When I started detecting in the late 70’s the majority of those with detectors were searching for coins. Yes there were prospectors too, but by and large the manufacturers were targeting coin hunters, who just wanted to fill in their coin collections. Detector models like Coinmaster, Coin King, Cash Finder, Coin Hunter and Coin Magnum were available in the market place.
Today we still have a few models with the word “coin” in their name, but for the most part the industry is more concerned with the relic hunter and the beach hunter. This, of course, is easy to understand because as I said in yesterday’s post, those of us hunting for coins are losing ground every day, thanks to careless detecting practices. As the popularity of our pastime increases, so do the instances of park closings….city, county and state.
On the other hand relic hunters, so far, have it pretty easy in that they typically hunt on private land. Likewise beach and surf hunters are free to do their thing with hardly any notice. Those of us in the hinterland however now have to fend for ourselves. Though we try and right the wrongs that others have done, it’s extremely hard to fight city hall. For whatever reason, those who put these bans in place have no understanding whatsoever of who we are, and how we go about practicing our sport.
Do they know about the trash we remove from parks? No. Do they know how healthy a hobby this is, especially for seniors? No. Do they know how many rings and other valuables we return to owners? No. Do they know about the historical items we often share with local historical societies and museums? No. Do they know how much we give back to the community via donations and charities? No. I could go on, but those of you reading this understand…
So, to sum up, I am having a pity party, and I am hoping that someone out there will feel extremely sorry for me, and send me a tip or two about a few local virgin sites where I can practice my coin shooting skills (if that’s not possible feel free to send cash).
I am also hoping that somewhere down the road something will happen that rights all the wrongs, and makes things better for those of us who coinshoot (I am not holding my breath however).
In the meantime, pity me (sigh..).
LATEST POST FROM JOHN WINTER
Please take a few minutes and check out the artistic talents of Steve Halward by visiting the John Winter blog. John has featured Steve’s works in the past and every time they knock me out. What’s amazing is that he does it with what we call “junk”. Thanks John for sharing, and my hats off to you Steve. You are one talented individual.
PAUL BARFORD TO BE GUEST SPEAKER
Well this should be an interesting event….Paul Barford, every treasure hunter’s favorite archaeologist, will be the guest speaker for a University Campus Suffolk “Heritage Seminar”, April 10th, at the Neptune Quay campus, Ipswich, in the UK. The program will be held in the UCS Waterfront building, and will begin at 4:30.
As you can see from these early comments his reputation precedes him. Needless to say, I would love to be there to hear what Mr. Barford has to say, but I am hoping that a few detectorists will attend and share their views with me afterwards. I somehow doubt however that there will be a question and answer session involved.
Too all the the caretakers at the Neptune Quay campus…..have shovels at the ready!
Lest there be any bitching or gnashing of teeth from Mr. Barford about me sharing this information…..he was all too willing to promote the event in his April 2nd blog post.