Metal detecting holidays in England

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Chicago Ron's video of his trip staying in the new self catering Barn house



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Chicago Ron put together this video and added great narration for his other club members to see the new Barn house he trialed this year. He just sent me a DVD and it was such a laugh I thought it would be great to share it. Ron is a Senior Member and Chairman of the MidWest Historical Society USA and always brings his team of guys to hunt here twice a year. Ron is a well know gold finder back in the States and has recovered huge numbers of gold rings. Ron has put that skill to great use here and has found part of a Celtic gold hoard bought by Colchester Museum and 4 gold Celtic full Staters including two of the rarer tribes. If you want more info from Ronnie on hunting here then drop him a mail

Ron team has it's own new mini bus which he drives and they pick from any one of the 18 sites and 150 fields to hunt each morning. The start and stop times are decided by the team so it is a go as you please type event. It is great fun to see Ronnie finding silver in his own guys foot prints lol. I did not realise that he had video'd Arz Reid when he had just found the Roman gold ring, what great gold dance LOL

The compressed quality of the video does not show the close ups of the coins very well so here are a few of the finds featured on the video in better detail and what is happening to the treasures.

Arz Reid's Roman gold ring currently going through the Treasure process and with the British Museum under investigation

3.92g, 25.25mm outer dia 3.12mm thick

Chicago Joe's Saxon C600 - 775 AD Silver Sceat 1.07g, 11.62mm

Recorded with the Fitzmusuem database

'Thank you for this new coin, which I have recorded as EMC 2007.0087.This is an imitation of Series B, derived from Series BI. Metcalf illustrates six imitations of Series B (nos 107-112), which show the great range of variation found in these imitations'.

1844 Victorian milled silver sixpence

1471-83 Edward IV second reign hammered silver half penny 0.37g,12.74mm


Gold inlay hawking bell- could be very early


95th Canadian Battalion

Roman Imperial silver ? 2.34g, 16.44mm

'Nope, it's not Imperial - it's Imperatorial. That's a "Legionary Denarius"
of Marc Antony. Presumed to have been minted at a travelling mint in Patrea, 32-31 B.C., they were struck to pay Antony's troops for the battle of Actium. Interestingly, being slightly debased silver, they tended to stay in circulation for upwards of 100 years due to various Greshamian pressures, tended to be traded to the "barbarian" north, and are often encountered very worn in British or Northern European hoards.
These name the various legions of the time - although the legion designation is not clearly visible on yours - which looks like it may have been in a fire'

Mark Lehman

1818 George III miled silver half crown ( 30 pence)

Johan Conrad Hergen, master 1705 French style jetton 1705 -1743

Kings diademed bust right


Tranquillity seated left, Crown on right knee in exergue I.C.H



Medieval Chaffing dish handle
Great find - Cross pendant with the Lord's prayer on both sides - probably Victorian

38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of foot 1855- 81

Smith, Kemp & Wright
Brearley Street, Birmingham

C 1400 - 1550 AD Double loop annular buckle
1920 Irish Army button
Facinating find - 1603 AD James 1st coin weight clearly marked crown XIs for gold Angel cpin ( 4.6g) but weight the same as as a James 1st Spur Ryal 6.85g - some one was attemping fraud
17thC clothing fastener

Late Iron Age/ early Roman bronze strap divider (terret)

10.18g, 24.65mm outer dia x 4.54 mm T


Terrets were used in paired draught to guide the reins from the horse’s mouths to the hands of the driver. In total, five terrets form a complete set. All five were placed along the yoke, with the central terret being larger than the other four. Probably first century AD.

16th/ 17thC clothing fastener with Tudor rose design

'15th Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers . . .
Raised - 1860 to 1887 when it was renamed the 1st Vol' Batt'n Sherwood Foresters

Unknown maker

W.Fernet Noogth


17thC bronze button
Late 16th/17thC button
Pre 1947 The Kings (Shropshire Light infantry)

Asymmetrical, flat mount with two integral pointed lugs

Georgian pasty jigger wheel
1858 Victorian milled silver Sixpence
18thC clog fastener

Corporation button ?

'In Deo Spes'

In God is my hope

Firmin & Sons Ld
153 Strand London

William III trade weight - Crown W and London hall mark
19th/20th C Wright and Butler trade token
18thC Bayonet frog
Medieval decorated strap end - 2 rivet fixing - Bronze sheet on iron - 23.05 mm L x 16.67 mm L Decoration appears to be a man standing
20thC Eley Bros of London 12 pence token
20th C JJ Bedwell of Colchester token

Roman bronze writing stylus - rounded end decorated

40.29mm L, 4.89mm dia

More of Ronnies team finds on this page March 2007 finds page 8

More info on the Barn house