Walking on the Moon…

Sometimes I wonder why anybody moved in to these parts in Antiquity….Following the snow we had before Christmas it’s been week after week of damp and drizzle…..the ground is saturated….it’s Galt Clay…..hence the reference to Walking on the Moon. I only have to walk on to one of the fields at the moment and after three paces, thats it I’m stuck. The stuff weighs a ton!!! As for detecting and digging ikkle tiny holes….don’t bother!!!

That being said, when there is a frost….yes its cold and yes your fingers hurt…and yes under the frosted surface it is still as sticky as ever BUT…you can still find stuff…

These two coins came from a field between Gt Eversden and Kingston….Top right is a Victorian Half Penny (1868?), the one bottom left….hmmm:

See a penny pick it up...
Worn Victorian Halfpenny ….but what is the other one?

The Victorian half penny is incredibly worn, due to being in circulation for a long time I guess. Whilst the bust is recognisable as Victoria the reverse is barely recognisable. There is no indication that Britannia is depicted but there is a tell tale digit if you look closely enough:

Look closely at the bottom of the coin & you can make out an 8 and a 6

So, tantilizingly, I can’t be certain what date the coin is – is it 1860 or 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or even 9!

If it is 1860 and had Half Penny on the reverse it is a bronze version of the coin, which is very rare. If it doesn’t have Half Penny on the reverse then it is a copper variant…and I just cant tell!

So what of the other fella…at 27mm in diameter it is larger than a half penny.  Ok….on the obverse there is nothing….uhuh…and on the reverse? Nothing. But there appears to have been an attempt to bend it across one or maybe two planes….hmmmm

Extremely puzzling then. I have trawled the ‘net for copper blanks and not really found anything like it at all. Mind you what do you search for….A copper (?) blank (?) coin (?) slightly bigger than a ha-penny! Even the Google-ites get stumped with that kind of query. Then I found this:

In later centuries, especially the 18th and 19th centuries, coins were still used as love tokens. They were hand made; created by the young men to give to their sweethearts and in some instances were given by soldiers and sailors before they went abroad in case they were to die. These examples though were always flat. The poorer working classes usually made there love tokens from copper coins, although these were occasionally saved so a silver coin could be obtained. A wealthy man on the other hand would use a silver or even a gold coin. Love tokens vary in size from the cartwheel penny of George III, to the smaller farthings. They were simple to make, although a highly decorative piece was usually achieved. The coin was rubbed down, usually on both sides, until the monarch’s head, Britannia and other details of design had been removed. The man then engraved or stamped his own pattern and wording onto the blank disc. When considered that most men who did this were low skilled and illiterate, some of the results are quite remarkable. The decorations varied from finely designed examples down to very crude ones. They included symbols of romance, such as hearts pierced with arrows. Cupid’s bow and arrow, flowers, love birds and lovers’ knots, with either the initials of the maker or the receiver.”  See here for full article…http://relic-hunter.50megs.com/whats_new.html

So….a Love Token eh? Well maybe….all I can tell you is..its another one of those finds that make this hobby fascinating. Take a look  – what do you think?




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  1. The one on the left is a Victoria Bun Penny on closer inspection but worthless due to the condition. (They were legal tender from 1860 until 1970 hence the reason why they are usually so worn – ones in EF and UNC condition fetch upwards from 90 pounds to 2,500 pounds depending on the year!

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