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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:47 pm    Post subject: Denmark  Reply with quote

Restrictions
There are a number of historical and archaeological sites where it is totally
forbidden to use a metal detector.
On public land it is the local community that decides whether metal detectors may be used. It is estimated that approximately 50% of the public land is closed to metal detecting.
On public woodland the forest supervisor decides whether or not a metal detector may be used. In most cases permission is not granted.
There is hardly any problem on public beaches as to forbid metal detecting would discriminate against a class of people and, therefore, a child would not be able to use a bucket and spade etc.
Apart from seeking permission of the landowner, no restrictions on private land.

Finds and rewards - the rights of the finder

Any coins minted after the coin reform in the 19th Century can be retained by the finder otherwise all coins and artefacts must be delivered to the National Museum .
The finder is awarded a cash sum for the find although, as this is determined by the National Museum , it is always below the market value. It is very rare that the finder is allowed to keep his find.
Small coins newer than 1536 can be kept by finder. Large silvercoins and all golden coins must be given to the local museum, and you will get reward called "Danefæ"
These are the general rules - there are some exceptions.

Trends

Archaeologists recognise the benefits to be derived from seeking cooperation not confrontation and this is improving the relationship.
The method of calculating rewards is being challenged by the media and will probably result in change in the future.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I bring my detector to Denmark?
We are sometimes contacted by tourists or people who are planning to spend their holiday in Denmark, with the question: Can I bring my detector?
The answer is: Yes you can, but it is only a good idea if you have made an agreement with a landowner beforehand or if you have arranged to meet with an experienced local detectorist.

The Danish law

There are some laws you must comply to. It’s not everywhere you are allowed to detect. You must always have an agreement with the landowner and knowledge of protected areas. We have had examples of people who have been stopped by police – please help us avoid this kind of bad publicity for the detector hobby. You are very welcome to contact us before you go to prevent you from doing anything wrong!

Can I keep what I find?
You are not always allowed to keep what you find! Archaeological items, old coins etc. must be handed over to the local museum for evaluation. If the find is important, it will be declared “danefæ” by the National Museum of Denmark and you will get a compensation corresponding to the value of the find and a nice letter describing the find.
If you are just planning to look for modern coins by the public (salt water) beach, this is normally not a problem, as long as you do not disturb other people and as long as you hand over any valuables you might find (like wedding rings and wallets) to the local police station.

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