54 Gram Silver Badge, tiniest Fork ever and 0.4 Gram Roman Coin

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I took the chance to detect a field i wasn't on for 8 years now. Had only 2 hrs to save some romans. I hoped for a Silver there but only bronzes found their way in the pouch today. Happy about a very fine example and one of the smallest roman coins minted. I don't say it was a zillion miles deep and i have the best detector as everyone knows the capabilities of the Deus. It was just under the surface and came in loud and clear. 0.4 Grams of patina...
I didn't stated my wish for silver precisely so no Roman Silver but a three inch diameter, 54 Gram massive silver bagde blew my ears off.
To complete this weird day a tiny fork found it's way under the coil also. Made from aluminum and stamped with G&T. My guess is dollhouse equipment. :dontknow:

The badge
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Scale of a helmet chin strap, the only button of the day, fork and Prussian 5 Pfennig.
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Roman coins
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Closeup of Constantinus
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The tiny one....
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Lead
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Brass
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Thanks for looking!
 
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I took the chance to detect a field i wasn't on for 8 years now. Had only 2 hrs to save some romans. I hoped for a Silver there but only bronzes found their way in the pouch today. Happy about a very fine example and one of the smallest roman coins minted. I don't say it was a zillion miles deep and i have the best detector as everyone knows the capabilities of the Deus. It was just under the surface and came in loud and clear. 0.4 Grams of patina...
I didn't stated my wish for silver precisely so no Roman Silver but a three inch diameter, 54 Gram massive silver bagde blew my ears off.
To complete this weird day a tiny fork found it's way under the coil also. Made from aluminum and stamped with G&T. My guess is dollhouse equipment. :dontknow:

The badge
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Scale of a helmet chin strap, the only button of the day, fork and Prussian 5 Pfennig.
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Roman coins
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Closeup of Constantinus
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The tiny one....
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Lead
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Brass
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Thanks for looking!
Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!!
 

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PS. Why do you think it was important to date that piece of silver? (A nice bonus for you)
 
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PS. Why do you think it was important to date that piece of silver? (A nice bonus for you)
I have no clue. I don't even know what it was used for. My guess is the badge itself is somewhat mass produced and the engraving was done later for different purpose. On the back there scratched in initials not matching the name on the front, so that could been the worker who did the engraving. The engraving is not crudely made, but also not top shelf work. "Mate Müller" could be a name, Düren is a town some 40kms from here and 1806 dates the badge in the napoleonic period when the territory left of the Rhine was under French administration. Mate Müller a Düren translated from french is "Comrade Müller from Düren 1806" Did it come from a tombstone?
 

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Nice hunt Lu. Could the badge have been something that hung around a beer stein by a chain? It has holes on 2 sides. Good luck.
 

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I have no clue. I don't even know what it was used for. My guess is the badge itself is somewhat mass produced and the engraving was done later for different purpose. On the back there scratched in initials not matching the name on the front, so that could been the worker who did the engraving. The engraving is not crudely made, but also not top shelf work. "Mate Müller" could be a name, Düren is a town some 40kms from here and 1806 dates the badge in the napoleonic period when the territory left of the Rhine was under French administration. Mate Müller a Düren translated from french is "Comrade Müller from Düren 1806" Did it come from a tombstone?
"Comrade Müller from Düren 1806"
Now it sounds more like a presentation from someone who finds significance in that date.
 

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It always amazes me that you guys in Europe are able to detect any given field and recover items that were lost almost 2000 years ago! :occasion14: I wonder what the 'G&T' stands for on the little brass fork? :icon_scratch:

Congrats on that beautiful 1806 silver badge and all those Roman coins.
Dave
 
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It always amazes me that you guys in Europe are able to detect any given field and recover items that were lost almost 2000 years ago! :occasion14: I wonder what the 'G&T' stands for on the little brass fork? :icon_scratch:

Congrats on that beautiful 1806 silver badge and all those Roman coins.
Dave
Sometimes it looks easy. You know it isn't. But i know what you say. Living in Europe usually means usually at least 2000years of human occupation. Most areas way longer...
I was thinking about that fork too. Stamped by maker on the visible side make no sense on a play fork. More if it was a giveaway?
 

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