Metal Detecting / Treasure Hunting discussion : How to, tricks/tips, your finds, equipment, fuck bot
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Two nice looking buckles, one from the 1700s.
5 coins, 3 buttons, two spoons.
1 ör 1666
1 ör 1714
2 kopeks 1812
1 kopek 1841
1 penni 1983
I went out today, didn't find anything of any interest other than a bullet, was out for a good few hours too. Very annoying considering other people were pulling up Roman/Medieval coins, someone found another Roman brooch, and someone else found a Bronze Age earing. :v
@Fusilli Deer That group do extensive research into possible locations or is the UK that littered with stuff you can just dig a farms field and strike roman era goods?
I don't think so, I think they just find a field and hope for the best. There is a lot of old stuff to be found in the UK though, just unfortunatley not under my detector.
Two upper rows are my friend's finds. Two bottom rows are my finds.
Mainly 1600s-1700s coins, a couple of buttons and belt buckles.
One of my coins is a somewhat rare find, a 1 Daler 1716 "emergency money". I've only found 3 of these before. They are common among collectors, but rare as ground finds in Finland.
At this point in time, Sweden was waging an enormous war against Russia, Poland-Lithuania, Denmark, and the kingdoms of Prussia and Hannover. And they needed money for this war. Lots of it.
So they sold their raw copper reserves to other countries to raise war money.
They released this "emergency daler", which was worth more than the amount of raw copper used in it, because they no longer had the raw copper to make 1:1 value coins.
It was like a primitive "Government Bond".
1 Daler was worth 32 Öres (the giant coin you can see in the picture above is a 2 Öre coin from 1764 - you can see how badly the value of copper crashed a few decades later). The daler is right next to it.
The war lasted for 21 years, and the "emergency dalers" were re-acquisitioned afterwards for only 50-95% of their initial value. They eventually became only worth 1 instead of 32 Öre.
You can see the lettering in my coin, even in its shitty ground condition it's recognizable as this Daler.
Any of you guys here make much money looking for things? I was thinking of trying my hand at hunting for gold after seeing a few videos. It seems to me that with a decent understanding of where creeks in gold rich areas used to flow you can make a little bit doing it.
The bases of the big cases, sure, but the little noncorroded one is 17 HMR.
Don't expect to become rich with metal detecting, you'd get more money working a minimum wage job. In Australia some people use pulse-induction detectors to search for gold, but it's just a hobby.
You always read of the lucky dude who found a $50,000 gold nugget but never of the thousands of detectors that only find crumbs of gold that pay for the gas to get back home.
Are there any decent metal detector kits out there? Like the sort you build yourself. The fact that metal detectors can commonly cost thousands of dollars makes me think the cost is in proprietary software, rather than the hardware. I hoping to try my hand at a reprogrammable open source detector.
I am a geophysicist and I sometimes work for Archaeologists.
And I hope to GOD that you guys take a GPS with you and record your places, because for archaeology there is nothing worse than a destroyed context.
My next thing will probably be a band ceramics settlement here in Germany.
Otherwise, awesome content and good look!
How would you feel if i bought antique coins to stick in strange places to confuse archaeologists?
Not bad at all because a good archaeoligist can spot shit like that pretty easily.
Ye I'm aware the little one isn't .303, but cheers for the info, I just assumed it was a .22
Most of our detecting is done in farming fields. There's nothing to record there - the finds have been tumbled around for centuries in the soil, moved by plows etc. No layers to investigate.
Couple of my friends detect in forests instead, and have stumbled upon old graves (viking age) as an example, and in those cases they DO record the location, stop all digging, and call in the professional archaeologists for closer inspection. Since the place has not been disturbed before, all the layers and items can be learned from.
Detecting in Finland is very free, permissions are only from land owners. There is no need for official papers or licenses. Buy a detector, ask landowner/farmer for permission, and you're off to dig.
In forests the "law of every man" applies (that's how it's called, really). Means we can forage for berries, mushrooms, hunt animals, and in our case, hunt treasure.
Usually no permission from landowner needed when it comes to forests here unless the forest is right next to the landowner's house (basically their backyard).
Regarding the Sodankylä trenches, it's very far away from me (8 hours drive) and I don't know anyone from that area unfortunately. Plus I never detect battlefields because of unexploded ordnance.
The group of friends I know in the nearby city, that do detect battlefields, some of them have missing fingers. Not my cup of tea.
Here's a 1/4 Ör copper coin from 1634. It was found at the bottom of a lake, so it is quite well preserved. The problem is that a bunch of sand has fused into it (and still is, see the gunk on it).
The pictures are after ~6-7 hours in vinegar to get rid of most of the fused sand, and then rinsed off with water and dabbed with olive oil for protection.
I may have to do some more vinegar treatment on the back of the coin with the crowns. The front was in a similar condition before it came off.
It will never look like new, but at least the treatment makes the details visible.
Our group's metal detecting exhibit is finally live at the local museum!
I'll take more/better pictures once the initial rush of people has died down later this week.
I wish I had more places to metal detect I spent $200 of my birthday money on a pro pointer and iv'e only used it a handful of times
The metal detecting season is online. And it has been a great start.
First trip was yesterday, found 3 coins.
1 Ör 1741
1 Ör 1724
1 Penni 1873
And today, oh boy, was only my second trip this year, and I found my first silver coin of the season! And one of a type that I have never found before!
2 Ör coin from 1666
It is shaping up to be a good year if it continues like this.
Today was an absolutely insane day, we found 4 hammered silver coins from the 1500s-1600s (one for each of us, which was nice). We also found a bunch of copper coins and other stuff.
The 4th silver coin was found after the pictures so it didn't make it in.
I found a platinum ring yesterday while mudlarking in Antwerp!
Is the information in the OP still up to date? I'm really curious about this hobby, especially since I live between Kent and London.
Yeah it's still valid.
UK is one of the best metal detecting countries in the world, so have fun.
Hmm, it's very tempting given I live in a very history rich county, and I could totally afford the initial investment.
I'll do some research concerning my area and see if it'd be worth my time
Two days of finds together.
This 1636 coin in particular is insanely well preserved because of the mud keeping it in an anaerobic state with no oxidation to ruin it.
Quick 1 hour trip to the old lakebed (same area I found the above stuff at).
Including the best preserved old copper coin I have ever found. It is in immaculate, "just-dropped-from-pocket" condition, absolutely zero oxidation, just a beautiful patina.
I will go back to the area later today for a few hours.
Second trip only one coin, same as the 1/6 Ör from above. Water level is starting to rise, so most likely the "good spot" is going to be unsearchable in ~2 days (and then we'll have to wait for Spring 2020).
Amazing day, found 3 silver coins.
Top one is a 1634 Christina 1 öre (edge says CHRISTINA.D:G:REGI:SVEC )
Bottom left is a 1610 Göteborg 1 öre (you can see it written on the edge in Old Swedish, "CIVITATIS GOTHOBVRGENS 1 ÖR" which means "1 öre of the City of Göteborg"
And the bottom right is another 1 öre, from 1611.
Where's this fuck bot that the title mentioned?
Newpunch killed the title (fuck bottlecaps), I should probably make a new thread since we can't edit titles.
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