Best Finds

Deadline Is January 15, 2022

Yes, you can submit multiple items!


• 2021 Best Finds Entry Form •


DOCUMENTATION: If you can, have a reputable dealer provide an opinion of the finds authenticity, condition or grade, and value. The same applies to appraisals for jewelry, relics, and other items. Just do your best to get an accurate, realistic current value. For coins jewelry, relics, etc., please include a letter or certificate of professional appraisal (only when possible/practical, not required). You don't have to get coins graded by PCGS or ANACS. If no value can be determined please note that in your submission. 

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.jpggoldcoin2.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 (Location preferred but not necessary). 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 (1,000+ words) about your Best Find and/or any other treasure hunting experiences.  However, this is not necessary to submit a feature article in order to enter a Best Find.  Either way, submit your Best Find entry no later than January 15, 2022.  Check our Writer's Guidelines for details about how to submit your articles at any time throughout the year.

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