A short piece I wrote in 2011 has re-surfaced, tickled my fancy and I’d like to share it with you cos’ it’s worth reading again. Back then I was an active detectorist and my musings were about the well-known cliché … you know the one …
It seems that 8 out of 10 stories I edit end by saying something to the effect that the writer was finishing for the day and when returning to the car had a strong signal that just happened to be a gold coin or some other great and unexpected find. After pooh-poohing such a notion and sometimes inwardly groaning, I now have to eat my words and grovel for absolution.
When detecting in Cambridgeshire I actually found something significant whilst walking back to the car and swinging my machine in such a way that told any onlooker that I was fed up with the lack of finds.
I was already making excuses in my mind to spout if anyone asked if I had found anything . . . Nothing on these fields . . . detector playing up . . . stubble too high. You’ve heard them all before!
Then it happened – a positive signal and a cut half voluntarily gave itself up. I was astounded. No, I was bloody amazed! A fellow detectorist with a greater understanding than me produced his eyeglass, examined the coin carefully and said with great authority that it was a HENRY III Voided Long Cross Cut Half AND the moneyer was NICOLE. I agreed. That makes it 1248-50 then. I was grateful.
The coin has now been recorded on the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) – exceptional quick and efficient service – and given the Reference No. 32803. Validator Rod Blunt determined the mint as Winchester and given a more accurate date. The blog has been changed and my original date guesstimate reflects that. Thanks to Rod and the UKDFD!