This ca. 1300-1310 Long Cross silver penny of Edward I "Longshanks" was the first coin I found on my 2013 metal detecting trip to England. The pictures are just... OK. Considering my utter inexperience, I'm pleased with how they turned out. I finally upgraded to a dSLR camera, and these were the very first photos I took with it (not counting two unusable shots). The focus, particularly on the reverse, is not optimal, but this was a first attempt. Note the king's piggy little nose in this portrait. Medieval coin portraiture of monarchs in this era was, as many of you know, often more cartoonish than realistic. Not until the Tudor period in the mid-1500s did realistic portraits of kings like fat ol' Henry VIII again begin to appear on coins. Below are the data from my export pouch from the November 1-7, 2013 detecting trip to the Colchester area in Essex, UK. (Though the application says "October"). These are my live "field reports" posted on the Collectors Universe forums at the time. (rather "quick n' dirty", since I had only a tiny Android tablet with me). This is the November, 2013 finds page from the club website. You can see my Edward I and Charles I pennies as well as my medieval trade weight, if you scroll down far enough on that club page. The Marcus Aurelius sestertius was found by another digger within an hour of my first outing. The gold thimble was found on the day I stayed in the barn after my detector failed. The gold quarter-noble and last few Celtic gold pieces were found within a day or two after my departure. The majority of the "Post-Tudor buttons" in the last two pictures were found by other diggers on the trip and were destined for the scrap bin. I thought it a shame to throw away historical relics like that, even such modest ones, and figured they might make fun giveaways later if anybody here wants some. So the other diggers "donated" some of their "scrap" finds to me to put into my pouch. Unbeknownst to anyone, it appears there were two coins or tokens mixed in with the donated "scrap" buttons, and I have no idea what they are! You can see them in grids #12 and 13 in the fifth picture. Looks like they're pretty bent up. They're obviously old, and look pretty thin- apparently hammered pieces. (Jetons, maybe? We'll see.) The other two copper coins to the left of them are the ones I personally found- a 1730 George II farthing and a 1916 George V halfpenny. I also deliberately saved one piece of 20th century scrap metal (that piece of WW2 shrapnel) because I had a hunch it was a relic of the Battle of Britain, and WW2 history interests me. To think that was probably fired from a British AA gun at a Luftwaffe bomber in 1940- pretty fascinating, eh? "Metal detecting finds for export found Oct2013. Location East of Colchester. 1. 1641-3 Charles 1st hammered silver penny - mintmark 2 dots 2. 1300-1310 Edward Ist hammered silver penny - Closed E, outcurving h- Cross pattee - Crown 1 - Type 10 cf3 Obv +EDWAR ANGL DNS hYB Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint 3. Medieval trade weight 4.18thC clog fastener 5. 1500-1700 mount 6. 4 lead musket balls/shot 7. Post medieval lead bale seal 8. Post medieval lead alnage cloth seal 9. Post medieval harness ring 10. 18thC crotal bell 11. WWII AA flack shell fragment 12. 8 clay pipe stems 18. 19thC Rim fire cartridge cap 19. Georgian mount 20. Georgian draw pull back plate 25 Post Tudor glass and pottery shards 17 Post Tudor glass and pottery shards 21 Post Tudor glass and pottery shards 1. 13 Post Tudor glass and pottery shards 11. 4- 18tht to 20thC copper coins 14. 6 nails/tacks 16. 6 buckle fragments 19. 1500-1700 mount 20. Georgian draw pull 70 Post Tudor buttons 54 Post Tudor buttons"