Saturday, 6 September 2014

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: "Can't be Sure I've Been Told Truth"

Ebay seller: "Not sure about this coin, bought as a metal detecting find, but I'm not sure if it's genuine or fake. The experts amongst you may be able to tell, but as I can't verify that it's genuine,
I'm selling as a fake. Moneyer is EDPI on LUNDNE".
well, you never know, and if there is lacking a landowner's signature assigning it to the finder, and the lack of information about the finder, you simply do not know it was found legally. This is the same as Elizabeth Marlowe's (Shaky Ground: Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art  Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013) idea of 'grounding' of information. Perhaps the PAS could initiate discussion in the UK collecting circles of this book to ensure everybody reads it and learns from it. The coin sold for 220 quid - how much of that did the farmer see?

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