Metal Detecting for Gold in the UK

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Well, I've finally done something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've signed up to go metal detecting at Colchester England in October of 2010. My buddies George and Gary have been after me to go and now that Moore Creek will not be taking up all my time I'm ready to go look for Celtic gold!

See the website at for information about where we are headed. Be sure and check out the Finds pages - absolutely amazing.

Since I've lived in Anchorage my whole life this is going to be a real treat. Pretty much everything I might find will be older than any man-made article I've ever found metal detecting. I've never found a gold coin yet and so this will be a chance at finally scoring one. But no matter what I find I'm going to be one happy camper having the time of my life.

It will also be my first trip to Europe but I doubt I'll be doing any sight seeing. Maybe if we get some really bad weather I'll take a day to look around. But basically I'll be treating it like a nugget hunt, with getting in as many hours as I can possibly stand being my basic strategy for success.

Now I have to ponder for the next year which two detectors to bring. Or maybe three. Right now I'm thinking Fisher F75 and White's MXT but I'd also like a PI unit to experiment with so the TDI may also have to go along.

Steve Herschbach

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Hey, Steve;

that will be a great experience. It is something I have always thought of doing ever since Jimmy Sierra started his tours many years past. If I were going I would have to take a TDI as part of my tool-kit. After playing with my friend's TDi I am very impressed with the silver/copper coin finding abilities while ignoring most trash...I don't know how it will work for gold coins but I am sure you can ring the max preformance from any machine.

Good Luck and say hi to the Queen for me...but don't be trying to hug her.


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this was a post I made on Nevada Nugget Hunters:

some gold; some not


Even Scotland Has Had Its Gold Rushes


Sir, In the south as in the north of Scotland, "gold fields" exist; the precious metal is there to be picked up occasionally. In the early twenties, several Lanarkshire miners, then on strike, found "trovering" for gold in Clydesdale, decidedly remunerative. In the north, gold was discovered more than fifty years ago in the Helmsdale Valley, Sutherlandshire, and thousands of adventurers flocked into the district. Hopes ran high with a return of gold to the value of £8,000. In 1911, gold washing was again resumed in the Helmsdale District, but after a short time, the enterprise came to an end.

In the south, however, in the wild tracts where rises the Clyde and the Nith, together with a small part of Peebleshire, there is gold also. The district is bleak and sterile, but its moors and its four streams—Short Cleuch, Mennock, Wanlock, and the first of the Clengoner Water—have been associated for centuries with gold and its seekers. Shepherds still find an occasional grain of the metal in the channels of the streams and burns, and at the foot of the glens.

Cornelius de Vois obtained permission in 1567 to "break the ground, mak (sic) sinks, and pots therein, and to put labourers thereto." He had six score men at work in valleys and dales, together with lads and lasses. Yet neither history nor tradition hints as to the measure of de Vois' success or failure. The next gold adventurer was distinctly fortunate if the "Archaeolokgia Scotica" is to be trusted for veracity. Sir Bevis Bulmer, a master of the Mint to Queen Elizabeth, obtained the right to work the Glengoner Water and environs for gold, and apparently he did wondrous well.

Upon Glengoner Water he built a fair country house; he furnished it fittingly; he kept therein great hospitality; he purchased lands and grounds; he kept much stock; and he brought home a water course, for the washing of gold. By help thereof, he got much straggling gold on the skirts of the hills and in the valleys, but none in solid places; which maintained himself then in great pomp, and thereby he kept open house for all comers and goers, as is reported. He feasted all sorts of people that came thither. Thus wrote the historian. Tradition corroborates the record as to Bulmer's opulence from Glengoner gold.

Wanlock Head, however, had, before that decade, contributed to the riches of the kingdom. Stephen Atkinson, writing in 1619 on "The Discoveries and Historie of the Gold Mines in Scotland," tells of one Abraham Grey who wrought out of gold, found on the Lanarkshire waste, "a verie fair deep bason" that held "within the brims thereof an English gallon of liquor." This basin was filled with coined pieces of Lanarkshire gold called unicorns, and both were presented to the King of France, by the Regent Morton.

James I is said to have authorized the expenditure of about £3,000 sterling

—a big sum in those days—in working Carnwath Moor for gold. And the return was about three ounces! One or two miners did better in 1923. As also did a holidaying prospector in 1925; who picked up his income for two years.

But even the Helmsdale Rush cannot be compared for excitement with the rush that accompanied the finding of the precious metal in the east of Scotland, some three generations ago. A young man at the Australian gold diggings happened to mention in a letter home that the gold quartz there had a close likeness to rocks on Lomond Hill. This statement, his father accepted as fact. The gold fever took the old shoemaker, and, having paid a stealthy visit to the place, he satisfied himself that Davie was right. Evening after evening, the old man furtively made his way to the spot, filled his sack with the rock, and betook himself home by different and roundabout paths to evade prying eyes.

His behavior, his ill-suppressed excitement, and his nightly jaunts caused comment, and then observation on the part of neighbors; and one evening a party of them challenged him as he was filling his sack. By the next forenoon, Kinness-wood and the countryside were gone gold-mad, and the folk flocked in hundreds to Lomond Hill. Some took horse and cart, and returned with sackfuls of the ore piled high, and they that had no wheelbarrow, staggered homeward with heavily burdened shoulders. Many slept alongside their "claims" and the scene next day defies description. What also defies description was the reaction that same afternoon after it was announced that the sparkling yellow particles were merely pyrites, and that the rock was not worth a shilling a ton for road metal. And for that generation, at any rate, the mere mention of

"DAVIE'S DIGGINGS" brought the glint of fury to many decent folks' eyes.



September 15,1928.—Engineering and Mining Journal

I apologize for typos in the text. lately, all of my posts here include those annoying additions to the copy, and after it is posted, I have found it necessary to go back in and edit it. Maybe the party's over or some other insinuation from the powers that be in the internet world

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Hi Fred,

Yeah, the TDI will have to go along. I will not use it as a primary unit, but would use it to double check some area of interest. Like where a gold coin was found, for instance.

Here is a picture of a coin found by my buddy Gary -


Celtic stater of Addedomaros 37 - 33 BC found by Arkansas Gary

I can't imagine finding something like this over 2000 years old. And Gary has found several! Of course he's been there more times than anyone. So I'll have some expert guidance between him and George.

Steve Herschbach

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