5 week dry spell

Nowadays I have a female companion to go detecting with me every Friday. Not that it helps with having nice new finds.. Since I have been back from Montenegro, I was so tired and weak for almost a month. Slowly I started detecting again. My sessions lasted for 1-1.5hr and then I couldn’t get up anymore. Luckily it got back to the normal feel in the last week, so at least that. I don’t know if it’s a consequence of the second Covid Vaccine in July, or/and the result of the nightmare road trip to Montenegro.. but i hope it stays this way.
Yesterday I was detecting from 11h to 16h so yes, that looks more like it.

Just the quality of finds is a bit disappointing. Some good fields I have walked over this season and they gave nothing, or only some flat copper coins and lead. Previous 2 years I had so many nice finds, and only ocasionally returned without anything to put in my display.
On top of it all, a farmer told me it’s not decent to walk over someone’s property without asking. He saw us going over a field, and then over another a bit further and when he passed by with his tractor, he stopped and gestured me to come up for a talk.
I agreed with him as long as he was going on about ‘im also not going around in YOUR garden, am I ?’ but then I said i did have permission of four guys who were working these fields, but apparently he is the real owner. I agreed that there is so much garbage thrown out of the cars and into the road and fields, and I said I take all sharp objects and garbage home with me. He turned around and didn’t tell me to quit going there, and also said I could detect a pasture (where the bull is now, but later).. It didn’t really phase me as some other things did recently, but it can happen anytime, anywhere, and maybe the ending isn’t so positive next time. I’m easily scared by these things, on top of not finding much in the last 5 weeks.. It’s quite depressing to do this hobby sometimes. I guess things will get better again at some point. SEems we won’t have many places to detect since the new law states that fields cannot lie empty in Winter.. so we’ll see. It would be a damn pity. I sometimes go to the beach about once every 2 months, but that also turns out to be very disappointing in the last year. I managed 2x gold and a few pieces of silver, but all in all, there is almost nothing to dig on the beach since lockdown.

This is the best of September silver:
1- Some silver thing with 3 dots on the back. Looks like it has been cut with a tiny saw.
2- A 5th small 13th century silver coin. I had the same 2 times but still I’m always hoping to find another one of these.
3- some unknown coin that seems like bad quality silver (since it got washed off) depicting a head and 1824 as a date.. but still cannot find what it is.
4- some part of a pocket watch. The next day, i found another one that was a lot larger and it had a serial number, the silver content and a name scratched into it. From around 1900s.


Four silver finds in the last month, plus the last part of pocket watch here under.
Second backside of pocket watch. 0800 silver, a serial number and a French name scratched into it (Francois Wiame). Pity we don’t find whole things so often..

This 1000-yr old coin of Otto

Together with the Roman key that we found on an accidental new small field, I found this battered silver hammered coin. I DID see the rudimentary face and googled for all those coins from UK and Scandinavia, and even Germany. THey didn’t seem to have much creativity back then since they used this simple face for quite a while.

I could read OTTO, the cross near the chin, and BERTUS on the other side. Unable to find the exact same coin, I sent an email to some guy who loves to find out what coin it is. He did send me the above documentation. It is indeed about 1000 yr old, and quite rare. It’s from the years of emperor OTTO II of Germany, minted in Liege (Belgian city 20 km south of us here).

Didn’t think I’d find something like that here, moreover since everything from 400 to about 1200 is a big black period of nothing much happening here.. I’d love to find more and to make a bit of a bridge over that 800-yr empty period. I did find a brooch of that time and a bronze buckle of 600-800.