On the 26th July 2010, the Scheme recorded the 400,000 record on the database; another Roman coins, this time a nummus of the House of Constantine. We had an internal challenge, with the Deputy Head down to buy the person who recorded this object, a bottle of sparkling wine. The landmark object is show below and was recorded by Tom Brindle, our acting FLO for Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
PAS record number: WMID-D6D183
Object type: Coin
County of discovery: Shropshire
Stable url: http://www.finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/400298
Several FLOs expressed dismay, that the object was a Roman coin and a metal detector find, I think they were hoping for a lithic or something else found by a fieldwalker for a change… However, coins and metal detectorists are the best represented on our database….
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You might wonder why these figures don’t always match the Annual Reports; well, the database is constantly being worked on, errors corrected, finds removed if duplicate records and so on. There’s some blips in the figures being recorded – 2002 for example being foot and mouth hit, in 2003 the Scheme went National and we phased in our new database and in March 2010 we imported 2 large datasets from IARCW and CCI (and you might have heard about 52,503 coins found in Somerset – only 1 record of those though – April). However the 2010 figures are encouraging when you look at the statistics for recording since we went live with our new database (shown below with a comparison to 2009, same period).