Here's the details:
Date of hunt:
Sunday 26th of February
Derbyshire. (D____'s Dig 7 Field 3)
pasture (med mineralization, high iron contamination, low hot rocks)
XP Deus with 11" coil. (3.2 version)
Time for the Last Field
Hello and welcome to another installment of my Diary. Grab your spade, wrap up well and join me for another hunt in the beautiful hills of The Peak District. Well, we've had a great time at this permission and we're on the last field now. This field is really steep but full of interesting 'ridges' like ancient evidence of ploughing. Plus some large stone platform stones. No idea what was there. Time to find out. Straight away, I could tell this area was highly contaminated with iron. The Deus was buzzing like an angry wasp but it still hit the goodies. On my You Tube video which I hope you will watch later. I dig iron and a decent find both in the same hole. So the Deus had its work cut out but she performed admirably.
Premature Coil Death
I don't know what happened but even at the point of switching her on. The battery read only 1 bar of battery power. The battery light had been flashing at home, indicating a fully charged battery. NOOOOOO! Praise the detecting Gods I had my emergency charger and I was saved out in the field. It still cost me an hour of detecting time which was immensly disappointing but we've all been through trauma in our lives and this was right up there with when my pet budgie Toby flew out the kitchen door. Anyway I digress. With the coil charged with one bar I could continue my crusade. Interesting finds kept appearing such as 2 blackened and heavily encrusted coins that looked like they'd been in a fire. To be honest, I had no hope of saving them. However, as you will see, they turned out to be beauties. Plenty of coins, buttons and other bits and pieces kept me going. I found a huge coin which upon cleaning turned out to be a George III 3 Shilling Token. Something which I'd never seen before. Unfortunately it looked like it had been willfully defaced. What a shame to ruin what would have been a beautiful (and valuable) coin. I also found a contemporary forgery of a bullhead shilling. Plus a sweet little Jetton in awesome condition.
The Cleaning of the Blackened Mystery Coins
On the drive home, me and Ironman did the 'not had anything today' game. However, when I got home after soaking all my finds in olive oil I was intrigued to find that the blackened coins that had been fused together and unrecognisable started to clean up a bit. I had read somewhere that putting them in boiling water then iced water could clean them up. I would have used electrolysis if I'd got the kit but alas my weapon of choice was the forces of heat and cold. I realised they might get damaged in the process but they were so far gone I deemed it worth the enterprise. I kept dunking them in and washing them and would you believe it? It worked! I cleaned them further with Silver Dip
. Then with a silver cleaning cloth and I got them as good as I could. If you watch my You Tube video you will see the coins on the first dig. I think they turned out ok, considering how far gone they looked in the video. Here's a look at what I found today:
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Iron x11, modern x3, lead x20 copper alloys x2
coins left to right George III 3 Shilling Token (willfully damaged?), George III contemporary forged bullhead shilling, George III half penny, Edward VII Penny (1906), George V Penny 1936, Farthing, 15 buttons, clay pipe bowl, x2 medieval lead tokens, buckle fragment, spoon, lead weight, modern coin spill.
Jetton 1586 - 1635 GOTTES GABEN SOL MAN LOB 'One should Praise God's Gifts'
George III Sixpence 1817
George III Shilling
Total Finds: 83
Ironman 1 DeusDigger 3
Winning Finds: 2 Hammies for Ironman congratulations that man!
The quest for the gold coin will continue.
See the hunt in action here:
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Cheers all and happy hunting! I Hope you enjoyed the read and I hope you'll join us on the next dig.
Comments always very welcome
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