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MD ID
255
PAS ID
SUR-1F90A1
Artefact Type
SEAL MATRIX
Period
MEDIEVAL 500 - 1500 AD
MD Finds Event
No
County
Oxfordshire
Description
A Medieval copper alloy flat pointed vesica shaped seal matrix, 34.8mm long with a round suspension loop and a low ridge along the back of the object.
The legend reads AVE MARIA GRACIA PL(E)NA in lombardic script around a depiction of the Virgin Mary, seated and holding the infant Christ, with a star above and a supplicant kneeling, praying to her left (facing right).
Discovered
2018
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27/02/2019
Updated
27/02/2019
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MD ID
254
PAS ID
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
ROMAN 43 AD - 410 BC
MD Finds Event
No
County
Oxfordshire
Description
Silver Denarius of Domitian AD 81-96, emperor facing right on obverse and helmet on altar on the reverse. Probably minted in Rome.
Sadly a segment is missing from the coin due to impact damage whilst in the soil over the centuries.
Interesting that the obverse legend Obverse shows DIVI F DOMITIANVS and is read from the outside of the coin anticlockwise. The full description would be CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS followed by COS III or similar.
Discovered
2019
Added
27/02/2019
Updated
27/02/2019
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MD ID
253
PAS ID
Artefact Type
Period
GEORGIAN 1714 - 1837
MD Finds Event
No
County
Pembrokeshire
Description
Barrel key Post-Medieval (c. 1700-1900) cast copper alloy key.
Discovered
2019
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24/02/2019
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24/02/2019
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MD ID
252
PAS ID
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
VICTORIAN 1837 - 1901
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
Type: Victoria British Silver "Widow Head" Shilling
Era / Ruler: Queen Victoria
Face Value: 1 Shilling
Issued from: 1893
Issued until: 1901
Obverse: Victoria mature draped bust left
Reverse: Crowned shields of England, Scotland and Ireland
Edge: Reeded

In the United Kingdom, the shilling was a coin used from the reign of Henry VII until decimalisation in 1971. Before decimalisation there were twenty shillings to the pound and twelve pence to the shilling, and thus 240 pence to the pound.

At decimalisation the shilling was superseded by the decimal five pence piece, which initially was of identical size and weight and had the same value.

The word shilling comes from schilling, an accounting term that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times where it was deemed to be the value of a cow in Kent or a sheep elsewhere.

After the Great Recoinage of England's money in 1816 the shilling was standardized with a weight of 5.7 grams and a diameter of 24 mm. In 1920, along with other national coins, the silver content was reduced from 92.5% (sterling) to 50%, and in 1947 to pure cupro-nickel.

The shilling coin issued in most of the 20th century was virtually identical in size and weight to the German 1 Deutsche Mark coin (sufficiently similar to be interchangeable in coin-operated machines). This reflected the pre-First World War exchange rate of 20 marks to one pound; by the end of the shilling's circulation, the mark was worth six times as much.

During the reign of Elizabeth II, shillings were minted featuring both the English three lions (technically three leopards couchants) coat of arms, and the Scottish lion rampant coat of arms (see illustration above).

Before decimalisation, there were twenty shillings to the pound and twelve pence to the shilling, and thus 240 pence to the pound.

The last shillings issued for circulation were dated 1967, although proofs were issued as part of a collectors' set dated 1970. In 1968, the new decimal five pence coin (initially called "five new pence"), with the same weight and specifications, started to replace the shilling and inherited the shilling's slang name of a bob. Shillings and florins remained in circulation alongside the 5p and 10p coins until 1990, when smaller 5p and 10p coins were introduced.
Discovered
2019
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24/02/2019
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24/02/2019
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MD ID
251
PAS ID
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
GEORGIAN 1714 - 1837
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
A copper-alloy half penny of George III (1760-1820), fourth issue (Spink 3781) dating to 1806.
Discovered
2019
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18/02/2019
Updated
18/02/2019
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MD ID
250
PAS ID
Artefact Type
WEIGHT
Period
POST MEDIEVAL
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
A modern copper-alloy trade weight dating c.1780 - 1825. The weight is circular with a raised rim on the top. The bottom surface is flat. The top surface of the weight has been stamped with two concentric circles, a crowned GR. Biggs (1992:54-56) suggests that the crowned GR' stamp was used widely on weights that were made outside major centres in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Measured weight 0.49oz or 13 grams.
Discovered
2019
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18/02/2019
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04/03/2019
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MD ID
249
PAS ID
Artefact Type
JEWS HARP
Period
POST MEDIEVAL
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
An incomplete Post-Medieval copper alloy jews or jaws harp dating to AD 1500 to 1800. The harp consists of the frame only, the tongue is missing. The frame is made of one piece. It has a rounded C-shaped bow with a rectangular indent on the centre. The arms are lozenge-shaped in cross section and taper slightly to the point.
Discovered
2019
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18/02/2019
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04/03/2019
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MD ID
248
PAS ID
DEV-D62053
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
MEDIEVAL 500 - 1500 AD
MD Finds Event
No
County
Warwickshire
Description
An Early Medieval silver sceat of the secondary phase "animal mask" group, dating to c. 730-760.
Discovered
2016
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16/02/2019
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28/02/2019
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MD ID
247
PAS ID
Artefact Type
BUCKLE
Period
MD Finds Event
The Battle of Fenny Bridges
County
Devon
Description
Shield buckle
Discovered
2019
Added
16/02/2019
Updated
16/02/2019
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MD ID
246
PAS ID
Artefact Type
BUCKLE
Period
STUART 1603 - 1714
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
Copper alloy trapezoidal buckle c1620 - 1680
Discovered
2019
Added
15/02/2019
Updated
15/02/2019
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MD ID
245
PAS ID
Artefact Type
SEAL
Period
MD Finds Event
No
County
Pembrokeshire
Description
Brass Pawn shape quite heavy
Discovered
2019
Added
14/02/2019
Updated
15/02/2019
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MD ID
244
PAS ID
Artefact Type
BUCKLE
Period
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
Buckle as yet to date it
Discovered
2019
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12/02/2019
Updated
12/02/2019
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MD ID
243
PAS ID
Artefact Type
TOY
Period
MODERN
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
Simple dice for gaming
Discovered
2019
Added
12/02/2019
Updated
12/02/2019
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MD ID
242
PAS ID
Artefact Type
Period
MD Finds Event
No
County
Devon
Description
Unsure as to what this item is/was. Found all the parts in the same hole. Was very fragile and sadly fell apart in my finds bag.
Discovered
2019
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12/02/2019
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12/02/2019
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MD ID
240
PAS ID
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
VICTORIAN 1837 - 1901
MD Finds Event
The Battle of Fenny Bridges
County
Devon
Description
Napoleon 111
French 10 Centimes
1853
Discovered
2019
Added
12/02/2019
Updated
12/02/2019
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MD ID
239
PAS ID
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
MODERN
MD Finds Event
The Battle of Fenny Bridges
County
Devon
Description
George V
1 Anna from India
1919
Discovered
2019
Added
12/02/2019
Updated
12/02/2019
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MD ID
238
PAS ID
Artefact Type
BUCKLE
Period
MD Finds Event
The Battle of Fenny Bridges
County
Devon
Description
Buckle as yet unidentified
Discovered
2019
Added
12/02/2019
Updated
12/02/2019
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MD ID
236
PAS ID
Artefact Type
MODERN
Period
MD Finds Event
The Battle of Fenny Bridges
County
Devon
Description
Pendant, possible Roman figure?
Discovered
2019
Added
12/02/2019
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12/02/2019
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MD ID
234
PAS ID
Artefact Type
COIN
Period
MEDIEVAL 500 - 1500 AD
MD Finds Event
The Battle of Fenny Bridges
County
Devon
Description
Silver Hammered , Jan III. Duke of Brabaint+Limburg
1312- 1355. Struck in Leuven.
Discovered
2019
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12/02/2019
Updated
06/03/2019
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MD ID
233
PAS ID
Artefact Type
TOY
Period
GEORGIAN 1714 - 1837
MD Finds Event
No
County
Somerset
Description
The cannon may have been a working model when complete and miniature cannon such as this example may not have been toys for children but may have been used by adults.
Discovered
2019
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11/02/2019
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19/03/2019
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