This is such a vast subject, that there will be highlighted links posted throughout to take you to experts & sites that are dedicated to one particular coin or a serious of coins, offering a much easier solution to the problem of identification…

To start with, the everyday run of the mill coins we find as metal detectorist are to far gone for us to identify, let alone be able to have a positive ID, but when we find a coin that has something left, we all should try to find an ID… most people, instead of trying themselves to find the age of a coin will turn to the social media sites, my personal thoughts on this that it is sad, as people are missing out on a large part of metal detecting…


a quick few words on the first british coins

Iron Age coins an id of Celtic Coins by Van Arsdell

P.A.S. & the Iron Age Coins

when we had the Roman Invasion of 53BC the iron age coins were still in use, & maybe right through until the middle of the first century circulating amongst the early Roman coinage… the Roman Coinage is such a vast subject, and a subject that has more stories to tell than any book written at the time of the coins issue, and one of the most important works that have been written on the subject matter of Roman Coins and is recognised worldwide is the  Roman Imperial Coinage or RIC’s as it is more commonly known, and being such a vast subject, this is wrote in twelve volumes with material being added all the time, each of the corresponding links here are the twelve volumes, an ideal reference work…

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Still working on Identifying this Denarius









An unidentified denarius





As with all books on coin identification, it is best to know the emperor, but sometimes that is impossible and so a visual ID, has to be used, with some brilliant websites such as wildwind which helps puts the pieces of the puzzle together, or if you know its a later bronze coin and visual is better this site will do the job of a hundred different sites…But Failing that, look at these following books, the first two links are just an introduction, from link three it gets interesting…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Section 1 Title

Section 2  Intro

Section 3  Augustus – Matidia

Section 4  Hadrian – C. Albinus

Section 5  S. Severus – U. Antoninus

Section 6  Valerian I – Julian I

Section 7  Diocletian – Constantius II 497 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Section 8  Magnentius – R. Augustus


after the Romans buggered oft to lands far away, and a couple of hundred years later we were infiltrated by the Angels, Saxons and the Jutes, with the Saxons being the more powerful they produced their first coinage