“Boom baby” A landmark day in American history as the portable antiquities scheme, (an online database on which users can report and upload details of historic finds made metal detecting in England) has declared that it will be on its way to the United states early next year. In England, items of gold and silver older than 300 years are required to be assessed by a finds liaison officer under the treasure act to determine whether it is classed as treasure.But seeing as people barely inhabited America 300 years ago , major adjustments to the guidelines on treasure items had to be made. The official update to the U.S Treasure Act to accompany the PAS-USA is as follows:
“Any metallic object, other than a coin, provided that at least 10 per cent by weight of metal is preciousish metal (that is, nickel or aluminium.) and that it is at least 20 years old when found.
If the object is of pre-Clintonic date (1993-2001) it will be Treasure provided any part of it is preciousish metal.
Any group of two or more metallic objects including pre-1995 coca cola cans and farmer shotgun cases of any composition that come from the same find.
Two or more coins from the same find provided they are at least 20 years old when found and contain 10 per cent nickel or copper (if the coins contain less than 10 per cent of nickel or copper there must be at least ten of them, excluding 1980’s shopping mall water fountain deposits.
Only the following groups of coins will normally be regarded as coming from the same find: Hoards that have been deliberately hidden; by hip-hop gangsters, Jewish lawyers or Hells Angels or Smaller groups of coins, such as the contents of purses of New York office executives,that may have been dropped or lost; Votive or ritual deposits excluding the finding of mobile phones or other electrical devices.
Any object,whatever it is made of,that is found in the same place as,or had previously been together with, another object that is Treasure.”
The DD has sent Reporter Phil Maholin over to the United states in a hot air balloon and we are currently awaiting word from him. We can offer no more information on the matter at this time.