A short window of luck has given me another gold coin . Eleven days ago while on an organized field day with many prospectors i came across an old miners camp site . Being a relic focused detectorist i worked the site hard . The other coins from the site point to occupation between 1870 - 1890 so finding a 1798 gold Spade Guinea created quite a stir ! Minting of this coin stopped in 1799 . In 1798 my state was not populated by the English and was only just being found to be a separate land mass from mainland Australia . I still get a smile on my face when i think of finding this coin !
25mm diameter , 8.4 grams . Solid 18 on the Nox in ground [5 inches] and out .
Did a quick run over at the river bank and was able to pick out a couple Indian heads, 1903 and 1892. Also found a small musketball. Numbers are all but useless on any machine due to the iron. Usually hunt by hear a target, take a scoop then re-sweep to see what you have because of the high iron in the ground. Some areas are pretty clean but of course there are rarely targets there.
By Valens Legacy
I have been learning my grandfathers equinox 800 metal detector for the past couple of weeks and digging more trash than anything.
I was back at it again in his back yard after watering the holes I have dug in the past, almost 300 of them by now, when my grandmother asked me to go back to where an old log cabin used to be. As I turned the corner of area where it used to be near the pine trees, I had a strong signal of 23 and 24. I stopped and rechecked in several directions.
I noticed that every direction showed the same numbers and used the pin pointer mode and marked the spot. The 800 was in park 1 at factory settings, and showed that it would be about 5 arrows down. I started to dig in the dry ground removing the top few inches of dirt and grass. I went to the tool shed and picked out a shovel knowing how hard the ground was I needed the added ability to dig.
After I got down about 6 inches and no signal on the carrot yet I kept digging. Once I got down 8 inches deep I got a signal on the carrot and began to carefully poke around the ground to remove the dirt where the signal was coming from.
I finally saw what was giving me the signal and removed it from it's tomb.
Since there was so much dirt still clinging to it I rechecked the hole and nothing else was in it so I filled it in.
After cleaning the dirt of with a little bit of Dawn dish soap and water I could make out what was on it.
I first thought it said 1 farting, but later was able to read 1 farthing a British coin. The date was 1799 and I am shocked that I was able to find it.
Here is what was on grandfathers property, and yes I am going to keep searching the area for more items. I fully expect to dig at least another 15 pounds of trash before I can say I have covered his yard properly.
I wish I knew more on how to clean coins and I am reading the forum on just how to do that before I ruin anything. Grandfather never got to clean some of his coins and I really want to get those done for him.
By Chase Goldman
Got out for some mind clearing routine dry and wet sand beach hunting, hoping some late season gold drops would grace my scoop. Was using the Deus in full tones, 9" round HF coil, 14khz full tones as that combo really helps ID aluminum trash well. Was digging the requisite clad and junk jewelry and other odds and ends and scooped "called" pull tabs and crown caps, just to be sure. I've found that being able to call the target on sand doesn't mean I won't scoop it. It just sets the proper expectation when you pull that crown cap or pull tab out of the scoop. Got an odd high 70's hit and saw a round quarter sized target on the sand caked in sand and corrosion. I thought that target sure didn't ring up like a coin much less a quarter, and I was right. It wasn't a quarter...a closer look revealed a shield and a date - "1864" through the pale green crud which must have been affecting the signal. Sure enough, I dug my first 2 cent piece in a very unlikely place. Wish it could talk and tell me how it got there. But I won't look a gift horse in the mouth and just thank the detecting gods for my weird but good fortune.
The wet beach sand didn't produce much early this morning so I took a few swings around the dry sand on my way back to my parking place. I was using Park 1 at 20-21 and switching between multi and 4khz to know what I might be digging. I do think the multi is deeper and I found some clad in the same location with maximum depth of 8" I think.
What is the little heart/star piece?
I put the coins in my pouch and didn't know I had a silver until I checked them at home. I don't know exactly which hole I dug that resulted in the quarter (1946). The nickel is a 1936 Buffalo and the penny is 1952.
I'll go back.