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This gentleman and his friends waived their finder’s reward and donated a hoard of 47 silver Roman and Iron Age coins to the local museum where it will be put on public display. But …


  • More than 90% of detectorists don’t! They insist hard-pressed museums pay them a reward – and very often appeal saying it’s not high enough.
  • Most of them don’t report all their recordable finds to PAS either.  Disgracefully, it has just been revealed that last year only 81,600 finds were reported, a derisory three per detectorist per year. (Our much-scorned Erosion Counter assumed 30!)

So who do YOU think deserves to be in the fields, dear Reader? That gentleman, or those who take society’s money and steal society’s knowledge, while loudly proclaiming they’re “in it purely for a love of history”?

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