Neil Jones – In Search of Stycas

The field before detecting begunI heard from a friend that our Styca field was available to detect – this field is the hardest field we have in terms of searching, I’m not exaggerating when I say we swing the coil at 6-8 seconds a sweep with the sensitivity and gain up full plus all metal. The field is very highly mineralised and full of iron and it really is the only way to winkle these tiny Saxon coins out.

I arrived at the field (a 40 mile drive) in the early morning to see the area that we would be detecting on was quite flat as it had been seeded – the farmer doesn’t mind us searching in these conditions as the soil is very stoney. I got set up and started searching, swinging the coil very, very slowly, while at the same time scraping the surface of the soil.

The only signals left in this small area are tiny pieces of lead which are a faint – almost not there – low tone, the same tone as the Stycas come in at, the area is devoid of larger signals that sound higher as it has been searched that often.

Minelab CTX3030

The first signal to stop me in my tracks turned out to be a 177 air gun pellet. I carried on searching and my next low signal turned out to be a surprise – it was a broken hammered halfpenny. It is very rare to find a hammered silver on this patch so I was rather chuffed even though it was in bad condition.

About six feet from the hammered another low signal had me flipping the soil over, I broke the little clump of soil down until I saw the tell tale small round shape in between my fingers, I instantly knew it was a Styca. I cleaned it very carefully to see the condition it was in, and it was in good nick on both sides. I carried on detecting while buzzing with delight at finding my goal.


A full hour went by with only three small bits of lead, as I was passing near to the area of the last coin I heard a very faint hum, it was hardly audible. I scraped the soil to make a better signal out of it and did the usual flip of soil to the side as the finds are usually in the top three or four inches. I felt and saw the shape of another small bit of roundness, and yes another Styca. This one wasn’t in as good condition as the last one (on one side) but it was very welcome indeed.

The next couple of hours were uneventful with just small bits of lead, but its exiting searching knowing any of those signals could have been a Saxon Styca.

I packed up and drove home proud of my day’s achievements.

2 Responses to Neil Jones – In Search of Stycas

  1. Barrie Watts says:

    a good day indeed, no matter where i go detecting i always go low and slow…and my prism 3 comes up with the goods

  2. philthephilthy says:

    A damn’ good day for you & the mighty CTX 3030 buddy, well saved……………it’s about time we got together for a trip! Your land or mine?

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