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Friday Update – 12 March 2021


A busy week, with 15 finds being sent in. Many of these have quite a story. I’m grateful to all those who sent them in, so that these stories can be shared.

With the current Covid situation, I know some people are still unable to go out detecting, myself included. An increasing number are able to and it’s great to hear about their finds. After a rest during this lockdown, Thrill of the Find returns with a great story of someone finding their first gold coin. If you are out detecting, let me have your story and photos.

The main article this week is a follow-up to IOD – a cause for concern? The results of my Freedom of Information request reveal the threat to the hobby of metal detecting posed by the IOD.

IOD – the hidden agenda

Keith Westcott has plans to take control of the hobby of metal detecting.

Following a Freedom of Information request to Historic England, I can reveal the hidden agenda behind the Institute of Detectorists.

Valuations and Identifications

In this week’s edition there are 15 new valuations including my Find of the Week and Runner Up.

Find of the Week

Henry V Half Noble

Henry V half noble

An extremely rare type of half noble, minted in Calais. What’s it worth with a piece missing?

Runner Up


How detective work by Jim Crombie identified the important person in history that this belonged to

Other finds

Henry IV quarter noble?

Continental copy of Henry IV quarter noble

Looks like a Henry IV quarter noble, but something is not right

Brooch of Ma Manusa Devi

silver brooch

Is this the Hindu deity, Ma Manusa Devi? I might be wrong – do tell me if I am

PAS Weekly Review

A selection of the finds recorded by PAS in the previous week

Includes a papal bulla, a bronze age spearhead and a Roman armilla

Thrill of the find

Detectorists share stories of their finds

@GrumpyDad describes the excitement of finding his first gold coin.

Auction Preview

Lockdales – 27/28 March

Lot 1854, Edward III Noble

Featuring an Edward III Noble. From Perceval de Porche to the “Treaty B” coinage – the best workmanship of Edward’s reign – the story of this coin.

Quick Quiz

Each week I will be publishing a Quick Quiz of typically 6 or 8 questions on a particular theme. You will receive an immediate score and explanation of the answers and so hopefully, these will be both fun and informative.

Quick Quiz

#8: Who introduced?

Quick Quiz - Who introduced Graphic

Which monarch introduced these coins?

Previous Website Updates

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Next week

Help with the next edition

Please help me with next week’s edition. If you’ve been out detecting again or taking the time to go through your collection, please contact me with anything you find of interest or would like me to identify.

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