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”

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”

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”

First World War Medal, Exning

A silver ‘British War Medal’ dating c. 1918-1920, awarded to one Private Harry Thomas Hogg of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, found in Exning. Over 6.5 million examples of this medal were manufactured, the vast majority in silver. At 36mm in diameter and at a weight of almost 30g, this is a large andContinue reading “First World War Medal, 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”

Medieval Silver Gilt Finger Ring, Finningham

A silver gilt finger ring dating to the late Medieval period, c. 1400-1500. This particular form of ring is iconographic, meaning that it displays artistic images strongly connected with religious belief. It is an ornate piece, manufactured in silver and then lavishly gilded so as to give the impression of being solid gold. The baseContinue reading “Medieval Silver Gilt Finger Ring, Finningham”

Early Medieval Silver Sceatta, Bury St Edmunds

Early Medieval silver sceatta from the Bury St Edmunds area, dating c. 700-760 AD. This example depicts on its obverse face a plumed bird with a triple tail, its head bent down and a cross underneath its feet. The reverse face is more stylised, with a broadly rectangular ‘standard’ motif rendered alongside patterns of crosses,Continue reading “Early Medieval Silver Sceatta, Bury St Edmunds”

Silver Military Identity Bracelet, Mildenhall

An inter-war silver identity bracelet found in the Mildenhall area and dated to the First World War. Dated to 1935 this silver bracelet suggests that the owner was perhaps an experienced officer who had seen action in the First World War and remained in his regiment through the 20s and 30s. Though research is ongoing,Continue reading “Silver Military Identity Bracelet, Mildenhall”

Silver Penny of Eadwald, Eye

An extremely rare silver hammered penny dating c. AD 796-798, struck for Eadwald, King of East Anglia found near Eye. This coin is only the second known example of its type – the first was discovered several years ago at Rendlesham, where there is evidence of an Anglo-Saxon royal settlement. The inscription on its obverseContinue reading “Silver Penny of Eadwald, Eye”