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  1. Chose to post this to illustrate what we all know, the masking effect is real. Went to a park that is pretty well picked through. It has been hit hard by every detector club and enthusiast in our area. Last year I was able to pull a $5 gold coin that was masked by iron out in the brush, and yesterday I was able to pull 4 coins, one being a nice semi-key barber quarter in areas that I've detected no less than 20 times with my host of detectors, and I'm sure has seen thousands of swings over it. It was only 4-5 inches down, but was surrounded by nails. After getting a new to me 10"DD replacement coil for my V3i, which seems a little hotter than my previous coil, I headed out to see if I would be able to find something I've missed. There are no 'dig me' signals to be found, just a rare bouncy or very iffy directional signal to dig. Working in an old nail bed with small river rock down about 4-5 inches where trails were once graveled, I was near big old iron and a lot of nail signals. First signal was messy, something I've never considered digging before, but it had a few inconsistent high beeps mixed in with plenty of iron in my Mixed audio program (iron in one ear, good tones in the other). Opened the plug and had several responses from the pin pointer. Picked one, loosened the soil a bit deeper expecting a nail, and removed a small scoop. Out pops a VF 1899 S Barber Quarter on edge. A bit surprised, but thrilled. Then I recovered 3 nails in the hole making a nice little circle around it, none further than 3 inches away. In the next few minutes I'd repeat the same dig on a signal I'd generally pass on, and out popped a 1907 IHC and a 1912S wheat all at about 5 inches in the rock/dirt matrix. and with iron nearby. Could have covered these with a garbage can lid. I'd dug 3 or 4 wheats before in the near vicinity, so I knew something might be here, but how on earth have they remained hidden this long with so many detectors passing over them, me included. Thank you iron! The hobby has gotten tough, but there are still good targets in those 'hunted out parks'. While i like my Deus quite well in many applications, the V3i with it's sophisticated programmability (such as selecting how many signal responses in a particular range result in an audible and visible VDI response, and it's mixed mode audio ) allows me to eke out a few well masked targets and keep the hobby fun!
  2. Its been 40 years since I swung a detector. The last 3 months have been a blast. Met lots of nice people, hunted a couple of un-touched sites, and hauled a few nice coins out of the ground. Nothing terribly old. This area off northern Alberta was mostly settled in the 1930's. Some highlights include an 1899 English penny (an odd find for this area), 1922 nickel, 1935 cent, two 1943 tombac nickels, a few George V silvers, a 1954 dime (a bit of a key date), and a bunch of pre 1960 silver. The 1948 bronze chauffeur's badge was a nice artifact. Winter's here. Time to pack up the Nox 600, catalog some coins, and start gathering permissions for next Spring. There are a couple of circa 1910 sites that look promising... Cheers!
  3. Cold Sunday. Got out early, it was 37 and windy. 😵 I had to dress warm, if my hands and feet get cold I'm done. Reynaud's Syndrome is a detectorist's nightmare. Went back to the farm I've found so much good stuff at this week, I usually don't hunt on the weekends but had a social cancellation and nothing to do. This area is fairly sheltered in some places, so I figured I could warm up there. Luckily there were no hunters. Turned out to be pretty good, my hands and feet didn't get too cold because it was sunny and I was moving around and digging. I don't think it ever got above 41, but I was ok. I wore electric heated socks and brought heated gloves, from experience the Equinox can't handle the EMI from the gloves' pulse heat. I hoped the Deus 2 would be better. It was. 🥳 The socks didn't bother it at all, and I was able to tune out the gloves with one press of the frequency button. Ended up not needing either but it was nice to know! I don't think winter is going to be too warm. I was out there for 7 hours today, scouted around a lot. Wasn't finding much, but at random I got all this: Another half spectacle buckle, some small button bits including a lead one and a broken Tombac, and some farm/animal brass. Even got .27 in modern coins. 😀 That big D buckle was a 95. 🤬 Not that I minded getting a big buckle but the silver alternative would have been a bonus. 🤔 The big half circle is some sort of old snap ring, and the curve with prongs I've never seen before. Extreme right is a fancy buckle fragment. I was detecting across the field to a different spot, and on the way got a solid 73, I thought "cool, another fancy button". Nope. Size 5.5 or 6 14K wedding band, a little over 6mm wide or 1/4 inch. It weighs 4.1g. I'm trying to find the maker's mark, could be a sideways W or M, or an "Epsilon". As usual it fits my wife's finger perfectly, she prefers white gold but never turns down a gift. This is the 4th gold ring I've found this year, two at a beach in one hole, one at a campground, and now this totally unexpected one in a farm. It might be old, it might be new. 🤪 Only a small handful of trash again: What a great week it's been! I might get out next week but the holidays are upon us.
  4. Well the weather sure changed! Two days ago it was almost 80 here, this morning started out at 40 and only made it to 50. Looks like Fall has finally settled in. Went to the big field today, had to wear heavier gloves for a while due to Reynaud's and a pretty stiff wind. Today I used the Deus 2 with a centering device on the 11" coil, it made it much more comfortable to use. In the first 30 minutes I got a faint 81/82, as I dug deeper it got better and better and settled in at 91 at about 10" down, and out came this Civil War Cavalry Bridle rosette, a total shocker for this field which dates back to the 1700s. It had a back plate or tabs, but all that is gone now. Probably popped off. Didn't get anything else but buckshot and bits of metal for quite a while so I changed spots, and stuff started coming up. Got quite a few buttons, the most interesting being the small jeweled button with a green stone: The stone is faceted but is probably glass or paste, it is heavily scratched. The lobed one may not be a button. Two of the above buttons have a basket weave pattern, are thin two piece, and say something about "superfine", but neither has any gilt left. I've found one or two of these here before. The next two were a surprise, although I'm on a streak of finding gold plated buttons with a lot of plating still there. One has a shank, the other does not. They both say "Scovill Superfine" on the back, and have an identical pattern on them. They are cast. And finally, my possibly second best find of the day due to the rosette: An 1857 Seated half dime, the second one I have found here. It was way out in the back. All this pretty much validates my thought that horse racing or some kind of exhibitions took place here. There is a spot in the front field where we have found many old buttons, and a place in the back where spectators or groups of people attended. Trash was pretty heavy today, a lot of lead 😀 I will have to speak to the owner, what I thought was just random grass may be winter wheat. 😵 Might not be able to come back for a while.
  5. Looks like everybody had a good weekend! I really appreciate the folks who post finds from this fascinating hobby. Being one of the more prolific, it's nice to see others. 🙂 Some of you are tough acts to follow. 😀 Detected Friday and today, two different places. Friday I went to my oldest permission, only got to spend about 4 hours there. Didn't get much but got another huge Dandy button, always a thrill for me. Couple of wheats, drawer pulls, a thimble and a very tiny two hole button. The Dandy has a sun pattern, didn't notice it until I cleaned it up. Today, I invited a friend along, he wasn't feeling well but managed to get a few cool things. I, on the other hand, was on fire. Yikes! All small stuff but couldn't be more thrilled with the day. Got there early, it was kinda cold and cloudy. Part of my "luck" if you will is learned land reading, having detected in this area for a couple of years. Today I decided to start at the very edge of this field, and walk along it moving inward, the theory being that in early times when plowing, the farmer would turn at the edges, popping buttons and dropping stuff. It paid off. Got about 3 buttons, a Buffalo nickel (no date), and a small pierced medal exactly the size of a nickel that has a scene on it: Not sure what it is, nothing on the back. Could have some religious significance, but it's very old. One of the buttons looks like Tombac and has "Standard" on the back. Got a very tiny cuff button with a pattern: And a mangled flat button. Next we went to a previously searched area that turned up some cool really old stuff, last week I found a Civil War era button and a small Masonic medal. Thought we'd find a few more items. There is a lot of iron, so I switched to Silver Slayer for a bit, and got an 1875 IHP. Here I also dug this button: It says "Wellington London Made". Nothing on the front. Using Silver Slayer I got the strange object that I think is a rein guide, it seems to allow a rein to be drawn through but cinches it should it be pulled back or the reverse. The "Flapper" in the center appears to have been plated, either silver or nickel: I'm only assuming the use of this device. Any other ideas? We took a lunch break, and then headed over to the other side of the farm where the finds are more mid to late 1800s, buttons and such. I got a Cavalry "C" button and a Trime there not too long ago. Got a lock slide, a concave button, and an 1879 IHP: The concave button is odd, never seen one like this before. Right after I dug the lock slide I was going up the side of the hill to where the barn was, and got a solid 85, my best find of the day: Hollow back shankless Virginia button, probably pre-Civil War. I found two of these last spring, one was Civil War, the other like this one but badly corroded. This one is incredible. Edit: forgot to post the trash. Stuff like this doesn't come easy.
  6. I was getting a little depressed as I’ve no new sites that are very promising for silver. I took yesterday afternoon off and went detecting to a site that has produced well in the past two years. In fact a couple of weeks ago I dug a 1922 half crown (50% silver) from this site. Well yesterday didn’t turn out like I would have liked it to, but I did end up with a model T hubcap and a 1900 crusty V nickel. This morning I hit a small site where I’ve pulled a walker and a merc along with quite a few wheaties. Today was a bust for silver, but I did get a wheat, a buff and a tiny old toy car which I thought was really cool. This afternoon I went to a permission I have that has produced well but is really starting to slow down. In fact after about mid summer it was too grown up to hunt. The owner is clearing the land to build a new house but no new work had been done until about a week ago I noticed some guys with a track hoe are clearing it again. The weeds have been cut and a lot of the trees have been pulled out. I did go out there after work Thursday and got a deep wheatie that was 9” down and gave a very nice signal in my modified sensitive program. That gave some hope that maybe there’s still some silver that I missed. So this afternoon I hit what used to be an old dirt road on the property and got another model T hubcap. I meandered along and went to a part of a field that’s at the opposite corner of the property where the old house stood. I had been over this section several times before but there was a tree that had fallen that I couldn’t get under before. Now the tree has been cut and moved so, well working my way back to the car, I detected the bare ground under where the tree trunk had laid. All of a sudden I get a real nice high tone reading 96-97. I thought for sure a silver quarter, but about 5-6” down out comes a 1901 O barber half dollar. The hole was where my shovel is in the pic. My first ever barber half and my fourth silver half of the year all others being walkers. My depression suddenly disappeared and I ended the hunt on that happy note!
  7. Another beautiful day here, pre-Nicole. Went back to the field I've been hunting lately to finish it up, got a couple of cuff buttons, a couple of odd ball shaped objects, one of which may be a half of a bell. There really wasn't much left to cover here, just about 20 yard strip. The next field I went to is huge, and we've found everything from Spanish cobs to dandy buttons, it's a very old farm. The first field is part of it but it's almost 3/4 of a mile away. I believe there were events in this field in the fallow months, possibly horse racing. Buttons and coins at each end kind of bear that out. There is very little in the middle. Heading out to the far end along the high ridge, I dug this magnificent but sadly broken spectacle buckle: That's as old as it gets here. Coming back I got one of the biggest Tombac buttons I've ever seen, in great shape, it's bigger than a quarter, it was a 63: I love the waxy feel of these and was amazed to find one this big that wasn't broken. Today I had the Deus 2 with the 9" coil, this field is so clean again I could run General at reactivity = 0 for max depth. I also turned discrimination to 0, and turned up iron volume. I really didn't have to use my Relic program at all. The trick with reactivity so low is to "grab" a target, while swinging if you hear anything, you stop and analyze. That is how I found the tiniest button I've ever found. It's the one near the half circle. It was about 6" down, a weak 42. Also got an 1882 IHP, and an object that may be a button, an English Farthing, or a shield nickel. 😀 It weighs 4.5g, is 20mm wide, and 2.5mm thick. Usually buttons are thinner than that, but the circle around the inside makes me think it's a button: It appears to be a bit melted. The other side is smooth: Got some other bits but not sure what any of them are. Really like finding those spectacle buckles! The trash was about average, if you're not digging buck balls, you're not getting buttons.
  8. I don't think I've posted either of these strange finds before here if I have I apologize. The three coins I found in the same hole stacked on top of one another. They were basically welded together and my curiosity got the best of me so I worked and worked till I got the smaller coin off the top. It's two standing liberty quarters and a V nickel stuck together...You can make out the outline of the eagle flying. I found it interesting as it shows what dissimilar metals can do to each other over a long period of time. The second coin I'm sure is a fake...its kinda beat up it was found in a park last year...but what is it a fake of ? I never was able to identify it. it's very thin and looks to have been worn as a necklace. strick
  9. I've been sick as a dog almost six weeks, and it finally cleared up last week after a heavy regiment of antibiotics. I haven't been detecting for a couple of months so Tom and I decided to detect one of his back pocket Spanish era western sites. The site is getting pretty stingy, but there's still targets here and there. Right out of the gate I dug an interesting object that looked like a coin, but I didn't recognize it. Tom thought it was probably a kids play coin. I threw it in my finds pouch to investigate when I got home. When I got home, I looked at it more closely in good light and I could see it was dripping with age, but had no idea what I'd found. I took some closeup photos so I could better see the writing on it, and after some online research discovered that low and be hold I'd dug a hammered token from 1719!! Here's what I found out about it: NUREMBERG TOKEN FOR AUGUSTE III of SAXE / MARY-JOSEPH OF AUSTRIA 1719 Diameter: 22mm. Weight: 0.78g. Origin: Hérault. Obverse: AUG III D(eo)G(ratia) POL .REX Reverse: MARIA IOSEPHA - bottom STADTT (= City of Nuremberg). Comment: It is a token minted in Nuremberg in 1719 on the occasion of the marriage of the King of Poland AUGUSTE III of SAXONY, Polish King of German origin, with Marie-Josèphe of Austria, who thus became Queen of Poland herself. Not a lot of other finds, but also ended up with a pewter spoon bowl, a Spanish period ball button (unfortunately NOT a Phoenix ball button 😞), a piece of heavy green copper that was fashioned into a kettle/spear point (very cool IMHO), and what appears to be a gold decorative piece of something fancy, not sure what but after looking it over it appears to be period. Overall a decent hunt, although not brimming with tons of finds, it just takes once good one to turn the tide. Tom found something cool too, but I'll let him share his good fortune 😁
  10. Today was supposed to be nice, started out at 53 and foggy. I went to a field not far from my house where I got a lot of nice relics and a half of a half reale back in the spring. This field was cleared and turbo tilled in two directions, wow! Really easy to detect. The other nice thing is it doesn't have a lot of modern trash, just iron bits. This is all the trash I got today, fits in my hand. Just some buck balls, percussion caps and odd junk. Hunted for 6 hours, ended up with 6 buttons and some other surprises. Two have visible gold plating, one is silverwash. 3 medium and 3 small. As I was detecting back to my truck, I got this nice 1903 IHP: One of the biggest surprises (well the biggest) was a large cent. Can't quite make out the date but it is there, and can't really determine which bust it is. I was once able to see the wreath on the back and "ONE". it's pretty worn. I also got a couple relics, a thimble and a whatzit. A couple days ago I did a scouting hunt and got these: My favorite is the small decorated concave button. Saved the best for last, got a solid 77 and dug this, I knew there was more Spanish silver here: 1/4 of a 1 or 2 Reale coin. Worn thin, but still heavy. Only got through half this field, I'm sure there is more.
  11. I’m almost embarrassed to post this after reading about Cal’s awesome token. But I had already taken the closeup pics so here it is. With the time change I have about 45 minutes max to hunt my nearby permission. Got this one tonight in a spot where they have cleared more trees. One more thing: I have that bad habit of rubbing the dirt off to see the date. You can see the fine scratches on the neck area. I’m glad it wasn’t a 1916 D! Lol
  12. The last day of my recent trip to Australia I was hunting a spot several people had just found some little gold nuggets on. We were all using the new Garrett Axiom PI detector. I wanted to what, if anything, they had left behind. I got a couple small high/low tones, that can mean small gold, but turned out to be shotgun pellets. Still, they should not have missed those. Then I got a soft low/high tone. This can mean a larger gold nugget, but usually means a trash target. But the spot had produced gold, so I went ahead and dug it, just in case. Imagine my surprise when out popped what was obviously a coin, with a hint of silver showing. I had found my only coin of the trip, a silver 1914 Australian sixpence. I had a dozen nuggets also, but the coin is for me the better find, as nuggets are something I find a lot of. Silver not so much, and Aussie silver - my first!
  13. This is something for everyone, for the people new to this hobby right up to the seasoned who may be on the fence about deciding whether to invest a small amount of money in @kac's Devil's Tongue Park Probe. Spent last weekend at one of my favorite campgrounds, but the remnants of Ian kept us ducking, I only got out twice in 4 days but wanted to re-check the tot lots and courts where I got quite a bit last time. Turns out I did a pretty good job. 😀 There was literally nothing in any of those spots I hunted but two fresh drops, a quarter and a dime. I didn't bring my Predator shovel with me, the first day I got there the ground was dry after about a month of no rain, and would have been both impossible and messy to dig. Instead I threw the Park Probe in with my gear and had my small poly hand digger, which is great for sand and pinpointing. I brought only the Equinox for a detector. I focused on an entertainment field with a trailer that becomes a stage. It's about 2 acres, and loaded with pull tabs and bottle caps. I wanted to see how many coins I could get with limited time and equipment. BTW the band was pretty good. 😀 I used the Park Probe for about 2-3 hours in two days, one dry and one after 2"+ rain fell. I found it easy to use in all conditions, and literally left no trace. Ended up with 42 coins, last year I pulled about 300 out of this campground, so I didn't expect even that many. Oldest was a 1967 dime, this place was established in the 1970s, so no silver. I think the oldest quarter ever from here was a 1965. 🤬 Also dug a key and a 1950s lipstick tube, which was strange to find here. Trash day 1: And day 2: Not much. Bottle caps were all sight picks. In digging all the pull tabs, I found after a while if I lifted the detector a bit and the signal disappeared, I should dig it, but I dug pull tabs anyway. That produced the cheap jewelry: The most interesting thing is the tiny owl, it's heavy and was a 5, but appears to be plated. All stones are fake. The two rings, one I suspect is from a doll, are aluminum with crystals. Both were pull tab signals that disappeared upon lifting the coil about 5". Gold will do the same thing as opposed to foil, it's a trick not a recommendation. The penny is there for scale, this stuff is all small which is the forte of the Equinox, although I've found the D2 is also no slouch. Everything was popped out with the Park Probe. I cannot emphasize enough how useful this tool is. Some of the coins were 6" down, about the depth mine can go. I love this tool. I strongly recommend giving it a shot of WD-40 every time you are done, this one has dug a lot of stuff now and still looks new. It's unobtrusive and should calm the fears of any grounds keeper. 🙂 Thanks Kac! 👍
  14. I was fortunate enough to dig my first Key Date coin this afternoon. A 1886 Liberty Head/V Nickle in Good Condition. It is fully toned to brown but the detail is there. I was working an area where a bathhouse stood for swimmers, circa 1895-1946. Very busy ground so I was running the Vista X with 8" Concentric coil. I had been over this area several times with other detectors using larger coils. This immediate area has produced the oldest coins I have found so far, including two Liberty Seated Dimes & a Shield Nickle, I won't grumble about digging Lots of shotshell heads anymore.
  15. It's been raining for the last 3 days, it was supposed to clear up but this pesky low has been sitting off the coast for far too long. Today I wanted to test something, I took my Tesoro Vaquero to the latest place I've been hunting, there is an iron patch there that hasn't yielded much but from what I've seen testing with the Vaquero, discriminating most iron will make even targets under iron jump out. Got out there to try, looked for quite a while and really didn't get anything but 2 "D" buckles. I was happy enough with those but sad the iron wasn't masking anything really great. Next I grabbed the Deus 2, and went off to find a barn that was way out back, I've seen it in aerials but never located it. I was determined to find it this time. On the way there I got a nice small button, very old cuff button with the word "Gilt" on the back. The barn is not visible at all from the field, an impenetrable hedge blocks it. The only way in is a deer path about 200 feet away, you have to walk in through that to get behind the hedge. A whole new world opens up. The first thing you see is this old iron hulk that looks like an early combine, it has a big chain on it and a lot of levers to operate different parts of it. Iron wheels date it as "very old" 😀 A little further in there is another one, a little more modern. Mind you these woods are pretty thick so you really can't swing a detector around. This one has pneumatic tires so it's a little newer. Finally, on top of a rise I saw the barn. Going inside, it looked like it had "good bones". A fairly large central stall with a smaller stall on each side. I started scanning the ground and immediately got a 94. 1964 silver quarter! Not two feet away from it I got a 91. 1960 D silver Roosevelt, my second. 🥳 These coins are crusty, I have no idea why but they've been sitting in the dry dirt for 50 years so who knows. Not the usual shape I find silver in, I'm not sure what to do to clean them up. Hacked around the rest of the barn and found nothing else, I'll have to spend some more time here when the leaves are down, and it's too cold for most creatures. But my day was made, or so I thought. Next I wanted to find a pond on the property to see if it was ever used as a swimming hole. Found it, had to use deer trails again, and when I got there I found the ground very untrustworthy. Most was simply bent over marsh grass. I searched around and found nothing but beer cans. 😵 I would imagine anything good sunk deep. On the way back I dug the rest of the items below: A broken Ford emblem, a brass tool of some sort, and the best two relics of the day: Small Gold plated Masonic pin, and the best one, albeit not one I can find anywhere: old two piece Scovill button with a Roman-esque head. If anyone knows what it is I'd be grateful. Long day, but good finds. 🙂
  16. Gotta say CPT_GhostLight got me really interested in Rattleheads' Silver Slayer for the Deus 2. I mostly hunt old farms this time of year, we don't have parks in my county, but we do have one beach with a parking lot. 😀 Went there this morning, wasn't feeling too good but decided to power through. 😵 Stayed there about 2 hours, checked the beach for grins and only got one Zincoln, I was surprised to get that. Came back up to this little parking lot that only holds about 15 cars at best, it's full of pull tabs and flattened aluminum bottle caps. It also has lots of bottle caps. 🤬 I thought the SS program would be perfect here, I'd maybe even find some lost jewelry. Got 54 cents in modern coins, and relished the accuracy of the program. It really works well, had I put it back to original with the upper disc at 87 or 88 I probably would have missed those annoying flat aluminum caps. They came in from 86-88. The memorials were coming up in the low 90s today for some reason. I now see the value of that setting in public places! It was so nice to not hear all that crap, and not have to dig any falsing iron. Next I went to the farm I've been hunting to hit an iron patch. I was hoping to eke something out of it. The patch is about the size of a small barn, iron everywhere, I think Chase managed to get one silver out but that has been it. I went back and forth over the patch for a couple hours, it sure was a beautiful day. Had I felt better it would have been a joy. Silver Slayer allows iron to sound somewhat, and it's always accurate. Aluminum is almost not an issue, except that I still didn't expand disc as mentioned. 🤬 I dug some, and any time I tried another setting, which wasn't much, I immediately got more. Here's my take for today, illustrative as opposed to impressive. I did manage to get two "D" buckles, probably the most exciting but boring find you can get relic hunting. You get a high tone and an ID in the 90s, and go "aww" when you dig it up. Got one saddle rein guide with a bit of decoration on it. Trash was very light, except for the heavy zinc padlock and the odd brass thingy that both were in the 90s, as well as the twisted copper or brass. Large can bits still made it there now and again, but no false iron. Wow! I think this is a very valid and worthwhile program to set up on the Deus 2.
  17. Back at the campground we were at last week, after getting set up for a festival I thought I'd hit the entertainment field before sundown. It's the small field with a trailer that becomes a stage, about 2 acres. I've had a hunch that there will be some good jewelry here, people dance and drink. About 20 minutes in after finding a small amount of trash, I got a pull tab (well half a pull tab) signal, a 6/7 that disappeared when I lifted the coil. It was right on top. I bent down with my pinpointer and saw a thin flash of gold, got this little guy: Sure looked like gold to me. I kept on until it was too dark to dig, I don't want to leave a mess here. Here's the trash: About what I'd expect to dig looking for jewelry. For an hour the take wasn't bad, I brought my shovel to get the deeper stuff. The ring has "10k" and some letters for a hallmark. I hope it's a ruby, my wife's birthstone. She loves it. Fits perfectly. Good start! The little oval thing was a solid 18, it says "Zildjian" on it. Probably a cymbal bag zipper pull. I'm using the Equinox 600 again with the 10x5, Park 1, 5 tones, F2=3 to push the bottle caps to iron, there are a lot of them.
  18. Went back to the permission Chase and I hunted a few days ago. Started out a cold morning, 38 degrees. I had set up the Deus 2 with the Silver Slayer program, and intended to swap it with the "Nero" program I got from Gary Blackwell. Got out there fairly early, it had warmed up a bit. I wanted to cover a small iron patch with the SS program hoping it might sniff out some coins. First I randomly walked around, enjoying how quiet the machine was. Ended up getting a token and a round flat lead weight with holes, I've seen these before but forget what they are. The token is aluminum, but was an 88 on the Deus. Pretty cool! The lead weight was high 80s too. I had backed off the SS notch to 84 as I didn't want to miss wheats and an occasional IHP. Well I didn't find anything else, as I was heading to the iron patch, I noticed the coil was almost discharged. 🤬 I went back to my truck and returned with the Equinox. Went to the area where Chase and I got buttons, it's a site that a barn stood on which has been moved. My first successful dig was a "D" buckle, I thought well better than nothing. My next target was a shocker, I got a 16/17/18, and thought I found a Merc... Nope. 1851 Trime! That's about as clean as I dare get it. This is my second and a half. 😀 Ended up with a small amount of cool stuff: Nice gold plated two piece button with shank still on it it has backmarks, I've found one here like this before, but not with as much plating on it. I dug two pieces of an extremely old buckle within 3 feet of each other, two pieces of a very old silver plated spoon, a colonial button with "B ST. X" for a backmark, a buffalo nickel with no date and a 1911 V nickel. This is as good as they get here. 😵 Also dug these 2 levers, not sure what they are for. The Trime is an 86 on the Silver Slayer program, so you'd need to back down the Disc notch a bit like I did if you want to find them. I would not have found it today if I didn't second guess that (maybe), so I'm glad I had the Equinox 600 and 10x5 in Park 1, 5 tones, 23 sensitivity, F2=3. If it's there, the Equinox will find it. The Trime was in the hole with a piece of perforated junk metal and an iron blob nearby. The 10x5 picked it right out. 🙂 I would be remiss if I didn't include the trash:
  19. Camping season is at an end, I hunted the campground a couple more times before we left. Wasn't bad for 3 days. Ended up with 100 coins, a hot wheels car, some junk jewelry, a gold ring and a silver 1949-S Roosevelt dime, a key date coin, also my first silver Roosevelt ever. The strangest dig was chasing a 30 ID, I dug the plastic rooster before getting the coin. Thought someone did a ritual burial! 😀 Over $10 more in the change jar anyway, I'm going to get the ring cleaned and polished for my wife. Here's a gratuitous photo of the red white and blue sunrise in front of my house with a full moon. 😁
  20. Back from camping, I'll round up that trip soon but since Ian's remnants stayed around here with high winds and rain for 4 days, I had a thought that I should check my local beaches for stuff that may have been uncovered. It wasn't a total disappointment, yesterday I took an hour or two to go to the small beach. At least a foot of sand had been washed away and some of the riprap had been tumbled. The tide was very low due to the full moon. This place has given me gold rings, but I pretty much wiped out everything I could get a tone on. The last two times I visited I got nothing. I brought the Equinox and my composite trowel, and dug everything. That's all the trash I could get, I was surprised to find anything, all items below were at least 8" down. A dime, two nickels, and a copper ring with a crystal stone. Not bad for no expectations! 😀 Today I decided to go to the larger beach, the tide and wind were both low. No one was there when I got there, so I put my waders on and got to it. The river is still loaded with jellyfish! After a while an old couple showed up with Equinoxes and in waders. They zipped all over the place, leapfrogging me and checking every inch of the low tide line while I was in one space. They were a bit annoying but I guess they weren't too happy that I was there. 😀 They never really dunked their detectors, I was fully confident with my Deus 2 and the bone phones. I didn't get much trash. I threw it out, it was about twice what I got the day before. Just small bits of odd metal that are common at this beach. My finds weren't all that great, but one item is the blingiest piece of junk jewelry I've ever found: It's heavy, 18k gold plated, and has probably over 100 hand laid CZs in it. Here is a link to it: https://thegoldgods.com/products/yung-rich-nation-takeoff-limited-edition-piece The rest was just junk and modern coins. The huge heart is an earring and may have been plated as well: I think this is the last time I'll hunt a beach this year, give them time to fill up. 😀 Back to the fields!
  21. There's a big festival here at the campground so I got out early today before people started setting up, only had 3 or 4 hours. I was hoping to find more jewelry, and I did, but it was junk. A tiny toe ring that said "Love", and a cheap aluminum ring. I dug a lot of trash today, my personal wedding ring is a 15/16 so every pull tab that had those numbers came up 😀 the aluminum ring was the same. Got a lot of coins again, mostly dimes. I expect clad here, Zincolns and copper memorials, but when I went over to the fence at the entrance I was very surprised to dig a coin I have not found as yet: My first silver Roosevelt dime, a 1949. 🥳 I've dug Mercury dimes, even seated dime and half dime. In 2 1/2 years I have never got a Roosevelt. There are a lot of other coins for me yet, but it was great to be surprised with one here. Even more surprising, it is an "S" mint dime, extremely rare to find on the east coast. 🤪 A key date. Ended up with $2.06 more in the box, the coins just keep coming. Since I found silver, lunch was on me, and my wife and I got a beer and watched the band. I have never found a silver coin at this campground after digging hundreds of them, so that makes it a real prize.
  22. Prep work for the hurricane is finished, so what else to do? That's right, go detecting! I decided to go back to the 15" on the Equinox vs. the 10x5 today while detecting the local ball field. The sandy soil was already wet, so it was allowing me to reach down and touch some older coins. 2 silver dimes that were each 11" down and 2 wheaties that were not as deep. The silvers jumped down into the mid twenties and went as high as 33 and gave an iron tone a couple times. It felt good to swing the big coil again...so deep and awesome coverage! Now the wait is on to see what becomes of the storm. Praying all is okay for everyone. 15", Park 1, 50 tones, all metal, 4 recovery, up to 24 sensitivity
  23. Out to the ball field again after the rain and wind. Thankfully there was not much damage here. Using the 15" again with the Equinox gave great depth. The Mercury dime (only my 5th ever) sounded sweet using 50 tones. I have found quite a few silver coins where the sandy soil meets the layer underneath with just sand and shells. I'm guessing this layer was dredged from the gulf and put down many years ago. Either the coins came with the fill, or the coins stop their migration through the sandy soil when they hit that layer (second-to-last pic). Two wheats (1944 & 1955) and a Canadian penny (1955) also sounded nice. One of them was in the high 30's... thought for sure it was silver. Elizabeth looks much better than Abe! Anyone know what the cylinder-like item is? Maybe a percussion cap? Do those have holes in? Park 1, 4 recovery, 50 tones, all metal, 24 sensitivity
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