My England Finds
September 25-October 9, 2010.....My First Trip
1898 Victorian Milled Silver Shilling
I found this Silver Shilling on my very first hunt in Colchester. It is my first ever milled silver in England.
Royal Navy Gold Ring-1700's
This is still one of my favorite Colchester finds that I almost missed. I was scanning as usual and got a short "chirp" on my detector. I stopped and scanned back and forth several times but nothing. Still curious I put my White's V3i in Boost mode and picked it right up. It was about 7" to 8"down. It was first identified as a Georgian Signet Ring. The Georgian period is from 1714 to 1811. It was quite bent when I retrieved it. You can see the original bent condition below on the export papers, see page1 item #9. Our club works closely with a goldsmith in England who does an incredible job of straightening out coins. At the time I found this beauty, he had not straightened out a ring for our club. Mine was to be the first. I requested to have it straightened with no hesitation. I was thrilled with the outcome. During the repair process it was determined that the HMS engraving stood for "Her Majesties Ship", most likely a sailors lost ring from the 1700's.
Below are assorted photos from my first trip to Colchester. When I went to book my trip it was sold out unless I wanted to stay at the Ramada Inn. So FloridaRalph and I stayed at the Ramada for 2 weeks. It was OK for my first trip but much more fun staying with your hunt group and developing friendships. Still had the time of my life.
Below are my export papers from this hunt showing a complete list of all my finds.