Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Brits Are Finding All The Good Stuff

Across the Pond  our British mental detecting friends are always finding really great stuff.
We all know that Britain has a log storied past. The Romans invaded in 43 AD and stayed until about 409 AD, during that time London was called Londinium. 
It is not unusual to run across stories of a metal detectorist's finding some important historical artifacts in the local countryside.

This gold coin was found in a field and is expected to sell at auction for about $50,000
Found by a metal detecting enthusiast, the coin dates from the reign of Emperor Licinius I. One of only four known examples, the coin was struck for the emperor in AD 313 to distribute at special occasions.
The enthusiast, who wants  to remain anonymous, thought it was aluminum foil when he first pulled it out of the mud. On the day it was discovered, the enthusiast said he was heading to a dig organized by his metal detecting club in South Wiltshire in the UK. He arrived late late and he missed the club meeting, rather than waste the day he decided to stop at another site in the county on his way home.
After an hour and a half of trudging through rain and mud, he headed back to his car. He had not had a single signal for about 15 minutes when he got a slight response, one that any detectorist will tell you is probably not worth digging. However having had so very few signals for a while, he decided to dig it up anyway.                                                                     Six inches down he dug out a chunk of earth and sticking out of the side was the unmistakable glint of gold.  Just 0.8in in diameter and weighing 0.2 ounces, it bears the head of Licinius I on one side and depicts him standing between two captives holding a spear on the other.  Above is the triumphant slogan 'ubique victores' - 'everywhere victories'.              
The three other known examples of this type are in The British Museum, the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Source: BBC News

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