This article from the Daily Echo sheds light on some of the rules and etiquette of the metal detectorist community. Thanks to
David Sundman for forwarding this as well. -Editor
IT was the find of a lifetime but the end of a long friendship of two metal detectorists.
Andy Aartsen and James Petts discovered 1,608 Romano-British coins from the third century AD in a field at Boldre near Lymington, an
The coins were in a red earthenware pot about 12 inches below the surface.
The hearing heard there is a dispute as to who had discovered the hoard and revealed the detecting club rules that govern who gets the
credit for discoveries. The issue could end up in court, the inquest was told.
The inquest in Winchester heard a statement from Mr Aartsen, 54, from Surrey, that he was searching the field on May 4 2014 and came
across about 25-30 coins.
Mr Petts, also from Surrey, joined him and Mr Aartsen said he had got an unstable signal.
But Mr Petts told the hearing Mr Aartsen walked off and he checked the signal and discovered a coin and shortly afterwards the pot
containing more than 1,600 coins. It weighed 6.5kgs.
Mr Petts said Mr Aartsen was 100 yards away when he made the find.
Mr Petts said: “If you leave a signal and walk off then it is the next person’s find. He did not ask me to help him. He said he would
get coins from another area. That is when I found the pot. By the time there were four or five of us in the area.
“He (Mr Aartsen) said ‘eff off, it’s mine’. But he left the signal and walked off and the next person came along. If he had stayed there
and said ‘I have a signal, please check it out’ and we had dug together that would have been different.
“I never said it’s mine. The majority of the hoard is in the pot which I found, 99 per cent is mine, but I said it should be a joint
find. But he (Mr Aartsen) basically refused.”
Southampton Coroner Grahame Short declared the find to be treasure and ruled that it should be ruled a joint find between the two
“I make no finding as to how that find should be apportioned between individuals. If they cannot agree between themselves it is a matter
for the courts to decide,” said Mr Short.
The British Museum is interested in buying one of the coins. Most are relatively valueless.
To read the complete article, see:
Row over 1,600 Roman coin
find ends metal detectorists' friendship (www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14127466.Row_over_Roman_coin_find
Wayne Homren, Editor
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