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Feel free to add photos of your finds for others to enjoy.  Share with the community.  Discuss detectors and accessories.  Ask for finds to be identified.  Just general chitchat about this great hobby. Meet new people and get help with research on land, or just post your finds photos, videos etc. Get a valuation for your finds or find info on upcoming metal detecting rallies uk or all over the world. Take a look at the calendar to see if there are any rallies coming up,or please alert me to any rallies that you know are coming up. Swap or trade finds, its up to you, but just enjoy!


If you have any ideas for the webpage let me know and I'll work on it. I'm looking to make the most modern page on metal detecting there is, and with your help it will not be all about me. It will be all about you. All are welcome here on my page no matter where you are from. I believe in free expression, freedom of speech and so on. But I do not tolerate members being harassed or being racist, you may swear if you like, that’s up to you.  You may debate on any metal detecting finds or topics.  I can't see why not. Any one and everyone is welcome so long as you are a metal detector enthusiast. Thankyou.

10 Reasons to start Metal Detecting

There are many reasons that people start metal detecting. Some because they had one as a child, others because they have retired or just have more time on their hands. You may have a passion for history? You might have seen Time Team or Mud Men on Television, or dreamed about becoming a archaeologist? Some people start metal detecting as a form of extra income and a few take up full time treasure hunting.

There are so many great benefits from the hobby, you will learn more about history, coins, artifacts, farming, soil conditions, and the land than ever before. You will keep fit and healthy, lose weight, gain friends, enjoy the countryside, go places you may never have gone, find things and discover things you may never have found.


Here are ten of the best reasons to start metal detecting:

 

1. Metal detecting is one of the few hobbies that can really 'pay for itself' with every day finds such as coins old and new, rings, jewelery, ancient relics and even buried or hidden treasure.  Hoards of coins, gold & silver coins and valuable jewelery were all buried for safekeeping in the past and, while some of them have been discovered over the years, there are still many out there just waiting to be rediscovered by you with your metal detector.  Don’t forget millions of people every year flood to the beaches and coastlines and have done for many centuries, loosing items by the thousands over the years. There’s so much more still waiting to be found right beneath your feet......(don’t forget to know the Treasure Act as it is a criminal offence to not report items of treasure).   Click here to find the Treasure act

 

2. Searching for lost treasures with a metal detector has proven to be a great 'stress buster' for many thousands of people. Problems will just seem to disappear when you are roaming around the countryside with your metal detector and when your detector discovers a buried target, well, the feeling is heart stopping (until you discover it’s a ring pull). Or you could just be about to unearth the next Staffordshire Hoard.  You can easily get away from everyone and everything if you want solitude, or you can meet new people to join you for company.

 

3. Using a metal detector will be good for your health. Getting out in to the countryside, breathing in fresh air, walking and digging are also great forms of exercise. Plus, bending down to dig up a target is an excellent way to trim your waistline.  Many People with Diabetes and other disorders have said taking up metal detecting has changed their lives for the better.

 

4. You will certainly make more friends on your search for hidden history.  Many people have been interested in obtaining a metal detector and will find ways to talk to you about what you are doing, where you bought it, what you found, etc. Many of these people might also share a story or two about interesting areas they know where you might find old coins or relics.  You could also join your local metal detecting club or dig organisers and meet fellow detectorists who share your passion for unearthing hidden history. 

 

5. You’ll learn about your local history and about the items you find, and you will even find yourself reading books about history and the the area you’re living in.  There are probably many books containing lots of historical information that goes back over 300 years or more. You may even start researching on the internet about your local area and the finds you make.  The more you look the more you will find.

 

6. Searching for hidden history with metal detectors is the perfect way to get your family involved in doing an activity together. More and more families are joining metal detecting clubs, attending planned metal detecting digs & rallies where there are often great finds to be made, with some having token hunts to win prizes etc. They are also spending days hunting beaches together (with metal detectors such as the Garrett ace range of metal detectors. Click here to see the Garrett ace Metal Detectors), that has hidden history to offer.

 

7. Metal detecting opens up interests in other hobbies. A large number of metal detector users have found themselves and family members becoming enthusiastic coin collectors or artifact collectors. And why not?

You will want to look closely at each and every coin you recover in coin books or online. Coins are often far more interesting and can be worth far more than face value.


8. You can now holiday closer to home. There are lots of places of interest for metal detector users within a short drive from your home. In fact, you can start right in your own city or town. You can arrange a farm break for short weekends where landowners are happy for people to holiday in their accommodation and are allowed permission to search for lost treasures. Weekend camping trips give your whole family a holiday with more places for you to use your metal detector such as on the beach, in the woods or at the local park......

 

9. Hundreds upon hundreds of treasures that have been lost and discarded can be discovered with a metal detector. The popular television show, Antiques Road Show, has shown millions of people that treasures come in all shapes & sizes: coins, old toys, lead soldiers, pens, watches, jewelery...... literally anything you find might be an unexpected treasure. You could easily discover treasures in the ground almost anywhere, but, if you do your research you will find even more.

 

10. Metal Detecting is currently one of the fastest growing hobbies and has been for the last five years. There are numerous metal detecting clubs and groups in many towns all over the UK that welcome newcomers with open arms. These clubs regularly go metal detecting to areas that have been well researched, and have good historical background knowledge. They have get-togethers, travel to interesting places and share their knowledge, and their finds information freely with fellow detectorists. If there are no clubs in your area it means you could be the first to search out all the best local search areas and gain permissions.

 


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The History of Hammered Coins

Hammered coinage describes coins produced since the invention of coins in the sixth century BC until the invention of machine made or milled coinage the 15th-17th centuries.

The first hammered coins were produced from electrum (a silver and gold alloy) by the kingdom of Lydia (western Asia Minor) and then on throughout the Greek world.

Hammered coins were created by placing a blank piece of metal (blank or flan) between two dies (engraved metal originally bronze but later iron or steel), and then striking the upper die with a hammer to produce the required image on both sides. The blank was sometimes heated (annealed) until soft. The bottom (or anvil die) was usually counter sunk into firm surface (pile) such as a table or log.  

Hammered coins gradually became obsolete during the 17th century as machine screw presses replaced hand production. In England the first milled or machine made coins were produced (by a Frenchman) during the reign of Elizabeth I but the process was too slow and machine presses were not again in widespread use until the reign of Charles II.

The hammermen or moneyers were very skilled at their job and formed an important guild in the Middle Ages. In the early medieval period each major town would have its own moneyer (the marks of which can been seen on early Norman pennies). However gradually the number of mints were reduced until the reign of Mary where all minting was from the Tower of London. Temporary mints were set up again during the English Civil War and coins were even produced in besieged town

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METAL DETECTING ALL OVER THE WORLD  fully supports the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and as such we recommend that metal detector users record their finds.

The PAS is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by the public in England & Wales. When recorded, these finds have the potential to tell us much about the past, such as how and where people lived, and about the types of objects they made and used. A minimum recording accuracy of 6 figure National Grid Reference is preferred. Please contact your local Finds Liaison Officer to record your finds and have them identified (see below).


Treasure our past & record it with PAS

Recording via GPS
http://www.finds.org.uk/learning/gps.php
Purchase a GPS
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-eTrex-Handheld-GPS-Navigator/dp/B000PDV0CE
Recording by O/S
http://www.finds.org.uk/documents/info_pack/nationalgrid.pdf

Bagging, Storing & Conserving finds
http://www.finds.org.uk/documents/conservation.pdf

PAS or HER Finds Recording

Essential if you don’t want to leave holes in the archaeological record.
To record a find with PAS, contact your Finds Liaison Officer (FLO), who can generally be found at your local Museum (see contact list). FLO’s visit metal detecting clubs too, which is a good reason to become a club member.

PAS Contact List -
http://www.finds.org.uk/involved/contacts.php

Regional Map
http://www.finds.org.uk/involved/regional.php

Advice for Finders
http://www.finds.org.uk/documents/advice_for_finders06.pdf PAS Database

The database contains over 400,000 objects recorded since the creation of PAS in 1997, the vast majority recorded by metal detectorists.

Search Database
http://www.findsdatabase.org.uk/hms/home.php?publiclogin=1
Search Images
http://www.findsdatabase.org.uk/view/browse.php?act=closesearch&own=0&expand=200
Typical Record
http://www.findsdatabase.org.uk/hms/pas_obj.php?type=finds&id=001462762FE0171D

Historic Environment Records (HER)

You can also record your finds with your county Historic Environmental Records (HER). They also have archaeological records for your area
including Tithe Maps & details of Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM).
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