The pitch itself is placed over a field of ridge and furrow so, before starting, we joked about the "ubiquitous" hammered.
Even before switching on, we found a £2 coin on the surface!
There had been a bonfire there two nights previously so our "job" was to clean up any sparklers lying on the surface.
The groundsman was pleased that we could provide such a service for free.
He didn't know how long the field had been a cricket pitch so perhaps we could pin it down to a rough period?
We used the 9" HF coils for a change governed by the usual standard GMP which has proved itself time and time again.
Sure enough, decimal and pre-decimal coinage started to emerge with 46% of the coinage being the latter, so almost a 50/50 split.
125 coins in total were recovered with some coming from depths of 10 inches.
Some lovely examples of silver coinage were recovered, one being a nice hammered sixpence of Elizabeth I dated 1585 (8 inches deep), the rest were made up of Victorian, George V and George VI. A superb florin of George VI date 1946 came up in the same condition as when it was dropped. The George V shilling and sixpence as well as the George VI sixpence were also in great condition.
As for the "cut-half", would you believe we found the other half too!
Here's a breakdown of what we found:
1 x Elizabeth I Sixpence 1585
1 x George VI Florin 1946
1 x Victorian Shilling 1853
1 x George V Shilling 1936
2 x George V Sixpences 1921 & 1930
1 x George VI Sixpence 1941
1 x Victorian Three-pence (worn)
1 x George V Three-pence 1919
13 x Thrupenny bits
13 x Pennies (Victorian to George VI)
23 x Half-pennies (Victorian to George V)
1 x Two-pound
17 x One-pound
1 x 50p
4 x 20p
2 x 10p
18 x 2p
16 x 1p
8 x Half pennies
There's probably another quarter of the field to do so we may return one afternoon to finish it off.
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