Cromwell wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 8:31 am
Isn't the local FLO or museum people helping out if you have a hoard .
Ah makes sense now, I also know what the spellchecker thinks of FLO! :D

I have already spoken to Sam Moorhead at the British Museum and the FLO. Not really much they can do at the moment. The site has no indications of Roman activity and the small number of coins are scattered over a wide area. My first impression was that It could just be a ploughed out purse loss. The whole area is now pretty well devoid of signals for both the Deus and the CTX and is very unproductive detecting most of the time, although no doubt we will keep an occasional eye on it in the hope of a real hoard. ::g

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Post by Stillburning » Sat May 20, 2017 9:02 pm

Great finds and great write up ::g

Hopefully over time you will find more and eventually be able to work out if this is a hoard, purse loss, or something else, I look foward to further updates in the future ::g
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Post by Rivers rat » Sat May 20, 2017 9:10 pm

Bravo nice coins !!!!



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Post by NeverWntd2Dance » Sun May 21, 2017 8:36 am

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Post by Nectardetector » Sun May 21, 2017 12:31 pm

Nice 1 mate well found

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