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Heres some of the pit tokens we've found over the last year . Always finding these where i live . I've give a few to the towns mining museum .
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A nice collection, well done.

Very pleased that you have given some to the local mining museum. Mining in that area was such an important industry, until Maggie came along!, and deserves to be remembered and finds like yours all add to the story. Also at this time when detecting seems to be under threat its good public relations for the hobby.

For anybody with an interest in mining, especially in the Durham area, this is the mining museums web site http://www.dmm.org.uk/mindex.htm and it looks very comprehensive.

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Nice tokens there mate and I must admit, I don't think I have ever seen any :thumbsup:
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Same as the-roman, i dont think i have ever found anything similar to those
Cheers for showing them :thumbsup:
And yet again an example of detectorists giving to the museums for all to see :thumbsup:
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Saffron wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:22 pm A nice collection, well done.

Very pleased that you have given some to the local mining museum. Mining in that area was such an important industry, until Maggie came along!, and deserves to be remembered and finds like yours all add to the story. Also at this time when detecting seems to be under threat its good public relations for the hobby.

For anybody with an interest in mining, especially in the Durham area, this is the mining museums web site http://www.dmm.org.uk/mindex.htm and it looks very comprehensive.

Evan
Cheers . Yeah the old pit men who run the mining museum were very grateful. Like i said thats just a picture of my finds . My mates have found loads aswell . Got a rare older one that ive never seen before or since
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You prompted me to do a bit of research into Pit tokens, and found this basic but informative page
http://www.mining-memorabilia.co.uk/Checks.htm
But, i have to ask:
Who or i suppose how and why do so many show up in the fields you detect?
I assume you are close to a pit or mining operation of days gone by, but are these found on pathways and routes home?
Or discarded once updated?
Sorry if its an obvious answer but its been a taxing day for me :lol:
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Notts Miners Association membership badges frequently show up in fields around Notts and often not even near a pit.
Here's some more info about them. http://www.mining-memorabilia.co.uk/An_ ... Badges.htm
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Great finds, never found one, but know some are worth a few bob
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Blackadder43 wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:42 pm You prompted me to do a bit of research into Pit tokens, and found this basic but informative page
http://www.mining-memorabilia.co.uk/Checks.htm
But, i have to ask:
Who or i suppose how and why do so many show up in the fields you detect?
I assume you are close to a pit or mining operation of days gone by, but are these found on pathways and routes home?
Or discarded once updated?
Sorry if its an obvious answer but its been a taxing day for me :lol:
Always find them in fields near old pubs or in between old pit villages . Dont know if they were dropped or thrown away .
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muddy mick wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:30 pm Great finds, never found one, but know some are worth a few bob
I did actually sell one to a collector once but i wish i hadn't . Rather keep them for the sake of £20 .
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joemole wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:35 pm Always find them in fields near old pubs or in between old pit villages . Dont know if they were dropped or thrown away .
I always imagine drunken pitmen covered in coal dust rolling home .
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Great post, Joe.
Have never found a mining token, wrong area being in the South.
Have seen those on the top row of your photo before but never those below.
Thanks for posting, :thumbsup:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:06 pm Great post, Joe.
Have never found a mining token, wrong area being in the South.
Have seen those on the top row of your photo before but never those below.
Thanks for posting, :thumbsup:
Dave.
There used to be a lot of coal mines here in North Wales but I still have never found one either...
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Dave The Slave wrote: Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:06 pm Great post, Joe.
Have never found a mining token, wrong area being in the South.
Have seen those on the top row of your photo before but never those below.
Thanks for posting, :thumbsup:
Dave.
I think the bottom ones are alot older . Not sure what metal theyrs made of .
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After reading this thread, the badge below popped out this evening. I initially thought it was a tally but it’s actually an early Union badge of sorts..

A little googling puts it in the 1890’s when the Federation was an early version of a Union...

Sadly, I clipped it slightly with shovel but nothing too bad....
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