Spring has sprung and that means nasty weather, as in hail and tornadoes. Dodged one storm Sunday night and getting prepared for another today and tomorrow. That means making sure the safe room is stocked with shoes, radio, flashlight, dog harnesses, phone, whistle and wine.
The ole thrill and excitement of bad weather has now been replaced with uncertainty and trepidation. What the hell was I thinking when I moved here 29 years ago?
I finally tried out my Tiny-Tex in the backyard and found a penny. This puppy is almost 50 years old and still works…I’m impressed! Anybody else have one of these?
Thanks to everyone for feedback on the Q&A postings. Relic hunter Bob Buttafuso has decided he’s tired of the insults and BS and is up next. Then Dave Wise’s partner Todd Hiltz will share his secrets. If you can think of questions you’d like answered let me know and I will do my best to add them.
Renowned Canadian author, antiquarian, academic, and numismatist, John Hooker, is a serious advocate for the mentally mature and meticulous wing of our pastime (that’s the overwhelming majority), has written and ably assisted by Dean Crawford, one of Britain’s most successful finders of ancient and Celtic coinage, a superb Kindle E-book that not only puts metal detecting where it should be – in the ranks of serious historical research – but also lets loose metal detecting’s cat among the heritage circus’s anal-retentive stool-pigeons and all for the must-read, bargain price of £2.42.
Oh yes, it’s a belter.
The mouth-watering photos of Celtic gold staters and medieval hammered gold coins that have fallen to Dean’s searchcoil are testimony to his near legendary expertise. The writing style is superlative and easy to understand (always the hallmark of a gifted writer).
I have little doubt there’ll be a serious wailing and gnashing of teeth, whining, and moaning; toys chucked out of ‘academic’ prams at what is surely destined to become a reference work for serious students of the genre; penned by a forward thinking Celtic coin expert, and an equally dazzling, expert detectorist.
Dates to Remember!!
The UK’s new twelve-sided, bimetallic £1 coin that went into circulation today is heralded as the world’s most secure coin bristling with anti-forgery features including a hologram.
The old ‘round’ pound coins remain in circulation until 15th October 2017, whence they cease to be legal tender. People are urged to cash-in their ‘round’ pounds to the banks before the 15th October.
It’s reckoned that around 1.3 billion ‘round’ pound coins are out of circulation across the country stashed away in piggy banks, jam jars and bottles; a figure that must include countless millions of round pound coins lost on the UK’s beaches.
After October this year, we’ll no doubt be cursing finding the old ‘round’ pounds much as we do with pull tabs! Never thought the day would dawn when I’d whinge at finding a £1-coin (‘76’ on my ATPro International).
Every narcissistic pseudo-archaeologist wants a detectorist to look down on.
I’ll see y’all in the bar!
Friend: “On average, how much do you spend on a bottle of wine?” Me: “About a half an hour”