March 2017 - Finds of The Month







1. Georgian Silver Port Label and Chain - Steve Richards

COINS - PRE 1685
1. Henry VII Half Groat of Canterbury Mint - Jack Tree

1.Spanish Silver Half Real Dated 1817 - Mike Smith


1.World War One Corps of Miltary Police Shoulder Badge - Jack Tree

1. Leath/Fleam Tool Circa 17th Century - Paul Williams

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FOM Spotlight


Coins Pre-1685 Category

Spanish Silver Half Real of King Ferdinand VII Dated 1817

Found by Pembrokeshire Prospectors Society member Mike Smith

.The first Real was introduced by King Pedro I of Castile in the middle of the 14th century. The famous "pieces of eight", also known as the
spanish dollar, was issued later by the spanish as a trade coin and it became widespread in North America and Asia. The "pieces of eight" got it's
name because the denomination was divided into eight silver reales (8 reales = 1 piece of eight). In addition to the "piece of eight," which was a 28 g
silver coin, other coins based on it were issued: 4 reales, 2 reales, 1 real and Mike's coin - the little (12 mm diameter) half real. During this period, Spanish
trade coinage became popular in international trade and commerce, and lasted for centuries. These coins are often associated with ship wrecks and beach
finds, however they are increasingly being found further inland (on farmland) by detectorists (many have been found in Pembrokeshire on beach and
land), revealing the huge amount of trade which must have been taking place. King Ferdinand VII ruled Spain between 1808 and 1821 and at this time,
Mexico, was a Spanish colony of his and masses of silver and gold coins were produced bearing his likeness. Well done to Mike on finding this coin.

Above: The reverse of the Mike's Half Real

Reverse : Crowned Arms between pillars; "·HISPAN·ET IND·R·", ·o over M (monogram), at left and ·J·J· above left.

Obverse (No photo): Laureate and draped bust, facing right; "FERDIN·VII·DEI·GRATIA·", (date) below, between dots.



Outside of Pembrokeshire Category


Leath/Leat (Fleam) Tool Circa 17th Century

Found on a civil war site at Swansea Valley by Pembrokeshire Prospectors Society member Paul Williams

What Paul has found is a circa 17th century blood letting tool, known under various names as a Leat, Leath or Fleam - this name, for hand-held venepuncture devices
first appears in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts from about 1000 AD. The name may be derived from from phlebos, Greek for vein. These instruments are the progression
from the early use of fish teeth, sharp stones, and thorns used to penetrate blood vessels. Earliest known examples were made of bronze with a leaf shape to the blade.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the German Fliete, and French flamettes were developed. These devices with their right-angle blades are the earliest forms of what
collectors now refer to as the fleam. While there are many reports going back through history of this type of instrument being used on humans, it is more likely that these
were reserved for veterinary use, with the thumb lancet being the instrument of choice for use in people. Well done to Paul on a very interesting and seldom seen find.

Above: An antique Fleam opened up showing its blades.
Just looking at it is enough to put you off your Tomato soup!





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