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”

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”

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”

Top 10 Finds from Suffolk

1.5 million archaeological objects have been unearthed by the public and recorded through the national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) – a staggering 81,750 of these were from Suffolk! To celebrate this monumental milestone, Anna and Riccardo from our Finds Recording Team have picked out their Top 10 favourite finds from Suffolk to share with you.Continue reading “Top 10 Finds from Suffolk”

Medieval Gold Florin, Suffolk

This is a Medieval gold Florin struck by the Republic of Florence between AD 1285 and 1290, found recently in Suffolk. The coin depicts on the obverse a fleur-de-lis, which is the symbol of Florence, surrounded by the legend +FLOR-ENTIA. The reverse bears the standing figure of the city’s patron, St John the Baptiste, beardedContinue reading “Medieval Gold Florin, Suffolk”

Roman Silver Denarius, Hacheston

A Roman silver denarius struck by the moneyer Publius Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus around 50 BC, found near Hacheston. With this coin Marcellinus wanted to commemorate his ancestor Marcus Claudius Marcellus, who was a famous general and consul of the Republican period and lived between the 268 BC and the 208 BC. The obverse of theContinue reading “Roman Silver Denarius, Hacheston”

Silver Penny of Harold I, Essex

A silver penny issued by the 11th century monarch Harold I, also often known as Harold Harefoot (he is said to have received the name for his speed and skill as a hunter). The penny survives in remarkably good condition. On the obverse we can see a classical style diademed bust of Harold facing leftContinue reading “Silver Penny of Harold I, Essex”

Iron Age Gold Stater, Isleham

A gold quarter stater of the Atrebates, probably dating c. 60-20 BC and found in the Isleham area, Cambridgeshire. The coin is uninscribed, bearing no name of any ruler, and is a smaller gold denomination referred to as a quarter stater. Stater is a modern name and not the name a person in the IronContinue reading “Iron Age Gold Stater, Isleham”

Silver Penny of Alfred the Great, Exning

A base silver penny of Alfred the Great, dating c. AD 871-875 and found in the Exning area. The coin is of Alfred’s first issue, being made of a less pure silver than most other Anglo-Saxon pennies. The obverse depicts the diademed head of the king facing right, accompanied by the legend ‘AELBRED REX’ (Alfred,Continue reading “Silver Penny of Alfred the Great, Exning”

Silver Siliqua of Julian II, Mildenhall

A silver siliqua struck for Emperor Julian II, dating from AD 360-361. The coin depicts on its obverse face the profile bust of Julian II facing right, accompanied by the legend FL CL IVLIAN-VS P P AVG. ‘P P’ is the abbreviated form of ‘Pater Patriae’, an honorific title given to most Emperors on takingContinue reading “Silver Siliqua of Julian II, Mildenhall”