Books => Metal Detecting Books => Topic started by: cadzy on November 19, 2009, 09:22:17 AM

Title: What Book?
Post by: cadzy on November 19, 2009, 09:22:17 AM
Hi, Xmas is on its way and I have been asked by my wife what I would like, does anyone have any advice on metal detecting books? I'm looking for something that has lots of info on hammered coins mainly but a book with a wide range of information could be better. Cheers Cadzy.

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Tafflaff (Rob) on November 19, 2009, 09:25:13 AM
Its got to be the "2009 Spinks Coin Book" . Tell her to shop around though fella, even maybe go for a New 2008 copy because they're 20 +

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Neil on November 19, 2009, 09:27:40 AM
Hi Cadzy

The first book I would buy (as I have read it now over 20 times) is Bill Wymans Treasure Islands. It covers nearly every substantial treasure find in the UK over the past 300 years in glowing colour. Quite a few members of Detecting Wales feature as well.

Failing thats the Roman & Celtic Artefacts, Medieval Artefacts and the Viking & Saxon Artefacts books by Mills available from Greenlight publishing are excellent.

For buckle - Ross Whiteheads imaginatively titled Buckles! is an excellent reference guide.

Hammered coins - I would probably opt for the latest Spinx guide.

Hope that helps

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Richy on November 19, 2009, 02:03:07 PM
Hi Cadzy,

As the lads have said the book generally regarded as the coin "bible" is Spinks Coins of England & The United Kingdom.
The book shows coinage from the Celtic age up to the modern day and the beauty is all coins are shown actual size which makes ID a lot easier. :)


Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Roman (Ray) on November 19, 2009, 02:23:44 PM

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: ROMAN STEVE on November 19, 2009, 02:33:25 PM
the best books ive bought so far are spinks
roman coins and their values book 1 ,2 ,and 3
they are expensive but good value for the money
 i call them my bibles cause they are a god send

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Debbie on November 19, 2009, 03:34:49 PM
You're right Richy - the beauty of Spinks is that the coins are shown actual size, so one of the ways to double check what you have found is to just place the actual coin over the printed one.  Obviously not every single coin is shown, but more than enough to get the drift. :)

Buttons & Fasteners 500 BC-AD 1840 by Gordon Bailey is a good reference book - buttons are a common find from the soil, and if you can date the buttons, then you can have a fair idea of other artefacts and coins that may be there too for that period.

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Neil on November 19, 2009, 04:56:53 PM
How apt I have just come home from work to The Tribes & Coins of Celtic Britain by Pudill and Eyre - it came free with my annual Treasure Hunting subscription. Another one to add to my considerable "Detecting" library.

I have ordered the new British Artefacts Volume 1 Early Anglo-Saxon by Brett Hammond as a Christmas present off ma and pa as well. You can never have enough books in life!

Tonight is a "Detectingfest finds night" around my house with Jaydogg and Mark (my detecting partners) as we catch up on finds after 3 months of being strangers. A few beers I am sure will be sunk as well - looking forward to it!


Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: cadzy on November 20, 2009, 12:24:08 PM
Thanks everyone great information, I will probably ask her for the spink book, cheers. ;D

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: beachboy (viv) on November 20, 2009, 03:30:18 PM
hi neal,i had a look today for that book by bill wyman in waterstones, but they tell me its now out of print you can't get it anymore, and they can't even order it.(viv)

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: sodbuster (Alan) on November 20, 2009, 04:39:06 PM
Just got a secondhand  copy from Amazon , there are a few available

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: detectordave on November 20, 2009, 09:34:50 PM
Hi Viv if you want to borrow a copy let me know and i will take it to the club on monday.

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: beachboy (viv) on November 21, 2009, 02:05:45 PM
hi Dave,no thanks i wasn't looking for myself see you Monday i hope.(viv)

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: 1morecoin on November 21, 2009, 05:56:21 PM
Buried British Treasure Hoards by Edward Fletcher, 15

You will read this book cover to cover i can guarantee, Bronze Age to Pre Decimal, coins and artefacts, plenty of colour pics, all the big hoards are in here apart from the more recent ones.
The really interesting bits are where and how some of these hoards were found.


Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: coleggwent(phil) on November 25, 2009, 08:05:33 PM
dont know if anyone as said in there posts but bennets artifacts  is outstanding right from stoneage to modern i swear by this book and then for coins like the guys said it got to be spinks i dont think you will get any better let just hope santa comes to you  ;)

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Nick on November 25, 2009, 08:40:03 PM
Treasure Islands, cadzy. If that doesn't get you out and about detecting, nothing will.

Title: Re: What Book?
Post by: Johnboy25 on October 14, 2013, 09:15:44 AM
 I have just started to read Advanced Detecting by Norfolk Wolk, I have only been detecting under a year but this book is so helpfull in the understanding of this great Hobby .

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