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  1. This particular find happened on July of this year. I went out today for few hours just to kill time. I wasn’t expecting much so I was just taking my time digging targets. I was digging lots of thrash as usual along with some pennies. I was using the Equinox 800 and since I wasn’t finding much I started just jumping between park 1 and field 1. After a few hours I came across this iffy target that would jump all over the place with negative numbers and hit 20-21 once in a while. I’m like another penny, I guess I will dig it since it’s my last target. I dug it and I see this weird coin staring back at me. I grab it and I’m a little confused now cause it sure doesn’t look like a Penny at all. After a few seconds go by it finally clicks, OMG this a fracken gold coin. Now I’m shaking And trying to figure out what to do next. After a minute or two I figured I should put it on top of the detector to let it breath and take a picture. Well, here it is and I hope this isn’t a dream. Thank you for looking and remember to dig everything because you just never know. I wish you all a Happy New Year. The last two pictures are after I finished cleaning it with water without any rubbing. The coin looks better in person but my camera phone can’t capture it good. I found the coin in a public place where construction was being done. A lot of old dirt was pulled and spread out, about the size of a football field and 12”+ in depth. A few of us hunted this site for a couple of weeks till they took most of the dirt back and cover the rest with clean dirt. I will make another post later with my othe finds from there. Happy New Year to all.
  2. Last Sunday was pretty mild, though windy; so I decided to take a hike up a mountain path that goes back all the way to colonial times. I had a lot of fun, and mostly was finding ammo until I got a good dime signal I expected a dime but was surprised to see this 1906 Barber dome. After a rinse-off at home I was astounded by the exceptional quality of this coin- just beautiful. I later found this colonial button which is the smallest button I’ve ever found. This button was 6” deep found using field 2. The equinox really hits on the tiny little items.
  3. Since I keep records of all my hunts I've gotten into the habit of summarizing the years' finds. First the raw numbers (with 2017 numbers in parentheses): Hours in the field: 263.5 (228). Number of hunts: 80 (65). Common coin (clad, Memorial) face value: $78.68 ($20.65). Different sites searched: 15 (11). [Note: 6 of this years' sites were permissions compared to just 2 last year.] Pulltabs (all types): 382 (524). "Old" US coins (see photo): 22 (8). Wheat cents: 90 (61). By "old US coins" I mean any silver coin, Buffalo nickels or earlier, Indian Head cents or earlier. About 2/3 of my old coin finds have already been reported on this website. The photo (below) shows six silver dimes and six silver nickels ("Warnicks") for a total of 12 silvers. Also shown is one V-nickel (next to the dimes), seven Buffies, and two Indian Heads (bottom row). Also shown on the bottom row are a 1917 Canadian large cent, my first ever (and only, to date) dollar (modern ?) and half dollar (clad ?). The nickels are the big surprise since I hadn't found a Warnick since 1972(!) and back in the spring when a thread was begun (paraphrased) "what are you hoping to find first with your Equinox" I responded "my first ever Buffalo nickel". As you can see I found seven, the first two without dates and then a run of five with dates. None of the coins shown has any value over metal content (silver) or face (the rest) since they are all common dates. My best Wheatie find of the year was a 1924-D which I reported on in detail earlier this year. Although I don't hunt jewelry as many do, I sometimes find some anyway. My second photo shows my better jewelry finds and my best relic of the year, a Civil War cartridge box plate size and front face are quite similar to belt buckels but the backside is different. (I wrote this up earlier in the year -- found on 4th of July!) Just found the pocket watch on my last hunt of the year (Sunday 30 Dec). It's in very bad shape as you can see. I think it's gold plated -- you can see one very shiny spot. Probably never was a valuable piece.... The only piece of jewerly which has more than a few dollars value is the amethyst crystal in the gold bezel. Interestingly that is the only jewelry find my wife has ever wanted -- I happily gave it to her after I photo'ed it. ? So why the change in production (both clad coins and old coins)? There are several small reasons but I think the big one is the use of an 11 inch coil (on the Equinox). Another thing I wrote up previously is that I was 'forced' to use a coil larger than my previous habit of 5 inch to 6 inch diameter and I was able to cover a lot more ground as a result.
  4. It has been a few weeks since I went out on a gold trip. Today was the day and the weather was ideal. I went to a location I've been to many times before and people are still getting little pickers out of the area, but not me! My tool of choice was the 6" Equinox set on Gold 1 or Gold 2. It was set up for the hunt. I'm always amazed by the size of stuff this combination will find. None of it was very deep. I know GB2s, Monsters, 7000s, 2300s and others have been over these slopes but there is still trash. There are pellets, half pellets, split, shavings, etc, etc. Do you see any gold there? (The dime was found with my eyes at a parking area!) I don't either. I tried 3 different places with a combination of open and raked slopes and tailing piles. Nada, so it was time to do something else after 5 hours. On the way back to Los Angeles there was an old train stop. We've been there before and gotten coins. The coins I got were buffalo nickels and wheat pennies. The last 3 times I stopped there I didn't find any but I had more time today. Let me see. I put the 6" coin into Park 1 and Park 2 and began the search. I've been here with the 6" coil before. I'd also been there with the 3030 6" coil. I think I have 10 coins from the area. I went back over the areas where I had found the most and about 20 minutes into the search I got a coin signal among all the can slaw. Out pops the wheat. It's a 1945, I can read that even without my glasses. Now I expand my search area a bit but still on the little slop that has held the coins in greatest quantity. I have enough confidence in this coil/detector combo now to not use all metal. That is just too noisy in some places like this. I'm about 20 on sensitivity and everything else is factory on Park 2. I'm hearing another penny sound so I scrape away at the surface and the signal is still there so I take the little hand pick and loosen the area and pull it out of the hole. It's only about 4 inches deep but I get the target. I see the shape is a coin ... the numbers aren't a dime but I think maybe ... then I look and I can't see the wheat ... wait ... I've gotten these from coin hunt tokens ... IT'S AN INDIAN! This is my first Indian from the field. It is a 1905. It's not in very good shape but I think I'll keep it. The 6" coil didn't get me any gold but did get an old Indian. What a detector.
  5. I was hunting an old field and found an old button and after rubbing it with some vegetable oil to preserve it I went back to the same spot and found this old coin. I was shaking all over as I gently cleaned it off and rubbed it with a lightly oiled paper towel. I looked it up and it is a colonial Vermont copper from around 1785.
  6. Found this 1861 half dollar this week at the farm using my F70 with the sniper coil.
  7. Running out of days (especially decent weather days) in 2018. Yesterday I was hunting my favorite park that I've been searching over the past 4 years. I was basically doing some experimentation with settings and detectors. Going over a grassy slope in the shade of a large tree I got a very strong, irregular signal which turned out to be a recent spill -- 2013-D Quarter, two 2017-D dimes, 2006-D dime, 2005-D nickel, and (only 'old' coin) 1964-D nickel. All coins were on the surface of the ground, under the grass blades. Oh, there was one more coin amongst those -- a shiny penny. I figured 'typical Zincoln' but put it in my 'coins' pocket (Zincolns usually go in the trash pouch but get sorted later). It's gotten to the point where I don't even look at the dates on Zincolns since most of the time I can't discern them, they are eaten up so badly. Just toss them in their own jar. When I got home and was sorting through the finds (1940 Jeffy being the oldest but nothing to get excited about since they made a gazillion of them), I noticed the shiny penny had an -S mintmark (see photo below). The 2005 date had me scratching my head since I thought (and later confirmed) that 2005-S coins were only minted for inclusion in proof sets. Only 3,273,000 made (compare that to over 7.7 billion combined between 2005 plain and 2005-D cents). Second lowest mintage penny I've ever found, either detecting or searching through bank rolls. Phrunt was just talking about the "what was that doing there?!" question we often asks ourselves when identifying unusual finds. Just another one for me.
  8. From http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/24/haul-of-gold-coins-found-after-being-buried-by-anglo-saxo-king-1500-years-ago-7105000/amp/ “Chris Kutler, 54, stumbled upon the coins after spending four days searching a field in Chelmsford, Essex. The hoard has now been sent to the British Museum for analysis and valuation, but it’s thought they could be worth up to £10,000. Chris said: ‘It is kind of the Holy Grail of metal detectoring. It was an incredible feeling to find the coins.“
  9. I have been searching a recently harvested beanfield that was a picnic grove 100 plus years ago. This has been a nickel haven as these were V-nickels number 28 and 29 that I have found at this field in the last couple of years. I read in an old newspaper that carousel rides were a nickel at this grove. The right nickel is a 1885 and the left is a 188?. I had to let them soak in a rust remover to remove the corrosion that comes from farm chemicals. The 1885 will grade AG3 at best. I switch around between the CTX and Deus and the EQ but the 800 is definitely the best on nickels. Still a great find.
  10. Tom(CA) and I have been working a site that we researched that's produced several 1850's - 1860's seated coins, and some rogue early 1900's coins, as well as a variety of period relics. We tried to get one more trip in before Old Man Winter completely shut us down, and it did in fact shut us down, but not before I finally, got something I've been looking for for a long time, and after watching others find them over the years (I saw Tom dig three!!!), I was starting to think it would never happen. Well it finally happened, and it turned out to be a good one, an 1865 San Francisco minted Liberty Half Eagle!! Here she is out of the hole: Here she is rinsed off: Here's a video of the hunt: Less than 100 known, Mintage: 27,612 Although the mintage of the 1865-S is quite a bit higher than the mintages of the S Mint Half Eagles from 1858 to 1864, it compares in overall rarity to the 1858-S, 1860-S and 1863-S and is only slightly less rare than the others. Almost all known examples of this date are well worn with VF and lower being all one can expect to find. The 1865-S ranks second in the entire $5 series according to average grade and I do not know of a specimen that would grade better than EF. The very few specimens that I have seen were rather softly struck and the mintmark was always quite weak. Thanks for looking, hopefully the next one comes easier
  11. Found in a city park, limited time and very trashy. About 6 inches down.
  12. I'm trying not to brag guys honestly, but the Nox and myself did it again. Unfortunately I took my Spinks coin bible back to the library last week, so I cant I.D the little butey, Soooo......can any kind person here tell me what it is please..... pretty please....with a cherry on top ? ? YaaaaaHoooooooo Andy.
  13. Finally found my first silver with the NOX 800 it was a 1942 S quarter about 6 or 7 inches. What I think is weird is it rang up as a 27 or 28 which is lower than a clad quarter rings. A clad usually is a solid 29 or 30. Why would that be? Why wouldn't silver ring higher than clad? This is exactly what has perplexed me using the NOX over my Deus for example. I don't understand discrimination on this thing. I was using park 1 since everywhere in town here is so full of trash. But I didnt get any other signals in this spot after I dug it up and refilled the hole
  14. Hi you lovely lot, A bust toe kept me down for a week or so...... But yesterday I bounced back, got the eye of the tiger and found my SECOND hammered coin!!! On this latest one, its a tad broken off at the side, but still a lovely little coin. I'm very happy with it. Hope your all well, and finding your own nice stuff, all the best. I'm back baby ? Andy. A small bit of damage n wear, but hay ho. The back is almost identical to the first one i found. And here they are, the 1st one and yesterdays. May of been the same person who lost them both, clumsy bugger so he was ? MEGA close-up look at yesterdays coin. If damage hadn't occurred, it would be a stunning example of a 1400 hammered coin. If you look at her face, it looks like she has dumbo ears LOL. And Below, both coins shown. Yesterdays find is slightly defaced, but considering they have both been hiding in a ploughed field for over 600 years, they aint half bad really. .........
  15. Found at old pre 1900 coal mining ghost town in Washington state. I have no idea how old this is but we did have a lot of Chinese miners at this site. Anyone have some some knowledge I’d love to hear it!
  16. Stumbled upon this beauty in the woods behind a hotel in Nashville a few weeks ago. 1/2 hour hunt turned a couple modern bullets , 2 modern coins , a few cans, and this 1918 merc. You just never know!
  17. I’ve been hitting an old youth center from 1929 the last few weekends. Using the equinox working a small corner I finally found some keepers. The Indian head was a solid 19/20... thinking I had another Zincolin.. dang 4 inches down out she popped! the silver Washington 1954 was 6 inches down near some iron, but gave a nice consistent high tone. happy Hunting!
  18. MY FIRST HAMMERED! Literally ... just got back home, from one of the best detecting days ever. Had to share this ? ? ? EDIT: And of course, it was found with the AWESOME EQUINOX!!!!! ? These pictures give a feeling of scale. Its a tiny little bugger!!
  19. I almost forgot with all the posts and news of the update on the forum. Found me an Injun behind second base of a men's league ball field on the site of a former fairgrounds. First time I actually ran the Noxie hot as I was using sens 23-24 recovery 4 to 5 and IB 1. First Indian and first old coin found here in ages. Of course I got ran out again by rain. Barely made it to the car before it started pouring. 1898 Indian Head penny
  20. Nothing unusual here, but silver has been hunted for years here Norm
  21. A couple of weekends ago My 800 delivered two bucket list finds. I have always's wanted to find an old Gun and this one was in heavy Iron about 10 feet off the side of an old cellar hole. After some Research I have found this Cannon barreled pocket pistol ( boot pistol or lady's pistol) is from Belgium and dates from 1853 -1877 .The seated I have been looking for for many years. Finally I can say I have my seated Dime. When I found the dime it was a sweat high tone 25. Oh I love that sound! I hope the picture upload works! My small coil arrives in the mail tomorrow..now I can get down to some real heavy Iron taming ? HH Sillllvar
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