Your best find(s) of 2020

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This has been a grim year all round, but despite that I reckon we'll have come up with some great finds between us. A great find needn't be something of high value or rarity, but something that means something to us for whatever reason. Here are two of mine - an artefact and a coin:

I've been lucky enough to unearth quite a few Roman brooches of various types and in various condition (except one in good condition :lol: ) but this little Aesica came as a welcome addition, firstly because it's in decent nick and secondly because I'd never found this type before. I just love it, especially the "fishtail" design on the foot.
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Coin-wise, again I've been lucky with the hammereds but the highlight for me was this Henry VIII half groat and for the same reasons as above. I'd found coins of his entire family aside from Edward VI, but never Fatso hisself and I was delighted when I cleaned it up.
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So what would be your fave find of the year, and why?

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Great post figgis :thumbsup: well worth a follow up
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My top three favourites of the year are an Elizabeth I Sixpence an eye’s only find, I had enough for one day, turned to head back to the car, as I turned and looked down there it was, lying on the surface bust up! True coin porn
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Second, this nice condition Stator, best I have found to date, as good as the day it was lost, can only imagine the loss to the person and what it may have purchased.
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Third and best find for me is this Roman key, so tactile, personal and functional, and possibly unlock what it was meant for today
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Regards steve
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Steve_JT wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:21 pm My top three favourites of the year are an Elizabeth I Sixpence an eye’s only find, I had enough for one day, turned to head back to the car, as I turned and looked down there it was, lying on the surface bust up! True coin porn
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Second, this nice condition Stator, best I have found to date, as good as the day it was lost, can only imagine the loss to the person and what it may have purchased.
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Third and best find for me is this Roman key, so tactile, personal and functional, and possibly unlock what it was meant for today
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Regards steve
Terrific finds and that key is a bit special :thumbsup:
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Hang on 2020 ain't over yet, I'm still finding stuff, all in good time! :lol:
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A good start John to our reviews of our year.
" Fatso " ! Funny enough was watching Sid James portray him yesterday, in Carry on Henry. :lol:
Rightio down to business.
Now let me see, not like i found much of interest but i`ll start with a simple artifact from the first week of January.
Uncovering a button with a crown assumed it was World War 2.
Luckily upon rinsing, all the text was there, WHEREWELL LOYAL VOLUNTEERS.
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Googling found out it was Napoleonic era Volunteer Militia, another button had been found by the local Historical Group, who had assumed it was WW1. Contact was established with them and for several months not much was found out. During the summer tried various Museums, which gave a lead or 2 but nothing specific.
Then a brain wave from the past dropped into my thinking, The Gazette. That opened up a whole Treasure chest of info. After hours of entering various words and trawling through results, able to pin point the button to 1803/4. Found out the names of the initial Officers, their rank, some subsequent Promotions and resignations.
All this was presented to the local History group, who i am still in contact with and has opened up a whole new but previously lost chapter of their village History.
Coin wise i was going to have to offer a 1940 Two Shilling, which actually gave me a lot of satisfaction due to being the largest coin i have found with ANY Silver in it.
However a change of location in the week prior to the 2nd lockdown changed all that. Suddenly i had gone back from Georgian at best to Constantine Dynasty, first Romans for 18 months and for non Denarri, actually legible far better than the grots i had previously managed.
Some have already been posted on the Hub, don`t think this one was but took a photo as my best example before having to relinquish it, along with the others. :thumbdown:
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Thanks for looking.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
Dave.
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Happy with this , first day out with the loaned Deus .
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On the bottle front probably not best finds but most quirkiest which make them a favourite .Glass bird feeder and figural clay pipe bowl .
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Best lid find of the year , always like to dig these .
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Steve_JT wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:21 pm My top three favourites of the year are an Elizabeth I Sixpence an eye’s only find, I had enough for one day, turned to head back to the car, as I turned and looked down there it was, lying on the surface bust up! True coin porn
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Second, this nice condition Stator, best I have found to date, as good as the day it was lost, can only imagine the loss to the person and what it may have purchased.
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Third and best find for me is this Roman key, so tactile, personal and functional, and possibly unlock what it was meant for today
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Regards steve
Great finds, Steve, I remember your post on the Stator.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:50 pm A good start John to our reviews of our year.
" Fatso " ! Funny enough was watching Sid James portray him yesterday, in Carry on Henry. :lol:
Rightio down to business.
Now let me see, not like i found much of interest but i`ll start with a simple artifact from the first week of January.
Uncovering a button with a crown assumed it was World War 2.
Luckily upon rinsing, all the text was there, WHEREWELL LOYAL VOLUNTEERS.
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Googling found out it was Napoleonic era Volunteer Militia, another button had been found by the local Historical Group, who had assumed it was WW1. Contact was established with them and for several months not much was found out. During the summer tried various Museums, which gave a lead or 2 but nothing specific.
Then a brain wave from the past dropped into my thinking, The Gazette. That opened up a whole Treasure chest of info. After hours of entering various words and trawling through results, able to pin point the button to 1803/4. Found out the names of the initial Officers, their rank, some subsequent Promotions and resignations.
All this was presented to the local History group, who i am still in contact with and has opened up a whole new but previously lost chapter of their village History.
Coin wise i was going to have to offer a 1940 Two Shilling, which actually gave me a lot of satisfaction due to being the largest coin i have found with ANY Silver in it.
However a change of location in the week prior to the 2nd lockdown changed all that. Suddenly i had gone back from Georgian at best to Constantine Dynasty, first Romans for 18 months and for non Denarri, actually legible far better than the grots i had previously managed.
Some have already been posted on the Hub, don`t think this one was but took a photo as my best example before having to relinquish it, along with the others. :thumbdown:
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Thanks for looking.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
Dave.
Some great finds there Dave , you work hard for them which make them even more special . I like that button and it is great to find out a little more about them especially with a military connection . I found a rather battered and bruised one from a similar era to your one .Research takes you on a sometimes frustrating path but equally an enjoyable one . :thumbsup:
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Kenleyboy wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:50 pm Happy with this , first day out with the loaned Deus .
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On the bottle front probably not best finds but most quirkiest which make them a favourite .Glass bird feeder and figural clay pipe bowl .
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Best lid find of the year , always like to dig these .
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This post is becoming better than Sports Personality of the Year, which i primarily watch for a review of the sporting year.
Three great finds, Paul.
Seem to have forgotten that pipe bowl, what a belter.
Do you think the Skin treatment paste bowl lid contents, would treat your Echinoid ? :lol:
Once again Paul, have thoroughly enjoyed your posts on both pursuits, throughout the year.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
Dave.
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This is my best Roman brooch from this year :thumbsup:
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My finds this year have been few and far between, and by the looks of it, I should join you lot out in your land. Haha. But my favourite and probably nest find this year was my Charles 1 Hammy on a MDG dig in February. It seems like a lifetime ago. It was my first and currently only hammy, but I was in great company with Bob. I was thrilled that I found one at last, and that Bob was there to share it with me. 🥰🥰
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How? I mean, how? We've been shut down for most of the year and yet you've all managed to turf up such wondrous things :clapping:

I'm sat here dribbling (nothing to do with gin this time). Whether it be good land, good technique, good luck or a combination of all three, there's been cracking stuff coming up and undoubtedly more to follow. Please keep them coming :thumbsup:
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I need to have a proper look through my finds 8-)

Love looking at all your finds in the meantime though. It’s amazing what has come up this year considering how many barriers have been thrown in our way!
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:00 pm It’s amazing what has come up this year considering how many barriers have been thrown in our way!
I reckon it's evidence of a dogged determination and a "noli illegitimi carborundum" attitude ;)
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