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Artifact and Coin Finds

Artifacts and coins shown on this website are a representation of what may be found.
Not all items found on the tours are displayed on this website.
Click on any coin below to view the finds!

Each year new artifacts and coins are found due to the farmer's plow turning the ground and reaching down into fresh soil. Luck naturally plays a large part. However any individual in the field for the first time has the chance of making a WONDERFUL AND SIGNIFICANT DISCOVERY! Being in the region where the MOST potential exists increases the odds of being "LUCKY." And archaeologist are still searching for the burial place of the Celtic Queen Boudicca, who massacred 70,000 Romans in 61 A.D. (Her homeland, to which she retreated, is in the vicinity of where you will be metal detecting.) Metal detecting for Artifact and coin finds of Celtic, Roman, Saxon, Viking, and Medieval to more recent times — a span of over 2000 years — is possible in this area of England!

A Little History

Neolithic age begins 3,500 B.C.
Bronze Age begins 2,100 B.C.
Iron age Begins 500 B.C.

Celtic Britain
Artistic Celtic coin examples are made of gold or silver and bronze
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Migration of Celtic people from Southern Europe 550 B.C. Celtic coins are often made of bronze, sometimes of silver and gold. They also had gold ring money (see example above) They produced there coins primarily in two ways struck and cast. Celtic coins are very artistic, depicting animals, gods, humans. The boar and the horse are frequently depicted for they were the companions of the hunter and the soldier. Symbolic stars are often present, especially the sun and the moon with imaginary animals, half-human, half-beast.

Roman Britain
Roman coins were hand struck depicting the emperors and their accomplishments
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CLAUDIUS, in 43 A.D., directed his 40,000 troops straight to Colchester, where he established an ostentatious capital for Roman Britain. During the following years, the rich farmlands to the north became the location of wealthy Roman Villas, Imperial Estates, Forts, Camps, Towns, and soldiers' land grant properties. Roman Coins during the Empire were struck (rather than cast). Each coin was struck by hand. Roman coins did not have any denomination, or numerical value printed on a coin. A coin's value was based on the relative values of the precious metals (bronze, silver, and gold) that it was made from. So a gold coin was literally worth its weight in gold. In 23 BC, Augustus overhauled the coinage system creating the following relationships: 1 Gold Aureus= 25 silver Denarii 1 Denarius = 4 Sestertii = 8 Dupondii = 16 Asses = 64 Quadrans.

Anglo-Saxon Britain
Anglo-Saxon coins where the first English pennies known by the name Sceattas
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Following the abandonment of England by the Romans in 407 A.D., England underwent a series of invasions by an assortment of Germanic tribes, namely the Saxons, Angles and Jutes. This period lasted until the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Anglo-Saxon gold tremisses were minted from about 630 A.D. By the middle of the seventh century the gold coins were increasingly being debased with silver and by about 675 A.D. had been completely replaced by silver. Silver rather than gold was the currency metal in England for most of the period 600-1066 AD. These were the first English pennies but they are commonly known by their name Sceattas. Sceattas continued to be produced and issued up until the middle of the 9th century. It is thought that such a silver penny represented the value of about one day's work for a Saxon peasant.

617 A.D. marked the First invasion by the Vikings. King Alfred defeats the Vikings but allows them to settle in Eastern England in 878 A.D. Edward the Confessor was the last Saxon King descended from Alfred the Great. When he died in 1066 without an heir, his nephew William of Normandy invaded England, defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings, and claimed the throne.

Medieval Britain 1066 A.D. through 1484 A.D.
During the middle ages kings produced hammered gold and silver coins
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English Hammered Coins

In England from the time of the Norman invasion (1066 A.D.), silver was the main metal used for hammering. Gold was coined only regularly from 1344 base metal Farthings were first issued during the early 1600s.

Tudor Britain 1485 A.D. through 1600 A.D.
Tudor through modern era coins of Britain depict their kings and queens
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For those who seek additional Information on artifact and coin finds you could discover in England, please see the links page. If you want more historic information there are also some great links for that.

More artifact and coin finds images coming in the future.

Example artifact coin finds

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