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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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If you check the meaning of arrogance in a dictionary it will tell you that the word means ‘an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.’ Pride is fine up to a point but when, like Paul Barford, you see yourself as better than everyone else, you simply become a dickhead. Apologies to my American friend Dick Stout; no offence intended.

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Sometimes finding a positive identification for the amorphous bits of metal and ‘partefacts’ found by detectorists can lead us up many garden paths before arriving at a satisfactory conclusion.

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This, and a further blog post to follow, is about those mementoes that can be considered a record of a pilgrim’s progress and are often found by UK detectorists – the Pilgrim Badge. In the Middle Ages the Church encouraged people to make pilgrimages to special holy places called shrines.

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