• 2017 Best Finds Entry Form •
DOCUMENTATION: For coins jewelry, relics, etc., be sure to include a letter or certificate of professional appraisal (when possible/practical), indicating that your find is genuine and stating its condition and value. You don't have to get coins graded by PCGS or ANACS. Just have a reputable dealer provide an opinion of their authenticity, condition or grade, and value. The same applies to documentation or appraisals for jewelry, relics, and other items.
PHOTOS: Your entry should include sharp, close-up color photos of your find(s), both front & back. Please attach named images (jpg or tiff). For example, goldcoin1.jpg, goldcoin2.jpg or buckle1.jpg, buckle2.jpg. Please do not use spaces in file names. We need large images (300 dpi resolution or more). If you're unsure, send the largest images you have or take new photos with your digital camera set to "highest" or "best" quality.
DESCRIPTION: Identify and describe the item, and tell when, where, and how you found it. This information should be complete but concise— approximately 200-400 words. Here's a 250-word example:
"I went detecting with my buddy Angelo at an old cellar hole out in the woods. The site was loaded with iron and other junk, so when I dug a rust-caked little round tin about 1 5/8" wide, I didn't think much about it. I just put it in my 'scrap pouch' and kept hunting Angelo found a musket trigger guard and a couple of batwing buckles at this site— sure signs that it was occupied a long time. I found a lady's sterling Victorian buckle, an ornamental brass piece off a musket, and a Hudson-Fulton Celebration souvenir pin. When we got back to the truck, I showed Angelo the tin and shook it. We could hear water sloshing around inside, and something else was moving back and forth in there, too. Angelo said, 'I'll bet you there is a coin in it!" Later, when I got home I knocked as much rust off the tin as I could and then pried it open. Out came some water and a 1910 $2-1/2 gold piece. Wow! I had found a $1gold coin a few years ago, but that was not as exciting as this find. Who would have thought that a gold coin might be put in a little tin like that? I guess it makes sense, though, because it's a small container for a small coin, and it was a way to make sure that gold piece didn't drop out of one's pocket!"
TELL US YOUR STORY! If you wish, you may also submit a full-length article (1,500–2,000 words) about your find. However, this is not necessary in order to enter. Either way, please be sure to submit your entry no later than December 31, 2017— and the earlier the better! Check our Writer's Guidelines for details about how to submit your story.
By submitting this form you are granting People's Publishing Company, Inc. the right to republish/print your submission. We will confirm receipt of your entry within a few days via e-mail. Important: If you don't receive confirmation, please assume that the entry was not received, and resubmit it as soon as possible.