Metal Detecting Finds.
Be prepared for a lot of trash.
This is the bit that can make you or break you when you first start metal detecting. Mostly you will find trash, and tons of it. As time goes on and your only finding rusty old bits of iron, nails, bottle tops, pull tabs and all the other rubbish laying beneath our feet it can get disheartening, Hopefully you will make a half decent find early and that will keep your motivation going. There is a married couple i know who have been detecting nearly as long as me. i see them about once a month and when I ask them what have they found since I last saw them and up to now I get the same answer, "nothing much, mainly junk". Yet there they are every time detecting away, I can only think that they are finding little half decent finds that keep them interested in the hobby. One of the greatest feelingsi is when you get that signal of something under your coil and the anticipation of what it can be. Some have hit a fantastic find first time out, but keep in mind that this is rare.
What do you do with all this trash you dig up, well, for a start it is common practice to take it all away and dispose of it. You will be doing the landowner a service and helping to keep our planet clean. Myself, I bring it all home for sorting. All the lead goes into one bucket, all the other metal trash in another bucket and when I have a fair bit of it, down to the scrap merchants it goes. Helps pay for batteries ect. Tin foil, bottle tops and the like goes in the bin for the binman to take away.
The common finds can be interesting and can make collections in their own right. As well as a fair bit of decimal money being found you will find a lot of pre-decimal coins. Old pennies, halfpennies, threepenny bits and farthings. Some of copper pennies for example can be quite old but mostly come up in bad condition, but hey!, its a find.
Many many buttons get found. I must say tho I do like buttons. My favourites being the military ones and other livery buttons with designs on. The few I have displayed here i have given a light cleaning to show off some of the designs.
As with buttons, you will find a lot of buckles. These come in all shapes and sizes and span hundreds of years. Cleaned up these would also make a nice collection.
Musket balls, Bullets and Shells.
I thought this made a nice picture. Lots of different size musket balls and pistol balls, shell casings and bullets. I have found live shells before so be very careful when you come across a bullet.
Another common find you will come across. These can be interesting as many come with numbers, names or designs on them.
Badges and all sorts.
Rummaging around in my 'to keep' bucket i found these badges and trinklets. Always nice to find although most will not be that old, still makes nice finds.
Odds and Ends.
You will find many weird and wonderful things and some you won't have a clue what they were used for. All history and once had a purpose.
Now the Good Stuff.
This last picture shows the best of finds that come up. Silver coins do come up a lot and the gold coins more rare. Also plenty of Jewellery to be found.
Metal detecting has been popular from the 60s and even more popular today. So if you think, "Is there anything left out there for me"., just have a look in treasure hunting magazines, read detecting forums, listen to treasure find reports, see what's still being found every week, there's tons left out there. I did read once that there is still more coins left buried, yet to be found than there is in circulation today. How they reached that conclusion i don't know, but its a lovely thought.
Some recent finds.
I just thought I would share with you some recent finds I have made. I have had a few bad days where after a days detecting i had found nothing of any interest, but along comes a good day to make up for it. Two of my best recent finds are the two rings pictured. They were found on a local beach.