May 2018Finds of the month
May 2018 saw the start of a new feature to our monthly club meetings – ‘Finds of the Month’. Every month Graeme will select two metal detecting finds from all those that are submitted to be put forward to the PAS. A winner will be selected for Best Coin and Best Artefact. To qualify for the competition, the find must have been found by you (not off eBay!) in the last two months, and qualify to be listed on the PAS (including Treasure). Certificates will be awarded to the winners, and their find will automatically be entered for the club’s Find Of The Year Award, which will be announced at the next AGM.
Best Coin went to Ray Harcourt with his silver unit of the Iceni. Described as a Face Horse Type and dates from the mid to late 1st Century B.C. The coin depicts a stylised head looking right on the obverse with a typical Icenian horse facing right on the reverse. Reverse slightly off-struck with horse’s head off flan.
Nigel Terry scooped best Artefact – Medieval copper alloy horse harness pendant Quatrefoil shaped, depicting crossed arrows(or staffs) diagonally dividing a field of crowns. Suspension loop at the top on reverse. This pendant was probably enamelled origionally, but the surface has degraded in the ground. 14th Century. The decoration may be heraldic, but further investigation by NMS will determine whether this is the case and whether an attribution can be made.