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December 2018

Finds of the month

There was a great turnout for the December club meeting at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich. Some of the new members attended along with a few guests. After Godfrey’s introduction and club news we had a very special guest – Tim Jenkins of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Tim gave us an update on the progress to the building work at ‘The Nook’ and Godfrey presented him with a cheque for £2000 on behalf of the club. After that there was a Christmas special ‘detecting’ video from MaryJane and Ann (you had to be there!). We then had a Christmas detecting quiz from Graeme. After the break we had the talk around the finds table and the presentation of the Finds of the Month 

Artefact of the Month

First Place

Bronze Age Palstave axe, flared blade with curved cutting edge. C. 800 – 100 B.C. 

R. Harcourt

Second Place

Anglo – Scandinavian stirrup mount, with stylised face and ironised ‘step’ on reverse. Possible Ringerike decoration.C. 11th Century.

J. Simmons

Third Place

Ornate lead cloth seal, depicting an eagle with outstretched wings. Possibly mid-European. 16th – 17th Century.

R. Dewar

Coin of the Month

First Place

Ethelred II (978 – 1016) silver penny. Left facing draped bust of the king. Small central cross in field of reverse. Mint uncertain.

R. Harcourt

Second Place

Silver penny, possibly of Henry VI, episcopal issue by archbishop of York. Keys either side of king’s bust, and Villa Eboraci on reverse. 15th Century.

 J. Simmons

Third Place

17th C. token farthing of Saxmundham, Suffolk. C. 1655-60.

R. Dewar

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