Ever bought other people's finds?

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The memsahib and I were trawling through a local antiques centre last weekend when, amongst the usual tat, I spotted a cabinet containing what were clearly metal detecting finds, including several Roman brooches. She saw me rooted to the spot and, after mopping up my dribble, suggested I buy one or two.

My initial reaction was eh, what for? I find a fair few brooches (well, bits of them, to be fair) but I have to admit that whatever I turn up has, shall we say, not exactly benefited from Nature, the plough, and bovine waste products. They're generally in pretty poor condition, to be honest, but why would I even contemplate buying someone else's finds?

Fast forward to this afternoon and I went back and bought one :oops:
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Well, I'm nothing if not a realist and given that the state of previous finds is likely to be projected into future finds it's nice to have a good example. And it was no money at all, considering the value it represents to me. Further, I think I know whose find it was and he's not a million miles from here ;) But I await confirmation on that.

Anyone else easily parted from their hard-earned, or is it just me? :D
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I have been know to partake in the purchase of a few Roman republican coins. two reasons really.
1. I really like them as they are quite rare in the area I live.
2. I see them as a small investment.
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Ah. I've been tempted by thems too, Keith. Had the pleasure of finding "proper" denarii and a few fourees but nothing like as old as a Republican.

Oh, hell, I feel another purchase coming on... :D
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Not as yet.
Would only be as a buy to sell, where i perhaps had spotted a rare coin i could make money on.
Buying finds to keep,no as that would take the edge off the detecting. Not being a collector of anything specific detecting wise, happy to take what i unearth and the suprise of it.
Selling finds no.
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Dave The Slave wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:31 pm Buying finds to keep,no as that would take the edge off the detecting.
Totally get that, Dave, which is why I've only ever looked at detecting finds on certain sitesas a matter of interest. Until now. But I was caught off guard and totally smitten.

Not one of my finds is for sale, by the way.
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I haven't bought anyone elses find yet, but I do find it fascinating just looking at the items that come up for sale. Some of the descriptions can be a little be creative though . . . ring money as an example. :Thinking:
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:20 pm Some of the descriptions can be a little be creative though . . . ring money as an example. :Thinking:
Oh, lord, don't get me started on that! :lol:

With so many fakes/mis-identifications about you have to be careful regarding anything you buy online, but this brooch I was able to take out and handle. We all take a chance if buying online but you can mitigate the risks a little by carrying out research on the seller, but the best guard against being conned is your instinct. The longer we're in this game the better that becomes :thumbsup:
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I bought 2 beautiful Georgian spade guinea gaming tokens at a car boot sale. No idea why :lol:

And a reasonable hammy as a test coin cause then I wouldn’t mind loosing it. Then I gave it away and got another. They are cheap though but I’d use some scrap silver instead now although a spare hammy in the pouch can be great to give someone who offers you land. Obviously they know it isn’t from their land but they think you’ve handed them something incredible. Good tip that :D
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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Oxgirl wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:25 pm I bought 2 beautiful Georgian spade guinea gaming tokens at a car boot sale. No idea why :lol: a spare hammy in the pouch can be great to give someone who offers you land. Obviously they know it isn’t from their land but they think you’ve handed them something incredible. Good tip that :D
Now there's a thought. A kind of votive offering :lol:
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I have never bought anybody elses finds.

However, if anybody would like to buy mine they are welcome. Special discount for bulk buys of 2 or more bucketfuls :D :D

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Only coin i have ever bought, without intentionally buying it was a mates Denarius on fleabay, we were being naughty shill bidding [most have been guilty of this :lol: ], Denny of Titus 79 to 81 AD I particularly like the elephant reverse, anyway i won it for £15 and told my mate to relist it, but he insisted on sending it to me, still got it and it looks better in the hand than the pictures
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Not bad for £15, Mick (however dodgily you came by it :lol: )
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Saffron wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:52 am I have never bought anybody elses finds.

However, if anybody would like to buy mine they are welcome. Special discount for bulk buys of 2 or more bucketfuls :D :D

Evan
You have some nice finds Evan - don’t listen to him people 8-)
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:40 pm You have some nice finds Evan - don’t listen to him people 8-)
I have been sussed out, I have had a few decent finds over the years. But still have several bucketfuls of scrap awaiting offers.

On thinking about it I suppose I have actually bought another detectorists find. At last years Rodney Cook charity rally I bought a coin display box with a Roman coin inserted into the lid. Box is about 4" square and with a nice fastner and the inserted Roman coin I thought it looked rather nice.

Evan
ps: I can't remember what the coin is :oops: can anybody give me an ID please.
pps: Shame I failed to notice the bit of fluff on the coin :oops:
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Saffron wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:20 pm I have been sussed out, I have had a few decent finds over the years. But still have several bucketfuls of scrap awaiting offers.

On thinking about it I suppose I have actually bought another detectorists find. At last years Rodney Cook charity rally I bought a coin display box with a Roman coin inserted into the lid. Box is about 4" square and with a nice fastner and the inserted Roman coin I thought it looked rather nice.

Evan
ps: I can't remember what the coin is :oops: can anybody give me an ID please.
pps: Shame I failed to notice the bit of fluff on the coin :oops:
The coin is probus mate,follis. Can't see if it's pukka from my phone but looks in good shape.
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