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  1. Last year I moved down to Costa Rica and brought with me 2 Tesoros, the Compadre and the Mojave, and an Equinox 800. I've been dying to get to the beaches but we live inland from the north west coast beaches and we've recently opened a little restaurant in our town so there's not much time for me to get to the beach. I decided if I can't get to the beach I'm going to detect the soccer field in the center and try to get permissions from the people with old houses in town. The other night after I closed up shop I tossed some stuff in the car and pulled out the detector and walked across the street and started going at it. I found a bunch of coins,a button and some nice sounding aluminum and then I got a signal that hit right where all the coins hit, about 19/20. I thought it was another button because it had what looked like a shank on one side but I was seeing a wreath and thought it could be something good. Then when I cleaned some more dirt off and saw the 900 I knew I had something great! I think it was used as some sort of jewelry, maybe hanging off a bracelet because there's a dot of solder right in the middle on the reverse and what I thought was a shank turned out to be silver wire. It's smaller than a dime, maybe the size of a half dime but I've never seen one. It's 1 gram of 90% silver. In the year I've been here it's the best find I've made
  2. Been hitting the dried up river and haven’t found anymore gold other than the one I found in November. So I decided to go for the silver. Dug up 2 silver coins in a littered gravel area. Not bad for a New Year’s Day hunt. The MDT is good for park hunting also. Dug a deep 1888 V nickel close to 10 inches. My CTX couldn’t do that. Settings: At the dry river. Sens 9 max, threshold 0, mixed mode, blacksand on, 9khz or 18khz. park: sens 8, threshold -1, mixed mode, blacksand on, 18khz.
  3. We take pride in our finds and many of us display them in a man caves, on our work desks or even give some away as gifts. But we also enjoy sharing the fruits of our labor and the photos bring back so many memories. Now that the 2019 detecting season is over, I'd like to share my 3 favorite finds from the year. But what is even more cool is seeing your hard work and efforts show up for everyone to see. Yes I realize a few folks think it has all been found, but we can show them recent finds from the 2019 year. 1st favorite find of 2019 is a really rare Barber Quarter. In fact IT IS THE RAREST of Barber Quarters minted. I have not had it professionally clean and right now it looks like crap, but of all the coins I have dug up in 40+ years of metal detecting, this is by far the rarest (40,000 minted). It is a 1913-S. it was found with a Minelab EQ-800. 2nd is a gold nugget Specimen that weights over 7 ounces and has 3.55ozt of gold in it. Found with Equinox 800. 3rd favorite find has to do with skill and it was given back to the owner. After 2 different people tried to find a small diamond stud earring with no success, I was called in as a last result. Actually I had been out of town. Anyway, this small 1/4 carat diamond stud was lost in her backyard and she had the spot narrowed down to a 5' area. The EQ-800 with small 6" coil in the Prospecting Mode recovered it. Lets see 3 of your favorite finds of 2019. May 2020 be golden in so many ways with many golden grins & glory.
  4. You may have noticed the lack of my finds postings lately. It's been a pretty lean second half of the year. I'll go into the perceived reasons in my year end wrapup in a couple weeks. In the meantime, here is a surprise find which I'm hoping is authentic. I was in my favorite local park which has grudgingly produced a few old coins (including Indian Head Pennies and Mercury dimes) and relics. When I hunt and pull out a coin I try to do a gross identification so as to know if I'm in an area producing old coins or not. If I get a bronze Lincoln penny I would like to distinguish Wheat (1909-1958) vs. Memorial (1959-1982). I don't carry a magnifier so even if my aging eyes would allow me to see a date, it is often obscurred by corrosion/scaling. As most of you know I am adverse to rubbing a coin in the wild. When I recovered the coin in the photo, I quickly noticed the Lincoln Memorial reverse and that was all I needed for the moment -- into the finds pocket and back to detecting. After I get home I soak my coins in water to get the dirt off. (Stinkin' Zincolns -- 1982 to date Lincolns are the exception. Even for the ones which haven't deteriorate beyond recognition I don't care about the dates and mintmarks. As far as I'm concerned Zincolns are equivalent to can slaw in value.) After getting the dirt soaked off I checked the date, and immediately noticed the imprint above the date -- part of the word LIBERTY spelled backward. My first question when I get an unusual find (coin, ring, relic, or even gold nugget) is "is this authentic or is it a reproduction/fake?" Certainly that was a thought that quickly went through my mind. I'm still not sure but (as you'll see below) there is at least one good sign that it's for real. Until I can get it looked at by a specialist in numismatic errors I'm going conservative(?) with 80-20 that it's the real deal. Error coin collecting is a special, uncommon branch of numismatics. I have some books on the subject and there are multiple websites. I did some digging and came to some conclusions, as always which may not be valid. One of my conclusions is that if this specimen is authentic then it is quite rare. Unfortunately 'rare' doesn't always translate to 'valuable' and that is the case with most error coins. If real, it's an oddity, a curiosity, and a collectible but the demand is small so the value (crossing point of supply and demand if you remember your high school ecconomics) is low. Time to look carefully at the photos. A friend took these pics with his Smartphone and they are better than I could have done, but I still plan on getting better pictures from another friend who has high end photography equipment. When I do that I'll post them here. In the meantime look at the obverse (Lincoln's head side). BTW, I've looked at these by hand with a magnifier and I can get better resolution, so I'll emphasize what I see that way and compare/contrast what you can see in the attached images. Note that not the entire word LIBERTY is shown backward. The 'L' missed the coin, being off the edge when struck. The 'B' is vertically doubled. In fact I think the rest of word is doubled, too, but not as clearly distinguished. Another feature occurs at 8 O'clock where the letters 'RUST' are apparent, but also backward. Now here's a clue worth noting: the location of the 'RUST' (from the word 'TRUST' in the motto 'IN GOD WE TRUST' is not consistent with the location of the backward 'LIBERTY'. Another feature which is only barely visible in the photo is a ghost rim between 9 O'clock and 11 O'clock. Finally there is a hollow 'shadow' in front of Lincoln's face (not apparent in the photo) which is consistent with the backward impression of Lincoln's head on the planchet, and consistently located with the 'IBERTY'. So how was this coin made? This is where the 'unusual' comes in -- however that is typical for error rarities. Multiple unexpected happenings conspire, and that's what makes them rare. (Further, they must get past mint inspection, although that isn't neccessarily difficult since hundreds of coins are struck per minute and there's no way the mint can afford to look at each one carefully. Rather a scan of the many coins in a bin picks up only the extreme, obvious irregularities, and not always even those.) I introduce the word 'brockage' which has been created by error specialists to describe the following: a coin is struck but when being cleared into the collection bin, either sticks in one of the two dies or jumps from one press to a neighbor press, landing on the lower die (which might or might not already contain a 'planchet' = blank, ready for the next cycle). The typical brockage strike has the *same* image on both sides, but one reversed. The coin I have doesn't fit this description but is instead even more unusual. A second rare occurrence (always present with brockage but sometimes without brockage) is a multiple strike. 'Multiple' could mean double, triple, quadruple,... and there are examples of error coins which were struck even more than that! One result of multiple (strike) brockage -- which I contend is seen here, is that each subsequent strike shows less resolution. Dies are hardened steel, made to last thousands or even 10's of thousands of strikes. A brockage coin is effectively a die, but rather than hardened steel it is a softer metal meant to be imprinted only once. So here is the scenario I came up with, which isn't the only explanation but it is a possibilty. Coin A is struck normally but its ejection causes it to land on a neighbor press where a planchet has already been placed for striking (we'll call this 2nd planchet 'coin B). In the process of ejection, coin A (already normally struck) flips over(!). The second machine's dies come together with the two coins in between, leading to the first brockage strike. The only(?) remnant of this first brockage strike is the backward lettering 'RUST' at 8 O'Clock. After the dies separate, the lower coin B fails to be ejected, nor does coin A, but there is a relative rotation between the two. (It's not clear which coin, if either, maintained its orientation in the die. However, the fact that the reverse shows no doubling makes me think that coin B did not shift in the lower die.) A second brockage strike occurs, now producing the 'IBERTY' shown at 3 O'clock. Lincoln's head, among other things is imprinted backward in the coin. Now the upper coin (coin A) is ejected but the lower coin B remains in the lower die and a third, this time 'normal' strike occurs with just one planchet/coin between the dies. This third strike obliterates most of the details from strike #2 (just as strike #2 obliterated most of strike #1 details). Finally coin B is ejected. I don't know what happened to coin A, but my contention is that the coin in the photo is coin B. The reason I contend that the first strike resulted in the backward 'RUST' and the second the backward 'IBERTY' is the clarity of the lettering. (Recall above where I mention that each subsequent brockage strike loses clarity due to the soft material of the 'false die' = coin causing the brockage strike.) In particular the 'U' in 'RUST' is quite clean and pronounced. All of the 'IBERTY' letters are smeered and in some cases what appears to be doubled. So, why do I think this isn't a fake? How would someone produce a fake? I can think of a simple example: put two coins together (facing each other) and wack them with a hammer! But if that were the case here, the final strike's forward 'LIBERTY' would show an overprint of the first 'T' in the backward '(T)RUST' and that is not present. Further, there should be other remants of the fake overstrike elsewhere on the high parts of the obverse which I can't find. The backward images that actually remain on my coin are on the low parts of the coin's field, not the high parts. So, what's it worth? A look at my (now) 45 year old copy of Modern Mint Mistakes (authors Phillip Steiner and Michael Zimpfer) which provided most of the above knowledge and details of speculation, indicates (standard) brockage pennies (recall -- both sides with same image, but one backward) were in 1974 worth in the 10's to low 3 figures of dollars, and that multiply struck coins can be in the similar range. My coin, if authentic, has both but I coudn't find this particular oddity in the book, on Ebay, nor in a quick online search of error websites. As detectorists are all too aware, though, coins with a high copper content don't tend to fare well after decades in acidic or basic soils. These flaws (damage) can drastically reduce a coin's value. And as always, it's only worth what someone is willing to pay. As of now I'll just rest on and be happy with my 80-20 hunch that I've found a true error rarity. I'll keep you informed after I get some better photos and subseqent expert opinions.
  5. At first sight, this large silver dollar size and heavy to boot coin had me extremely excited. The eagle looked to be a gold color. But it turned out to be a token, worth maybe $10. But wow what a rush. Park 2, ID 34.
  6. A couple friends in Louisville invited me down to search a spring on one of their properties. Louisville (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisville,_Kentucky), being on the Ohio River, was one of the earlist settlements in the USA west of the Applalachian Mountains, founded in 1778 by Revolutionary War hero William Rogers Clark, better known as the older brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which explored the Louisiana Purchase (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase) at the commission of Thomas Jefferson. It's likely the spring was in existence well before Europeans arrived but how long it has been visited by humans isn't known. Of course I was hopeful of finding some very old coins and relics. There is currently a catch pool a few square meters in size. I didn't know its depth until I carefully stepped into its murky waters. Fortunately my hip waders were just high enough to keep me dry. The bottom of the pool had a hard (rock?) floor but a layer of mud and decaying organic matter was next and 30+ cm deep. I was swinging (more like probing) the Minelab Equinox 800 with both 6" and 11" coils. Once finding a target I (blindly) felt around with the Garrett Carrot. Searching the pool was difficult and besides a couple electric lights (unknown to the current owner) I surprisingly got no hits. I didn't search the entire pool as it was quite difficult to traverse the mud. I decided to move downstream to a manufactured series of steps (mini-waterfalls). In the very first one I got a 30 TID and was able to recover the metal disk shown in the photo. My first thought (make that 'hope') was that I had found a US half cent (first minted in 1793 and last in 1857). It appeared to be about the correct diameter. Those were made of pure copper which was consistent with the TID. I quickly noted how thin it was, but rationalized that was due to wear. I recall a story my uncle told me from when he was in the Army stationed in Puerto Rico in the early 1950's. He said that the silver coins circulating there at that time were Barber dimes, quarters, and half dollars and had been worn down to literally half their original thickness. I imagined half cents getting that much usage.... I could see no detail, but again, heavy wear can do that. Always skeptical, I wasn't ready to claim victory. The excitement began to fade when my friend pointed out that the edge was reeded. I was pretty sure that USA half cents and cents have never been reeded. As I later found out, reeding was implemented to discourage the unscrupulous from nipping off the edges of coins made with precious metals. Copper didn't qualify as precious. When I got home I measured the diameter (~23.9 mm) and thickness (varying between 1.2 and 1.3 mm). The diameter was just a bit large for half cents (which were minted with three different diameters over their years of production, from 22.0 mm to 23.5 mm). Weight was 3.38 grams. The lightbulb eventually turned on in my head. Equinox TID of 30, appearance of copper, ~1.25 mm thick, and especially telling: reeded edge, Can you now see the light? Here are the nominal size and weight of the pure copper core of a US clad quarter: 24.3 mm diameter, 1.17 mm thickness, 3.78 grams in weight. What still surprises me is the question: what happened to the cupro-nickel top and bottom layers? Unlike Zincolns (copper coated zinc pennies) and the 1943 zinc coated steel pennies, the cladding on modern US coins is rather thick and makes up 1/3 of the coin's weight and thickness. Then I recalled another discovery I had made this fall while hunting one of my local parks: I chose the oldest looking tree I could find (and it was definitely an old hardwood) and started hunting around its trunk. I recovered three coins in different locations but all within inches of the trunk, one a US 5 cent piece ('nickel') which was quite discolored (red) and corroded. I've always thought this was a sign of time in the ground and was hopeful it was an oldie. Imagine my disappointment when I got home and found it was from the late 1990's. How did it get so deteriorated? My hypothesis is that it's the decaying leaves which are more likely to survive (away from lawn mowers) next to the tree's trunk. Apparently the clad layers of this modern quarter had been attacked by the acid from the decaying leaves in the springs catch pool! Even moderately dilute acid can eat away metal if you give it a lot of time to soak, and that coin had spent most of its lifetime bathed in acidic water In one point-of-view, a disappointing find, but another learning experience to compensate. Postcript: I did search the land around the spring a bit and found the following advertising pocket knife with readable wording. I also show a pristine one whose photo I found on the internet. I really don't know the age but the company was in business from the late 1800's at least through the mid-1960's. My WAG is that it is from the 1940's or 50's.
  7. Shook the dust off my ATP and spent a few hours stomping through the snow in the woods. Found a nice bronze skeleton key, IH in pretty good shape and this 3 cent trime which I never heard of before nor seen one. Wasn't too deep stuff tends to stay high in with the pine trees. First thought it was from a broken button or something.
  8. Made my annual deer hunting trip with my 84 year father and we did very well! Only hunted evenings this year! We also do a fair amount of property maintenance, and stand relocation during the day! Dad mostly works in a supervisory role now!🤣 I detected most mornings for a couple hours each day! I sampled several new locations which included 2 parks, 2 playgrounds, 1 baseball field, and one farm field where i have sight hunted for flint and arrowheads in the past! The ball field i found both rings about 10 feet from one another on the same pass! Both signals were iffy, but i was digging most everything anyway! The one looks to be and engagement ring! Ill have to get the stones checked! The playgrounds and parks only produced modern coins! It seems that the silver and low conductors had been cheery picked, because i found no nickels, silver, or gold there! Oldest coin was 1960 D penny! The other items were older, including lead, copper, and bronze, and iron! and a few toys that were pre 1960! The farm field produced the maddock, and some flint pieces, but no arrowheads this time around! Found some of the copper and slag items on the site of an old tobacco barn on same field! But this area was heavily covered in nails, so tough hunting! I only spent a limited time at each due to time constraints! But intend to return next season to finish them off!👍👍
  9. Hi folks...been working my butt off last few years. Purposely trying to slow down for awhile, get in some detecting, fishing, and work on my own house for a change. Went with some buddies, back to a camp weve hit for years. Place had activity from 48 to depression. Deus with 9" hf coil is the ticket. The nug was nice ...was just discussing how we where surprised one hadnt turned up yet. The 3 cent nickel is a first for me, and rare Ca find. Merry Christmas everyone!
  10. Hit a local school lot twice the past few days, no silver, but the Equinox is a quarter finding machine ... And to boot nabbed a Sacagawea dollar ... Only old place I have permission on had the old home bulldozed and there is scrap literally everywhere and Im not experienced enough yet to detect this environment. Had lots of fun, got dirty and needed advil afterwards..LOL Cheers Brian
  11. Went out for a bit earlier today and found these. The quarter was shallow on edge of what was a small orchard. The locket hinge still works but the photo has disolved away. Locket was pretty deep under a good size rock. Think it was silver plated at one time. Grounds starting to freeze so might be getting close to the end of the season. I'll call it a day when my digger makes a clank sound and I can't dig.
  12. Used the historic aerial site to do some research and found that the local ball field was just a plain ole park at first ..circa 1960.. so give it a shot. Based on the overlay I hit the original part of the park by some old trees and finally found my first silver ever .. 1941D Merc.. Hook firmly set now .. lol Cheers Bran
  13. Got back to having a swing around my usual spots with the Nox 600 after a month's break, it's funny how targets grow back if you leave the area alone for a while: Also picked up $6.50 in modern coinage in one spill which in a way was more unusual than the old pennies - not much modern action in this old gold-mining area so pre-decimal coinage is the order of the day usually.
  14. Back to the old hobo camps along the river with my whites mxt and 10x5 detech coil , got a solid nickel signal in relic mode. I knew it would be a coin but did not expect this nice 1906 v nickel. I have included photo of where the coin was found and one looking across the valley.
  15. Hunt the camp didnt go so good BUT found a few relics...
  16. Found this in what was a farm then turned into an estate then taken over by Nuns then turned into a city park. Coin is older than the town and older than the estate that was there. Good sign for older stuff but as you can see the farm land really beats these old coins up so back to the maps, wait for warmer weather and start hitting the wooded areas around some more. Looks like 1790's and only give away it was a large cent is the diameter. Might be a draped or flowing hair, hard to tell.
  17. I have been hunting an old desert SP stop that is heavy alkali , so heavy that the top of the ground is a white salt crust. The park 1 and beach 1 settings have produced the most favorable results for me and at this point seem equal. The sensitivity level I run varies as chatter annoys me. The settings I have been using are 50 tone, Iron ON with volume set at 1, 0 iron bias and recovery at 6. There is a lot of garbage in the ground. I recall Brian Cal-Cobra posting about hunting in similar conditions and am interested in his take (as well as others) on setting choices. The Morgans and the lock came out of the worst of the alkali mud and were completely encrusted. All three were good dig signals but none deeper than 6 inches.
  18. 1903 indians pocket spill from the old transient camps along the river with my mxt and 10 x 5 detech coil. They must been very close together because vdi came up 74, l was expecting modern firearm brass and was very surprised when the first indian popped out, a quick check of the hole and still a signal , another one emerged from the semi frozen ground. I had the mxt in relic mode, discrimination at 3. Also recovered some clad and cheap jewelry and the usual .22 brass and bullets and junk. The last image is of remnants of RR track that used to run through the area.
  19. It was too cold yesterday to detect and the wind was blowing too. Today was different! So out we go (me and my wife) to a new elementary school. I used my trusty T2SE with the Cors Shrew. The conditions were for lack of a better word- weird. Coins were coming in much different than how they usually do on the ID. This is one of those areas where the dirt is red and filled with the golden sparkle flakes everywhere. Well onto the meat and potatoes. I found some clad quarters, dimes, a nickel and crusty pennies. Ran over the entire chip bark lot and had just told my wife "It's time to get the ORX out and sweep up". Right at that moment i got a quarter signal and out pops this pretty shiny coin at 7" in the chip and red clay. It is a 1953 Canadian Silver 25 cent piece. It looks rather worn to me and is my first Canadian Silver. I was very excited to get that. Question is, HOW did it get here in the states on a playground? I have a feeling some kid raided a coin collection and wanted to ditch the evidence maybe. After that find the ORX was deployed and found another 2 quarters a couple more dimes, a nickel and more pennies. Oh yeah, also found a "Chuck E Cheese" token. First token I've dug. First and second picture is the silver coin. Last pic is the crusty clad haul. The silver was already sort of scratched looking on the face when found. So in all today, the 1953 silver canadian, 7 clad quarters, 10 clad dimes, 2 nickels, 14 clad pennies. I threw some corroded pennies away because they had edges that was ragged. Pleased with today's silver and will not complain about coinstar clad!
  20. I went back to the place where I found a silver rosie, merc, and quarter. Today I found a 1964 Rosie. Was down 7.5 inches and the ORX hit it. This is the first silver the ORX has gotten for me. Audio was faint and registered on the ID as 96. I also found 2 1990's nickels, an unreadable clad dime, a penny, decaying rifle cartridge, a button of some sort, and lots of aluminum pieces not shown in photo. While detecting I noticed the mineralization scale on the ORX was going up sometimes 6 bars, and varied a lot. Tough site with iron too. It's amazing to me how silver coins for the most part clean up really nice. I simply used some baking soda on this one with a drop or two of water and rubbed it between my fingers. Happy Hunting
  21. Hey everyone I dug this 1923s SLQ yesterday. It has a nik on the edge, came out of the ground this way....bummer. This is the second '23s I've dug in 2 years. This coin is one of the lowest of all mintages for this quarter. This first one I dug, I sold it to a friend for $200 to complete his SLQ collection. Thanks for stopping in.
  22. Hadn't gone out in a while, weathers been rough and had a miserable cold but snuck out for couple hours and got these. Funny the stupid plastic flashlight was good 6-7" down and not that far away a merc dime on the surface. Next to the merc was the seated an an IH that were bit deeper. Always blows me away when you dig and dig to find something modern yet so many times the old stuff is so shallow.
  23. What a nice day for metal detecting. Today's finds include 10 quarters, 13 dimes, 13 nickels, 22 pennies, 2 zippers, a locket, an earring, a car key, and a 2 pound british coin. Everything today was found with the T2 and shrew coil EXCEPT the locket and some quarters, a couple nickels, and 2 dimes which the ORX found. The 2 pound coin is the most unique thing today, and I'm wondering why it is here in the states on a playground. The coin edge has "Standing on the shoulders of giants" imprinted. Took a lot of cleaning to get it looking this nice. It was down 5" and extremely crusty.
  24. Finally got a break in the weather and hit an old field with my tejon that I actually got the 10x12 widescan for. This place has been hit really really hard by a lot of people but I did manage to sniff out what looks like a King George. Not sure on the date, have to be careful with it. Might just leave as is. Also in the mix is an old 50 cal musket ball couple copper lincoln and a ship pin.
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