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    American Detectorists in the UK!!

    I've been a member of this forum for over a decade. And in all of those years I've gotten the chance to meet some fellow American Detectorists forum members here and there. Like Dave, Jeff, Drew, John, Dan, Al, Lee, Don and Alex, and Chris just to name a few.
    After a years worth of careful planning , along with a few other hunters, 4 memebers of the American Detectorists forum got a chance to meet up and do a weeks detecting holiday in England!!!

    Friends forever!!
    Left to Right: Dave (Full Metal Digger), Jeff (Fire Fighter 43), John (BTV Digger), and of course yours truly Tim (Ill Digger)

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    Very envious of you gentlemen , I really hope we get some great stories on you adventure !

    Dan
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    so don't expect it from cheap people"

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    Make us all proud guys!!
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    A lot of detecting skill in that quartet ! Just remember to leave a few in the ground for the locals.
    Oldest find: 5,000 year old copper spearhead
    Oldest coin: 1699 William III halfpenny
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    WOW, All star line up!!! I know you're killing it too!!!
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    Oh man, it's THE BEATLES of the metal detecting world!

    I can't wait to see what all you guys found!
    Lifetime totals:
    9 Large Cents, 413 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 10 Shield Nickels, 68 V Nickels, 124 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 131 Barber Dimes, 400 Mercury Dimes, 246 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 17 Barber Quarters, 19 Standing Liberty Quarters, 89 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    Oh man, it's THE BEATLES of the metal detecting world!
    Wow thats a lot of pressure Tony bestowed on you Gentlemen.... Make us proud
    "Honesty is an expensive gift ,
    so don't expect it from cheap people"

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    Love the photo, and seeing a couple familiar faces for sure. Go show those Red Coats how we Yanks get the good stuff!
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    We are all back home safe and sound.
    I think team AD did y'all proud!!
    I think the jury is still out on who got the oldest coin.
    We all did pretty well!
    Here's a 1st century Roman coin I dug one day.

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    Big Roman bronze sent for ID

    22.9g, 33.13mm


    Chris,

    Yes, this has a bit of remaining detail – However, it’s going to need a bit of additional TLC if it’s to be identified beyond the basic generalities:

    Roman Imperial (not Provincial – Latin legends, minted in Rome)
    Sestertius (4 asses or denarius)
    Orichalcum (naturally occurring brass alloy)
    Antoninus Pius (139-161 AD.) as Caesar 138/9 AD.
    Uncertain standing personification or deity (Annona or Pax are likely possibilities) small altar at feet and holding cornucopiae


    Antoninus Pius was emperor during what is almost universally considered the height of “The Golden Age of Rome”
    He struck an astronomical number of coins, with a very broad range of reverse types – there’s probably a couple of dozen types of his sestertii which feature a standing deity or personification sacrificing at a small altar.
    Therefore, although this is not the exact same type, it’s very similar to what yours might look like cleaned-up a bit. The standing figure on yours also holds a conucopiae, so it’s unlikely to be Pietas.
    Marcus Aurelius was Pius’ adopted son/intended heir. A further astronomical number of coins and types were struck for Aurelius as Caesar during Antoninus’ reign.

    I hope your fall digging season goes well,
    Mark
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    Congrats! The guy who described the coin knows his stuff. I have some Romans that were given to me. Would love to have them identified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    Oh man, it's THE BEATLES of the metal detecting world!
    Then I guess I'm Ringo, you know, "I'm jus' glad to be 'er."
    Oldest Coin: 100-60 BC Gallic bronze coin (Sequani Tribe)
    Oldest Silver Coin: 1156 hammered Pfennig from (now) Bavaria
    Oldest U.S. coin: 1805 Draped Bust Large Cent
    Best Coins EVER: 1625 4 Sols from Kingdom of Chateau Renaud, France
    1662 15 Kreuzers, Leopold I, Austria
    Best Relics: Bronze Age Arrowheads & Spearhead, 2c Roman silver ring, complete medieval knight's spur (x6)
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    Thanks very much Tim for putting this all together and inviting me to come along! It was a real pleasure to meet Jeff and John for the first time. Everyone I have ever met off this forum has turned out to be amazing people! I had a pretty good week and made some bucket lister finds. I'll have to update with pics later since I don't really have any right now. My best finds were an 1,800-year old bronze Roman key, a silver Royal Navy button with Tudor Rose (1748 to 1787), some silver coins, and a yet-to-be-identified hammered copper Jeton ca 1400's! I also had lots of neat doodads but will cover them later. Tim, Jeff and John, it was a REAL pleasure to meet you and detect with you! I look forward to doing it again real soon.
    Oldest Coin: 100-60 BC Gallic bronze coin (Sequani Tribe)
    Oldest Silver Coin: 1156 hammered Pfennig from (now) Bavaria
    Oldest U.S. coin: 1805 Draped Bust Large Cent
    Best Coins EVER: 1625 4 Sols from Kingdom of Chateau Renaud, France
    1662 15 Kreuzers, Leopold I, Austria
    Best Relics: Bronze Age Arrowheads & Spearhead, 2c Roman silver ring, complete medieval knight's spur (x6)
    YouTube Channel: Full Metal Digger

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    Good luck guys. One of my newest MD friend is in the UK right now. Rob from History Digger channel. Good luck!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgers325 View Post
    Good luck guys. One of my newest MD friend is in the UK right now. Rob from History Digger channel. Good luck!!!
    Yeah, and he's KILLING IT!! He got himself a hammered gold coin!!!��
    Some days you get the corn, some days you get the cob
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    Oldest U.S. coin: 1814 Capped Bust Dime

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