Its GOLDEN to be back in the STATES. England finds

Dr.Tones

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It's GOLDEN to be back in the STATES. England finds

Hey guys! sorry it's been a while. Me, Dirt Digler and Pickhead just got back from two weeks of detecting in England. Let me tell you, I had a few items that I was dying to return home with. Number one on my list was a Celtic gold stater. One of our buddies Terry popped one on day two. I realized the rarity of finding one and at that very moment I just knew how much my odds decreased. Happy for Terry we all went on hunting and hoping. A few days later after finding several Hammered coins, Romans, Saxon, Norman and Viking artifacts, I got over my dream find. A full gold Celtic stater from the Iceni tribe circa 20 BC! Dream come true! Still can't believe it! Still waiting to hear back from the museum about one artifact in particular. It appears to be a Norman era Mount of some sort. With intricate designs and enameling (or stones) inlayed. Trip of a lifetime! Of course we got it on film... duh! Can't wait to share the footage! Cheers! HH!
 

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Old Dude

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Don't you have to sell the items there and give the owner of the property half, or does that only apply to a find of a set value? My gf has a brother in Sheffield and one in Scotland. I am hoping to get to hunt there someday. Wtg on some very nice finds.
 

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Don't you have to sell the items there and give the owner of the property half, or does that only apply to a find of a set value? My gf has a brother in Sheffield and one in Scotland. I am hoping to get to hunt there someday. Wtg on some very nice finds.

Usually the finds are handed into somebody that will prepare the export papers, then the Coroner will examine the finds to make sure none are of following. Over 300 yrs old and containing more than 10% gold or silver, or of a historical significance to the country. If the item is more than 300yrs old and the 10% content it is deemed a possible treasure and then the BM will look at the item to see if they want to purchase the item from the finder. The find then goes to a valuation committee and a value will be placed on the item. Then that has to be agreed on by the finder and the land owner, and if it is then the purchase price is split between the two. Most times there's an agreement between the hunter and the landowner that gold coinage will be 50/50 split on value of spot gold at the time of the agreement. If two gold coins are found at the same (or very near to each other) then it's a hoard and it has to reported to PAS as do the item. I think 5 hammered silver found at on spot could be deemed as a hoard also. Once the Coroner has deemed the items that been found aren't of historical significance or the 10% they'll process (stamp) the papers for the items to exported, if this is not followed then it could fall into the area of smuggling.

Nice going on the Stater and the mount, it'll be interesting to here what the museum says.
 

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Yes, a Celtic Gold Coin used to be my no.1 wish list item, they are very hard to find. Although if you were at Colchester, that does give you an incresed chance of running over 1. BIG CONGRATS.
The Brooch may just be Norman period but I would ID it as a Viking Period Cloisonne brooch (imported from Europe).
 

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CRUSADER

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2015 Spink book no.428:
F - Β£275
VF - Β£850

PS. Already voted!
 

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Amazing finds.... :)
 

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WOW--WHAT A VACATION !!:occasion14:
 

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Voted banner for the big decorated thingy....gold hammered is fine too..Congrats an a Great trip and Hunt
 

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I'm betting the museum will return you the Stater. They are fairly common (for ancient gold coins anyway) and a single coin find is usually not considered significant enough to be historical unless the coin is unpublished in the major references. Your Stater is beautiful! The Norman Mount is another story - that may well be considered "treasure" but at least if so, you will get a reasonable value for it!

Congratulations on some phenomenal finds - I'm hoping to get over next year!
 

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Super awesome finds! Congrats! The age of finds over there is always mind blowing.

Banner worthy.
 

Argentium

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Banner ! Dream come true finds for most of us I'm sure - The Celtic is incredible but I also love the Viking enameled piece .
 

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Welcome to the Golden Pony Club. :occasion14:
Quite a nice mix of finds you made, the brooch you found is a beautiful piece.
Always good to be reminded of how lucky we are here in the UK with the amount of history we are able to dig.

George
 

PalmettoPride

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AWESOME finds-Can't wait for the video! I'm headed to England for two weeks in July to visit the in-laws & I'm thinking of taking my detector (Fisher F2). How deep were most of your finds? The F2 only picks up coins to about 8 inches.
 

Uncle Jeff

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No wonder there have been no videos recently on you tube.. now get to work editing and posting for us :)
 

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Big congrats! Stunning brooch! Crossing celtic gold off the wishlist is great! Also love the strap end, you made fantastic finds which belong on top. Vote in here. :icon_thumleft:
 

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Dr.Tones

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Thanks guys!!!! Man what I wouldn't give to be a able to put those in my collection right away. Thanks for all the info too! I appreciate it. With regards to depth of finds... All over the map. Most fields were plowed at one point. F2 should be fine though. Don't focus on how deep it goes... Focused on where to swing it ��
 

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That's what she said (sorry I couldn't resist).

Thanks for the response-can't wait til July, especially after seen your post. You guys killed it!
 

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AWESOME finds-Can't wait for the video! I'm headed to England for two weeks in July to visit the in-laws & I'm thinking of taking my detector (Fisher F2). How deep were most of your finds? The F2 only picks up coins to about 8 inches.

In the ploughed fields you'll do fine, but it's mostly crop covered and the hunting will be slim. On pasture well it's a crap shoot, as the question if it's been ever turned and how long ago, things can be close or out of range, one never knows. There's so much history that one can only imagine what's laying in a average park. Bring it with for sure, as it's too old to say no. Good luck!

What's the story on the great looking ring, Dr Tones?
 

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