Brian Cavill

On an outing in June with my T2 I found a few poor quality late Roman coins BUT a nice sword chape in bronze. It is 5cm wide with a lovely patina. Then, by site only, I discovered a bone gaming counter on the surface of the plowed field, my best find on the day, plus a decent Crispus coin (A.D.317/326) with the Altar reverse minted in London.

Brian Cavill
User name “Youngted”

I have not been out much due to crops etc plus English weather! But on Saturday 28th January I visited a grass field for the fist time. This late Saxon to early Norman shield boss was found with the T2 set in boost its 6cm x 6cm found at 13 inches. My first Shield boss in 35 years!!


A couple of recent finds. A Le Tene 3 brooch late 1st century BC to early 1st century A.D. Missing its pin & catch plate. The spoon is made of Latten and dates to the 14th century.This find was in a grass field at 8 inches. T2 special edition was used in both cases with the boost in use other settings Sens 75 disc 18.


Found this silver Denarius of Vespasian on Sunday 18th Reverse Titus & Domitian the two sons of Vespasian A.D. 69/79 Sens 80 Disc18 sounds 2+


 Here are some of my recent finds ( Tuesday 19th July T2) settings 75 15 2+ F7

First a Dagger chape Medieval . Then Two Henry 3rd cut halfpennies the first circa 1216 the other after 1246 but before 1249. The token is lead dates from 17th/18th century.


An Edward 1st 13407/1340 farthing 1cm diam .3 gram and an Anglo Saxon strap end.


Recently I have found a silver penny of Henry 3rd class 6 circa 1218 minted at Canterbury by Roger.


Fist a small Anglo Saxon Clothes Fastner. Next a Quinarius Coin of Allectus showing a Galley on the reverse and minted in Colchester England A.D 293 to 296. Then 14th Century Medieval buckles. An Antoninianus of Gallienus rev Securitas A.D. 253 to 268 then a 4th century Spoon Bowl and a fragment from a T Brooch late first century A.D.


I am pleased with this Denarius of Nerva found today 24th October near Wantage Oxon. The reverse is Salus seated Its the first coin that I have found of this Emperor. Thanks to the T2.


Another Carausius Antoninianus Reverse PAX not as good as the last one but it seems an interesting point that from this area I have found more Carausius than any where else. A.D.287/299


I found this Antoninianus of Carausius today (28thSept) Reverse Leatitia AVG Minted at Clausentium. A Georgian period buckle a Medieval casket key and a Tudor period clothes hook. Equivalent to a button as it was stitched into the garment on one side then the hook was placed into a prepared loop on the other. 


I found this coin yesterday August 28th. A Silver Denarius of JULIA MAMEA, Mother of Severus Alexander. Reverse VENUS VICTRIX standing holding a spear with a shield at her feet & holding Cupid in her hand.

He ruled wisely and well with the condition of the state much improved .Julia held too much influence over Severus for the liking of those at court they were both murdered March 22nd A.D.235 after Maximimus was declared Emperor by the soldiers on the German Frontier.


A few more recent finds. An open top thimble circa 15th century A.D. A 16th Century Buckle. A nice AE3 of Crispus Caesar with a reverse of an Altar inscribed VOT V MILT X minted at Lugdunum France. He was wrongly accused of treachery by the wife on Constantine resulting in his execution; when found that was not true Constantine had is wife thrown into a bath of boiling water!

The next coin is a silver Siliqua of Arcadius A.D.383/408 reverse Roma Seated he was only 31 when he died. Then a Sestertius of Faustina wife of Antonius Pius she died in A.D.141. They were all found during thelast 7 days.

Three finds of yesterday. A memorial container which is base silver the side with the depression would have had glass in it plus a loved ones hair. Usually worn on the death of the loved one but sometimes held the hair of a child.

Next is an Anglo Saxon clothes hook which it rather like a button of later years. It was sown into one side of the garment then hooked into a prepared loop on the other side. Last is a Roman leather stud in phallic form.This was a good luck piece worn by soldiers. Sometimes fixed to horse harness. And a 16th Century Tudor spectacle buckle. 50 mm wide.

The coin is an AE2 of Magnus Maximus he was a usurper in Britain A.D.383/388 The reverse shows him raising a female figure usually meant represent a city state. He also holds Victory. 21mm Diameter. Then another very slight La Tene 3 brooch late ist century BC

These like the other I sent to you were made out of one piece of metal. When the pin section broke which is quire common the brooch could not be repaired. 

1 - This small Roman period seal box cover was found yesterday near to Cirencester.They put wax into it them set their seal into the wax. It was then fixed to a document to let the recipient know it came from the sender. Its made of bronze and 18 mm diameter.

2 - Another first for me as far as I can remember. An AE2 of Magnus Maximus. Of course many of the grots of the period that could not be seen clearly could have been him found with the T2 stadard coil which I find much better in difficult ground than the SEF coil. 73/20/2+ Again found near to Cirencester Glos. 

1 - A WW2 cap badge of the Royal West Kent regiment. This unit had a branch in the home guard as well, if you get the TV program Dads Army over there you will see it. Not a deep find about 4 inches 7Feq. SEns 70 disc 20 sounds 2+ A much more modern find from me !!

2 - A 4th Century lead weight together with an iron hanging loop.

3 - A special find for me found with my T2 fitted with the SEF coil Sens 70 Disc 20 sounds 2+ I have been searching for more than 30 years and this is the first NERO coin that I have found. Took a T2 to find it. A Copper As with the reverse of the Temple of Janus A.D.54/68

4 - This early Celtic brooch was found on Wednesday 13th May it dates from the late 1st Century BC into the early part of the 1st Century A.D. 43 These are difficult to find with any machine as they usually end up side on so only a narrow target is seen by the machine.

Follis of Maximianus A.D.286/310 The reverse is Genius standing The legend Genio Populi Romani. The Genius of the Roman is 25 mm diameter and it still shows some silver. At this point the coins had a minor amount of silver in them. The flans were struck hot so the silver content then came to the surface.

This Groat of Mary Tudor was found on the grass site sens 71,disc 21,sounds 2+ freq.7 about six inches deep. At the moment grass sites are easy to dig after all the rain that we have had,now its getting dry so I must get a move on!

My latest finds of Saturday. A follis of Constantine 1st A.D.308/337 with the reverse of Solinvictocomiti which means the unconquerable sun god. That amuses me since he was supposed to have been converted to Christianity, all his coins have Pagan motifs, I recon he was hedging his bets.The coin was minted at Trier Germany after about 311. THen there is a bronze hair pin plus a Roman period buckle. The buckle is 30mm long.

The English weather has shut me down for at least the next week !! BUT the best sestertius that I have ever found has come from the down land that I have been searching this past four years. It came from very mineralized soil yet at 9 inches deep, very good in such difficult conditions. The coin is the largest type issued during the imperial period. Gordian the 3rd was a very young Emperor in the 3rd Century A.D. 238/244 due to treachery on the part of Julius Phillipus the pretorian prefect (later to become Phillip the first) he was deposed and murdered near Circesium in Mesopotamia A.D.244 he was only 19 years old. The reverse of the coin shows Laetitia standing =joy gladness. She holds a wreath & sceptre .

Another rare coin found with the T2 this time found with the standard coil fitted. Its a coin of Edward the Confessor A.D.1042/1066

The mint Exeter by Hunnawine which is the rare part of this coin. Its one that I found using a T2 loaned to me by a friend back in September 11th 2009 which lead to me buying my present machine. THe settings at that time sens 60 disc 10sounds 2+ it worked very well in those very difficult conditions.

 Two finds from Friday & Saturday 16th & 17th April The Anglo Saxon silver sceat of the Frisian series A.D.640 /741.

Very small 1 cm diameter 11 grams weight. The other a reduced follis of Constantine 1st A.D.308/337 the reverse Sol Invicto Comiti (the unconquerable Sun. Minted in Trier Germany The Sceat was a surface find with the T2 the other about 6 inches.

I found these two Romano British Brooches this after noon. One is a Hod Hill variant dating to the first century A.D. A little damaged by the farm machines. The other is a second century A.D. Umbonate type still with its pin and the inlay can still be seen.

 A few more Roman coins found with the T2.

The Constantine 1st coin although not in the best condition is interesting as it was minted at London (mint mark PLN ) Principle workshop of London The reverse shows Sol Invicto Comiti I.e. The unconquerable Sun,Just shows you although Constantine accepted Christianity the coins still show Pagan gods. This was found in an arable field on downland in Berkshire. The VERBS ROMA coin = minted for the city of Rome 337-340 when the Empire was divided in two THe obverse shows the helmeted head representing Rome the reverse Romulus and Remus being suckled by the wolf This coin was minted at Tier in Germany.THe small coin is a locally minted copy of a Roman coin of the 4th century A.D. The reverse a soldier spearing a fallen horseman. Again found in the same area as the others.

Had a chance to get out yesterday when the weather improved . An Antoninianus of Postumas A.D.259-268 Victory reverse also a Hod hill variant brooch with some tinning and decoration. Late first century A.D.

A Magnetius Centenionalis A.D.350/353 reverse with the Christian Chi Rho the Monogram of Christ in Greek. Romano British brooch with some of its Millifore enamel still in place. 35 mm wide found in the same rough area as the Magnetius coin. - Brian Cavill

Hammered silver coins found with the T2 the James first halfgroat 1604/1605 found with the standard coil fitted the Henry Eighth posthumous issue Henry Eighth. Found with the T2 fitted with a S.E.F 12x10 coil.

The photo of the Iron Age Brooch size 30mm square. When it came out of the ground I thought that it was a piece from a machine. After washing it became clear with its crude catch plate on the reverse just what it is. I used the T2 on this grass paddock after searching here with other machines over the past few years i.e. Cibola and Explorer the finds had dried up until the T2 on this day a Hammered halfgroat of Henry Eight was found.

The latest finds T2 fitted with S.E.F.12x10 coil. Typical 18th/19th Century lead tokens issued as small change by some employers of visiting workers who then could use them to buy supplies from the boss then at the end of the work had regal money issued.So keeping them locked it to the work for the duration. The Kent Hop pickers are an example right into the 20th century.

The small trophy shield is not marked with any award.Back in the 1970 period I won this type of award for range shooting for my county.Still waiting for the weather to improve to get more finds.


Last Monday I found this Rare Eugenius Siliqua on the Down Land that I have been searching for the past 4 years. He was Emperor 392/394 The coin was minted at Trier Germany it shows Roma seated holding a spear and Victory.

Yesterday I visited a Roman area that other machines had given up on ! SIX Roman coins plus an ArmyArtillery button and several scraps of lead and bronze. Just shows how good the T2 is. I use a 12x10 S.E.F. On my version 6 machine. I would not use another machine now the attached Coin pictures are An Antoninianus of TACITUS reverse Spes Publica A.D.275/276 he was 75 when he became Emperor hence his short reign Another Antoninanus this time of CLAUDIUS GOTHICUS A.D.268/270 rev Equitas.

No need to say I shall return !!

Brian Cavill