C4 Metal Detecting Competition 2023


Announcing the C4 Metal Detecting Find of the Year Competition!

The Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) invites metal detectorists to submit images of American colonial numismatic items unearthed between August 1, 2022 and August 1, 2023. The images of the find and any related background pertaining to the discovery will be used by the C4 Metal Detecting Committee to determine the winners of this competition. All factors about the find will be taken into consideration, such as: rarity, historical importance, condition, and your story behind the find.

This competition is open to members and non-members of C4. The Colonial Coin Collectors Club encourages current members and non-member participants to watch our website because we are planning other exciting projects to reach out to the metal detecting community.We will be offering a free service to help attribute metal detecting coin finds. Our quarterly newsletter now includes a column “Metal DetectingCorner” by Matt Virga, and is mailed free to all our members. Come join our club where you can learn more about the history of your colonial coin detecting finds!


  • The contest is open to everyone, C4 members and non-members as well.
  • Only North American found colonial numismatic items acceptable, these include coin, artifact or hoard.
  • Competition timeline from August 1, 2022 to August 1, 2023.
  • All contestants must submit photos of the obverse and reverse along with date, county and state recovered.
  • Please send submissions to each of the 2 email addresses: Region1VP@colonialcoins.org and Region7VP@colonialcoins.org
  • No limit to number of submissions entered for the 2022/2023 competition.
  • Preference to competitors who also produce a photo or video of their find in situ.
  • If item is cleaned, a pre and post photo is recommended.
  • The winning finds will be determined solely within the discretion of the C4 metal detecting committee.
  • The committee will meet and determine the winners in time for it to be announced at our 2023 C4 convention in Baltimore. Winners do not need to be present to win.
  • Grand Prize: $150.00
  • First Runner Up: Prize: $100.00
  • Second Runner Up Prize: $50.00
  • 4th thru 6th place contestants receive a book authored by Will Nipper titled In Yankee Doodle’s Pocket: The Myth Magic & Politics Of Money In Early America.
  • All images and information submitted become the property of C4 and may be used by C4 for publicity or research purposes.