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Part # 2 Of My Dakota/wy Trip Showing Off A Gpx-6000

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Congrats on another successful trip, amigo. Thanks for sharing your insights on the capabilities of the GPX 6000.

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Great hunting Gerry, I am glad that you found some nice looking gold for all the hard work.

Good luck on your next hunt.

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Good job doubling up (SD & WY) on your trip, Gerry.  If there is metal detectable gold in range, you're going to get it.

Given you made it to South Dakota's most famous tourist attraction, I'm surprised you didn't get a selfie at one of Wyoming's -- Devil's Tower.  You must have been pretty close to it since it's in NE corner of the state (~25 miles north of I90?).


You have an open invitation to search for gold here in Indiana.  Unfortunately (besides the long drive...), metal detectable gold is a tough find and I don't have any special knowledge of how to get you over it.  Now if you bring a discriminator and a snorkel that may be a different story....

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14 hours ago, IdahoPeg said:

Nice little nuggies! I’m going to have to detect in Wyoming some time…I drive through it a lot on cross country trips and love the openness and wildness. Gerry, I just got back from another Nevada trip using the 6000 I got from you, and yes, I love the machine now! Here’s almost 6 g from previously hammered patches I hit with the 6 this time. 😊8C6DE6E2-359B-476D-8D4A-B72E85603479.thumb.jpeg.0daced3b8998a2f9f8c6d059d2c789b7.jpeg

Peg,  You have been one of my longest lasting repeat customers of 20+ yrs.  You are also one of the toughest when it comes to trying the new detectors and liking them.  In many times past (and including this time with the 6000) your initial field trip is pretty negative.  But the good thing about you, is your desire to get it right.  So you listen to others and also keep trying/tweaking/testing.  Eventually you come back around and are in praise of the new detector.  Thanks for seeing the brighter side (again) and keeping my on my toes.  

Those are some really nice nuggets there and looks to be one of your better trips in the last couple years?  Is that a Chinese coin you finally found?  If so well earned lady digger, well earned.

Finally,  Thanks for being loyal to Gerry's Detectors all these years.  To this day, I remember your 1st purchase was a used GB-2 at a GPAA gold show from me in late 90s or early 2000's.

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      The large chunk at upper left is some kind of RR scrap.  Tiny (jewelry) ring on left and rusty denim button at at bottom will be detailed shortly.  Note the (German) Hohner harmonica housing piece at lower left.  You can't see it in this photo but it had a lot of marking, including dates of awards from the 1920's.  I don't know if the reed in the upper right is from it, but I think I found it several hundred meters away, so likely not.
      Now for a closeup of the most interesting finds from GT3 & GT4:

      Top two items are from old clothing -- left is a Lee button (likely off blue jeans) with their slogan "can't bust 'em" which an internet search reveals was first used in the 1940's, so this was likely from a railroad worker and not a town resident of GT4.  The small brass/bronze rivet (from GT3) says "L.S. & Co  S.F." for Levi Straus & Company, San Francisco.  Again the internet clued me in that this particular rivet (the saying started earlier, BTW) is from early in the 20th Century.  The middle two items didn't photo as well as I'd liked.  RH is the Ford embossed broken piece of metal from GT3.  Left is my only ghost town coin (not counting a very disappointing Zincoln -- damn railroad workers, or should I blame previous detectoris?).  After hearing and reading so many stories here at detectorprospector.com of -S and -CC (Western mints) mintmarked coins from the 19th and early 20th Century I was optimistic this Wheatie was going to be an early -S minted semi-key.  Imagine my disappointment when I got home and was able to see '1919' (no mintmark).  That happens to be the highest mintage Lincoln cent minted prior to 1940, a span of 31 years!  And it came all the way from Philadelphia!!  What a disappointment.  Lower left is a 45 caliber steel jacketed WCC 42 cartridge from GT4.   Again, an internet search showed that the '42' meant it was made in 1942.  The current mystery is a) whether or not it was military issue, and b) why it is steel jacketed lead.  I doubt this was dropped recently (look at the patina) but as to whether a GI dropped it on his way to fight Hitler or it has a less romantic story (hunter who bought them by the gross at a surplus store) will probably never be known.  Finally, the child's ring found near the train station at GT4.  Rang up a solid, consistent 12 (USA nickel TID) on the Equinox with 11" coil, depth in the 2"-3" range.  I thought I handled it carefully but it broke, showing strong orange interior (copper) so it's silver plated.  The 'stone' looks like glass to me.  Still my best find, and recovered near the most frequently hunted spot in that town -- right next to the train depot (now just a foundation).  Was I really the first person to get my coil over it?
      The comaraderie was enjoyable although besides my sister and partner, only Mike from Alaska, Tom from Arizona, and Mike from Utah detected the towns I was in at the times I was in those.  Most everyone (22 was the unofficial count, I think) concentrated on the oldest (GT1) town.  The round-the-dinner-table discussions were the pleasurable social hour.  There were a few old coins found, including a seated dime and a seated quarter.  Oregon Gregg found a beautiful and rare trade token, likely worth in the 3 figures.  I hope there are more of these WTHO's as I'm ready to move on from 'beginner' and I just know there's an early -S mint coin with my name on it.  Thanks to Monte, Gregg, Rich, and all involved.
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