May Runner's Up Finds & Miscellaneous

A selection of finds from our meeting held on 3rd May 2012

Above finds tray, from left to right: Lead bale seal - Steve Richards, 19thC livery button - Phil Jenkins,
Early 20thC livery button - John Rees, Victoria farthing - Kevin Higgs, Spindle whorl - Lesley Wiliamson,
Victoria 1840 shilling - Chris Holmes, George III halfpenny - Heather Duffield, Victoria 1868 sixpence -
Ken Lunn and a 1923 silver 20 kopek - Peggy Colnet


Above finds tray, from left to right: George II halfpenny love token - Tom Williams, Medieval mount -
Kevin Higgs, 17th-18thC love token - John Rees, Victoria 1861 3d - Alan Grice, Charles I shilling -
John Rees, RN Captain/Commander's button - Alan Grice, Charles I halfgroat - Adrian Young,
Charles I halfgroat - Steve Richards and an Elizabeth I 1586 sixpence - Heather Duffield


A Few Close Ups

Charles I Shilling (Minted between 1636-38)
Charles I silver shilling found by club member John Rees




Elizabeth I Sixpence Dated 1586
Nice example of an Elizabeth I sixpence
found by club member Heather Duffield



Early 20thC Silver Plated Livery Button
(Vaughan Family)

Found by club member John Rees. I like these buttons. When
they are found it is like you are finding a real piece of "hands on
Pembrokeshire" local history. John has identified the button's
coat of arms as the Vaughan family, however I believe it is of
the Mathias family of Fern Hill. Reference: Treasury of
Historic Pembrokeshire by Major Francis Jones (page 69)



Charles I Halfgroat (1625-1649)
Round shield type halfgroat found by Adrian Young



Sat 20th May Club Search Report

On 20th May Pembs Prospectors entertained the Sussex Historical Search Society.
A search with about 12 members of both clubs was held at Spittal on a number of
fields covering about 25 acres. The weather was very good, and the grass had
recently been cut by the Farmer (Keith Williams). Everyone enjoyed the 4 hrs
searching, however there were not many finds. Most consisted of Victorian coins,
some shillings, sixpences, and three pence pieces also found was a William III
shilling quite worn, however, identifiable. A few buckles & buttons were found.
Everyone enjoyed their search. Marion Page of The Dyfed Archaological Trust
was present at the search to examine items found. Everyone then retired to
Haverfordwest Cricket Club where our guests were entertained to a buffet meal.
A number of wives of the guests joined joined us for the evening and a raffle in aid
of our charity was held. Our guests were very supportive, supplying raffle prizes,
then buying raffle tickets in quantity, raising £135. There generousity went even
further by those who bought tickets would only accept one prize even though some
of them had multiple winning tickets. As usual Adrian Young put up three beautiful
silver items (replicas of ancient rings etc.) Our Chairman made a speech and the
S.H.S.S Secretary responded. Our thanks to Mr Williams (Farmer for putting up
with us), and our thanks to Haverfordwest Cricket Club for their excellent Buffet.
Everyone enjoyed the day very much. Phil

And Finally
Something of Interest
But of No Great Surprise

Did you see Time Team's "Greatest Discoveries"
Episode on Channel 4 Recently?

Helen, Tony, Mick and Phil in the pub as usual

Tony Robinson introduced the programme by saying "over
the last two decades of archaeological adventuring, Time
Team has made some truly astonishing discoveries, but
what is Time Team's greatest ever discovery? Phil, Helen
and Mick will each propose and argue for their favourite
discovery, with me as their favourite judge."


Helen Geek

"I am going to go for Codna Castle. I know it is a
controversial choice, but in that moat was the most amazing
find. Everybody was excited"

Phil Harding

"When you say everybody was excited, I was not excited.
I was still working in my trench, thank you very, very much"

Tony Robinson

"When the mud was coming off that coin when it was
found, for me it was a heart stopping moment"

Mick Aston

"I have a chip missing in my brain. It does not do it
for me at all. Ordinary people in the past would not
have been wealthy enough to have gold, therefore
it does not really interest me"


What They Were Talking About

Henry V (1413-22) Gold Noble


The coin was found by a detectorist from the
spoil-heap within the moat of Codna Castle.
The gold coin was in VF condition and perfect!

I believe the coin is now on permanent display
at Derby museum for everyone to appreciate

Anyway Their Choice of Best
Discovery Came As No Surprise


Mosaic Roman Villa Floor
Dinnington in Somerset


Above: The mosaic flooring from a what was once a two
storey Roman Villa. The Villa would have been owned
by a very wealthy Roman family. ( Note: I thought Mick
stated he preferred finds belonging to ordinary people ! )
Tony said it meant so much to him to have participated in
uncovering this mosaic with a trowel. Sadly the Henry V
Gold Noble was not found by an Archaeologist's trowel !
.................................. ugh.. I wish I had found it!


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