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  1. Very nice, we don’t see those out west. Congratulations! Paul
  2. Thanks Tom, We definitely work hard for each target, lately it’s been tough scratching a few pieces to fill 1/2 the the palm of our hand, And that’s with several outings. So when a old coin surfaces, it encourages us to continue pressing forward. Thanks again, Paul
  3. That looks like a 8th grade/high school hammer project, I remember our 8th grade wood shop class making that type of hammer. We made all sorts of neat stuff, hammers, metal funnels, wooden towel hanger using a marble. That definitely looks like one of our wood shop hammer projects, this was back in 1973-74. Paul
  4. Hello GB-Amateur, The ground the two seated 50 cent pieces come from are farm land, not Rocky and all those ricks and cuts are from plow. With the exception of two shiny marks above the shoulder of 1862 50cent 1/2, that’s from my shovel. Soil is pretty good from this area, this particular area is plowed about twice a year which is good but increases odds to damage coins. The area the two seated 1/2 dimes are from another area. Same property but a good 1/4-1/2 mile up river on opposite side. Another settlement, 1850’s era. Soil is saturated with chemicals, and area is full of hot rocks, what damages coins from this area is both from plow had chemicals. It’s tough to get a date from silver coins, especially worn out silver. Thanks for the informative reply, and both these 50 cent pieces are S mint. All the best, Paul
  5. Hello Denny, Wish I would stayed longer, was great to see you again and we learned how well the MDT will eliminate hot rocks. Im not a fan of using black sand mode with any detector when not needed, but I can see an advantage with using black sand mode with the MDT. It eliminates our hot rocks completely, yet conductive finds are still detectable if under a hot rock. I’ll share a little here Denny what we noticed. And yes, the river crossing here at this particular river was a toll bridge. Plus, River was much wider back then. What Denny and I found out with our MDT units, If an MDT user is still experiencing some ground noise even after properly setting Salt mode especially in areas with hot rocks. Kick on black sand mode, it should eliminate all remaining ground noise as it did with our soil from a particular area. One particular area we hunt, is saturated with chemicals used for farming, decades of heavy dosage plowed year after year. Coupled with rock hots, ground noise is terrible. The MDT can eliminate all noise, it may loose some depth with using black sand mode but we’ll probably make it up with a much quieter machine. Much easier to stay focused, those deeper whisper signals will not be overcome by ground noise. We’re still learning the ins and outs of our MDT units, but when it comes to handling poor soil I think we both feel the MDT is our best choice of detector for these types tougher soil conditions. Hopefully, Denny and I can meet up again soon. Hope to get out with you soon Denny! Paul
  6. Thanks 2Valen, Maybe next hunt will yield more finds, We need another plow to stir up the ground. Thanks again Paul
  7. Thanks kac, Half dimes are hard to find, I’m a firm believer with using high kHz to get thin silver especially thin half dimes and tiny thin reales. With the Tarsacci, I always use 18 kHz. With the Deus, use HF coils with high kHz. Thin silver especially trimes in your area, will probably be best recovered with higher kHz. Conductivity wise, they fall lower conductivity than larger pieces of silver coins twice their size. Using lower kHz for deeper silver, is the mindset of most hunters not knowing they are missing smaller pieces of silver. Thanks again, Paul
  8. Got out about two weeks ago before the shutdown, local friend and I met to test our MDT units on bricks. Then, detect since the weather was very nice. We didn’t hunt the area recently giving up three seated 1/2 dollars, instead we focused on another nearby area giving up a seated 1/2 dime, bust quarter and a 1846 $5 dollar gold coin on previous hunts. We know from experience, eventually this particular area will give an old coin or two if we continue hitting it. Luck was on my side on this particular hunt, dug an 1848 1/2 dime with the MDT. Funny thing with my recent silver coin finds, these four recent pieces of silver are all seated 1/2 half’s. Two seated half dollars, two seated 1/2 dimes. The MDT bagged the recent 1848 1/2 dime, EQUINOX and Blisstool V6 scored the remaining three pieces. The bricks we tested are from an 1853 hotel, nothing remains from the hotel, it burned down in 1908 and is from the same property across the river now an orchard. Unfortunately, the bricks are only 2-3 bar with 3 at the highest end. MDT and most other top end models can see through one brick with ease. Two bricks are tougher, but barely detectable when testing. These bricks are not mineralized enough, to conduct detector comparisons. Have a new job position, been tough visiting the forums due to homework and new job positions work schedule. Going forward will be even tougher, thought I’d post this today’s may not be too many free moments ahead. Also, I’ll add that the property owner of this particular area allows us to detect here. Most of our finds from this particular area are in our local county’s museum, the bulk of remaining finds including an 1846 $5 gold coin are with the property owner. These recent seated finds, will probably go to the owner or be placed into our county’s museum displayed along side with the other finds. Great hobby we have, Really enjoy the history part especially the research portion. If one digs into the reading material portion, sky’s the limit you’ll always have places to hunt and always keep property owners updated. Thanks for Looking, Paul
  9. Extremely nice finds, definitely date back a ways. You'll eventually find the sweet spot, looking forward to seeing the old silver you pull out. Congratulations! Pail
  10. Two terrific finds Kac! Two cent pieces are extremely rare on west coast, the metal plate is another spectacular find I’d take that over a coin any day. Congratulations! Paul
  11. Thanks Cal, Hopefully get out there later this Afternoon, got to be more in there have a good feeling this may be a small cache. Thanks again, Paul
  12. Hello Brian, I’ve been thinking well hoping they are from a cache, three from same area. Area is plowed yearly, good chance part of remaining cache are nearby. Never dug a cache, had several silvers in same hole but those were probably from pocket spillage with someone laying on park grass long ago. Going to hit this area again this weekend, see if another half surfaces. Good to hear from you, hope all is well over your way. HH, Paul
  13. Congratulations Tom! You definitely deserve this 16th gold coin, Wow truly amazing! Well done Tom! Paul
  14. Hello Rick, This is great reading material, definitely going to read this weekend. During my lunch hour this early evening, skimmed through most of it and found camels used in California. Our Fort Tejon used camels, plenty of reading material on this subject. Our State of California is rich with history, we are very fortunate. Especially those who enjoy research, plenty of historical sites waiting to be found. Thank you for sharing, I’ve saved it to my favorites. I’ll share something not too many local treasure hunters are aware of, in my area not to far from these recent seated half’s is an 1850 old fort location, I’ve been searching for it past 10 years. It’s definitely in an area we’re bound to eventually find its location. Within a 1/2 mile radius from this recent town we discovered, the material you posted encourages me to press forward. Thanks again Rick👍 Paul
  15. Hello Tom, Congratulations with the $10 gold piece, first I heard of this spectacular find. This current site is from the next river south of the area you and Anthony discussed with me, it’s a property Denny and I have been hunting pass 11 years. Totally off the charts from yours and Anthony’s, about one mile south. That area of yours and Anthony’s, is an area I will not discuss with anyone including local friends. You guys have my trust, I respect this site as yours and Anthony’s. As with permission from Anthony, I’ve made contact with one of the property’s owners, he is to meet with me soon on his property. That’s were you and Anthony feel the bulk of the area is located, I’ll keep in touch. I’m going to give this property owner copies of the materials you gave me. Plus a 1892 map copy of his property, this is the only area I have not hunted. Pretty sure what you and Anthony are searching for is in this area. Congratulations again on your 15th gold coin? It is 15 now right? Outstanding! Paul
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