Archives For Coins

The Wendover Hoard

John —  3 June 2013 — 16 Comments

Wendover is a picturesque village in Buckinghamshire and often described as the gateway to the Chiltern Hills. I know it well. My wife and I were married at St Mary’s parish church, our children attended the local primary school and I taught at the secondary school for nearly 40 years. Members of our family lie at rest in the churchyard. This setting is where my story takes place. 

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Painting a Picture

John —  16 May 2013 — 13 Comments

Between the first and second lick of paint on the kitchen door and taking a well-earned coffee break Derek, our painter and decorator friend, reminisced about finding an unusual coin whilst walking along the canal bank.

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Maundy Money

John —  28 March 2013 — 11 Comments

Today is Maundy Thursday, the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter and when Christians remember the Last Supper. During the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. This act has sometimes been followed literally in history as a good way of reminding rulers that they are here to serve their subjects.

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I saw that the Identification and Evaluation desk of a well-known and popular UK metal detecting magazine was discussing an ‘intriguing’ Roman find, which looked as though it might be an impression from an official coin die of Allectus. Continue Reading…

BOB

© JW – Forged shilling

Experienced detectorists are adept at recognising the occasional ‘dodgy’ coin and may have unearthed examples of a silver washed shilling, especially from the reign of George III. The one shown above is a typical example I unearthed a few years ago.

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Fake Birmingham?

John —  26 January 2013 — 11 Comments

I never knew that the words Brummie or Brummagem were sometimes used to describe anything of poor quality. Indeed, I had always associated anything made in the city of Birmingham with the highest of standards, and was only ever familiar with those terms when used to describe a person who talked with a Black Country accent.

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One of the most popular posts on here is one I did in 2011 entitled The Naked Detectorists. I’d like to share another story with you, which again illustrates what UK detectorists can get up to in the field … Continue Reading…

The magazine should have reached most retail outlets by now. Here’s an image of the front cover and a little taster of the February contents …

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