Maybe it’s me but recently I’ve noted that many you feel the need to say things like “I will never sell any of my finds”, “I don’t do it for the money” or “I just love touching history”. I find no fault at all with these comments, but it seems to me that you are somehow trying to justify what it is you do, and appease anyone who might find fault with it. Do you feel guilty for participating?
Well I hope this doesn’t disappoint you, but over the years I have sold a few of my finds (coins mostly) and feel no shame at all. Why should I? You see over the years I’ve spent hundreds of dollars in equipment and travel expenses, hundreds of hours researching and everything I found was on the up and up…legal, licit, acceptable and within the law. I never trespassed, always had permission to hunt on private land, and detected those public places where my pastime was allowed. Did I find anything of historical significance? I doubt it, but that depends on your definition of historic, doesn’t it?
Why did I sell some of my finds? Because I needed the money. If that sounds greedy or obscene to you I am sorry. You see shit happens and times are not always as good as you’d like. Whoever said “money doesn’t buy happiness” forgot to add that it does help pay the bills. Yes, I understand saving and displaying your finds is fun and I still do that, but an old detecting friend of mine used to say “that’s nice but can you eat it?”
I know that my good friend in Warsaw will be all over this, but I don’t care. He’s irrelevant. Metal detecting, treasure hunting, whatever you care to call it, is an acceptable pastime and I have nothing to be ashamed of or anything to hide. Will I continue to sell my finds? Don’t know…maybe, but I sure as hell won’t allow anyone to put me on a guilt trip if I do. How you feel or handle this is up to you…