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This paper proposes a quench detection method applied to a HTS coil and also discusses the results of tests on an HTS BSCCO wire and an HTS YBCO coil. A series-type thermocouple was fabricated to detect quench, where several thermocouples were welded in series. As the series-type thermocouple has many points of detection, variation in temperature was detected at each point by using thermo-electromotive force. The feasibility of the proposed method was investigated through the quench detection tests on the YBCO coil. This method has advantages such as a simple structure and cost effectiveness and also protects the HTS coil by detecting partial quench and its propagation.