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”

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”

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”

Charles II Gold Guinea, Newmarket

A gold guinea struck for King Charles II, dating to exactly 1666 and found in the Newmarket area. The coin is well preserved and relatively unworn. The edge of the coin demonstrates closely spaced vertical grooves which indicates that this coin has been milled (pressed in a machine) rather than hammered or hand-struck between twoContinue reading “Charles II Gold Guinea, Newmarket”

Roman Intaglio Finger Ring, Mid Suffolk

An intaglio finger ring dating to the Late Roman period (4th Century AD), discovered at a site in Mid Suffolk. It is possible that it was deposited as part of a burial. The hoop of the ring has been formed out of a gold strip, the delicate design on the ring has been formed outContinue reading “Roman Intaglio Finger Ring, Mid Suffolk”

Iron Age Coin, Debenham

Late Iron Age solid gold stater struck by the tribes of East Anglia, dating to c. 50-20 BC, found in the Debenham area. This type of coin is referred to as a ‘Norfolk Wolf’, almost exclusively distributed within East Anglia. On the obverse there is a heavily stylised wreath, with a series of uncertain motifsContinue reading “Iron Age Coin, Debenham”