Yesterday I did two hours of metal-detecting at a manor in Boo parish whose documentary evidence starts in the 13th century. Ancient monuments in the vicinity take it on down at least to the 10th. There are some nice 16th century small finds from the manor grounds, and my visit was intended to follow up on them. Lo & behold: I picked up one of Queen Christina’s quarter öre copper coins from 1640. They are generally the oldest coins you’ll find at any site, as in their day they were the largest issue yet in the history of Sweden: both as to the number of coins struck and as to the diameter of each coin. (Previous mentions here, here and here).
Here are pix of a much better preserved coin of the same type and date.
In other news, I got a good spelling suggestion from MS Word the other day. Confused by the Estonian word sajandil (“century”) in a book title, the spell-checker suggested that I might mean SATANIC SALAMI.