Treasure Finds and Stories
Richard I Hammered Coin
After the summer months with no metal detecting waiting for the crops to be harvested I finally got the chance to go out with my trusty Safari. I went out with my usual group on to a stubble field in North Yorkshire, England. After a couple of hours the field had not yielded anything for me or anyone else in the group. I look up and see everyone has trudged back to their cars to move on to another field.
As I'm the last one still out there I began walking directly towards my detecting buddy who had driven us there and was loading his gear in to his car and not wanting to hold anyone up I was walking quite quickly with the Safari's coil close to the ground but not even swinging it. 20 yards from the car I pushed the coil through a dense patch of stubble and I got a nice sounding signal.
Best dig it I thought and to my utter astonishment I pull out this Richard I hammered silver coin which apart from being slightly bent probably from a plough strike is in absolutely fantastic condition. It has since been identified as a Richard I Penny class 4a minted by moneyer Stivene of London. I have been using my Safari for only a few months and have now found 4 medieval hammered silver coins, this one being far and away my best coin and best find ever.
I find it absolutely fascinating to think I am finding objects that have been in the ground for 800 plus years that can look almost as good as the day it was made and glean so much information from a coin down to the name of the man who made it. Once again my decision to go with Minelab is proved correct.