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Tim Kernowek 59

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  1. Thanks you two. i'm glad that you found them interesting...Thank you for placing the photos on your shareable drive John. You are very kind to go to the  extent that you have in order that others may have a look at them. It is definitely the most sensible option to take with such a quantity of pictures....That attached island ( Tintagel ) would be worth a weekends swinging but for English Heritage and the National Trust, who would send us for a very short drop from a highly precipitous location, via the U.K Crown Court system ; 'Sing-Sing' for sure!.. I'd sure love to win a fantasy dig prize that allowed the 'odd plug' to be dug, here and there! 😉 Tintagel is purported to be one of King Arthur's hang-outs, if he ever existed in the first place!  He was 'King of the Britons', and fought the Saxon despoilers, so 'they' say. Looks like he lost.  The attention to detail and sheer purpose of perseverance that went into the pottery re-construction is the work of the consumate archaeological expert for sure Scott. It shows a true love of one's job of work..Thank goodness that the person who discovered the bowl didn't simply brush it aside in a quest for the 'Shiny Shiny'.

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  2. I've just got back from what remains of the metaphorical  'Alabama' of the U.K, Cornwall, the deep South-West of the U.K: any further South-West and your under the Big Pond, and they're pumpin' air down to you once more, and sucking mine water to surface... 'Kernow.' 'God's Country', 'Land of the Free' ( yeh right, " Thanks a bunch 'mother', bloody 'mother', England"): Land of my fathers, cousins, and countless hunting dogs, farmers, fishers, miners, wreckers, excise dodgers, contraband smugglers and boot-leggers. A once 'wholesome' land of Celtic origins, a once rich land; and a law unto itself, until the coming of the Angles and Saxons spoilt things BIG style!... But. "Enough already", of that lot!.. My three week stay was basically uneventful thanks to a current wee flu epidemic; C19, coupled with a Island-wide lack of vehicle fuel distribution, due to a lack of HGV drivers( post Brexit  and no HGV driver tests for 18 months due to C19). Plenty of fuel, but bugger-all means of getting it to filling stations, and the usual Neanderthal gene propensity of the panic buying British public making it scarcer still! Dumb-ass 'knuckle-dragging' morons... However, I did manage a visit to the Corwall Museum, in our 'capital' City of Truro. The little museum has had a wee make-over of late, and is far more vibrant and interesting because of it! Our Cornish history from Stone-Age to Industrial Revolution is on view, and for a relative back-water in terms of size, we Cornish have a very rich and very diverse history. In fact, at the advent of the 1700's the tiny Parish of Gwennap in South-West Cornwall was the richest square mile of the global mineral scene on the planet. Cornwall was producing 3/4's of the worlds copper back then. But I digress.....During my visit to the museum my 'brother' Paul took some reasonably good quality photos of contents of some of the show-cases on view. There are photos of  ancient artefacts, coins and the like, from the afore- mentioned Stone-Age  on  through the Bronze, Iron, Roman, Medieval, Industrial Revolution time spans, respectively. If anyone would like to see them I'd be pleased to forward them to John for posting up. They are self explanitory for the greater part, and with John's un-doubted skills at computerised photographic enlarging and presentation (should he choose to up-load with his permission ,and at his discretion), they might be worth a look, and prove interesting too perhaps...The 'Mylor Hoard' of Bronze-Age socketed axe-heads is my favourite, being that Mylor 'Alabama' is my home village! It's up to y'all. If it's a "Yay" from John and whoever would like to see the photos, please let me know on this forum, and absolutely no worries or whingings from myself if not.  Man am I glad to be in my own kitchen typing this topic....you would not believe how happy I am now! ..Phew!!! All my best to all.

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  3. Yep, I'm most definitely going to continue to remain patient and await the new SF machine. God knows I've waited a 'brev ole while'. FT will not let us down as I'm sure they won't buck the trend to continue giving us quality tools. That new 12"er is for the new SF machine, so the wait may be nearing the finishing post just now.  More depth than a T2/75 and quicker than a 19/G2 may be the order of the day. As for the Impulse AQ 2, what an awesome tool it too will be, no doubts there either.  "Good things to those that wait, and  great things to those that are prepared to wait longest!"

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  4. A really fascinating re-count Scott; ever so interesting and informative. Oh that we Brits were able to explore for gold in productive locations, sadly 'The Crown' holds sway over such places; bloody typical, Mother England says, "No". Mind you, the lunatics would really spill out of the asylum in their hoards and destroy the country-side further if hunting for AU was 'open season' everywhere. Our beaches bear sad witness to the filth that such idiots leave in their wake. Thank you for the input Scott, I love hearing about the U.S gold hunting scene as well as your metal detecting. Great stuff! R.I.P Tom, God keep you well.

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  5. 🧐 Here's a good way of plotting the movements of people from times past, before maps or records of that kind came to be.  I became fed up digging every signal as I found them  on pastures, arables, and moorland, and decided instead to push de-barked withy sticks on the exact point of find. That way I could just hunt, push in a blazed withy and move on each time. It also meant not having to lug a spade around all the while. I've got a badly damaged right shoulder from a mining accident, so every little helps me. Eventually I discovered that twenty  withys was the optimum number of targets that I felt able to dig. Things went well, and eventually (neccessity being the mother of invention), I change the withys for 12" Civil Engineering steel pins with  hi-viz flag markers.  I carry them in a cut -down- to- length 24" fishing float tube, I put a good 4" foam insert 'cut to fit'  in one end. after drilling a hole in the tube so as not to prevent an end cap from being fully seated, and then threading a leather thong through it, and knotting the end that's inside the tube to prevent it pulling through said drill hole. I replace the end cap, and tape it with insulating tape to keep it in place. All it takes is another drill hole at the other end that doesn't impinge the end cap in situ, push the other end of the leather thong into the hole, pull through to suit lenght on shoulder, knot, cut thong excess, put marker flags in , replace the other end cap and " Job's a good'n". I drill a hole dead centre in the end cap and push a length of looped cord through it, knot it both sides of the end cap and it's easy to access the marker flags. ...  After putting the flag pins in the ground, 'on target', if there's a trail, the line of flags show it plain as day! If there's not a line of flags so be it, just dig the targets after all the flag-pins are out, and either call it a day afterwards, or repeat the process if you are 'up for it'. I hope this may be of use to the open field hunters. I've sent some pics to John, and if he's kind enough he may post them with this write up. Cheers and gone....

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  6. Thank you Scott. Yesterday; Wednesday 15th, I purchased two more coins, another Dobonnic coin ( an extremely rare gold quarter stater in VF condition), and a Charles 1st Crown in outstanding condition. Apparently the image of the King on horse-back, brandishing his sword is almost always very badly rubbed out, sometimes to the point of complete removal through wear. I simply couldn't pass up the Crown as an investment. My friend the numistmatist gave me excellent prices on both.  Now that I've gone with my plan I'm glad that I 'grabbed the bull by the horns'. I slept on the decision to buy the Crown as I had no intention of buying anything but Celtic coins. Now I must wait patiently for a really good stater to come my way. So glad that I have a friend that deals in rare coins and tokens! Damn lucky there, which makes a pleasant change. I hope that you and anyone else that sees these latest additions will find them interesting if John is good enough once more to up-load the pictures of them. I've included a U.S Dime for scale.





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  7. Welcome to the forum, and thank you for some great content. I've not heard of this happening over this side of the Big Pond, but that's not to say it hasn't. I once buried some, dozen or so,  goldie- coloured tin foil chocolate coins in a meadow for a night-hawker to 'enjoy' digging up. He'd been trying his hand on a permission of mine during the dark hours. I'd beaten the meadow to death previously, and I'd recorded the buried signal values of the candy coins for reference before plantin them.  A polite way of letting the night-hawker understand that his prescence had been noted, and that it was 'un-welcome'.

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  8. Thank you John. Fantastic level of picture quality. That little fibula brooch part 'speaks down the ages', so too the Roman coin. To sit and ponder the history that has passed by these two items is quite sobering for me, in a way. Some little Roman child once played happily in the meadow that held their prescence so secret for almost two thousand years, maybe one of his or her parents bent down to try and find their childs' lost brooch, and  a coin slipped from a pocket to join the brooch in hiding, until an American  F 75 muscle machine swung by a Cornish exile in 'mother' England found them once more.

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  9. Hello Justin, from me in very rural Herefordshire U.K. It's great to have you join this forum. John really works very hard to give us excellence, so I reckon that you have 'dropped on on good'un' here. Meeting John and Scott through this forum, as well as on John's YT channels has been a pleasure. I prefer to limit myself to a very select number of friends, and in John and Scott I know that I have two of the best. No BS, good men. Nuf sed....

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  10. Fair play to you Scott. Sometimes we simply have to follow that 'Alpha-Jerk' moments, as I heard the late, great, James Marshall Hendrix refer to such similar things in life. I'm still coming to grips with my plan. Today I bought another stater which I will collect on Wednesday 15th of this month. I shall ask my daughter or my son-in-law to photograph it and sent it to my e mail address for posting on. I'm a wee bit slow on figuring our how to get to read replies to my posts here on the 'new-look' forum. I wiill get better at it. Parcel on way to yu. Take care my friend. Cheers and gone.....

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  11. Here are three very recent finds from my best permission, my 'Swingdom', as I call it. They are from 27th August '21, and came from a five acre meadow on oil-seed rape stalks using my '75 with a MGC 9.5x5" DD search coil. I hope that you like them. A very small Roman persons fibula brooch, a 1877 Victoria six-pence, and a as yet un-researcged Roman sesturtius, or dupondius coin. I have asked John if he will up-load them, as I do not use a 'smart-phone' Happy Hunting All.

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  12. It is too late to turn back the clock; always will be, so I've called time; on my collection of best coins and choicest artefacts and my back-up long gun; they're, "Gone on", as we older Cornish say! Finds that go back to 2009, and an immaculate 22 with quality optics, spare mags, a can, and a gun-smiths written seal of condition and approval. I only need one gun, not that I hunt anymore, I was done with killing at 40 and prefer conservation. People that continue to kill after a certain age, unless for survival or control have something 'amiss' in their psyche I reckon. To kill for trophy or 'sport' never 'ran my engine'; it is wanton and cruel (imho). Anyway, I got the very best prices for 'the lot', and am now left with a seriously depleted collection, and some redundant coin cases and other lockables, and just my old popper and it's fittings! With the funds I have decided to invest in a copy of 'ABC' ( Ancient British Coins £75; the ABC 'Bible') and a all-new book of, Spinks, Coins of England 2021 ( all coins and all their respective values) and starting to purchase the best quality, that I can afford, Iron Age Celtic gold staters and Iron Age Celticsilver units. I've enough to buy 6 gold staters after my 'weigh-in', and by careful saving which I do anyway; I do not smoke or drink alcohol, plus a SIPS (Ship- Building Industries Pension Scheme) that is going to start paying out monthly from October 1st, I shall buy more coins in my time going forward. Plan is to form a collection of these coins to leave to my Grand-Children when I eventually 'Go West with the Setting Sun'. My old collection, nice as I thought it was, would never hold or increase in value; not like ancient rare Iron Age Celtic gold and silver coins will, by a long-mile. Sovereigns, unless rare ones, are simply Bullion, but staters and silver units are the better investment for me personally. An old friend that lives a mere 15 miles away is a long-time numistmatist and professional buyer and seller of rare coins and tokens...the plot thickens.....My friend is honest and trustworthy, is skilled at his profession so will 'find' for me to buy solely from him; it's the ''Who you know' that you know matters a lot of the time with business. ...That's it.... BTW I've sent John photos of my first ever Iron Age gold stater, along with photos of the smallest gold coin ever minted in the British Isles, a 1/8th sovereign of 24 carats,made to commemorate Queen Liz the 2nds 95th birthday in 2021, ( one of only 5,000 such tiny gold coins, and done).... I've included a modern 20 pence coin for scale, it is just shy of 13/16ths" at its widest points ( 20mm ). I hope you like the coins, and think my 'cunning plan' cunning, not mental! This deed has given me a real good fresh incentive to really hunt my 'Swingdom' for more stuff, which is really refreshing altogether.
  13. Last evening I dropped in on a newish MD'ing channel, totally by chance. The up-loader showed the new 12" FT DD coil that he has been testing for them for some time. Russ from FT featured in one of these more recent videos, in which it was announced that the new 12" DD is going to be available for the 13 kHz and 19 kHz FT machines next month. He went on to say that the concept behind the new coil is based on it being primarily developed and manufactured for the next major FT release ( which seems to indicate their all new single frequency MD )...This gave me the impression that the all new FT Flag-Ship Single Frequency machine may soon be released! Great news if this turns out to be the case! :D Any thoughts anyone??
  14. WoW! What a brilliant Christening for your 340 Scott! I bet you're delighted with it after that haul. I'd venture to say that your good wife is also extremely happy that you have given herself that lovely finger ring too! Good things come to good human beings; Karma smiles upon those that do good for others without any thought of profit or other gain for themselves. "Saving History", is my 'watch-word'. I have given joy to many people by giving them saved history to keep, treasure, and show to interested family and friends. The farmer that owns 'my' 'Swingdom' as I call it, has gone as far as to buy a large open glass-fronted table top display case. He and his wife both warm water wash and tooth-pick the detritus from the finds that I give them and mount them in the case for people to look at and ask them about. They take pride in those finds, and they have both expanded their knowledge of the histories that surround all the various types of items. I think that is very cool, because they value those items for their respective identities, far more so than the monetary value of them. No big deal, just simple giving not taking.
  15. Huge apologies for not taking part on the forum for a while. Our 'Old Man's 'needs must'. Der Fuhrer ist leaving 'Sein Bunker', and is moving down to England to, " See wosson on over the Tamar River ( English/Cornish border-line). At the tender, (yeh right), age of 91, so it's, " All hands to the pumps", for my eldest sis and myself. Once the move is complete I will take a more active part on here again....This weekend gone I took time out for a much neede swing, on my own, on my main Swingdom. Several of G3 coppers, one G3 rubbed out silver, a Roman sandal hob-nail, and my first ever Roman Dupondious!..Dah Dah!... The dupondious is a half $ size bronze, and about 1/8" thick; chunky, crude, and 'ugly' as coins go. The Emps head is barely discernible, but the 'God' of who-ever on the revese can be better seen. Over-all it 'wasn't the best'. I gave it, plus the rest to the farmer. It was just good to have some 'time-out'. Hopefully I may find a 'keeper' dupondious some time after my gift to said farmer....Laters all.
  16. Thanks for keeping us posted John. Obviously things could be better, however, they could be otherwise as you will know. I'm still praying for you my friend, you are in my thoughts when I get time to pause for them!... Our 'Old Man' is selling up his big property in rural Cornwall and moving down to Cambridge to a smaller bungalow very close to my eldest sis. The Old Man is 91, tough as an old-school Cornish 'tough thing', but is happy to down-size and to 'adapt'.... " F...'in' grass on my lawns is snappin' at my f....'in arse, it's gettin' so long these days"...yada yada comments...time for himself to 'adapt' for sure, before the old B buys a dozen nanny goats, a three-legged stool and trys to hire a 'comely milk-maid' to milk them! The Old Man is enough to send a Saints anxiety levels to another place and dimension! Best of luck with yours John....Take good care, stay safe, and " see you on the next video!"
  17. I go exactly with John. I own a G2+ FT 19kHz 'cousin' to F19, and the BH TRP. Best all-round 'go to' search coil, for me, is the FT 5"x10" white solid elliptical DD.... A Detech 13" Ultimate weds very well, as does the MGC 9"x13" which is an excellent coil, and most definitely my preferred type of large DD by design, and its very robust, yet relatively light-weight, construction.... Both the big coils are exceptional for more open park/ field work. I was recently given a Detech 13" for free!. It's light and very good, but I much prefer my MGC 9"x13".....it 'leads' better and gives me cofidence in that it is built touger... Your F19 is a fantastic tool, and an excellent choice.
  18. Fair play to YOU, Scott. that is a totally sound collection of rings my friend! WOW! I wish I could boast a fraction of your collection. So far, I have found the mind numbing total of six, in over ten years: a paupers womans 'old styley' copper wedding, a 22 ct mans wedding, a 10 ct womans wedding, two I A bronze finger rings and bringing up the rear a 5/16th int dia bronze roman childs finger ring. ps the bronze rings are common finds on IA & R ground, and they were in GB for 400+, so no big deal
  19. Nice finds Scott! One day you will find that 1700's coin, I feel sure. Every dig narrows it down. The luckiest person I've been hunting with found a roman coin on his first ever day out with his Simplex! Most people dream of finding a coin that old. It took me several years until I found a Roman coin, and then I found several of them. Odds had it that I'd find a field that no-one else seems to have; a two acre meadow next to an old natural spring in the wilds of beyond. I so want to find a Celtic coin, but I'm not holding my breath on ever doing so. I've found that axe head that I sent photos of to John, but apart from old bronze 'bits', that's it so far.
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