February 2017 - Finds of The Month







1. Bronze Age Axe Fragment - Cliff Collins

COINS - PRE 1685
1. Charles I Half Groat (Aberystwyth Mint 1638-42) - Phil Jenkins

1. 1877 Jersey One Twenty Fourth of Shilling - Gary Scourfield


1. Georgian Toy Cannon - Mike Smith

1.Roman Bronze Sestertii of Emperor Postumas (260-264AD) - Kevin Higgs

1.Henry III (1216-1272) Short Cross Coinage Cut Halfpenny - Tim Beynon



Apologies - Toy Cannon artefact is missing from main photo
How Ken's William III Copper farthing got into the photo, I will never know. Should have gone to Specsavers!


February FOM Spotlight


Coins Pre-1685 Category

Charles I (1625-49) Silver Half Groat
A superb and fairly scarce, metal detecting hammered coin, found by Phil Jenkins.
Phil's coin is a halfgroat of Charles I and is identified by the large plume and
"open book" mintmark as being a coin from the provincial mint of Aberystwyth.
This coin was minted between 1638-42 from silver extracted from Welsh mines.


Obverse Legend Reads: CAROLUS D G M B F ET H REX - Charles by the grace of God King of
Great Britain France and Ireland. Note: the "open book" mintmark between REX and CAROLUS
Obverse: Bust of King with lace collar, inner circles. Value II behind Bust. Colons between letters.

Reverse legend Reads: IUSTITIA THRONUM FIRMAT - Justice strengthens the throne.
Reverse: Large Plume, inner circle



Club Search Category


Henry III (1216-72) Shortcross Cut Silver Halfpenny
Found by Tim Beynon at the club's February club search. A nice example of a cut halfpenny
from the early reign of Henry III. The short cross coinage continued after King John and
was kept going right up until 1247 by King Henry III. The mint and moneyer has not yet
been identified on Tim's coin however, under King Henry III the mints where coinage was
produced was reduced to six, with London and Canterbury being the most productive.


The Obverse legend on Henry III Shortcross coinage reads as: HENRICUS REX

The Reverse Legend bears: the moneyers name followed by ON (of) and then the mint (ie) LUND (London)
or CANT (Canterbury), with a small cross in the centre and four small pellets at each angle.






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