Guest Post: A Batch of Finds – Part II

Metal Detecting FindsIn the first part of these blogs I explained how, when I became seriously ill with a degenerative neurological disorder I decided to take up detecting to give me a reason to keep active.

At the beginning of 2012 I was again feeling the strain of my illness but was still not in that wheelchair. Whilst the initial Fisher CZ-7a Quicksilver I had purchased was working well, the technology was a little outdated and I wanted something a bit more contemporary. My wife told me about the Joan Allen website whilst browsing online and downloaded it for me to look at during the days of sitting in the house. She also mentioned she had entered me in a competition on the site to win a detector, at the same time telling me not to hold my breath, as there were many entries.

I looked at the site numerous times studying the different types of detectors. My wife also ordered two books for me – Detecting On the Beach and Detecting On Land – to help develop this new interest in this fascinating pastime. On a bright and sunny morning the books arrived in the post and I perused the pages with a million thoughts running through my mind. Later in the evening my wife came home and, as we settled down for the evening, she was looking on the computer.

“Have you seen the Joan Allen Web Site?” she asked me.

“Not today.”

“Well it says here that the winner of the detector is you.”

I was like a kid on Christmas Eve! Even though I was 63… The win was confirmed the following morning and a couple of days later I was the proud owner of a Minelab CTX 3030, complete with all the whistles and bells.

The fantastic prize has been quite a revelation for me. It has put me back on track and once again encouraged me to get out in the fresh air finding some fantastic items, including hammered silver and gold rings many from areas I had previously been over with my CZ-7a and turned up nothing.

So I guess after reading this you will understand why I think every detecting find is important – that’s what detecting is all about. However, what I really want to do is to thank everyone in Joan Allen for their fantastic prize and continued support they have given me over the years. It really has made the most enormous difference.

You can view my entire collection of finds on the Joan Allen Facebook page.

By Les Richards

About Julian Evan-Hart
Julian is from Hertfordshire, England and has always been interested in fossils and antiquities. Julian has written a number of books on metal detecting, and is an avid user of Minelab products.

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