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« on: August 26, 2009, 04:42:35 am »
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It was a little while ago, 16th Sept 2006 to be precise, that I found my first Silver Roman coin, OK, a third of it has been "got" by the plough, but hey, was I pleased.
It's a silver Denarius of Titus (AD 79 - 81) and was minted in Rome between 1st Jan and 1st July AD80, and I found it in Sussex, South East England.
Until you have found something like this, you simply can not know the feeling you get when you do. To think, I was most likely the first person to hold that coin for nearly 2,000 years, (well,1,926 years actually) - wow !
All I want now is a gold one!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 01:14:33 pm »
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It was a little while ago, 16th Sept 2006 to be precise, that I found my first Silver Roman coin, OK, a third of it has been "got" by the plough, but hey, was I pleased.
It's a silver Denarius of Titus (AD 79 - 81) and was minted in Rome between 1st Jan and 1st July AD80, and I found it in Sussex, South East England.
Until you have found something like this, you simply can not know the feeling you get when you do. To think, I was most likely the first person to hold that coin for nearly 2,000 years, (well,1,926 years actually) - wow !
All I want now is a gold one!!
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That is a "Unbelievable Find" !!! If that coin was not cut up by a plow could you Retire ? How much would it be worth ? Thank-You for posting Bulldog .  Great
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 02:34:52 pm »
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That may not be plow damage. I seem to recall reading somewhere that they would make change that way if they had to. They'd chop off a bit of a coin and give it back if they didn't have small change on them. I guess togas only had small pockets or something.

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2009, 02:39:30 pm »
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Ouch to bad it got clipped by something ,,Nice find

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009, 04:18:34 pm »
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A ver yneat find indeed! I have foudn several Denarius as they years went by and it is always a very special feeling when you dig one of them. I hope you will find many more, too.

Thank you very much for sharing this fine Denarius with us!

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2009, 02:10:57 am »
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G'Day Gold Digger,
An interesting theory, but I don't think it applies to the coin. I think that you would normally find that it is the hammered coins that were cut. Hammered coins more often than not are "short cross", or "long cross" types, -- the reverse shows a cross, sometimes across the whole coin, sometime not.
People used the line of the cross to cut it, -- so, a two pence, cut in half became 2 x one pence.
Often, also, you will find that the coin has been clipped around the edges, -- people used to cut fine bits of around the edge, collect the silver and hay presto they evenually have enough silver to barter.

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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2009, 02:17:42 am »
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Hi Eugene,
Sorry, but even if it was complete, it would only be wirth 40 or 50 UK pounds, if I were lucky. I'd need a very large urn full of them in order to "make my fortune". Thing is, I'm retired anyway, and enjoying not having to get up for work every day. No stress!! yeah!

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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2009, 04:50:20 pm »
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G'Day Gold Digger,
An interesting theory, but I don't think it applies to the coin. I think that you would normally find that it is the hammered coins that were cut. Hammered coins more often than not are "short cross", or "long cross" types, -- the reverse shows a cross, sometimes across the whole coin, sometime not.
People used the line of the cross to cut it, -- so, a two pence, cut in half became 2 x one pence.
Often, also, you will find that the coin has been clipped around the edges, -- people used to cut fine bits of around the edge, collect the silver and hay presto they evenually have enough silver to barter.


I got that from the BBC show, "Time Team." Apparently the ancient Roman traders used a chisel to lop them into bits when necessary. It wasn't done often, because Roman coins were minted like chocolate kisses in various denominations over the centuries and each time a new ruler took over, his image went on the new coins.

Can you determine if the cut is new or old? Relatively speaking, that is.

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Hi again, I must say that I didn't see that particular Time Team, -- we usually don't miss them, but must have that time?
The cut in the coin is not regular, so I do not think that it would have been cut on purpose. Also, I reported it top our local Finds Liason Officer, (as we have to do over here, - by law!) and she thought it had been clipped by the plough, not a person. I, and several other members of our club, went over, and over, the area again, and again to see if anyone could find the other bit of it, but no joy. I still look every time we go back to that particular farm, you never, one day the lost bit may turn up

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Hi Bulldog, I just read your post , and not having been detecting long I was surprised to read that you need a permit for beach hunting here in England. I live in Plymouth. When was this introduced and where do i get the permit? . Advice appreciated thanks

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