Silver Aethelred II Voided Long Cross penny found by our customer using an XP Deus metal detector.
It was a Saturday evening and I was pondering whether to play golf the next day or to go detecting. I gave Jonno (dad) a call to see if he fancied a morning out swinging.
He was up for it so he rang a few friends from our club Four Quarters MDC.
He rang Derek (runner) and Shawn (Spartacus) and We all agreed to meet up the next morning at Derek’s permission. It was near Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
I (Martus) drove down to Derek’s full of anticipation and excitement hoping to get a bagful of goodies. I was on a roll after finding a lovely Saxon strap end on our Four Quarters rally the weekend before.
“I don’t expect much today” Derek mumbled in the car on the way to the field. “Don’t be so negative” I replied “I’ll show you how to do it” chuckling to myself.
We met Jonno and Shawn at the farm parked next to the field. They were drinking coffee and chatting away like to old women. Nothing new there then.
The sun was shining brightly with a small breeze from the easterly wind. It was Perfect detecting conditions. We all had our XP Deus machines switched on with different settings being used including Basic 1, Deus fast and gm power.
Off we went slowly making our way to the bottom of the field. Heading towards the brook.
It was very quiet and We didn’t get a signal for half an hour when we spotted Shawn on his knees digging. ” A blooming horseshoe” he said but he did not use those exact words. I’ll leave the exact words to your own imagination. Anyone who knows Shawn will now what I mean.
Another half hour passed by and we had nothing in our finds pouch except one button to show for it.
I was ready to leave and try another field across the lane.
We all made our way to the end of the field to Derek we wanted to try else where. As we walked down the hill to him we hear a scream from Derek. Jumping up and down like a crazed madman. “I’ve got one, I’ve got one I’ve got a Gold Roman” he cried.
“Oh shut up you your telling porky pies” Shawn replied. ” No, no honestly I’ve got one”‘Derek insisted. “I’ve got a Roman”. He was only a few yards away so I went to have a look. ” That’s not Roman, it’s a Celtic stater you’ve got there” I laughed “you jammy git”
I couldn’t believe that anything at all had turned up. I’ve never been so shocked in my life.
As Derek walked on down the hill Shawn said jokingly” have you tried the hole it may be a hoard”.
Then about a yard further on Shawn screams “I got one, I got one” the signal number was 76 on the Deus.
“That signal was very scratchy” he said, “I wasn’t going to dig it”. It just shows you must always check your hole and around it after you have found your signal.
I got on the phone and rang my Good pal Pon who is also our club chairman for Four Quarters MDC, “I’m on my way” he chuckled.
In the meantime Derek carried on in a straight line about 5 yards away. I think “I’ve got another lads. It’s a 76” sure enough there it was as bright as could be. Only about 6 inches down.
I was starting to feel as though the hoard had passed me by when I heard a very faint signal. Not even registering a number on the remote. As a rule I don’t think I would have dug it. I put the spade in and lifted the front edge. All of a sudden the signal changed to a solid beeping 76. I knew it had to be. I got the pin-pointer in the hole. Removed the soil and there it was. A beautiful full stater of the Dubonni. A rare Comux in great condition. I punched the air in delight and did a dance of which Michael Jackson would have been proud of.
Shawn was as happy for me as I was. I jumped up on to him with excitement as he carried me around on his back like a big kid.
Then two minutes later Derek found another. That was three for him. It was all getting rather mad now.
Pon then turned up with a big grin on his face. “Well done lads, you’ve got some great coins there. It’s very rare to find a Celtic gold coin hoard!” Unbelievable was the best word I could think of. What a day. Not what I expected this morning when I got out of bed.
But there was a bit of disappointment in dads eyes. He was the only one of us not to find a gold stater. Thirty minutes on and still no coin for Jonno.
About 5 yards away to the left he called me over to check a signal. “I can’t hear anything Dad. There’s nothing there” I told him and I walked away.
Then all of a sudden
“Yes!” he shouted. “Yes, yes, yes!”. He’d got one. We all dropped our detectors and mobbed him, dancing around and screaming. What a site it must have been. Five grown men dancing around in the middle of the field. Dressed in camouflage with wellies on.
What a brilliant day. The way it happened with Five good friends all sharing a day of a lifetime. With us finding our first gold coin and our first gold stater. All of us getting a share in the glory. Unbelievable.
Pon then rang the Flo Angie to notify her of our scattered hoard and to abide by the treasure trove laws. We rang the farmers wife and she came over immediately to join us and take a look at our finds. ” Wow, they’re beautiful. I’m so happy for you all” was her response. We explained to her the procedures and told her she would get 50%. She was over the moon. It couldn’t have gone to a nicer lady. We now await to see the outcome of this adventure. Hope fully the site will get excavated as I believe there is a lot more in the ground just out of our reach.
We have returned to the field since where Shawn found one more gold stater now making the total seven.
I’m looking forward to more visits to the field as any more staters found will add to the history of the Hoard.
A big thank you to Derek for allowing us on his permission.
A big thank you to the farmer and his wife and their son.
A big thank you to Pona for calming us down and organising the procedure of contacting the FLO and helping us record the finds.
Shawn,Derek,Jonno & Mart. All with their Xp Deus.
KMMDC had a successful rally on the 18th of October near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. It was a very good and enjoyable day, in fact so good we’ve decided to search the remaining fields (about 20 acres) on this Farm on Sunday the 9th of November 2014.
The following items were found by our members:
1. Louis XIII Quarter Ecu silver coin dated 1642 *
2. Shoe buckle (possibly 17 – 18 century), Denstone College Cap badge and decorated lead object (possibly Roman)
3. Child’s lead alphabet tablet possible date range 1500 – 1700 *, possible very worn Roman coin, various George I – III and Victorian coins (very worn, so dates can’t be read)
4. 1792 token, with a horse one side and a shield on the other and possible spindle whorl, Victorian Penny and halfpenny
5. Elizabeth 1 hammered groat, date is either 1560 or 1569 *, military button (maybe George V) and decorated button (with possible dragon figure)
6. Possible very worn Roman coin (photo not included)
* – to be reported to the Finds Liaison Officer, Birmingham Museum
As well as these specific finds we found about a dozen musket/pistol balls (possibly civil war era), and about a dozen very worn Georgian and Victorian Pennies and halfpennies
The next KMMDC rally is on Saturday, the 18th of October, in North East Staffordshire
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The KMMDC had two good rallies in September, with 2 hammered silver coins from the reign of Elizabeth the 1st being found on the second one. Plus other good finds – see attached photos and list below.
Finds from the KMMDC 2nd Rally:
- Elizabeth 1st silver shilling 1580 hammered coin, Snake buckle 40mm x 20 copper alloy date unknown, 8 copper coins George III , Charles II , some with no detail.
- Lead Token with a simple design of a cross and four pellets, because of the simple design we would put it in the 1200’s, These tokens was give by the land owner to the workers as a payment and they would spend it on the land owner’s land for food so keeping his wealth. Lead Bale Seal – this was to seal flax or wool ,or cloth in bales, so when the pack horses got to the end of their journey the bales where checked to see if they have been tampered with.
- Tudor hook /clothes fastener 16th/17th century, Elizabeth I Sixpence 1578, finder has no idea what the tiny copper /bronze coin is ,maybe Roman ? , and what looks like a cut half of a Scottish King Alexander III 1250 -1280.
- Bronze Animal possibly Roman, we do not know what animal it was, and Cauldron foot (date unknown).