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    Smile A Saxon Site - Day 6 - But started on 4 new fields - VERY RARE GALBA !!!

    Yesterday Land-Mag kindly took me out for a 2 hour scout of 4 new fields (never tried). Our research had 1 of the 4 fields as a possible Roman Site. We called this field the No.1 Site, as it was the first we tried & I found a No.1 Shooting position Peg. There was quite a bit of Roman Pottery but no metal finds. We moved next door & found another site covered in pottery but I only had 1 Roman Coin. Finished the 2 hours with picture 1 (1 coin, 1 button, 1 thimble).
    Cru'Dad & I returned this morning & after 40 minutes crossed off another of the fields with Cru'Dads Will III love token being the only find.
    We then tried the biggest field & we soon realised this was a bust. So in desperation I jumped the ditch back into the No.1 field & was going to give it one last try before we left for Lunch. I was guided to this area, because of the curving ditch, & within 40 paces I got a Roman Silver (Sept Sev). 'Great' I thought, saved the day. Cru'Dad & I then gridded this area & before you know it, another silver popped up but this time we could tell it was special. Only 1 other scrappy came out before we left for lunch.
    We then moved to the Saxon Site & did another 2 hours with 2 hammered! (5 hour total day)

    Livery Button
    Medieval Lead Button
    Barrel Tap Key
    1 Scrappy yesterday & 1 today
    Jetton
    2 Roman Iron Lock pieces + a nail
    17th-18th C Leather Mount
    Tudor Book Clasp
    Small bit of Medieval Annular Brooch
    Tudor Clothes Fastener - St John
    Will III Sixpence - Love Token
    Charles I Halfgroat 1634-35
    Henry III Cut Farthing
    Sept Sev Denarius
    Very Rare (R2 rated with 15 known at time of publish) Denarius of Galba AD68, minted in Tarraco, modern day Tarragona in Spain. For travelling that far its in specimen condition. This is my best coin find this year!

    UPDATE:
    (Dads research)
    Galba’s first “Imp” coins started early Apr 68 during his joining the revolt against Nero and he came fully to power after Nero’s suicide on 9 Jun 68. However, he only lasted to15 Jan 69 when he was assassinated. So his coins with IMP were only minted for 9 months (not a couple of years) with your type being the first in a non-roman style due to using a Spanish regional mint with no portraiture available. These came later when the Rome mint crafted and used his features on coins minted after his acceptance as Emperor by the Senate

    FURTHER UPDATE:
    British Museum response:This is a rare coin. We have 53 denarii of Galba recorded on the PAS database but none of that type. We have two similar specimens in the BM collection.
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    Last edited by CRUSADER; Oct 22, 2015 at 12:06 PM.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

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    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
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    Uh....WOW!!! Very close after the death of Jesus, finding that would send chills up my spine! REALLY cool!
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    Nice one Cru , had a roman silver day also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAMZIM View Post
    Uh....WOW!!! Very close after the death of Jesus, finding that would send chills up my spine! REALLY cool!
    During the CW, he only lasted a couple of years.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    "Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best"- Edward Abbey
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by robfinds View Post
    Nice one Cru , had a roman silver day also.
    Roman silver was furthest from my mind on this site, let alone 2!
    BuckleBoy likes this.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    "Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best"- Edward Abbey
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

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    When Crusader clearly states that this is his best coin find of the year, it's sure to be BANNER #23. The condition is incredible, most of my 1964 silver dimes aren't as nice as that.
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    Great historical finds Cru.
    Always look forward to seeing what you find..
    Amazing.

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    What a great day for silver Cru, especially the Roman. And I don't recall seeing you dig a cut coin like the one shown above. I'm sure I may have missed some, but the point is that the practice of cutting coins seems to be much more prevalent in the colonies than in the Mother Country, although ours are "modern" pistareens and yours are medieval hammereds.
    TOTAL COLONIAL SILVER COINS DUG: 194
    - Hammered silver coins (pre-1645 not including cobs): 22
    - Hammered silver coins from the 1500s: 8 (all sixpences)
    - Spanish cobs: 22
    - Cut silver pieces: 88
    - Other whole colonial silver coins: 59
    - Colonial silver counterfeits: 3
    OLDEST COLONIAL SILVER COIN DUG: 1563 Elizabeth I sixpence
    MOST RARE AND VALUABLE COLONIAL SILVER COIN DUG: 1659 Lord Baltimore sixpence

    NOTABLE COLONIAL COPPER COINS/JETTONS/TOKENS DUG:
    - Early 1600s jettons (3 dug)
    - 1600s Half penny trade token
    - 1650-75 Edward Jarvis "The George" tavern penny token (London)
    - 1670 Bristol merchant's farthing token
    - 1675 Charles II farthing
    - 1677-79 Charles II bawbee sixpence
    - 1694 W&M halfpenny (2 dug)
    - 1795 Liberty cap cent (graded EF)
    - 1797, 1798 & 1803 Draped bust LCs
    - 1811 Half cent (rare date - graded EF)
    - 1700s KG coppers (20-25 dug)
    - 1773 Va halfpennies (42-45 dug)
    - 1786 German 1 pfennig
    - 1700s French copper
    - Numerous 1700s undated or slicks

    ** All of these coins were dug at numerous colonial sites in southeast Virginia after securing property owner permission.

    ANNOUNCEMENT:

    I am anticipating that my new book entitled "DISCOVERING VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL ARTIFACTS - A Comprehensive Guide to Recovery, Identification and Preservation" will be available sometime in late 2017. This hardcover volume, nearly 400 pages in length, will double as both a "how-to" manual as well as a colonial artifact "encyclopedia" to help ID and date your finds. This publication will be a valuable resource not just for the colonial enthusiast, but for all metal detecting hobbyists. It will also contain nearly 1000 color photos of 16th, 17th and 18th century artifacts I have personally recovered over the last 20+ years along with many quality post-colonial finds that randomly turn up at early sites. Updates will be provided as we get closer to the projected release date. (Last updated 4-10-17)

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    BANNER! Very rare and superb condition. AD68! My vote is in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxbowbarefoot View Post
    When Crusader clearly states that this is his best coin find of the year, it's sure to be BANNER #23. The condition is incredible, most of my 1964 silver dimes aren't as nice as that.
    Yeap, gotta be good to beat a hammered gold
    oxbowbarefoot and landmagnet like this.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    "Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best"- Edward Abbey
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vino View Post
    Great historical finds Cru.
    Always look forward to seeing what you find..
    Amazing.
    This was his earliest coin to be minted in Spain before the minting moved to Rome. From what I can tell the left facing horse seems rarer than the right facing, so on an already very rare coin, it makes a difference.
    Vino likes this.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    "Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best"- Edward Abbey
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by landmagnet View Post
    BANNER! Very rare and superb condition. AD68! My vote is in.
    Thanks, I have plenty more pottery to pass to you. Amazing how little was about, the 3 coins were in a pretty small area.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    "Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best"- Edward Abbey
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    What a great day for silver Cru, especially the Roman. And I don't recall seeing you dig a cut coin like the one shown above. I'm sure I may have missed some, but the point is that the practice of cutting coins seems to be much more prevalent in the colonies than in the Mother Country, although ours are "modern" pistareens and yours are medieval hammereds.
    Had quite a few cut qrters. The XP just sucks them up.
    oxbowbarefoot and Vino like this.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    "Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best"- Edward Abbey
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

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    Wow, the Denarius is incredible! Galba in that condition.... I send a vote on the way! Very,very rare coin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    This was his earliest coin to be minted in Spain before the minting moved to Rome. From what I can tell the left facing horse seems rarer than the right facing, so on an already very rare coin, it makes a difference.
    Then this one is Banner for sure.
    Even over that side!! Congrats.
    Look forward to seeing this on top!!

 

 
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