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For anyone interested here is the low down on the trips

This is a group trip, everyone is there to have a good time, find stuff, and enjoy the friendship. Everyone is genuinely happy for any member of the team that finds good stuff. No miserable gits who can't celebrate someone else making a good find.  Most of the people going have made several trips, everyone pitches in with dishes and general clean-up. We have lots of laughs and do a lot of ribbing. So if you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen! 

There is one rule if you find gold you buy a round at the pub.

I have been running these trips for 8 years now, that's 17 trips, 50 weeks of detecting in England. We have found 58 gold coins, 34 celtic,4 Saxon,5 hammered 2 roman and 13 milled. 19 gold rings, ancient, medieval, 1700 to present. Celtic Silver, Saxon Silver, and artifacts from every period 1200 B.C. to present.

This hunt is for serious detectorists, We hunt from 7 am to dusk. Rain or shine. you should plan on 10 or 11 hours of hunting per day. If you need some time off you are welcome to stay at the barn and hang out. There are busses that go into Colchester if you decide to take a break and do a little sight seeing. The barn has internet service, Sky TV, (one barn sauna and Jacuzzi).

95%of the land we are detecting has never been detected before and brand new sites are added every year to keep it exciting. Last season we got 4 brand news sites totaling over 40 new fields we hardly scratched. Colchestertreasurehunting has now got permission to hunt more than 30 sites around 350 fields. Most of the fields are plowed, rolled and planted every year. It is a crap shoot as to which fields are ready when we go. Weather, crop rotation and other factors all have effect on land availability. I have on 1 trip found 2 Celtic gold coins from different tribes. Another trip my oldest silver coin was a 1840 shilling. It really comes down to knowing your machine and walking over the good stuff.

Everything is done by the book. All finds over 50 years old need to have an export license to take them out of the country. Any non coin item over 300 years old, with more than 10% gold or silver is reported to the coroner as potential treasure.  The hoard rule applies to a group of coins over 300 years old, 2 or more for silver or gold coins, 10 or more for other base metal coins. Hoard means coins of the same type found on the same field. The museum has the option to buy any declared treasure or Hoard, If bought the finder and the landowner split the paid amount. If the items are disclaimed by the coroner the finder has them returned to him/her.

When you are done hunting for 1, 2, or 3 weeks you will bag all your finds with your name and all contact information. Our host will then do all paperwork for an export license. He will be the liaison with the coroner and the museum. Your finds can be shipped to you if you wish (cost is 20 pounds for up to 2 kilos)or you can pick your finds up on the next trip.

Your trip includes: 18,000 + acres to wander, about 350 fields (and he is getting new land every year), all export paperwork, 7 nights at the barn, van rental, gas, transportation to and from airport. We have breakfast (cereal, oatmeal,muffins, toast, coffee, juice,no eggs and bacon), lunches and snacks. I cook 2  dinners at the barn and buy fish and chips one night. Plan on eating out 4 nights per week. The Pub has specials and there is Chinese, fish and chips, and Indian takeout.  



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Video's of previous hunts


Spring 2013 hunt video

March 9th to 30th

Celtic Gold Galore!



Spring 2012 hunt video

March 10th to 31st

History's Dirty Secrets #38



Fall 2011 hunt video

Sept 30th to Oct 20th

History's Dirty Secrets #31



Spring hunt 2011

March 10th to April 1st

Gold galore

History's Dirty Secrets #20


Fall hunt 2010

October 1st to 22nd

History's Dirty Secrets #17


Video of the April 2010

3 week trip

April hunt video

 Warning some very nice find were made and swearing is involved!


Bucket List Metal Detecting Adventure

Hammered silver groat of Henry VIII                     1526 -1544
Hammered silver groat of Henry VIII 1526 -1544

Awesome English trips for hard-core detectorists. By: Talkin Tom

I've been metal detecting for 11 years, and have found just about every type of coin minted in the United States, plus an interesting variety of jewelry. We have formed a club called "Titletown Treasure Seekers so we can show finds and share adventures. My club members and I have enjoyed our years of detecting immensely, but many of the local spots have been hunted out. Consquently, we are looking for new challenges.

Most of us in this hobby are middle-aged, and we might only have 10 or 15 years left for rigorous detecting. So, we're forming "bucket lists" of the most awesome metal detecting and treasure hunting experiences possible.

At the top of the list is metal detecting hunts to England. "Chicago Ron" is famous for his spring and Fall England Hunts, made famous on YouTube and National Geo.

Ron's trips are a dream come true. They include six-person teams, rustic, comfortable accomodations, 3 meals a day, trips to English Pubs, 12,000 acres to hunt in 250 fields, and export paperwork handled including photographs and documentation of finds. Ancient coins,gold jewelry, and artifacts are possible finds.

Running two trips per year in spring and fall for the past 8 years, the hunts take place from 7 AM to dusk, which means 10 or 11 hours of hunting bliss each day. Like farm fields in the U.S, the sites are plowed, tilled, and planted every year, so there is literally constant turnover. Nobody knows for sure what they will find.

After viewing several Youtube videos of these trips, I've concluded that the most intriguing aspect is the other hunters, especially Ron. They become as excited as little kids about each other's finds, and all share the same passion for recovering treasure from the ground and unlocking its mystery. Each piece found has a story that goes with it, and the story might go back as far as 1200 B.C.

There is even a trip raffle, so there is a chance of winning a free hunt, provided the winner pays for transportation to England. Everything is coordinated with the English Colchester Treasure Hunting and Metal Detecting club, partnered with the Midwest Historical Research Society. They work together on these hunts for years to keep them at a professional level. All finds are registered, regulations are followed, landowners have given permission, and all details are well taken care of ahead of time.

So, save your money, tune up your gear, bring some pain killers for those aching joints, and shake a leg! It's time to find some ancient treasures, experience an adventure, and cross one off the bucket list!


Letter From California Gary about his hunt experience. October 2010

Hi Ron,

Just wanted to drop you a note about my experience with the England Colchester hunt Oct. 2010. I had a great time. One week is not enough! From the first day to the last, each day was filled with the excitement of the potential of finding something extraordinary. Everything you told me about the hunt was as it was. All the fields we hunted yielded relics, coins or both. I found coin and relic keepers on every field I hunted. Items found, by everyone involved, ranged in years from 70 B.C., Morini Gold, to the 20th century modern coins. It was quite the experience for me to find two 1st century Roman bronze coins. I can only imagine what stories those two coins could tell? Everyone involved with the group I was in were very friendly and helpful to me as I was the novice member of the group. Ron, your enthusiasm, was very contagious, you wore us out with your energy. Tim, who will run his own barn in March 2011, was/is a very capable second in command. He, like you, is very knowledgable about what areas had very old history to them and what had been found in those areas. The rest of the group, Mike, Jim, Jeff and Bill were all knowledgable and experienced detectorists. All very fun to detect with. I'm looking forward to another trip across the pond to see if I can find an older coin or relic than my 1st century Roman coins. Thanks Ron and Chris for making this trip possible for me.


Article about Brian Feierday first trip in

March 2011

At 35,000 feet Brian Feierday felt good. His months of waiting and planning for this one week treasure hunting trip to England was starting to bear fruit, he was on his way. On March 17, 2011 Brian left SETAC for Heathrow Airport, London, England for seven days of treasure hunting with hunt organizer, Ron Guinazzo, a Chicago firefighter by trade and a professional treasure hunter (TH’er) that has been in this business for seven years and has the gold and silver coins to prove it. Upon arrival, Brian made his way to
a bread and breakfast cottage near Heathrow where he would spend the night and team up with other TH’ers that had arrived during the night and morning. The following morning, he and the other TH’ers left for Colchester to drop off their baggage and head for preselected farmers fields, and they numbered in the hundreds, that a TH’er could select from. Each TH’er was provided a map that was marked with the fields that they could treasure

After arriving at the Barn, a farmer’s barn which had been converted into apartment style living, and rented to vacationers during the summer, Brian helped the driver unload the other TH’ers luggage and then was off to the field to do some TH’ing. Ron found a gold coin that afternoon
and was obligated to buy a round of cheer for the rest of the group that evening during dinner at a
local pub.The following morning after
breakfast, Brian and the group headed to the fields at 7:30 am for a full day of TH’ing. Up until noon he had not found anything of significance
but the afternoon was a different story as he found his 1st silver hammered coin, a Rose Farthing and a large Roman Fibula Broach from
the 2d Century. During the following three days Brian found his 2nd silver hammered coin and a
Celtic Cunobelin silver coin from 10-40 A.D. Once
Ron saw the coin he knew exactly what it was and
stated “it was a great find.”During this three day period, Brian found two more silver hammered coins, some “greenies”, coins that turn green with age, half a Rose Farthing coin (possibly cut in half) and lots of buttons. By now Brian’s legs and back were feeling the effects of several days of bending and straightening up. He was lucky that he had brought leg wraps and were using them now, and he also changed to a shovel with a longer handle, which helped considerably, as he didn’t have to bend so much.On Thursday, his last day of TH’ing, Brian found his fifth silver hammered coin and a bronze ring.After lunch Brian and three other TH’er decided to move to a different field. Along the way Brian saw a church
ruin and requested to be dropped off near a church ruins.The area was quiet and peaceful with
shade trees and solid ground. He hunted around the ruins for a while and found a “greenie” or two and then moved onto a trail behind the church and found a beautiful gold ring with emeralds and diamonds. That evening at dinner it was Brian’s turn to buy a round of cheer for the group.
Friday, it was off to Heathrow for Brian and the long trip back to Seattle. The experience of TH’ing in England was one he won’t forget anytime soon. He will have the chance this fall to do it all over again and possibly find even greater treasures.

Article by Jim Ratcliff, Sr.