''The Hill'' - Day 7 - Hammered, 2 SAXON SCEATS & a Copper STYCA!!!

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Some rain today but nothing too bad, so got on with the job of the mega grid. We were meant to be going into a previously recorded blank area, but the finds beg to differ, with the deep plough our best friend this year. Plus thanks to the farmer who leaves it perfectly flat but doesn't plan to drill until Spring.8-)
Cru'dad got a Sceat on the first run & not to be out done I got an imitation one on the next run. At one point Cru'dad shouted over '"Another outstanding day?!'" I replied "yes, because we are outstanding in our field". :thumbsup:

5 Hours of pure joy;

8 Scrappies (1 holed)
18th C 'Rev War' Marines Button
Lead Token
17th C Token
Medieval Buckle
Medieval Lead Seal Matrix
Lead Cloth Seal
6th C Saxon Brooch
Saxon Strap-end
Saxon Clothes Hasp
Ancient Awl
Bit of a Roman Military Buckle
Broken Hammered Penny
Saxon Sceat (Imitation Series K)
Sceat of King Aethelred of Mercia AD674-704
(good example)
I got my first ever Saxon Northumberland Stycas (Still needs full ID, but something I thought near impossible as we are 200 miles from the Kingdom!)

Can this continue?!

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Congratulations to you both. What is the thing with the crown and two hearts? I like that. Which one is the styca? Last two pics , bottom left? Is that it?
It's an 18th C Cufflink, often mis-IDed as a Charles II Marriage piece.

Yes, it's the bottom left of the blue background.
 

Some rain today but nothing too bad, so got on with the job of the mega grid. We were meant to be going into a previously recorded blank area, but the finds beg to differ, with the deep plough our best friend this year. Plus thanks to the farmer who leaves it perfectly flat but doesn't plan to drill until Spring.8-)
Cru'dad got a Sceat on the first run & not to be out done I got an imitation one on the next run. At one point Cru'dad shouted over '"Another outstanding day?!'" I replied "yes, because we are outstanding in our field". :thumbsup:

5 Hours of pure joy;

8 Scrappies (1 holed)
18th C 'Rev War' Marines Button
Lead Token
17th C Token
Medieval Buckle
Medieval Lead Seal Matrix
Lead Cloth Seal
6th C Saxon Brooch
Saxon Strap-end
Saxon Clothes Hasp
Ancient Awl
Bit of a Roman Military Buckle
Broken Hammered Penny
Saxon Sceat (Imitation Series K)
Sceat of King Aethelred of Mercia AD674-704
(good example)
I got my first ever Saxon Northumberland Stycas (Still needs full ID, but something I thought near impossible as we are 200 miles from the Kingdom!)

Can this continue?!

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Awesome!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!
 

UPDATE:

''The styca is an irregular imitation with thoroughly garbled inscriptions. These imitations are relatively common, but not of course as finds in your area.

The Series K may simply be rather base silver rather than an imitation - silver contents tended to fall in the later stages of the 'sceat' coinage.

The Series E, Runic Aethiliraed is a fine example of the type.''



I've asked which Northumberland King the Styca might be imitating, I think it 'may' be Eanred AD810-841. Answer;
''Impossible to say for sure, but probably Aethelred II.'' (Circa AD840s)
 

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Some rain today but nothing too bad, so got on with the job of the mega grid. We were meant to be going into a previously recorded blank area, but the finds beg to differ, with the deep plough our best friend this year. Plus thanks to the farmer who leaves it perfectly flat but doesn't plan to drill until Spring.8-)
Cru'dad got a Sceat on the first run & not to be out done I got an imitation one on the next run. At one point Cru'dad shouted over '"Another outstanding day?!'" I replied "yes, because we are outstanding in our field". :thumbsup:

5 Hours of pure joy;

8 Scrappies (1 holed)
18th C 'Rev War' Marines Button
Lead Token
17th C Token
Medieval Buckle
Medieval Lead Seal Matrix
Lead Cloth Seal
6th C Saxon Brooch
Saxon Strap-end
Saxon Clothes Hasp
Ancient Awl
Bit of a Roman Military Buckle
Broken Hammered Penny
Saxon Sceat (Imitation Series K)
Sceat of King Aethelred of Mercia AD674-704
(good example)
I got my first ever Saxon Northumberland Stycas (Still needs full ID, but something I thought near impossible as we are 200 miles from the Kingdom!)

Can this continue?!

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Wow!!
 

Some rain today but nothing too bad, so got on with the job of the mega grid. We were meant to be going into a previously recorded blank area, but the finds beg to differ, with the deep plough our best friend this year. Plus thanks to the farmer who leaves it perfectly flat but doesn't plan to drill until Spring.8-)
Cru'dad got a Sceat on the first run & not to be out done I got an imitation one on the next run. At one point Cru'dad shouted over '"Another outstanding day?!'" I replied "yes, because we are outstanding in our field". :thumbsup:

5 Hours of pure joy;

8 Scrappies (1 holed)
18th C 'Rev War' Marines Button
Lead Token
17th C Token
Medieval Buckle
Medieval Lead Seal Matrix
Lead Cloth Seal
6th C Saxon Brooch
Saxon Strap-end
Saxon Clothes Hasp
Ancient Awl
Bit of a Roman Military Buckle
Broken Hammered Penny
Saxon Sceat (Imitation Series K)
Sceat of King Aethelred of Mercia AD674-704
(good example)
I got my first ever Saxon Northumberland Stycas (Still needs full ID, but something I thought near impossible as we are 200 miles from the Kingdom!)

Can this continue?!

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Cru', the imitation sceat...is fascinating to me...that would seem a rarer find...would that make it more valuable?

And the button with 2 hearts...what would the time period be for that...

Knocking it out of the park as usual.

Congratulations!!!
 

With each post I get to travel back in time, hundreds of years before the birth of our country- Amazing stuff!
 

Cru', the imitation sceat...is fascinating to me...that would seem a rarer find...would that make it more valuable?

And the button with 2 hearts...what would the time period be for that...
Probably rarer but there are not as many collectors. They like the high silver high grade examples.

Its one half of an 18th C Cuff-link button.
 

Killer finds, but I need photographic evidence that you are out-standing-in-your-field :laughing7:
To be fair the only standing we do is whilst pocketing & extracting the finds from the ground. The rest of the time I'm keeping the machine oiled.
 

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