Treasure Finds and Stories
If It's There, the E-TRAC Will Find It...
The Wyvern Metal Detecting club from Swindon in the UK, of which I am a member, recently held a rally on an arable farm where the club has searched many, many times before. It was early autumn or fall as our US friends call it. I had only been with the club to this site once before as I am relatively new and last time that I went there I found one small bronze roman coin and a medieval jetton. The fields were perfect for detecting on, they had been ploughed a few weeks back and were now flat due to the rain that had fallen.
I had the E-TRAC set with minimal discrimination, neutral ground, low Trash density and the sensitivity set to manual and way up. After only half an hour of searching, I had a cracking repeatable high frequency signal in the headphones around the co-ordinates that I knew from previous finds was perhaps silver. Of course you cannot be sure of these things until you dig and recover them but I was excited to say the least. As previously stated the ground was easy to dig and I wisely dug a larger circle than normal as the depth on the E-TRAC screen showed it was very deep. A shovel and a half of dirt was quickly removed from around the pinpointed target and there it was. It was slipping back down into the hole after being disturbed by the dirt that I had removed. I could see it was a Silver coin and that it was large. It was tarnished black due to being in the ground for so long, so instant identity was hard with the naked eye.
I was soon joined by some other members of the club and one of them recognised it as Charles 1st. Soon word spread to the others and they all came over one by one to see it. One said, "My mate has been detecting this field for twenty years, and that has been there all this time." Well, I think the reasons why no-one had found it was that it was quite deep, I would say 8 to 9 inches, and I was using an E-TRAC. It is the sort of thing that happens that gives you the confidence that if it is there, the E-TRAC will find it. On getting it home and checking the coin book it was a Charles 1st Half Crown, Group IV, fourth horseman, round about 1640, around the time of his execution. Sadly not part of a hoard of coins of around that period but a cracking single find none-the-less.