Treasure Finds and Stories
The Find I’ve Always Wanted
Our club returned to a local farm having priviously found a small spread of Roman coins along one field boundary. We suspected a hoard might have been scattered when the adjacent ditch had been deepened a few years ago. This time we had permission to investigate in the ditch, along the other side of which runs and old medieval trackway. After a couple of hours struggling with the thorny under growth within the ditch, I climbed out to join the other lads who had teased up over a dozen more Roman bronze coins from the field. I was slightly disapointed, having only found two coins within the ditch and those at a distance from each other, so finding a hoard in the ditch was looking less likely that when we had started.
So, I decided to work the very edge of the field, tight up against the chicken wire rabbit fence. The Safari does let me get a lot closer to such fences, comparred to some of the detectors prefered by other club members. Less than half way down the fence line and I got a lovely bright sounding signal giving me a number 14 (I run in coin and jewelry mode, switching to all metal to check iffy signals are not iron). I really thought it was a Roman coin, but was over the moon to discover it was a gold quarter stater. Not my first gold, but my first Celtic gold, the target I've always wanted to find more than any other.
Upon reflection we now think that some activity must have drawn Celts and then Roman to this area, possibly a spring with fresh water, where animals could be easily hunted, as we have also found a couple of Roman net weights within the Roman coin spread, certainly an area we'll be doing more research on, and we are looking forward to our next visit planned for February.