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The following is a collection of resources and recommendations to help you positively identify metal detecting finds. If you would like your site listed here, or know of a site that should be listed here, email me!

Finds Identification Resources Online

Identifying Celtic Coins

Celtic Coinage of Britain by Robert Van Arsdell (Free Online Edition). An important work of reference on Iron age coins. Very handy for identifying your Celtic coin finds!

The Oxford Celtic Coin Index

Chris Rudd's Celtic Coins Web Site

Identifying Roman Coins

A guide to identifying Roman coins on the portable antiquities scheme web site

Romancoins.info

Coins of the Romans Relating to Britain By John Y. Akerman, Published 1836.

Coins of the Romans Relating to Britain By John Y. Akerman. Part 2

Identifying Hammered Coins

A guide to Early-Medieval and Medieval Coins

Hammered Coin Inscriptions

English Hammered Coins in the collection of Timothy D. Cook, very useful site with lots of pictures of hammered coins from the Saxon period through to the house of Stuart and the commonwealth.

Identifying Lead Tokens

Leaden Tokens Telegraph

Identifying Scottish Lead Communion/Church Tokens

Identifying Military Badges

The Military Badges Identification Web Site

General

Finds.org.uk - official portable antiquities scheme web site and database.

The UK Detector Finds Database

Finds research group

Books on Finds Identification

Books on Identifying Celtic Coins

Ancient British Coinsby Chris Rudd et al, the best book there is for identifying Celtic coins!

Coinage of the Dobunni by Robert Van Arsdell (Amazon.com)

The Coinage of the Dobunni by R. D. Van Arsdell (Amazon.co.uk)

Celtic Coinage of Britain by R. D. Van Arsdell (Amazon.co.uk), now very tough to get hold of, and also very expensive, frequently up for sale on Amazon for around �400. Buy Ancient British Coins instead.

Coinage of the Atrebates and Regni by Simon Bean (Amazon.co.uk)

Books on Identifying Roman Coins

Roman Coins and Their Values: Volume 1 by David R. Sear (Amazon.co.uk)

Roman Coins and Their Values: Volume 2 by David Sear (Amazon.co.uk)

Roman Coins and Their Values III: The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - 285: v. 3 by David R. Sear (Amazon.co.uk)

Identifying Roman Coins by Richard Reece, Simon James (Amazon.co.uk)

Collecting Roman Coins: The Key to Identifying, Pricing and Building a Valuable Collection by Michael J. Kiely and David Van Meter (Amazon.co.uk)

Coins of the Romans Relating to Britain By John Y. Akerman, Published 1836.

Books on Identifying Hammered Coins

England's Striking History: A Brief History of England and Its Silver Hammered Coinage by Christopher Henry Perkins (Amazon.co.uk)

Finding Hammered Silver Coins in England, Scotland and Wales by B. J. Cross (Amazon.co.uk)

English Hammered Coinage Vol 1: Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry 111 c. A.D. 600-1272 by J.J. North (Amazon.co.uk)

English Hammered Coinage Vol 2: Edward 1 to Charles 11 1272-1662 by J. J. North (Amazon.co.uk)

Other metal detecting finds identification books

Detector Finds 1 by Gordon Bailey

Detector Finds 2 by Gordon Bailey

Detector Finds 3 by Gordon Bailey

Detector Finds 4: Finds Identifiedby Gordon Bailey

Detector Finds 5: Guide to Dating and Identifying Artefacts

Detector Finds 6 by Gordon Bailey

Buttons and Fasteners 500BC - AD1840 - Buttons and Fasteners 500BC - AD1840

Other Finds Identification Resources

Chris Rudd Celtic Coins - Chris Rudd's catalogues are the best and most accessible source for up to date information on Celtic Coins.