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    Finding old coins & native precious metals, researching history
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    Minelab Eqx800, Fisher F75 Black, White's TDI/SPP, Fisher Gold Bug Pro, Tesoro Vaquero, White's TRX, Garrett Carrot, Sunray Pro Gold

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  1. In the strict sense, Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring those who died in military service of the USA. It goes back to right after the USA Civil War. But it is customary to also honor those who have served but haven't given their lives in that pursuit. We also have a holiday on 11 November (Veterans Day) for honoring all who have served in the military. That one unfortantely isn't quite as celebrated. The following photo picked off of the internet emphasizes the distinction: (Gerry, not an entry, just for informational purposes.)
  2. I agree with Chase here. Especially larger silver coins (quarters and up) get cherry-picked by about everyone. If you're finding Wheaties then there should be silver dimes. (Yes, some super-duper detectorists with super-duper detectors will discriminate between those....) I've never tried hunting in 4kHz since I don't want to skip the USA nickels and 4kHz really gives weird TID's on deeper nickels. You may just be dealing with statistics of small numbers. As far as Wheats vs. silver dimes, since I started keeping a log in 2017 my up-to-date park&schoolyard counts are 294 Wheats a
  3. I meant scale units -- grams? Given the extent of the data, that seems to make the most sense but there are other units that are possible, I guess. Thanks for the file but I'll have to wait until a later time to absorb it. I'm frantically preparing for a month long trip. (I shouldn't even be using my time posting here...😲)
  4. How dangerous is all of this? Lithium batteries are known to explode when shorted. (I've seen it happen -- wouldn't want to be standing next to it, for sure. There are often built-in protections, e.g. diodes, but...) You say 'parallel' so positive terminal to positive terminal and negative to negative. Just don't accidentally do the opposite (positive to negative...). I'd recommend at leasat a good eye shield.... Always need to ask if it's worth taking safety risks to try and save a few (tens of?) bucks. I recall 30 years ago when working at a well known national lab, an en
  5. Correct. 35% silver x 5.00 g = 1.75 g of silver in a Warnick. 90% silver x 2.50 g = 2.25 g of silver in a (silver) dime. 1.75/2.25 = 7/9 = 0.778 ratio of silver in a Warnick compared to silver in a dime.
  6. Thanks; that's helpful. With the low cost (typically free) calls to standard long distance numbers in the cell-phone era it's kind of surprising that toll free numbers even exist anymore. I just call them out of an old habit.
  7. Impressive condition of that dime -- I'd estimate its grade at VF-30. You continue to amaze with your early California finds.
  8. In my experience (and that includes my soil's mineralization), the depths are more/less comparable for coins, but the Minelab Equinox holds its TID much better than the Fisher F75, which tends to make deeper coins sound ferrous. I recall reading some reviews on other metal detecting sites saying something about the F75 being a great relic detector but not a coin killer. Since some relic hunters dig it all (because iron relics can be prized), that kinda makes sense based upon my experience. I'd be surprised if the F75 performed much differently than the T2.
  9. I think it's between 75% and 80% as much silver as a 90% silver dime. So not too bad. (Considered that way, 10 cents worth of warnicks has considerably more silver than a 10 cent silver dime.) Around where I live, they tend to come out of the ground looking much nicer than the typical 5 cent 'nickel' coin. The acid in the trees (mostly the leaves, I think) does a number on 25% nickel, 75% copper -- same composition as the outer layers of actual clad dimes, quarter, halves, dollars which can also look pretty wretched when recovered. Ironically, warnicks found in circulation are dull gray l
  10. Maybe they were getting so many calls containing "...where the hell are the GPX6000's?!?!?!" that they decided to quit anwering the phone until those arrive in the USA. OTOH, why didn't they just block Gerry's cellphone number?
  11. Which star was he looking at? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_David
  12. All I can say is if this were found on Oak Island, Gary Drayton would be going into orbit. Templar, baby!!!
  13. I was thinking the same thing, but (note: I haven't read or watched the link) if that's the case he should have been more explicit with details. I recall when experimenting with the ML Equinox IB that at least on one occasion a 6-8 inch deep silver dime (don't recall the depth more accurately than that) gave more ferrous tones (along with some non-ferrous tones) than it did with IB minimized. Some have mentioned the possibility that ferrous that is nearby non-ferrous sounds off more when IB is set high, so that could be what I was experiencing. I'd like to be able to provide more detail
  14. And to add insult to injury, there were about 3 times as many -D's as plains (no mintmark so stamped in Philadelphia) -- the latter should have been your most likely version since you're on the East Coast, close the Philly and 1800(?) miles from Denver! Still a nice looking coin. Is the copper a half cent or large cent? Can you make out the date (I can't). Once again your keen imagination to determine the hot spots pays off.
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