Continental imitation sterling penny, Fressingfield

A Continental imitation sterling penny of Gaucher of Chatillon was found by a local metal detector user near Fressingfield earlier this year. The obverse of the coin features a crowned bust and the legend reads GALChs COMES [P]Orc, which means Gaucher, Count of Porcien. The reverse of the coin features a long cross dividing theContinue reading “Continental imitation sterling penny, Fressingfield”

Miniature Socketed Axe, Sutton

A Late Iron Age to Roman miniature socketed axe found near Sutton. In this month’s Featured Find, we take you back to 2009 when this almost complete miniature socketed axe was recovered by a metal detector user. The axe is triangular in profile and has a socketed mouth with a single transverse mouth moulding. ItContinue reading “Miniature Socketed Axe, Sutton”

Roman silver denarius of Augustus, Ashfield cum Thorpe

A silver Roman coin found near Ashfield cum Thorpe. Recovered by a metal-detector user in 2020, this Roman coin is an issue of the first emperor Augustus, who reigned between 27 BC – AD 13. The front of the coin, called the ‘obverse’, features the bust of Augustus in profile. Augustus’ head is laureate, meaningContinue reading “Roman silver denarius of Augustus, Ashfield cum Thorpe”

Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) strap end, Great Barton

An Early Medieval strap end, found near Great Barton was recovered by a metal detector user back in 2011. This Early Medieval strap end dates to circa AD 800-900. The object is complete and consists of a broadly oval plate which tapers into what is known as a ‘zoomorphic’ terminal because it is stylised inContinue reading “Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) strap end, Great Barton”

Bronze Age gold ‘penannular ring’, Aldringham cum Thorpe

Recovered by a metal detector user near Aldringham cum Thorpe, this artefact was recently declared treasure at an Inquest held in Suffolk. It is ‘penannular’, meaning that its shape is the form of an incomplete ring, with a small break in the circumference. The core metal of the object is copper alloy, plated with gold,Continue reading “Bronze Age gold ‘penannular ring’, Aldringham cum Thorpe”

Three Roman rabbit or hare brooches

This week we bring you three Roman brooches in the style of rabbits (or hares) recovered in Suffolk by local metal detector users. All three are known as ‘plate brooches’ because they are characterised by a flat plate, the front face of which is usually decorated with enamel inlay. These seem more decorative and lessContinue reading “Three Roman rabbit or hare brooches”

Coin of King Cnut, Ashfield cum Thorpe

An Early Medieval silver penny of King Cnut, found near Ashfield cum Thorpe. This Early Medieval penny was recovered by a metal-detector user during 2020. It was issued between AD 1030-1035. The obverse depicts King Cnut wearing a diademed crown facing left, with a sceptre in front. It reads +CNVT REX AN, meaning Cnut, KingContinue reading “Coin of King Cnut, Ashfield cum Thorpe”

Early Bronze Age Arrowheads, Eye

A pair of barbed and tanged flint arrowheads have been found near Eye. These arrowheads were recovered close to one another in 2020. They are flint barbed and tanged arrowheads, so named because of the distinctive flanking barbs and central tang on the proximal (bottom) end. Triangular-shaped, the edges and much of each face haveContinue reading “Early Bronze Age Arrowheads, Eye”

Iron Age coin, Campsea Ash

A plated copper-alloy Iron Age stater, found near Campsea Ashe. This Iron Age coin was recovered by a local metal detector user earlier this year. It is an uninscribed stater of the ‘North Ferriby’ form. Its obverse contains a wreath, cloak and crescents. Its reverse depicts a six-pointed star, a ‘lunate’ (crescent-shaped) horse and anchorContinue reading “Iron Age coin, Campsea Ash”

Roman brooch, Lackford

A copper-alloy Roman zoomorphic plate brooch, found near Lackford. This zoomorphic brooch was recovered by a local metal detector user earlier this year. The term ‘zoomorphic’ is used to signify animal representation. In this case, it is something of a misnomer because the creature is mythological. It is the ‘hippocamp’, coming from the Greek wordsContinue reading “Roman brooch, Lackford”