A Few Bits & Pieces…

Because no one asked….



And the following from John Howland

This could help all finders, dealers and collectors John Hooker, who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a “Writer, Celtic numismatist and art historian, taxonomist, […] rgb digital to print cartographer and color suite designer, mentor, “ with an, “ Interest in Jungian psychology and mythology.” He says he takes “A postmodern, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to all things.”


He’s nobody’s fool. In recent correspondence with him on his excellent blog ‘Past Times and Present Tensions’  he’s pulled the cork and let the genie out of the bottle. Read and inwardly digest his succinct comments in reply to my comment:-

“Thanks, John, I think that what is most needed for England and Wales in this topic is that detectorists who report to the PAS (or any other finds database) need to start selling antiquities and coins which have been given a PAS number. For one thing, I’m curious as to the increase in retail value that such a designation would create. We see the value added in high-end antiquities with a chain of ownership but no one does the same for the bulk of cheap antiquities (in most cases this would be impossible to do anyway because of privacy laws). If the market establishes the value of reporting, the FLO’s will start to get very busy indeed!”

Therefore, any artefact bearing a valid PAS reference number can be traced and provenanced, and shows that it has been LEGALLY found and can be LEGALLY sold. This means collectors are faced with a choice; either buy-in an unprovenanced coin for example (it might be a fake) at say £50, or a similar coin, bearing a PAS reference number at £100? The latter will pile on value quicker, representing a better long-term investment. Dealers will pay more for a PAS referenced coin knowing it has a better legal standing than one that does not.



Archaeologist in bed with her treasure hunter boyfriend turns and says, “How dare you call me a slut. Get out of my bed right now and take your f*****g mates with you!”


This one’s just for my British reader:

Just seen a Dyslexic Yorkshire archaeologist…he was wearing a cat flap!


A famous archaeologist said he didn’t want the traditional fruit cake at his wedding.  Paul Barford said he didn’t give a **** he was going anyway


Two blokes, an archaeologist and a treasure hunter are adrift in a lifeboat. While rummaging through the boat’s provisions the arkie stumbles across an old lamp.

He rubs it vigorously and sure enough out pops a genie! This genie however was a little different. He stated he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought, the arkie blurts out, “Turn the entire ocean into beer….. Make it Budweiser!”
The genie claps his hands with a deafening crash, the sea turned into that hard-earned, thirst quencher.

The genie vanishes….

Only the gentle lapping of beer on the hull broke the stillness as the two men considered their circumstances; the treasure hunter looks on in disgust. After a long, tension-filled moment the treasure hunters says, “Nice going, Dickhead! Now we’re going to have to piss in the boat.”



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4 responses to “A Few Bits & Pieces…

  1. coin25...aka Bigtony

    Dick and John, thanks for the laughs. I don’t know who wrote that Greek Archie story but I was laughing out loud from it.
    Secrets WWII dociuments under the floor boards….way cool…maybe they should try behind the fire places too! Hey you never know what is behind those loose bricks.

  2. Bigtony

    Dick, I thought you only posted stuff like that on April Fools Day! Like the time you found an 1877 indian head cent and a 1916D Mercury dime on the same day! Whoa, you didn’t fool me there but in this case I wanted to believe that the Geek archie was a bit of a stretch but it was a good stretch at that.

  3. Thanks for the funny blog post, made me chuckle.


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