Upadte from the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) - 11th May 2020
This advice is only for our members in England, the Channel Islands and anywhere else where their independent government has advised it is safe to exercise unrestricted. Sadly the loosening of guidance on outdoor activities do not include Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. We are sorry that this does not cover everyone – we are just reflecting government policy.
Following the change to Government guidance for England announced yesterday we are able to change our advice to you. Detecting individually or with household members can again be enjoyed from Wednesday 13th May.
We are sure you are looking forward to getting out in the fields again.
Please though remember to continue to follow Government guidance. Travel should still be limited and social distancing rules must be adhered to. We also urge you to take precautions to protect yourself and others and, for example, wear gloves going through gates, etc.
Also please be respectful of your land owner’s views, and check they are happy for you to continue to detect on their land as their views may have changed over the last three months.
Sadly this pandemic is still very much a risk to us all and so the Government’s loosening of restrictions on outdoor activities does not allow for club or other group digs. Hopefully, if we all play our part, infection rates will continue to fall and it will be safe to resume these sometime in the near future.
The team at Treasure Hunting magazine are all working from home and will continue to bring you your monthly magazine – the June issue is available now and we are working hard on the July issue.
Worry not, we have loads of great articles and stories to bring you over the coming months!
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News & Views – A round-up of this month’s news and stories from the world of metal detecting, including several extremely rare or unique coins and a stunning Anglo-Saxon gilded brooch
Garden Lockdown – Read Adrian Gayler’s amusing account of testing out his three detectors in his front garden.
Detectorist’s Golden Goal – Scott France researches a gold sports medal he found near Wigan.
Celtic Coin Values – Details and sale prices of some of the beautiful Celtic coins sold at the Chris Rudd Auction in March 2020.
Introducing the FLO’s – Riccardo Caravello, Finds Liaison Officer for Suffolk.
Identifying and Dating Pottery – Post Medieval Redware & Slipwares – In this month’s instalment, Richard Hemery examines the wide variety of Post medieval pot sherds.
Just Hanging Around – Jonathan Dent unearths a beautiful Anglo-Saxon hanging bowl in North Yorkshire.
Coinage in Anglo-Saxon England – Richard Kelleher’s series continues to examine the coins of Offa, including the gold types and silver pennies from the end of his reign.
Reader Finds – A showcase of some of our readers’ recent finds.
Mudlarking Finds from the Time of the Mayflower – Jason Sandy celebrates the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower’s historic voyage to America with a look at some mudlarking finds from that period.
Auction Round-Up – A selection of lots sold at TimeLine Auctions’ recent sale.
Club Round-up – Some of the best items on the finds tables around the country recently.
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This 3rd Edition of Benet's Artefacts has over 3000 photographs in full colour with all prices fully updated.
This superb artefact identifier and price guide ranges from the Stone Age through to the Tudor period - Benet’s is the must have guide for identification & valuations. The prices quoted are based upon first hand knowledge and experience of the antiquities market as well as recent actual sale prices.
Contents include: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Celtic & Iron Age, Roman, Anglo Saxon, Viking, Norman, Medieval, Tudor and Post Tudor – with artefacts covering Axe heads, Spears, Swords, Daggers, Brooches, Pendants, Rings, Jewellery, Buckles, Horse Fittings, Pommels, Thimbles, Seals and many more.
Benet’s 3rd Edition - 3,000 images, A5, Hardback, 864 pages 2014
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Coins of England and the United Kingdom remains the only reference work which features every major coin type from Celtic to decimaisation in 1971 with accurate market values for every coin type listed.
It is an essential guide for beginners, serious numismatists and anyone interested in British Coinage. As with every new edition, all sections of the catalogue have been carefully checked by the specialists at Spink and the prices of the coins have been updated to reflect current market conditions.
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Well illustrated in colour, listing every type and date of British coins from Celtic times to decimalisation in 1971.
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Possibly the most comprehensive finds identification book ever published.
An illustrated guide to metal detecting and archaeological finds.
The Team at the British Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have spent years collating, identifying and photographing finds from the Stone Age through to the 20th century, and for the first time, this book pulls together a selection of the most interesting items in one beautiful volume. Lavishly illustrated with thousands of photographs, this book not only helps to identify the artefacts but puts them in context and offers detailed information on each object.