Sunday, April 19, 2009

Buried Treasure!

Today was rather exciting, as we found buried treasure in my garden! My father-in-law was helping me dig over the allotment and he found an old coin. The date on the coin is 1735, which makes it really old in my colonial eyes. I cleaned it up a bit to have a better look at it and as much as we can tell, it's not a British coin. Here's a couple of pictures of both sides.
You can see the date at the bottom of the coin, 1735. Above it looks like three letters, Η Γ Α. Above that looks like it's less clear, but looks like a fancy A, with the middle cross bar extending past the angled sides, followed by possibly an F. 

This side is far more difficult to decipher. We think the bit to the left of the corrosion at the top might be a bird head and neck, with a wing on the right side of it. But it might not be, it might be a scroll, it might be anything. This picture is actually pretty good, you aren't missing anything in the photo that we can see in person. 

So if anyone out there has ideas of what this coin might be, or where to research it more, please leave a comment! 

EDIT: Through the power of the internet and my supergoogling friend, Babs, we have found that the coin is a Russian Denga. Not worth a fortune, but an interesting find. What is even more interesting is to ponder how it ended up in an allotment plot in Cookham??? 

4 comments:

westius said...

That's cool! I think there is a Cold War spy story here that you need to uncover - GregHolmes007 indeed!

susan_rn92 said...

Cool! Maybe someone planted it hoping to grow a Russian!

Anonymous said...

Andi,

It seems to me there is an 'X' between the upside down L & A. FYI,the H has a 'n' sound, upside down L has a 'g' sound, the X an 'h' sound & the A is 'a' sound, it might be spelling the word DENGHA (coin name)but we can't see the d & e symbols. Very Interesting.
Love MOM

Anonymous said...

How exciting!
What are you going to do with it? Have you decided?
love from Dee xx