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Treasure hunter Suzie Collins is waiting for news on her latest exciting find.
The metal detectorist, who grew up on Seil but now lives in Barcaldine, is staying tight-lipped about exactly where she found what could be a Highlanders ring brooch from Mediaeval times but has revealed it was a new site for her on hill land at a farm between Oban and Fort William.
The mystery piece is now in the Edinburgh Museum for safe keeping while it goes through the Treasure Trove process.
If it is valuable and declared as treasure, Suzie will be splitting her reward 50/50 with the landowner.
At first Suzie thought it was just an old penny but as she moved the mud off she spotted a sword at its centre and realised it was something out of the ordinary.
‘I wasn’t that gentle with it at first until I realised it was something more special, then I jumped in the car and took it straight home to contact the Treasure Trove.
‘I haven’t been able to find anything else quite like it online,’ said the 39-year-old whose day job is a support worker.
‘I think it could be a ring brooch used by a Highlander worn on his shoulder to hold his kilt up but until I hear back from the Treasure Trove I don’t know the age or even what it’s made off. I think it could be silver, it looks like bronze but silver can age that colour. If they want to keep it they will purchase it from me. It’s an offer I can’t refuse.
‘It’s definitely the best find I’ve ever had but I have my favourites. A Charles I hammered coin was my first find and there is also a gaming dice, that I think could be Viking, but that’s also still with the Treasure Trove. Covid has caused a bit of a backlog, so I don’t know when I’ll hear about either of them,’ she added.
It was just over a decade ago when Suzie was given her first metal detector as a gift. She has upgraded since to a more superior model but still gets her fair share of ring pulls and disappointments.
Her adventures are charted on her own YouTube channel and news of her finds on social media has become so popular she even has her own sponsor – Unearthed UK metal detector suppliers. Her tagline is Suzie Detects UK.
Artefacts already uncovered by Suzie include countless coins, musket balls and a Victorian seal.
‘People think they can just go off in search on any land with a detector but there are rules to follow. It’s important to get the landowner’s permission first. That’s the first rule of metal detecting.
‘If I could, I’d be out all day every day searching for new finds,’ added Suzie.
Watch Suzie find the brooch ring by visiting Suzie Detects UK on Facebook and joining her page.
Caption: Metal detectorist Suzie Collins with her most exciting find ever. It could be a ring brooch from mediaeval times but she will have to wait to hear from the Treasure Trove in Edinburgh to find out