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Friday, 14 November 2014

Continually interesting metal detecting! Diggin' Scotland's Past!

The following finds were made on DetectingScotland.com digs. Continually interesting areas!

Copper and bronze coins, one is Georgian and has been turned into an token via the wonder of countermarking! This one is marked 'XX.'

Decorative lead piece, possibly a leaf.

1816 King George III Sixpence (.925)
ca. 1300 Edward I Hammered Silver Longcross Penny
'CIVI TAS LON DON' - City of London mint.

Always great to get silver and when you find a hammered silver, it's even sweeter! 

3 copper Farthings (two Victoria & George II,) 3 Pennies (two George V, George III,) 2 Half Pennies (one Irish George III,) one bent Half Penny (?) Georgian. 

A strange oval shaped token was the mystery of the bunch here, but was then ID'd as a Half Penny Token for Glasgow Tramcars, issued to the blind. A nice find and a fairly unusual one.

Top left- Small coin/button fragment.. Twisted copper buckle/clasp, can't decide which way up is correct! (4.5cm from loop to tip,) A furniture decorative piece, small alloy piece (2cm long) with a double headed crest- unsure but might say "Camera" at the top.. 
Buttons, Musket balls and a tiny (once) studded costume jewellery piece, only 1.5cm long.
ca. mid 17th Century spur buckle

Copper alloy composition and small! The inner rectangle on the bottom of
  the buckle measures roughly 1cm long.

Bronze religious cross, quite small at only 4cm down the long arm.

Dished button with a shield accompanied by two figures.
Bear that image in mind for a later find, they may well be connected!

Odd ring shaped copper alloy find with a small bronze trade weight.

Two ex-thimbles! Most likely copper alloy advertising pieces from the early 1900's.

Sterling silver cane ferrule, Birmingham assayed.

Odd bronze chunk, possibly a cooking pot or similar fragment.

Lead sailboat mast and sail piece, the Shamrock III, made and launched
 in Dumbarton and operating ca 1900.
Copper alloy decorative clasp.

Large hat buckle with abstract shape design. First of these that I've found,
so it made for something a bit different!

Lead horse and rider, musket and sword in tow!

1902 Edward VII & Alexandra coronation commemoration piece from the Burgh of Govan.

Remember that button from earlier in the post? Well it looks to have a very similar shield design as this piece, so it could well be a local Burgh find linked to this. Same field finds so you never know, as yet, no solid link has been confirmed.

Big gilt button, always good to see with some detail. Currently in olive oil!

Small shoe buckle, ca 18th Century

1860 Queen Victoria Sixpence (.925)

Unusual 1816 King George III Sixpence (.925)

There are a few things that make this find an unusual one. Firstly, it was my first signal on the day, how often does that happen?! As it was covered in dirt at the time, it went straight into the finds box and awaited cleaning at home. After the water and toothbrush, some strange details became apparent. Firstly, I noticed that there was a counter-mark on the coin where the monarch's chin is, this appears to be an inverted "GR," although of this, I'm not exactly certain. Secondly, and perhaps the reason for the coins' marking, is the scarcely visible first 1 in 1816. Using a couple of different angles and lighting directions in the picture, you can see that the 1 virtually disappears in the top left most shot, this is when the light is shining vertically down the 1 from above. In the top right most shot, the 1 is highlighted by shining the light horizontally across the length of the 1 to cast the largest shadow. Even at this it is barely visible and to the eye, the coin virtually reads '816.'

Mint error coinage is in itself not entirely unusual, with many dies becoming clogged with use and time. Those dies, however, are quickly fixed or replaced on discovery and it's rare enough to find a circulated coin with such an error as an incomplete date. Perhaps the original owner of the coin, a Mr. GR etched his initials into the coin as a link to himself. Maybe he wanted to retain a scarce error date coin and left his mark before finally losing the coin in a field sometime later. Great to get a find with such unusual features, one that you can spin a yarn to that has a glint of feasibility!

Lead palm guard, possibly marked from saddle stitching with a bodkin, or similar activity where a large needle would be used.

Sterling silver Cufflink, squashed flat unfortuantely! 
ID Update! This is infact a Collar Stud from Edwardian era silversmiths Joseph & Richard Griffin (J&RG)

Research is pending for this find, any help from a keen eye appreciated! I believe the assay office would be Chester for this find, although I'm not even entirely sure what the date letter reads!

1920's King George V Farthing

1797 King George III 'Cartwheel' Copper Penny

One ounce of solid copper, these coins didn't last long, and were replaced by a smaller more conveniently sized coin in 1799.

HL Countermarked Georgian Copper Half Penny Token

Alfred Langer bagseal, musket ball, a piece of lead that may have been a saucy pipe tamper piece at one stage, horse harness boss, Victorian Half Penny, ---MOUTH GPO seal and a lead piece with design marks and iron attachments at one end.

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