Ruthin Rally attracts dozens…

The recent charity dig near Ruthin proved a great success. The event also provided me with an opportunity to make good on a promise to my 11-year-old daughter, and take her on a dig!

Conditions seemed dubious at first, with a very wet night preceding things near Bala. On checking through the itinenary for the day the following morning, the mist was hanging thick in the morning air, and it persisted even after we set off around 8:45am.

Roman silver coin VESPASIAN ( Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus , 69-79 AD)

Roman silver coin VESPASIAN ( Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus , 69-79 AD)


Passing Corwen, visibility was still very poor. However, as we snaked through the small fram roads – always on the ascent – we suddenly broke through the mist layer..

..straight into a day that could easily have passed for any in July. Our dig would proceed under a spotless azure sky. Even the digging conditions proved relatively dry.

The dig also produced the usual array of buttons, Victorian coinage, farm tools and cutlery. However, another nice find included a commonwealth silver half-groat, from the period between Charles 1st and Oliver Cromwell [1649 to 1660]

The dig also produced the usual array of buttons, Victorian coinage, farm tools and cutlery. However, another nice find included a commonwealth silver half-groat, from the period between Charles 1st and Oliver Cromwell [1649 to 1660]


We arrived in good time, and it was clear the event was already a great success with many dozens of detectorists parked up, and more arriving.
After 30-mins or so on the fields, many – my daughter and I included – were enjoying the dig in t-shirts. It really was like a Summer’s day.

Jultober?
As a web worker, enjoying a day out in the sunshine – especially with family – is something of a rare occurrence. I could have returned home with a bucket of nails and been happy. With the excellent turn-out and the sunshine, the camp chairs were out in force and the Craic excellent.

From a personal perspective, a special thanks to Vince Jones for the loan of his Garret 250 on the day. Unfortunately, my SE Pro died on a dig some weeks ago and was still in the lab at Dublin. More than anything else, the loss of my machine has prompted me to consider a second detector that’s good enough:

  • as a back-up machine
  • as a primary machine for my daughter.

Thus far, I’ve got something of a tie between the Garret 350 [EuroAce] and the Fisher F2. Answers on a postcard please [seriously, any opinions appreciated].

Finds
While everyone enjoyed the day the outstanding finds were a little rare, but nevertheless interesting. A nice Roman silver coin of VESPASIAN turned up (Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus, 69-79 AD) while a silver denari of Faustina [wife of Antoninus Pius] was also found.

In addition, a commonwealth silver half-groat from the period between Charles 1st and Oliver Cromwell was unearthed [1649 to 1660]. Then there was the usual assortment of Victorian coinage and Georgian buckles.

Roman silver denari of Faustina, wife of Antoninus Pius. The obverse legend reads DIVA FAVSTINA, the reverse reads AETERNITAS. Faustina died in 141AD

Roman silver denari of Faustina, wife of Antoninus Pius. The obverse legend reads DIVA FAVSTINA, the reverse reads AETERNITAS. Faustina died in 141AD


P.S. Really enjoyed using the 250, though it seemed to have something of a penchant for coke. Quite a bit of that, and no easy way to discriminate against it. Hmm, am I edging towards the F2? :)

All in all, a brilliant wee day was had. A big thanks to Brian and Dai for organising!

Thanks
Brian and Dai would like to thank all those attending for their support, including those from the federation clubs who turned up in force for the event. The land owner would also like to thank the club for the donation. With a superb turnout of some 73 people, our donation to St. Kentigerns hospice approached £400 – a fantastic sum.

The visit has also resulted in us being invited by the neighboring farmer to arrange a rally at his farm in the spring.

Letter of thanks – Kentigerns Hospice
Kentigerns Hospice have passed on a letter of thanks to the landowner, Elfyd Evans RE: the recent [and very successful] rally at Llanelidan. Brian has passed this on in turn. A great day’s digging, and £400 to a very worthy cause – great stuff!

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