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  1. I'm camping in NC this week, a new campground that is on a remote island in the Currituck area. It's really an old campground that got a facelift from a big company. Did a ton of research (history, maps, aerials) before coming, they implied on the phone that metal detecting was ok here. Talked to some folks after scouting the place, it's over 400 acres of woods, marsh and shoreline that really doesn't have a beach except for about 50 feet at the end of a bulkhead. Got permission to pretty much do what I want from the management, really nice people. They pointed me to where an old farmhouse once stood: I brought my less intimidating shovel and promised to show them what I found. This place has been hunted by some YouTube personalities, I'm going to find their video if I can. The ground is similar to my landing back home and cuts like butter. Got pretty much skunked at the farmhouse in the 2 hours I was there, had to put on 100% Deet to keep the deer flies, mosquitoes, black flies and midges off me. The not so smelly stuff wasn't working. My trash was what I expected for the most part, can slaw, some brass, steel and other aluminum bits. Strange was the lack of much iron here. Everything was coming up in the 10-36 range! I was in all metal. Maybe I was just ignoring the iron. Got an "O" from either a Ford or Oldsmobile. Managed to dig 3 Zincolns, all 70s from when they said the house was pulled down. Odd too that they were all ID'ing from 22-26! Going to hunt the "beach" and may go in the water along the bulkhead. I'll probably go back to the farmhouse area if it gets a bit cooler.
  2. Once in a while I like to hit an old WW2 base near me...nothing left to indicate it was there mostly built over with houses but if you know were to look you can get some interesting finds..I needed to detect for a couple hours last weekend for therapeutic reasons...and I was about to come home with only the 1940 wheat penny then I found a small area on the side of a hill that was loaded with targets... strick
  3. I have been progressively working a Victorian era house site over the last week or so with the Deus and 9" HF coil, previously it had been detected with my Explorer SE Pro several years back, though obviously not thoroughly enough. The oldest coin so far off the site was from 1862, though more desirable are the dog registration tags which are considered quite rare and fetch a decent price (not that I would ever sell them). So far only one silver, an 1884 threepence. The soil here is also very sandy and drains well, leaving many of the finds in very good condition - some of the dog tags look like they were dropped yesterday and you can achieve some pretty good depths even with the 9" coil fitted. Hope you enjoy the pics.
  4. Back from a few days away at a campground, almost got them to let me detect the lake beach and an old farm, but someone made a snap judgement and said "we don't want you digging". 😡 Oh well. Got a few hours in on the river, the tides weren't low at all so I stayed closer to shore. Couldn't get to the area where I found the Brown Bess buttplate, and really didn't find much of interest. I tried a lot of the suggestions I got such as digging negative numbers, one-way positives, and faint signals but pretty much got what I expected from this place: Iron, copper nails and screws, and junk. Went the other way up river and got fishing gear, and old boat copper plate. πŸ˜€ It's a beautiful place, I park my cart and walk 10 feet to the water. At high tide there's no beach, most low tides have about 3 feet. Once it was about 6 -10'. During the week I don't have to worry about boaters even in the summer, most of the boaters have weekend cottages. Today I saw a kayaker and one boat, but I wasn't in the river, I was on the landing. Dug a ton of junk but came away with two interesting relics before the deerflies got too troublesome. Nice 1800s silver thimble, a 17/18. It is inscribed "Forget Me Not", a common gift for a woman in the Victorian era. Too bad it's a bit mangled. Got a 15/16, thought oh great, another pull tab, and dug this, it made my day: 1930s Cracker Jack Tootsietoy "Zephyr". 90 years and it still has its paint. You just never know what's out there.
  5. Specimens excluded, the photo represents a month's worth of Gold Bug 2 finds here in Eastern Oregon. My brother and I haven't done that well this spring with nuggets-lots of them, but my weight is only 5.7 grams, "So Far!" But as you can see we do clean up the environment, as I am sure the rest of you do as well. Maybe if I am able to afford a 6000, this will help the next hunt scheme. Each placer has different types of trash and can provide those of us who operate Museums lots of areas of study. (I have a friend who is doing just that.) Those darn shotgun pellets are relatively recent and do disappoint at times. Good luck out there guys and watch carefully-The Rattlesnakes and ticks are out.
  6. Well our club held it first club outing last week since the pandemic began last year. The club has had Zoom meetings every month for those who wanted to keep in touch, but everyone was itching to get together and enjoy some relic hunting. The club trip leader announced that this outing would be the thirty-fifth time the club has been to this site, the last time was 2018 and many coins (Seated Quarter, Indian Heads, Shield Nickels) tokens and relics were found. This club outing V-Nickels, Shield Nickels, Seated Dime, Indian Heads, Wheat Cents, tokens and relics were found. You would think after thirty-five times to this site it would be some what hunted out, but the site keeps producing or is our metal detectors technology getting better? Mostly Equinox's, Garrett's, XP Deus's , Whites were being used. My wife was using a XP Deus and I was using a Nokta Kruzer with a five inch coil. Looking forward to the next club outing the first part of June and other outings for the rest of the year. Club members getting ready to head out to the Ghost Town Beautiful day to be relic hunting Here are some of the tokens and relics I and my wife found
  7. I really like the coil. It has a sharp detecting edge and is fast. It was nice out. Was 55F. I went to field next to an old school house where I've gotten old coins before. I went to a different area. There was emi and used 15 khz and it ran smooth with sensitivity 24, 2 tone, recovery 4 (should have used 6, lots of iron), Iron bias F2 0. The single tones run so smooth. Only one keeper, maybe drawer pull?
  8. I recently posted a day I spent continuously digging over 80 minie balls from an apparent Civil War camp firing range. I was not the only detectorist that was digging in the midst of that range hillside that day. I was one of only two who were using a PI detector (GPX 4800) in that hot Culpeper area dirt. Scattered around me were detectorists using AT Pros and Maxes and a lot of Deus and Equinoxes and a Tarsacci was present. I have heard a lot of hyperbole and debate regarding "the best" VLF detector to use in hot dirt and my conclusion having owned and used the Deus, Equinox, Tarsacci, and GPX (pre 6000) in multiple hot dirt situations that no VLF is going to touch the GPX at depth under those conditions. There just is NO comparison and now I have objective evidence of that truth. I was using a GPX 4800 with an 11" Commander DD coil with iron rejection set at 7 on the GPX. The iron was not thick as thieves but it was present and iron reject worked well to give me a clue that I was probably about to recover a nail or piece of farm scrap instead of a minie ball. What was apparent was that I was easily "shooting fish in a barrel" that day as I recovered over five times the number of keepers as anyone else that day in that same field whether it was Deus, AT Pro/Max, or Equinox. Based on my experience, that pretty much seals my opinion of VLF machines in hot dirt. Yes. You will recover targets, but you will not touch a tuned-in GPX in experienced hands even if you are highly proficient at using your VLF machine. I was constantly checking signals with my hunting partner who was using Deus to confirm this. Without going into a lot of detail but with hundreds of hot dirt swing hours on the following four machines, I can come to some conclusions: Tarsacci is no doubt the deepest VLF in hot dirt with its ability to ID non-ferrous at depth (Note: I only have experience with the 8x11 stock coil, not the "Beast" coil, but frankly, in hot dirt, ground noise is going to dominate with the larger coil footprint which will limit additional depth performance vs. stock. On the beach or mild soil conditions, the Beast will no doubt get you an additional couple inches easily vs . the stock) The ultimate depth (the depth at which you know you have a target but cannot necessarily discern ferrous vs. non-ferrous) is also deepest but probably on par with the Equinox. But the advantage Tarsacci has over Equinox is that it will ID non-ferrous deeper while the Equinox may see the same target but ID it as probable ferrous or simply give an erroneous TID. The actual depth performance is variable depending on degree of mineralization and the target type. One thing about using the Tarsacci in hot dirt is that it is important to get salt balance right in hot dirt, which is not exactly straight forward for two reasons. Hearing the nuanced audio noise minimums that indicate proper terrestrial hot dirt salt balance is tricky business and the operating frequency affects "salt" ground noise effect with higher frequencies (which are preferred for relic hunting metal compositions) being noisier than lower frequencies. So you are frequently faced with a tradeoff there. But any claims of PI-depth by the Tarsacci in hot dirt are just way overblown. It is really no contest the GPX will dominate unless there is so much iron that the GPX starts blanking out. In that case, I just might not use the Tarsacci (read on to see why). I chuckled to myself when I read a post on here about a Tarsacci user taking a deep plug and still not hearing the target with the pinpointer. Believe me that happened on probably 70% of the minie balls I recovered using the GPX and my Carrot. That is not some unique indicator of over the top detector performance. That's just what happens when your detector hits on a deep target, especially a large deep target as was the case in the post in question. Believe me, ALL those minie balls, even the ones at greater than a foot of depth in hot red clay were just banging on my headphones but were not immediately audible on my pinpointer after the first plug was pulled. Equinox retains its reputation the most versatile detector under these challenging conditions. If I could only have one detector, it would be a close contest between Equinox and Deus. Without a GPX and going into a hot dirt site, I might choose the Tarsacci as my primary weapon of choice (unless there is thick iron), but I would have no problem pulling the Equinox and having at it. Put another way. If I could only have one detector in the truck at all times it would either be the Equinox or Deus, but not the Tarsacci. The Tarsacci tone limitations and lack of signficant depth performance ADVANTAGE in mild dirt sitautions vs. Equinox or Deus, means that if I wanted to do a coin or jewelry shoot in a park with lots of modern non-ferrous trash, I would really not have a great time hitting that park with the Tarsacci vs. my trusty Deus or Equinox. Equinox would probably be my number one single detector choice as it has equivalent depth for a similar given coil size vs. the Tarsacci and probably greater depth than Deus. I especially like swinging it with the new 10X5 Coiltek elliptical and it is staying on my Equinox for the time being. If the situation involves hot dirt AND thick ferrous or non-ferrous junk targets, then the Deus is my weapon of choice. The Equinox comes close with the new Coiltek elliptical now, but the Deus still rules. The Tarsacci can get it done too, but the tone limitations make it a more difficult proposition since the audio feedback you are getting is poor even with the excellent mixed audio implementation. Deus can just navigate machine gun iron better and with Pitch audio or Gold Field mode give you the audio you need to pick ferrous from non-ferrous. If modern non-ferrous junk is the problem, then the expressive Deus full-tone audio nuanced audio distortion patterns work well to highlight aluminum can slaw and slag. So there you have it, my conclusions based not on exhaustive test garden A VS. B VS. C testing but based upon my real world experience over a variety of sites and conditions: Hot dirt for max depth with occasional ferrous: Number one choice is the GPX (pre-6000) followed by the Tarsacci which is a very distant second. If it is raining, then the Tarsacci comes out so my GPX doesn't melt like the wicked witch of West if it gets wet. Somewhat justifies the high cost of the Tarsacci vs. Equinox and Tarsacci Value vs. the GPX (pre 6000). GPX 4500/4800/5000 iron reject and target sensitivity are ideal for relic hunting vs. the Gold-focused GPX 6000. Overall Most Versatile Hot DIrt or Not and best overall value for the price: Equinox. Overall Hot Dirt plus ferrous junk or non-ferrous junk master: Deus. Salt Beach Nod (Black Sand): Tarsacci has the chops to handle any beach wet salt sand type (including black sand without dialing back transmit power like the Nox) and appears to be the most effective in moving salt water. Equinox is my choice if hunting the wet plus the dry (especially if the dry has a lot of modern trash). Deus is dry and damp sand only and only if I don't have an Equinox in the truck. GPX can handle dry and damp too for max depth but is mostly overkill unless the beach has a lot of deep, old targets hanging out on top of the buried hard pan/shell layer. Hard core, submerged water hunting: Excal II or waterproof PI (e.g., Impulse AQ or ATX or waterproofed TDI). Fresh Water: Similar to above salt beach. Tarsacci is more "honest" about its submersion capability than Equinox. Have yet to hear any report of a Tarsacci "drowning". Grab and go coin shooter in a park or field setting: Equinox with the 10x5 Coiltek. Deus if modern trash abounds (but it Is close) or one of the value detectors below. Brash Proclamation: The day of the expensive, slow ML FBS silver slayer (CTX, eTrac, Explorer) is probably nearly over in light of the capabilities and promise Multi IQ brings to the table in terms of speed, affordability, and ferrous filtering/non-ferrous signal processing headroom and sophistication. I am confident ML will come out with a Multi IQ-based successor to the less versatile CTX that will have the speed and value of the Equinox with the additional discrimination, high conductor target depth and target ID sophistication as the CTX/eTrac. Capable Value Priced Detectors: Simplex, Vanquish (though lack of adjustable GB is a big drawback), Apex. Value Comment: I find it hard to fully justify the price points of the Tarsacci and Deus (and the high end ML FBS detectors still in production) today in light of the capabilities and value that detectors like Equinox and even Simplex/Vanquish/Apex bring to the table. However, the Tarsacci has some key, niche performance features present in no other VLF and the Deus/Orx feather light ergonomic platform and strong performance and ferrous handling is still a strong seller - it has extended the ability of several folks I know to enjoy the hobby despite increasing physical limitations that come with age. The Orx is an excellent value versus the Deus but is missing some key essential tone features which only enable it to be a serviceable relic hunting backup alternative to my Deus despite the fact that it's raw performance is on par with Deus. Captain Obvious observation: No one detector VLF or PI does it all. The compact Deus is always in the Truck in the event I happen upon a swing opportunity. Heading to a general relic site, the Deus, Equinox, and Tarsacci ride along. Heading to a hot dirt relic site, the GPX hops on board too. Equinox Relics (mild dirt) GPX Hot Dirt Deus Hot Dirt GPX Hot Dirt Tarsacci Hot Dirt Equinox Hot Dirt - Eagle Minie ball Cartridge Box Strap Breast Plate and similar (but not quite the same) sounding melted aluminum slag and can junk. I dug all the junk pieces knowing that they were likely junk in the hopes of snagging a plate or similar relic. It was tedious and frustrating but did eventually pay off. Equinox Epic Hot Dirt Hunts in Pennsylvania. One Crazy Deus Hot Dirt Day in Pennsylvania. Combo of Deus, Equinox, and GPX finds in hot dirt near Culpeper. The US Cavalry bit boss was found at nearly 1.5 feet with a GPX and ML 11-inch Commander coil operating in Cancel Mode!
  9. going over the same ground the Deus hit hard, and the Tarsacci is finding alot of things i missed today found a nice thimble
  10. Another lovely day here, winds at 30 with gusts to 45. It was sunny and fairly warm so I got a quick hunt in on the hill behind my house, I am now calling it Mason Jar Hill because I have found about 50 mason jar lids there, I think it was a dump. It was bush hogged recently giving me an opportunity to search it more. I don't keep any of the lids, they are all rusty and corroded. I doubt anyone would care. I was only there about an hour before I got tired of the wind and the deer flies. Usually deer flies are suppressed by the wind but lucky me, not today! There were some spots on the hill that were out of the wind. Finds: Nice green 3oz jar, I think I damaged it digging for whatever else I was after. Heavy glass. Mangled token marked "Good for 50’ in merchandise", sadly the vendor could not be read on the back. Old zipper pull, 1919 wheat, and a piece of decorative metal. Here is what the jar is, I found it. Got a lot more to do here, it's only about a half acre but it's all hill. Trash was mostly handgun bullet shells and the ever present Mason jar lids. The lids ID from 21-32, so I have to dig them all. 😡
  11. Nothing special today but still productive. I'm thinking the steamboat unloaded passengers on one side (the high pilings), and cargo on the other (ramp). Hacked around the "passenger" side but didn't go too far out. The sand got kinda loose, and once gave way. There was a 26 ID object in the pilings, dug out out with my pinpointer and trusty composite shovel, when I got it out it ID'd a 31, it's on the left in the trash photo: It's just some sort of aggregate rock, haven't done anything with it yet. The license plate was a 36, again I thought I'd hit the jackpot. 😡 Even the Comet can lid was a solid 22 πŸ˜€ The finds: Odd brass object, some kinda strainer or lamp thing? Here's the back: 1892 IHP, it was totally encrusted, but carefully peeling away the black brought forth what was left. Unidentifiable wheat penny, no date. Came out as is. IHP was a 19/20, wheat was a 21/22. There is a small area all these coins are all coming from, I'll keep hitting it. I think it may be where people were swimming. Might rake or dig it down a bit to see if there are any silvers there.
  12. Here are some different relics to find! https://www.livescience.com/sword-poland-battle-of-grunwald.html?utm_source=notification
  13. Finally got a chance to hit the steamboat landing on the water today. A coincidental lower tide and great weather made an opportunity for me. It's a beautiful place, but fraught with risks from the poison ivy ground cover to the soft sand/muck in the river. There are places here that look solid but you sink immediately should you step there. Really didn't find much but didn't expect to. What I was more interested in was getting used to the gear and the conditions, I was wearing waders and using my scoop as a "stabilizer" as well. There are pilings, underwater holes, even saw an engine block out in the river. I only went a little above knee deep today. The water is clear but silts ahead of you as you walk. Water parallax makes it a bit difficult to locate where to scoop, but lifting the coil straight up after pinpointing helps. Found some pretty cool stuff, the steamboat mooring line cleat and the old blue medicine bottle were my favorite trash, the cleat was a 36. Thought I'd hit the jackpot. πŸ˜€ I worked my way over to the area I found some completely corroded Indian Heads just before I quit, I was only there about two hours. Got a 9/10, and scooped this very corroded "V" nickel, sadly not enough detail to provide a date. Identified it by size and the bust that was barely visible.Going back soon! They're planting the fields so woods and river are my only local diversions.
  14. Me and a hunting buddy happened upon a CW firing range. We thought, great, we'll dig a few minies and move on. But when we swung it was immediate target after target. A rare unexploited hot spot. Limited only by how fast we could recover the targets. Another buddy made it over to the area coming from a different field and joined in with the Deus. But this was hot Culpeper dirt so I had the advantage with my GPX 4800 PI detector. My other buddy fanned out to look for the likely firing line holding drops and buttons, but no joy. Likely cleaned out by others who were there beforeMe and a hunting buddy happened upon a CW firing range. Anyway, it kind of became an obsession and challenge for me. I would either be continuously recovering a target or checking/confirming one of my buddy's Deus targets. Would the minies dry up or would I drop from exhaustion? The minies won. 81 minies, one button, and 7 hours later, I called it a day with plenty of targets still heard as I walked out of the 20 yard by 20 yard patch. If you did the math, that is one minie recovered on average every 5 minutes. So now I have that out of my system, can take the memory of the day I dug minies at will, and will probably never have a day like that again, which is probably a good thing. P.S. The minies with the star marking in the cavity mean they were manufactured at the Washington Arsenal.
  15. Brutal day today, but the farmers came early to disc. 20 mph constant with gusts to 35, never got much above 50. Felt like March. Hunted along the other side of that road today, I have never found so many bullets but I dug them all because they ID'd at 21-32. 😡 I stayed on one side of the road while they disced the field on the other where I was last time. Got about halfway up the road and hit a solid 18. Dug my first 1980 memorial. Swung around where I found it and to my surprise found 9 more, and what appears to be a rifle or shotgun takedown pin. Also found a piece of broken glasses frame there, I can only imagine what was going on that day. Got a pistol ball, a 7-30 Waters cartridge, a piece of decorated copper that could have been a ring. A small pin, some kind of jumping frog or entity and a large wingnut rounded out the relics: My battery started to get low, I started early. Went back to the house real quick and got my backup charger battery, it's power delivery and can charge the Equinox 3 times. Just taped it on and went back. πŸ˜€ Rural engineering at it's finest! Made the Equinox heavier, but you play, you pay. An hour later it was fully charged. Up by the trucks and my golf cart I made my find of the day: 1943 Mercury Dime. All's well that ends well. Oh, and the trash, never dug so much: I counted 21 bullets.
  16. Maybe the finds were light but the trash was heavy. I'm getting nervous that the farmers will show up and I'll be out of the fields for the rest of the year. I've never dug so many bullets, all either vintage non military, or brand new black powder, mostly in the 50 caliber range. I was hunting a roadside in this field near my house today. There was a horse racing track here long ago, the farmer "killed" the side of the road it was on, not sure whether he did it so I could check it out, but we did discuss it a while ago. This is only half the road looking back to the entrance, I'm pretty sure it's about a half mile long or more. This field is over 200 acres. Didn't find much: A fired musket ball, a ramrod tip, an odd shaped bullet that was interesting enough to keep, a 1912 wheat penny and an unidentifiable wheat, and my favorites of the day, most of a 1600s spectacle buckle and an 1800s 2 piece button. Looks like the button was decorated but bronze disease has taken its toll. Just before I wrapped up the farmers stopped by and gave me some great intel about this area. They figure I have another week or so before they plant. Great guys!
  17. Whooo, what a week. Back home from the beach, I didn't post my last hunt but I found .99 in change. 51 coins total, 3 rings, military button and some small stuff. No silvers. 😡 Got a 50 Centavos piece and 1 South African Rand, so I scored over $5. Oh, and an Anvil... My wife got food poisoning (she is ok now), my RV water heater element blew, and the outside faucet decided to crack and blow the knob out. Filled the underbelly with water. That lovely trifecta made us decide to head back a day early. I love beach hunting! It must be my luck but GB never went higher than 10, I only got EMI near a water tower with cell service on it. Clean, clean beach. You got what the Equinox said you did for the most part. Got many more beaches in my future! Today I hit the farm, decided to grid a farm house where scouting didn't turn up much. All I found in 4 hours was one 1994 dime and one button. I got a 36 on the Equinox, thought "yay!" And dug a huge crudely cast lead ingot. πŸ˜€ It's about 3" wide and is heavy. Yep, back on the farm. I guess we all have these days, you should see all the bottle caps and aluminum I dug to get this. Yikes! When I got home I had this waiting for me: It's a 1954 silver quarter cut to the Equinox coil shape. It came with a bead chain, I replaced it with a snake chain. Thus far I have only found two silver coins! Maybe it will be a voodoo talisman for the future. πŸ˜€ I thank everyone yet again for their advice and encouragement.
  18. Thanks for any help or direction you can give. The knife is wood on one side and celluloid (maybe) on the other. The spike is from the same field as the other iron piece I found. I couldn't help but hear Gary D.'s voice say something about a decking spike off a Spanish galleon.😁 I am now digging the deep iron in the area these came from. The other signals are either masked or most are gone due to being dug. Thanks again for your wisdom.
  19. β€œAs proven today, the finding of military ordnance from the Civil War is not uncommon in Maryland, and these devices pose the same threat as the day they were initially manufactured,” the fire marshal’s office said. People are encouraged to report such discoveries to the authorities and remember that even vintage artifacts can be deadly. In 2008, a man who collected Civil War relics died after a cannonball he was attempting to restore exploded.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/bomb-squad-detonates-civil-war-cannonball-found-maryland-n1262276
  20. That's $1,000,000 worth of good luck! Found this unusual token at a park this week. Can't find a lot of information on this token.
  21. Finished up the farmhouse I started yesterday, I know I'm finished when there are nearly no signals in two+ passes. I will hack around a bit just to be certain. Today was padlock day, got two and a possible third. The brass lock marked Red Cross was found when I went to an area that was not fully covered on a hunch. It has a unique back, they call it a Maltese Cross but since this house was standing in the 1860s I think it might be something else. πŸ€” Fairly common lock but none for sale recently. The other is a Slaymaker "Old Guard" with the shackle long since rusted away. Can't find any info on it. Giant piece of plumbing marked Wilson MFG Co. Looks like maybe a closet rod holder or maybe a sink trap? The rectangular object next to it appears to be part of a third lock, it is only half of it. Shield looking thing looks like it was attached to a rod, no clue. Interesting find is the large rimfire cartridge, looks to be over 40 caliber and has two opposing rim strikes. It is marked US. And last, 1935 wheat penny. Not an epic day but at least I found some stuff worth showing. It will be my last for a bit, farmers are putting down lime and fertilizer, and I am going to spend a few days getting my RV ready for a trip. Taking the Equinox (and my wife) to the shore! πŸ˜€
  22. Had a lot of stuff to do this morning, it was 35 out anyway. By the time I got out to the field it was about 11, but had warmed up to the 50s. I set up a grid search of the last known farmhouse in my permission, it was dismantled about 1967. Few but me know it was there. Started out where I think the back of the house was, and turned up 3 buttons. Clothesline! Found the well, and near it dug the best find of the day! Good stuff today. In the photo from left to right: Some kind of wire/rope guide, thought it was a weight but it looks like it was on a post or something. It is hollow underneath. Small brass oval plate, no engraving. Unusual brass plug shaped object with a slot made from two holes, a leg to something, D buckle, and some sort of aluminum wheel, at first I thought it was a roof nail but the hub is threaded. Large tack or stud, drawer pull or broken bit piece, and a small copper washer. These washers annoy me, they are really small and come up a loud and solid 22 no matter how deep they are. I've found quite a few. Buckle fragment, and then a cloisonne pin, I think it was all white when new. It has a fine border and rings when dropped. Next the buttons. First one is a Great Seal button backmarked Scovill Waterbury. Second is a button mangled beyond ID. Last one is Baltimore City Police, backmarked Rosenfeld Bros. Baltimore. Last is the find of the day. 1816-1836 Matron Head large cent. Can't get a date but the bust is clear, at least what shows around the bullet hole 😡 High velocity rifle did this, probably a 30-30. A solid 28 on the Equinox, at first I thought it was a washer.
  23. I hunted the camp today found a bunch of old iron trash and a few goodies. No buckles on this trip but did score a tiny silver using the Equinox 6” coil in park 1 stock settings. My wife found the flower button and it made her day. The other button is what I think is a wolf. Both in good shape. May go back tomorrow.
  24. We spent a few hours at the camp today. The easy targets are gone so now it’s low and slow. I still managed a few good finds. I think I have spotted a few more stacked rock foundations to check out but they are obscured by some thick brush. I’ll keep plugging along. I would appreciate any good info on the coin. The gold gilt button looks much better in person.
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