Monday, 24 October 2016

November Moth and a shortcross silver penny

November Moth, Epirrita dilutata
On Saturday evening a November Moth visited our balcony. The photo does not do justice to the beautiful silky silver and gold sheen on this pristine specimen.
http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/epirrita-dilutata/ :
"Three of the members of the genus Epirrita, (November Moth, E. dilutata, Autumnal Moth, E. autumnata, and Pale November Moth, E. chrystyi), can be very difficult to separate on markings alone, especially as some show marked melanism. This species appears to be the most widespread and common, however, occurring over most of Britain."


Yesterday I joined a club metal detecting dig and found some interesting objects:
Army Service Corps cap badge
This is not a contemporary design. The corps was formed in 1870 and had the name Royal added in 1918. The corps motto is in the middle: HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

14thC belt decoration
Belt Decoration, late 14thC belt decoration 15mm long, similar to this: http://bit.ly/2eJvLt9
Tudor Buckle 1485-1600, 18x14mm
Shortcross Penny
Shortcross Penny: 1180-1242 (Henry II, Richard I, John, Henry III)
It is difficult to determine which monarch this coin was minted for as the same pattern was used during these reigns. This coin is worn on the obverse side and struck off centre on the reverse with wear making identification difficult. It may be Class 5 1204-9:
Edward Penny obverse
Edward Penny reverse
Edward Penny. It could be Edward I,II or III (1272-1377) as these coins are similar. The coin is also bent over, and I will attempt a repair which may give more clues.
Victoria threepence
This Victoria threepence dated 1884 has a hole drilled in it, perhaps as a charm or pendant.
George II halfpenny 1727-1760

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