I’m considered to be some kind of expert in the field of detecting, but that is far from the truth. I receive at least two queries a week asking if I can identify an item. I sometimes can, but usually resort to asking a friend who actually knows what they are talking about.
For example, Rod Blunt, coin guru and gaffer at the UKDFD, is my first port of call for identifying those elusive hammered coins. He’s very approachable, very busy, but always manages to fit me in. Thanks Rod!
Marianne, another friend of mine, happened to mention that her late grandfather had left a number of coins loose in a box, and she wondered what they were … and if they were worth anything. I said that I’d help. The first ‘challenge’ wasn’t too difficult. Mr. Google came to my aid.
The first wasn’t a coin, but an historical and commemorative medal made by a chap called Jean Dassier, and produced in the 19th century. They were made in copper and silver, but the one shown here looks more like a bronze.
The obverse shows Henry V – HENRICUS. V. D. G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX. (Henry V, by the grace of God, king of England, France, and Ireland). The reverse shows a monument in the form of a sarcophagus on which Henry reclines amid captured arms. Fame is crowning him and sounding his praises.
Dassier also produced medals of other monarchs. There was a lot of nine bronzes sold at auction recently for £130, but they were in extra fine condition.
STUIVER COPPER COB
The second coin was just a little more problematic but Tony Bibby (Bibbsy) on the British MDF was very helpful and gave me a lead on what proved to be a very interesting coin, a 1791 Dutch Colony Ceylon VOC 1 Dump copper cob commonly referred to as VOC Dump coinage of Ceylon. VOC was the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost- Indische Compagnie).
Ceylon was a governorate of the Dutch East India Company between 1658 and 1798 on the island currently knownas Sri Lanka. Owing to the constantly increasing shortage of small change in the province, the council of Colombo decided to have copper stuivers struck in Ceylon. These are the famous ‘VOC dump stuivers’ series and were struck in the local mints in Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee and Galle. The coins produced in Trincomalee were almost always of an irregular shape.
GRANDPA’S TREASURE CHEST
Coincidentally, on the same day that I composed this blog post, I saw something similar on the Canadian MDF. Daniel wrote:
“The young’uns like to see what Grampa has in his treasure chest when they come over. If they are good and answer an easy riddle they can have a memento from the ‘chest’. It is chock full of junk jewelry, baubles, beads AND 150 dollars in silver dollars and 50 cent pieces. They always seem to get a coin.”
What a lovely idea, and one that they will always remember! Here’s the treasure chest … very impressive!
Catherine’s Treasure Hunt Mystery
My blog post has reminded Seagoon of a treasure chest shown on the last BBC Antiques Roadshow. Please take a look at this interesting and intriguing video HERE.
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