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47 minutes ago, matt said:

Didn't you telling a similar story several years ago with the same ending? Maybe it was somebody else or you are telling it again. Either way, nice gold nugget.

You may have seen it on one of the Aussie forums or AZO, I posted it there just after it happened but hadn't posted it here.. thanks.

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18 hours ago, Jennifer said:

You may have seen it on one of the Aussie forums or AZO, I posted it there just after it happened but hadn't posted it here.. thanks.

I thought it was you Jen. miss your post here but they did treat you bad on some forum here in Aust. A good find, by the way I came across an illegal grading here in Vic. many years ago that they had not detected on my way back from a patch I was doing at the end of the day. To cut the story short I got 3 nuggets in 10 minutes weighing over an ounce total. That made me happy seeing they were giving the rest of us a bad name.

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11 hours ago, matt said:

Didn't you telling a similar story several years ago with the same ending? Maybe it was somebody else or you are telling it again. Either way, nice gold nugget.

Rest assured that your memory is solid.  I am surprised that she is back after all the crap she posted about certain folks.


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Jennifer's return was not an invitation for people to stir old pots. I've been on the receiving end of her ire, what of it? Sticks and stones and all that. :smile: She has promised me she will hold to forum guidelines, and I will hold her to her word. So let it go people and move on. Life's too short. If that is not good enough, employ the forum ignore function. Thanks.

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2 minutes ago, Steve Herschbach said:

Jennifer's return was not an invitation for people to stir old pots. I've been on the receiving end of her ire, what of it? Sticks and stones and all that. :smile: She has promised me she will hold to forum guidelines, and I will hold her to her word. So let it go people and move on. Life's too short. If that is not good enough, employ the forum ignore function. Thanks.

Thank you Steve ❤️

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      The site, which is one he's hunted previously but continues to hunt and make good finds -- see his recent posts -- was previously a private swim and sports club recently acquired by the local government.  I don't think I'm going out a limb to say that except for DoD and his friends he's brought there, it had never been previously detected.  This is like stepping on a time machine back to the 1970's but with a 2020 metal detector!
      We began searching an open area which may have been a sports field or maybe just a play area for kids (of all ages) but it was in the open sun and it was becoming what dog said was the hottest day of the year so after about 15-20 minutes we headed to the backside of the property where we could detect in the shade of some large trees.  I was using the Minelab Equinox 800 and 11" coil with my standard park and school settings:  Park 1, 5 custom tones, no notching, Recovery Speed = 4, Iron Bias F2 = 0.  He told me he was finding silver coins at shallow depths so I turned down the gain to 22 from my 24, but even that was overkill although the EMI was easily eliminated with noise cancel.  I actually never did a ground balance since pumping the coil showed the current setting at turn-on was quiet as a mouse.
      The early 15-20 minutes in the open produced some clad and copper Memorials.  The back (shaded) part proved more promising.  I got the first trophy (and as it turned out, my best find of the day) -- a 1941-S Merc in excellent condition other than the dark toning which was surely caused by some chemical in the ground.  After showing DoD, it wasn't more than 10 minutes when he called me over to show me his first silver -- a Roosie.  Then he shifted into high gear and found a 9 kt gold mens wedding band followed by his own Merc.  I found quite a few pennies (see photo below) and a few (not old) nickels the remainder of the total 3 1/2 hours of detecting but only about half the number of coins (old and new) that dog did.  Hey, I didn't want to show him up on his own turf!    Here's a pic of my total recoveries:

      Oh, that's not a pulltab from a dinosaur's drink can but rather a thoughtful gift from DoD -- a detecting towel.  I still haven't figured out why he put a pulltab image on it....  At least it wasn't a Stinkin' Zincoln.  Speaking of which, there wasn't a huge amount of trash, and particularly not that many beavertails which often fool me as being nickels.  I got more aluminum bottle caps (three, one of which isn't shown) than classic pulltabs and not a single modern tab although I was doing some mental discrimination.  Three tacks (which DoD warned me about) sure sounded sweet, as usual.  Here's a closeup of my coin haul:

      As usual my photography leaves something to be desired, but you're not missing much detail.  From right to left:  clad quarter (2001 North Carolina state quarter -- most recent date of all my recovered coins), four clad dimes, three Jeffies (oldest is the top one, a rather crusty and corroded 1941-D).  Next are three rows of copper Memorials sorted by decade:  one from 1980-82, nine from the 70's and four from the 60's.  On the left are three heavily green scaled Wheaties and my best find, the Merc.  I did find 3 Zincolns (shown in the previous photo) but in my book those are trash, not coins.  Here are closeups of the 1941-S Merc (also shown are my two best finds from earlier in the trip which are highlighted in another post):

      Except for the dark toning (which isn't all that bad), the condition of the Merc is quite nice.  I note that the ground in this part of the country, and that include NW Massachusetts where the large cent was found, seems to be even more unfriendly to copper and copper alloy coins (including USA 25% nickel composition coins) than my soils at home.  I know others have found similar deterioration of coin in other part of the Eastern USA.  I don't think it's due to the trees since we pretty much share the same species, so it must be some inorganic chemical(s) in the soil.
      Better than the detect was meeting dogodog and discussing several topics including soil effects, depth of finds, and coil options -- particularly DD vs. concentric.  To put an exclamation point on this last topic, he showed me how well his Tesoro Compadre (w/fixed 8" concentric) performs, which he switched to after a short time detecting with his Eqx800.  I've returned home with a new found respect for Tesoro analog circuitry and am planning on learning my Vaquero.  (kac, don't say "I told you so" even though... you told me so, as have Monte, Rick N, and others here.)
    • By IdahoPeg
      Dang, is it September already? I didn’t even work my little Claim this season! All the easy gold has been gone for a couple years now, and since  I’m looking at a Hip Replacement in the near future (old car wreck injury), it wasn’t worth the flare ups that come from hauling rocks, swinging a pick, and shoveling to get at the remaining gold. So I’ve focused on fitness and biking the hills this summer, with a couple fun detecting trips to Nv to keep me in the game….but the next trip isn’t for a couple weeks and I need a Gold Fix! So I decided that after my early morning walk, it would be time to go play with the Gold Monster😊
      It was a brisk start to the day! My hummingbird feeder was starting to freeze; most have left, but I leave it out for the stragglers. While on my walk and planning where I’d go with the Monster, I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful sunrise….unfortunately due to the awful California wildfires😥. Then I saw the neighborhood Mama Moose….her Baby was with her, but I didn’t catch the young one in the pic. I sure do love my morning walks up here!

      Once it warmed up a bit, the Pup and I headed out in the side x side to an area I’ve hit quite a bit before with the Monster, but I was sure it could squeak out a couple more. Lila, of course, wanted to drive😄. 
      I worked real slow, and sure enough, was able to find some little bits. And LITTLE being the key word here…check out this tiny speck. Unbelievable that a detector can pick this up! 

      Here’s one of the larger bits found…can actually pose it on the detector lol!

      All the while, my little Pup was protecting me from the chipmunks scurrying amongst the Old Timer’s rock piles…what a cutie 🥰 

      We spent several hours enjoying the late summer sun, the gentle babbling of the nearby creek, the breeze in the pines, and the solitude and contentment only Nature can bring. And I ended up with enough bits to actually weigh…what a great day!👍😊

    • By klunker
      Sourdough Scott and I have been detecting hillside that has never been mined before and doing quite well with finding gold. It confounded us both as to why this location was left untouched by the early miners. When I discovered the answer it sent chills down my spine.
       I hate it when I start finding a lot of gold in a small area because that means I have to dig all the trash even when I know it's a tin can, shovel head, copper still, or a locomotive and I am basically a very lazy prospector. To make matters worse this spot must have been where the 1927 world champion squirrel hunting competition took place as there is an extraordinary quantity of lead and brass. There are also bits of steel cable, nuts and bolts, Caterpillar parts and hobnails from numerous logging operations which occurred there through the years.
       One bit of trash that caught my attention was a pristine 50 caliber musket ball as they sound exactly like a large gold nugget. I put it in my pocket and continued on. Then, not far away, I found the remains of an ancient musket. I knew this had the makings of a Detector Prospector story so I took the ball and musket home for some forensic research. 
       Here are the horrifying results of my research findings.
       Upon microscopic examination of the musket ball I discovered a minute speck of fossilized blood. By using the DNA identification app on my smarty pants phone I discovered it was blood from the much feared Plumas Mammoth Grizzly! I then began analysis of the musket. By getting my 51 caliber finger stuck in the 50 caliber barrel I was able to conclude beyond any doubt that the musket was the very one that fired the bloody ball.
       I then closely examined the musket exterior and made three shocking discoveries! One was a patch of dried blood that proved to be from a human male of about forty years of age, dating from 1852. The next was another bloodstain that matched that which was found on the musket ball, identified as being from a Plumas Mammoth Grizzly. The third discovery (and this is where it gets scary) were bite marks which by careful measurement proved to be that of a grizzly over 11 feet tall and weighing nearly a ton! 
       The only logical conclusion from my research is that the doomed prospector discovered the same rich deposit that Sourdough Scott and I found, became distracted with finding gold and not paying attention to his surroundings, mortally wounding the grizzly when he was attacked by surprise but was disassembled by the grizzly before it succumbed from it's wound. That is why this rich strike has remained unworked for 169 years.

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