An absolutely cracking week for me and the father in law - we've been lucky to find some beautiful items over the last 5 years but we've blown them out of the water with the most recent... absolute once in a lifetime!
Wandering across a freshly cut bean field last Sunday evening, with not much in our finds pouches, the father in law shouted me over and asked me which way I was going - as always I chose the opposite way to him and walked towards the corner of the field - 10 minutes later I dug a lovely 82(Xp deus) signal and was sure there was the edge of a silver coin popping out of the fistful of mud in my hand. I turned and spotted the father in law across the field, (as sad as it is, I love it when we both do 'the reveal' haha) he saw my 'I've got a belter in my hand' face, and started walking towards me. Out of the mud popped a beautifully crisp Silver Roman Siliqua - every part of it was as clear as the day it was minted.
We spent a few minutes thinking wow and then both simultaneously looked at each other and said 'there could be more'... I had to drag him over with me, as he didn't want to 'impede on my find' - I quickly told him to stop being a pillock, and we both hopped back over to the find spot and began searching in all directions.
Then it began... he found 4 in quick succession, followed by another 4 by me... it was constant, all in a very small area, every few steps, every signal we came across was the same crisp sound (80's on the deus) most of which were only 2-3 inches deep, and each find brought the same 'Can this be happening' stare across to each other. It got to the stage where we knew what we were going to find prior to digging ... the strangest but most fantastic feeling - we couldn't believe what was happening - it really didn't feel real.
All in all, we found 24 between us on the first day - we'd started quite late (3pm), so had to drag ourselves off before the sun went down - so hard to do this, as we knew there could be so many more.
Got home, and surprisingly the wife and mother in law were interested for once... had a lovely look at them all and then made the plan to go back first thing in the morning. Got in touch with the local flo - and being the brilliant chap he is... he replied at 10pm on the Sunday evening agreeing to meet us there the next day.
Monday morning, we headed back to the site, this time armed with some red and white tape, garden canes and a full pack of McVities ginger nuts... We headed straight to the find spot and marked all 4 corners of the outermost coins - we ended up with an area around 25m x 30m and then set out to go back through this area to collect any more.
Almost immediately, it started again, silver after silver, every dig we made gave the sale result - yet more Silver Roman Siliqua - and strangely, absolutely nothing else... gone were the cartridges and tiny slithers of lead.
Afternoon came and the Flo arrived - by this time we had 35 in total - he was over the moon, loved the coins, identified most of them and discussed the find spot at length - gave us the advice we needed and advised it is very likely there could be a pot bursting at the rim just a few inches down. He told us to keep going and update him as and when things come up.
The day ended, we were absolutely shattered and gasping for a cuppa! We sat down and had a count... 45... yes 45 beautiful Silver Roman coins - an absolutely stunning couple of days that I can't ever imagine beating.
Landowner has been shown and it's great to see how excited he is by it!
We also visited again yesterday and have upped the total to 49, surely we can get to the 50 mark!
The flo also said, these coins are either deposited by the Romans prior to the collapse of the Empire or by the Saxons - and the way of telling which was down to whether the coins were heavily clipped. If not clipped, it is most likely by the Romans, if clipped, then most likely by the Saxons who would've clipped to sceat size and used as currency. Initially most were full, but we now also have a few that are heavily clipped.
So next steps.... Advice please.... We are planning to hire/purchase a 'hoard hunting machine' or surveying equipment in hope of giving some insight as to whether or not something else lies below. Another option is we scrape back the surface (from flos advice) so fingers crossed the landowner is up for it. Either way, I cannot wait... It has been absolutely fantastic to have gone through this... it really is the stuff of dreams!
See a couple of taster pics below - better ones will be uploaded later on in the week.
Thanks all - and good luck searching!
UPDATE 13/10 - Had chance last night to grab some pics of all coins together... beautiful!
(Links take to larger images) Enjoy!
Regarding hiring a specialised machine,i would have personally have said getting a slightly bigger coil rather than go for real heavy hitter as i call them,then when you feel that you have found some more and exhausted that option then try and get your hands on a Pulse with a large coil on or even a 2 box setup,then work the site methodically and slowly.
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Sorry if its stating the obvious but well worth gridding the areas with masons lines and going both directions from the hot programme in high frequency through GMP at medium fequency then deep at low frequency to get maximum coverage with the Deus.
I look forward to updates on this
Thanks Mega B - appreciate the advice.Mega B wrote: ↑Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:02 amRegarding hiring a specialised machine,i would have personally have said getting a slightly bigger coil rather than go for real heavy hitter as i call them,then when you feel that you have found some more and exhausted that option then try and get your hands on a Pulse with a large coil on or even a 2 box setup,then work the site methodically and slowly.
Thanks JC - thats very nice of you! I may well take you up on that!
Thats Great Stillburning - that'll be the plan for the next outing!Stillburning wrote: ↑Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:01 pmSorry if its stating the obvious but well worth gridding the areas with masons lines and going both directions from the hot programme in high frequency through GMP at medium fequency then deep at low frequency to get maximum coverage with the Deus.
I look forward to updates on this