Good Wine Needs No Bush

17 September 2017 — 13 Comments

In the early 1800′s no official copper coins were struck in the UK thus resulting in a shortage of small change.19th century public houses, inns, hotels, shops and other merchants issued advertising tokens. As well as advertising the business they also had an exchange value.

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Factor X, the Greenman and Coiled Snakes

The rather strange and enigmatic sub-heading should become clear before you have reached the end of this story. If I can draw a loose analogy I suppose it would be to the television show ‘Pimp My Ride’ where the presenters take an old car and highly decorate it. Except, in this case, the customisation is skillfully carried out on a metal detector.

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Rubbish, Garbology and Curling Irons

I understand that all the stroppy people read The Guardian. I was once a regular subscriber, but gave it up because I became weary of reading about single-parent families, third world issues and life-style preferences.

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There were 18 entries in my simple competition and I used a ‘random number generator’ to pick two winning numbers. I won’t keep you in suspenders any longer than necessary. This was the result:

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Conjoined Coins

15 August 2017 — 11 Comments

William and Mary silver farthing 1694

CONJOINED – NUMISMATIST

When a numismatist talks about a conjoined coin the reference is usually to one with two or more busts shown facing the same way with one on top of the other. The only British example I can think of is the William and Mary 1688-94. Unless you know otherwise. The reign of William and Mary was brief and their coins are relatively scarce.

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Remembering

12 August 2017 — 3 Comments

In December 2016 I made a post entitled The Rookie Detectorist and The Gold Seal Matrix. You may remember the magnificent find shown below. An observant reader has pointed out that the article was left unfinished. And he is right, so I am making amends!

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Detectorists are a dab hand at taking a product and improving upon the original, whether it be a device for protecting the machine when placing it on the ground, or an improved control cover. In my time I have seen so many enhancements done by individuals, but one name in the ‘after market’ business stands out.

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