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Item Found: Unusual

Location: Oregon

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)

January 1st, 2010

Fun on the other side of the puddle

Are you bored, lonely? There is a lot of fun and excitement to be had metal detecting in the UK if you play by the rules. Jimmy Sierra Normandi takes Discovery Tours to England each year to search for lost artifacts. The English have an antiquities act which specifies what can be removed from the country, but it is reasonable. And if a long plane flight does not turn you on, try some good old USA Ghost Towns.

Here are a few of my best finds abroad. First, I found a Bronze Age axe head in perfect condition, about 3,000 years old. It resides in the Castle Museum in Norfolk. Then by eye I found a perfect stone hand axe, a grand find for a forester! Then a gold half noble dropped out of a sod down by the English Channel. It was from 1824, King George IV, and in perfect condition.

But the excitement grew when I found a Celtic brooch dated at about 250 B.C. A Roman silver denarius added to the fun and finally a perfect Saxon stirrup mount topped it all off. Everyone was amazed when I found a rare coin from the count of Flanders, one Gui Du Dampierre, minted in Belgium about 1272.

They are not found in England as a rule and no one knew what it was. But the show stopper was a gilded strap end with a chantry on one side. The only other example of such a strap end had a praying monk inside the chantry. Mine had an acorn and an oak branch in the chantry! That smacks of the Druids! The other side has a zoomorph, an animal made up from a hart, a loin and a swan’s wings with a trefoil tail.

I think this is a clue to the owners identity, but whoever it was, he or she had a sense of humor. Then this summer I hit the jackpot when my DFX found a Roman trumpet brooch from about 50 A.D. White’s DFX did most of the work and is my best friend and companion!

Nellie (OR)

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