Favorite Finds - International

October 2019

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WINNER #1
My international favorite find for October 2019 is the Centenary of Colonisation Medallion 1888, found by Jacob B. from Australia with his AT Pro International.

Jacob's story: I found this medallion deep in the Australian bush at the homesite of an 1880's coal miner.

I only recently acquired the AT Pro International which means I am still getting used to all the tones and target ID's. However, I got a solid 80 signal only at 5cm. I brushed away the leaf litter to reveal the medallion sitting on the top of the dirt. The medallion was issued in 1888 and commemorates the centenary of the colonisation of Australia. The front features Captain Cook, who originally settled Australia in 1788, and the back shows an old map of Australia and its colonies, before federation. Nowadays places such as 'North Australia' no longer exist.

This is definitely one of my best finds to date!
Jacob B. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
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WINNER #2
My second international favorite find for October 2019 is the Ancient Roman Republic Aes Grave coin 217 bc, found by Mario K. from Europe with his AT Max.

Mario's story: Obverse: Bronze cast laureate bust of bearded Roman God Janus. Reverse: Bronze cast prow of ship galley to the left, mark of value above. Great terrain, great detector and great finds…there's more…
Mario K WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
Next month Vaughan will give away a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit! You could be the next winner!

September 2019

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WINNER #1
My international favorite find for September 2019 is the Viking Sword Pommel from 875-950ad, found by Andy G. from the U.K. with his Ace 300i.

Andy's story: On my 6th dig in the UK, having previously only found a few minor relics (leather mounts or 17th century furniture mounts), I found a Viking sword pommel type Petersen O made in silver with gold inlaid panels! With some research I found this design was only made between 875 and 950ad!

Over a thousand years old and in stunning condition!!! Not at all bad for a complete newbie!
Andy G. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
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WINNER #2
My second international favorite find for September 2019 is the Celtic Gold Quarter Stater around 100bc, found by Leon B. from Europe with his ACE 250.

Leon's story: Let me start by telling you my story of how I got into detecting. I was walking with my father on his land when he stopped and noticed a coin on top of a mole hill. It was Napoleon 3rd. So I had to buy myself a metal detector and see what other treasures might be lurking. I looked online and bought myself a Garrett ACE 250.

Immediately i started finding many cool finds. After three years of detecting on my father's land and many cool finds later (ww1, ww2 medals, 13th century coins and templar jetons/tokens), I found this stunning Celtic gold quarter stater around 100bc. The best find so far! My heart stopped and couldn't believe what I had just found.
Leon B. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
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WINNER #3
My third international favorite find for September 2019 is the Carlos y Juana Series 1536 Coin, found by Miguel B. from Mexico with his ACE 250.

Miguel's story: Today was cloudy and very comfortable for hunting so I said "here I go again" and headed to a cornfield that has not been used for a long time. Starting with some current coins and tons of aluminum beer cans and some more trash, then suddenly I heard a clear and strong signal of my old and loyal buddy Ace 250 that every metal detectorist recognizes. So I started to dig and there It was… A 1535 to 1536 silver 1 Real, known as Carlos y Juana series. The history says that Its family were the first coins made by "La casa de moneda de Mexico", that means "The house of the coin of Mexico", the oldest in the whole America. And I said wow!!! I'm very happy to be with my partner 250 again and very excited for participating in The Find of the Month and belong to this big Garrett Metal Detectors family.
Miguel B. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
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WINNER #4
My fourth international favorite find for September 2019 is the Medal for Wives & Mothers of Soldiers who served in WW1, found by Sam Z. from Australia with his AT Pro.

I was out detecting a 5 km beach track not far from my house with my AT Pro when I dug up this little beauty. It was only a couple of inches deep in sandy soil. It's a medal issued in 1917 to wives & mothers of soldiers who served in WW1. Made by Stokes & Sons, who produced many of Australia's medals & medallions. Sterling silver & such a stunning piece.

One of my favorite finds to date.
Sam Z. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
Next month Vaughan will give away a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit! You could be the next winner!

August 2019

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WINNER #1
My international favorite find for August 2019 is the Wax-Seal Matrix, found by Bjorn D. from Norway, with his Ace 400i.

Bjorn's story: I did not know what a wax-seal matrix was before I saw The Hoover Boys on one of their digs in The UK. Then my jaw just dropped!!

Editor's note: Wax seals date back to the middle ages.
Bjorn D. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
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WINNER #2
My second international favorite find for August 2019 is the Late Medieval/Tudor Seal Matrix, circa 13th-16th century, found by Gareth J. from the U.K. with his Ace 400i.

Gareth's story: Garrett brought me back from depression, from the brink of suicide! When I lost my dad I went down hill hadn't touched a detector since. When my mum fell ill I hit the bottom! But once you hit the bottom there's only one other way to go and that's up!

My best friend that owns some land bought me a detector and told me to get out there! I didn't want to hurt his feelings so after visiting and hugging mum I grabbed the Garrett and went for a swing with positive thoughts on my mind. Clear day, sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky. And what a day it was, signals everywhere, and good signals! Coins, thimbles, buttons. But then the best signal was walking back to the car…Boom! A medieval seal matrix...wow what a find...so that's it! No more bad thoughts, no more illnesses I hope, but the Garrett has brought me home! I'm back in the field and best of all we got some good news! My mum will be along next time too.....thanks Garrett. I'll be true to you for ever!

This seal matrix is engraved with a Royal Crown, and was used for sealing important documents from the local castle.
Gareth J. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
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WINNER #3
My third international favorite find for August 2019 is the Gold Fortuna Pendant, found by Wayne H. from Alberta, Canada, with his AT Gold.

Wayne's story: As there are not a lot of historical areas where I live, I was out in a school soccer field one afternoon with my AT Gold Detector. I usually find coins, some rings, various other items. I suddenly picked up a strong but jumpy signal. Dropping down on my knees and using my pin-pointer, I started narrowing down the area. Something shiny was emerging. I thought oh another Loonie (Canadian $1.00 coin) but when I pulled it out it was a gold colored pendant with a female image on it. As I flipped it over I read, Suisse 5g Fine Gold 999.9. I was completely amazed, I had found a pure gold pendant. Upon researching the image I found out it was of the Roman goddess Fortuna (goddess of fortune). Fortunate for me, and by far my greatest find ever. Thanks Garrett for an incredible machine!
Wayne H. WINS a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit!
Next month Vaughan will give away a Pro-Pointer AT Z-Lynk™ and Garrett® MS-3 Wireless Kit! You could be the next winner!