Small Roman Hoard

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Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:01 pm

Out on Friday with the missus in Northumberland and after about an hour she got a good signal with the Garrett 250. She began to dig but couldnt find anything with the pointer so asked me to check it with the AT Pro. It was a solid but soft signal so I jokingly told her to keep digging as it may be a deep hoard.
I started to walk away when she said she had some coins stuck together. I immediately recognised them as Roman and we continued to dig carefully as the pointer was finding more items about 18" down.
After about ten minutes the hole seemed empty and we were staring at around 25 Roman copper coins and several artefacts. I rang the flo straight away to report it and get advice on preservation and I am handing it over (reluctantly) on Tuesday. Hopefully I'll get it all back .
Thanks for looking and hope the photos are ok ::g
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Lowland » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:10 pm

Nice find.
Well reported,i hope you get them back eventually...would look good in the display cabinet.
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Dave The Slave » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:48 pm

Well done.
Nice lot of detail left on the individual coins. Nice example of a Roman finger key.
Bet you can`t wait to get back for another search.
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Mega B » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:03 pm

Very well done and exciting news,i personally reckon that if you had found them at that depth and i am assuming the key was also near by then other items could well be in the same hole or location but deeper.

Well worth going over the same location with some more specialist kit methodically,it could be much bigger than what has all ready been found.

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:15 pm

All the items and coins were together in the same hole. Making me wonder why I didnt try digging deeper so might have another trip this week before the hole has a chance to reseal.

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Mega B » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:33 pm

Chalky14 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:15 pm
All the items and coins were together in the same hole. Making me wonder why I didnt try digging deeper so might have another trip this week before the hole has a chance to reseal.
It could well be worth while,you are not against the clock,but i honestly think other items could be deeper,the key was the big clue and eliminated in my mind a purse drop idea,if you are running a stock coil you could try running it in all metal mode or a bigger coil,or a Pulse machine that will give you the additional depth that the other possibly items are.

Good luck and well done on a stunning find/s

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:54 pm

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I don't have, or know anyone with, a better machine so I will have another go with the at Pro until I upgrade my technology. Cheers

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by coal digger » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:04 pm

Brilliant find mate,are you sure they are all bronze ;)
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by alloverover » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:18 pm

Item to the left of the key looks very much like a scabbard chape,,,,and as CD asks, are you sure they are bronze coins ?
Very nice find ::g ::g

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:21 pm

Unless there are some smaller silvers encased in the clumps then they are all copper. I think they may be asses judging by the size.

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by coal digger » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:28 pm

Chalky14 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:21 pm
Unless there are some smaller silvers encased in the clumps then they are all copper. I think they may be asses judging by the size.
What size is the Faustina senior coin..middle bottom,and also the Antoninus Pius above it,cd ::g
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:31 pm

alloverover wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:18 pm
Item to the left of the key looks very much like a scabbard chape,,,,and as CD asks, are you sure they are bronze coins ?
Very nice find ::g ::g
Great call with the scabbard chape, over the moon with that. Pity it's not in better condition. Cheers

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:34 pm

coal digger wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:28 pm
Chalky14 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:21 pm
Unless there are some smaller silvers encased in the clumps then they are all copper. I think they may be asses judging by the size.
What size is the Faustina senior coin..middle bottom,and also the Antoninus Pius above it,cd ::g
The middle bottom coin is about 24 mm diameter horizontally across the portrait

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by coal digger » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:50 pm

Chalky14 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:34 pm
coal digger wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:28 pm
Chalky14 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:21 pm
Unless there are some smaller silvers encased in the clumps then they are all copper. I think they may be asses judging by the size.
What size is the Faustina senior coin..middle bottom,and also the Antoninus Pius above it,cd ::g
The middle bottom coin is about 24 mm diameter horizontally across the portrait
That would fit in to the A.s size,keep us updated with the results when you get them,cd ::g
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:41 pm

Hello 'Chalky14' ::g What a great discovery, very well done! Also, you were right 'on the ball' in contacting your FLO immediately ::g. I absolutely agree with other comments advising a more detailed search for additional items as it seems to me, from the mix of finds already made, there is a good chance that more items are likely in the area.

Here's wishing you the best of luck and I for one, look forward to any forthcoming related information. ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:55 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone, I'll keep you posted. Here's a pic of the front of the Brooch, it still has quite a lot of detail.
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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by JBM » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:58 pm

Well done. ::g Jerry.

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by alloverover » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:07 pm

It does seem a strange hoard if they are asses Chalky, to bury all those objects with coins worth roughly one and a half denarii ( 16 asses to one denarius ), it does make one wonder if there could be a lot more there ?

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by Chalky14 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:17 pm

You're right, it doesn't seem worth the effort to bury something with little monetary value so perhaps it was a satchel or bag which was dropped accidentally. The area has been marshy in the past so perhaps it was lost in water or mud. We'll never know for sure :-/

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Re: Small Roman Hoard

Post by alloverover » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:33 pm

Chalky14 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:17 pm
You're right, it doesn't seem worth the effort to bury something with little monetary value so perhaps it was a satchel or bag which was dropped accidentally. The area has been marshy in the past so perhaps it was lost in water or mud. We'll never know for sure :-/
Maybe they were still on a person that went into the mud :-O :-O :-O

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