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Cool, AT Pro is so easy to learn. Teach her pro mode so she can get the jist of tone rolls and she will really be hooked :)

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I think a girlfriend deserves the Nox. Can't believe you gave her the AT Pro, you should be ashamed of yourself. 😁

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On 9/12/2020 at 7:21 PM, MN_Digger said:

 She's hooked! 😀

Jeff, If you want to get rich real quick, there's a simple solution :

 

1)  Bottle up whatever potion it is, that allows a wife or girlfriend to get hooked on md'ing

 

2) Advertise it on md'ing forums for $1000 per pill or bottle.

 

3)  Guaranteed you will have lines a long as a football field lined up to buy !

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On 9/12/2020 at 9:21 PM, MN_Digger said:

She's hooked! 

Grandfather would have said that is not hooked.

I found a picture he sent me a couple of years ago that showed how grandmother got hooked on a hobby she liked.

They both liked fishing and she really got hooked.

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7 hours ago, Valens Legacy said:

Grandfather would have said that is not hooked.

I found a picture he sent me a couple of years ago that showed how grandmother got hooked on a hobby she liked.

They both liked fishing and she really got hooked.

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Yikes!! Cool that they spent time together enjoying another great hobby! 🙂

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Girlfriend and I headed back to this same place for a couple hours this afternoon.  She had a frustrating outing this time...didn't manage to raise any coins from the ground.  I managed a handful of clad and my oldest coin to date...an 1866 shield nickel from about 8" down. Really starting to get comfortable with the Equinox the past couple outings! Hope y'all got out today...Jeff

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Great find on the shield.

15 hours ago, MN_Digger said:

Yikes!! Cool that they spent time together enjoying another great hobby! 

She only had 2 hooks from each of the treble hooks in her that would not come out, then they went back to the lake. That was the first time that grandfather had hooked anyone I am told.

Once again great find and good luck on your next hunt.

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10 hours ago, MN_Digger said:

I managed a handful of clad and my oldest coin to date...an 1866 shield nickel from about 8" down.

Excellent find!

Is that your first ever Shield Nickel?  1866 is the first year the USA ever minted a 25% Ni, 75% Cu 5-cent piece.  (That followed by one year their first ever coin of that composition -- the nickel 3-cent piece.)  Note the rays radially emanating from the numeral 5.  Only the first two years had that.  (My only Shield Nickel, found with the Fisher F75, is the 1867 with rays.)

There are several error varieties with designation 'repunched date'.  Here is one example:

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Yours may be too worn to even show that, if it actually is one.  Although rare (estimated 200-300 still in existence) it doesn't carry much if any premium over the standard non-error version.

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