I love the sheer solitude and peacefulness where I’m totally alone in beautiful surroundings with nothing in my head except what treasure I will unearth next (pictured below right). I forget about the day to day stresses and I just love getting out in the fresh air, and getting exercise as well.
I didn’t want to spend too much money, so I started out with a Garrett Ace 250 after reading many good reviews – what a brilliant choice. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to get out there unearthing hidden gems. My first find in a local woodland area was a 1909 dated penny in excellent condition. This really kick-started my desire to take this thing further and try to find other local permissions.
During one of my early outings I unearthed a 17th century shoe buckle in very good condition in the local woodland (Fig.1). My wife Mel and I really enjoyed trawling the internet trying to identify what it was and how old it could be. We had both initially thought that it was a belt buckle. When we finally identified it, that was it, I thought “This is definitely the hobby for me.” The buckle was complete and looked so well-preserved – we were amazed!
Despite all the ring pulls and cans that I dug up, I also found lots of predecimal coinage with the Ace 250 and after about six months I decided to splash out on a NEL Tornado coil. This made life far more exciting and I began unearthing finds at much deeper levels than with