January’s Best Finds…

2015 has started with a bang with a fantastic range of finds posted on our social media pages. If your best find hasn’t featured this month, fear not! Be sure to upload your best finds from February to our Facebook and Twitter pages for your chance to feature in next month’s edition…

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Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness Competition

Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness Competition

Joan Allen are offering you the chance to win a Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness worth £110! To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is like the status on Facebook that is pinned to the top of our wall and you are automatically entered into the competition – that’s it. Don’t forget to share it with your friends to make sure they have a chance to win too. Good luck! Read more of this post

Metal Detecting Giveaway

Facebook Competition Prizes

We are giving away 5 great prizes over on our Facebook page! To be in with a chance to win, simply enter your information on our Facebook App before the 30th July 2013 at 23.59! We will then randomly select 5 winners from the entrants. The competition is open to UK residents only. Read more of this post

Italians in the Woods

A 1928 1 Lire nickel

From late 1940 to 1943 the woodlands in my part of Hertfordshire were full of parties of Italian POWs. Most of these originated from the British Army’s successes in North Africa, but one or two were aircrews that had been shot down over Britain in November 1940. At this time, around Stevenage, many of the woodlands were being cut down to provide pit props for the coal mines up north due to the massive demands a wartime economy made on the provision of coal – some still bear testimony to this even today. The work of removing the trees was often carried out by Italian POW tree cutters. Read more of this post

June’s Best Finds…

Over the past few weeks we’ve pushed out a detecting story written by Julian Evan-Hart. As a consequence we’ve not posted your top finds for a while – so here’s another selection of the best from our community. You can share yours on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you send in your finds – they could make our top five!

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April’s Best Finds…

April has been another month of fantastic finds on our social media pages, so once again here is our monthly round up of the best finds from the detecting community. If yours doesn’t feature here… fear not! Make sure you upload your best finds from May to our Facebook and Twitter pages and you may feature in next month’s edition…

Charles I Shilling

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On this day in history… 3rd May

Here at Joan Allen we frequently scour the history books and find out what happened on a particular date in history. So take a look below at some of the most interesting things that happened on the 3rd May throughout human history… Read more of this post

The Best Bit of Advice for New Detectorists…

Last month we thought we would ask our Facebook community what their best piece of advice for new detectorists would be. Some of the suggestions were so good – we’ve blogged about it. Can you think of anymore? Comment underneath and share your knowledge. Read more of this post

Proculus – The “Unwanted” Usurper by Julian Evan-Hart

Colin Popplewell on left and Mark Hildreth on the rightOn Wednesday 10th April 2013 I finally boarded a train to London in order to meet Colin and Mark -the detectorists who had recently found a very rare Roman coin up in Yorkshire. The reason for this venture was to attend the auction organised by Dix Noonan Webb that was to take place at the Washington Hotel in Mayfair in which this very coin was to be included. Of course this particular coin needs no announcement here as it is the well known and exceedingly rare Antoninianus issue of the Emperor Proculus that has drawn extensive media focus ever since its finding. Amazingly some six months have passed since the discovery in a windswept bleak and very cold Yorkshire field. So now here we all were in London’s West End.  Mark and Colin had earlier decided to visit the British Museum and I went along with them in the last few remaining hours before the auction was scheduled to take place. Whilst at the museum we joked that it was good to see some of “Britain’s Lesser Treasures” before the auction of their in credibly rare coin.  Returning to the hotel at last we were safely seated and the auction began. We sat through hundreds of Ancient Greek coin lots which always seem to be very popular with collectors these days.  Read more of this post

March’s Best Finds…

Another month has gone by in 2013 and yet another month of great finds from the detecting community. Once again, we’re sharing our favourite finds from the previous month from our Facebook and Twitter pages. Would you like to feature next month? Just send in your best finds and they might make our top five!

Henry VIII Farthing Read more of this post