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  1. My hunting buddy, Gary, found this button yesterday at the Seminole Indian War site we've been working. Any assistance in identifying it would be most appreciated. We think we can see CHI and ARMY on the back but we're not sure. Thank you.
  2. Hello I am new to all this I was out magnet fishing and drug this in. It is very magnetic and i did grind it a little. I was thinking a meteorite but I have no idea really it might just be a chunk of scrap trash lol. Anyways here are some pics any help would be appreciated it weighs 322 grams and I will put it beside something for size in pics.
  3. Found this yesterday and I don't remember seeing a rock like this in Tennessee. Thanks for looking.
  4. I found this today along with a pewter button in a field that was in use for hundreds of years. I am interested in finding out what it is. Thanks!
  5. Went out to gold basin yesterday for a long day of hunting with the 7000 For meteorites, gold and collecting hot rocks, I saved about 30 #’s of interesting (to me) for crushing at home in a new cast iron 1qt dolly pot from Royal Mfg I just ordered. Two of the specimens I have question about the first I’m wondering if this is hydrothermal pyrite in quartz like matrix that may in fact be other than quartz? the other hit very hard on the 7000 is only very very slightly magnetic looks like a densely packed conglomerate with very small quartz pebbles cemented in the matrix and lots of mineralization weighing almost 13 #’s, is this worth the time to crush and pan?
  6. I took the15" coil off the Equinox today to try some relic hunting in a very trashy area. The 11" seems so small! I found this along an old railroad located in a city environment now. In front of the red coloring is glass. My thought is off the center of a wheel. Any ideas?
  7. 7 1/2" long x 5x5 approx, 6.6 lbs. A magnet is attracted to it. The stone is unusual for around New England where I am. Any idea what kind of stone it is or is it a meteorite? May have to cut a chunk off and send it out but if someone knows offhand will save me the effort. Thanks
  8. Here's what I know: 1) Specific Gravity is between 6.1 and 6.3. (Weight is 55 g or a bit under 2 oz.) 2) It's not attracted to a magnet. The brown color is dirt, not rust. 3) The hole indicates it is likely some kind of hammer head, but for what? 4) It was found in my yard, just a couple inches from the street curb, and about 2 inches deep. My house is 50 years old, one of the first in its subdivision, and previously the land was pasture with no nearby buildings shown via historicaerials.com. (There likely were fences in the vicinity.) 5) From its reaction to a file, it is a relatively soft, white metal. 6) Based upon the metal flow at both ends it was (ab)used in a way not intended. 7) There is a mold line along the center of the two side faces, so it's cast. 8)) I can't find any manufacturer's marks. Your help in determining its intended use would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Why is it so much oxidation on this rock? Is it oxide of iron? Thank you
  10. OK experts what ye say, I think a couple of these might be good, detecting out at gold basin no gold this trip but these got a pocket ride home they all hit on the 7000 and are magnetic I cut rough Windows with a right angle grinder no polishing or chemical treatment to the surface.
  11. I found this button a month ago and posted a bunch of photo's with my other finds. I thought it was just another old button, but today I saw some detail in it and started to clean it. After about two hours of cleaning this is what I found. The button has a steel back and a brass front, the back has writing on it that is not legible. I'm hoping GB can help me out with the id. Any button people out there, your help will be appreciated. Mid to late 1800's ? The design is really unique. Stars, snake, infinity symbol, sailing ships, little circles and cattail plant. too fancy to be an average button ( my opinion) Look at it and tell me your thoughts.
  12. Hello all! This is my first post here. I’m from eastern PA and I am on my 3rd detector and just love this hobby. So I have some challenging buttons here, and a couple of other artifacts. It took me a while to take the pictures and get this together. #1 and 2 I dug on two separate farm sites. #2 is small and was veeeery deep, like 10-11” deep. It has a strange shank that appears to be curled down from the top. I think it’s very old and I want to believe I might see an Eagle in there. You can just make out stars or dots around the edge of it. Badly corroded. I have no idea how to clean these up. I just used an old toothbrush and some water gently, then mineral oil to preserve. I can’t make out the backmark on #1 but it’s gorgeous - civilian?? Age?? #3 I is not dug and I snagged from an Etsy listing I stumbled on. Backmark reads “Feine Qual”, and there is a little paint remaining in the stripes on the front shield! 4 (broken) and 5-6 are large and small flat buttons from the farm site. 4 has a backmark I can’t make out, this one has brownish rust... 7-8 A musketball and minie ball??? Any ideas as to age??! I’m thinking 1850ish but I’m not an expert! Thanks for any information on these, and happy hunting!
  13. This piece was found in a load of locally quarried limestone. It weighs 195 grams. A basic water displacement test gives approximately 11.5 g per cubic centimeter. It exhibits clear magnetic and strong paramagnetic qualities. It also has stony material in/on it. Any input would be appreciated.
  14. Yesterday while out testing a new program for my MK, I got a good hit. Seemed fairly deep so I thought it was a large object, after digging to about 12'' I reached the target. And thought to myself man that looks like a musket ball. Back story is, I was hunting within a quarter mile of a place were General Washington was holding up before the battle of Germantown. This place is very close to my house and has a lot of Rev war history. The ball measures anywhere from 0.586 to 0.625 and weighs 17.745 grams. I know some of the early muskets used a ball that was close to that, but that depended on the maker. Any thoughts would be great. Also I found an 18th century lockset on the same property about 5 years ago. Very cool if this is Rev War!!
  15. Hey everyone, i'm curious to what this ore (rock) is. It's whitish/grey with some silver tones all over it, it glistens in the sun pretty amazingly and seems to be made of sheets of maybe silicone? it breaks pretty easily.
  16. I found this ring with amber stone while detecting in a park a couple weeks ago. The park was established in the early to mid 1950's, and previously it was a pasture. I certainly don't know when this was dropped but I think it may be old. It was only about 3 inches deep, but other targets in the general area (e.g. bullet casings) indicated that area had not been re-landscaped, likely ever. Sorry for my poor photography -- the red background I chose has polluted the color of the ring. A friend with a high quality camera shot some photos of the hallmarks, which were actually on the outside surface of the ring -- not where I'm used to finding markings. Because the ring surface isn't flat, you can see that the middle mark is out of focus, but I think it is simply '925' with the numeral 9 not having been stamped well. I think the left mark is either 'MI' or 'IW'. The rightmost mark is the most interesting. This one is actually upside down in the photo. Again there is a '925' but the other two inscriptions are what I'm especially curious about. Can anyone help with either the 'MI'/'IW' mark or the multi-icon RH mark?
  17. Hi, I found the attached metal object with my MXT today. I am having trouble identifying the metal. It is not lead, it is hard, it is roughly 1 inch by 1/2 inch in size and weighs 18grams, it does not feel light enough for Aluminium, any help identifying would be great ... (hopefully thinking Platinum ..) Is there any test I can do? Cheers, Bernie
  18. Howdy folks, A friend of mine is putting an addition on his house, built originally circa 1750s. I spent some time working on the dig pile from the foundation work. I have found very little other than nails. One old drawer knob, and this little item. It is a nice brass item with gold plate...still a little of the gold plate hanging on in spots, so I really don't want to clean it much. The little egg shaped item does spin freely on the post, as does the little skinny thing, which I will call a leaf. That has the most remaining plating on it. So far, searches have brought up nothing similar, but so far the best guess from a friend is a pocket watch fob. Any other ideas? I think the handle part used to swing freely, and it has a small hole in it, smaller diameter than the iron rust colored part it is touching at this point. I was using the VGG with super six coil...it really does have awesome audio in a mess of nails. Thanks for looking.
  19. The coin is badly burnt by NE acid soil, and the coin has gone may rounds in the ring with the ploughfound in southern CT with flat and dandy buttonsI can just make out what I think is “N N• R”. maybe the first N is something else, or the R is an E or an A, and the • dot is an acid blisterno other detail showingIts roughy the size of a george II hapenny, but letter are much smaller than on a HapennyVery heavy and thick 2mmbut egg shaped 26mm x 30mm
  20. I came across some rustbrown colored mica schist and decided to scan it with my Garret At gold with a double D coil. I'm im all metal mode, ground balanced and the detector starts to give me a lot of targets with 60-80 on the scale(thick gold/precious metal). Iron is below 30-50. I hammered out the rock that was giving me the high reading and it turns ut there is thick layers of some dissiminated metallic (?) layer in the schist. Is have had a closer look and it does not look like pyrite because it is quite dark gray, but still has the metallic shine. It is brittle, so not sure if it is metall or sulfide. I heard several people say that sulfides do not give a reading on a metal detector. To confirm that i have testes a big chalcopyrite that gives absolutley no noise on the detector. I also have a 14 lb chunk of stibnite that also gives no sound at all. Then this wierd rock gives a strong 80 gold/Silver Reading. Have anyone had sulfides make a strong reading? I added pictures of the metal/sulfide that i hammere out. What do you think?
  21. I think most of these are agates but the one on the left in the middle I am not sure what it is. It kind of looks like a flower. When I was out detecting I run in to these rocks. They seem different then most I see. Anybody know what the one on the left in the middle is? It's kind of white. And what are the rest?
  22. Perhaps not enough information, but how does it look to you? It's about 15mm in size. Thanks in advance
  23. hi there, just started prospecting I have a mountain of this quartz on my property, with a gpx 5000 on factory setting, I receive a low-med single ,but with a high mineral setting ,no signal! looks like rust spots and I think pyrite. I crushed a piece and paned , lots of fine gold looking spots under 10x not sure if gold would it be worth crushing a wheelbarrow load to find out if any gold in this quartz cheers Paul
  24. The common test is to crush the rocks and pan the material to look for gold. This means you need to know the difference between mica, gold, and sulphides like pyrite when seen in the pan. From the HANDBOOK FOR GOLD PROSPECTORS IN WASHINGTON By WAYNE S. MOEN and MARSHALL T. HUNTTING 1975: "Many times the novice prospector is undecided whether the "yellow stuff" he is looking at is really gold or is something else. The yellow minerals that are most commonly mistaken for gold are pyrite, chalcopyrite, and golden-colored mica flakes. Pyrite, or "fool's gold," is heavy, but not as heavy as gold; it is hard and brittle and crushes to a black powder when hammered, whereas gold is soft (almost as soft as lead) and malleable and can be easily beaten into very thin sheets that are flexible (can be bent a number of times without breaking). Pyrite is soluble in concentrated nitric acid; gold is insoluble. Chalcopyrite, also sometimes mistaken for gold, is similar to pyrite in these properties. Pyrite commonly occurs as cubic crystals, but gold almost always is found in irregular shapes, and in those rare places where it does occur as crystals the crystals are always in intergrown masses. Tiny golden-colored mica flakes sometimes look deceptively like gold, but the luster of mica is different from that of gold; mica has laminations that can be split with a knife; and mica flakes, like gold, are flexible, but, unlike gold, the flakes are elastic, so that when bent they tend to return to their original shape. Gold is malleable, but mica is not; when mica is hammered it breaks up into numerous tiny flakes. Gold is heavy,· but mica is light. Thus, when panned, gold becomes concentrated in the very lowest part of the pan, but mica will be washed out of the pan, although because of its flakiness, it does tend to segregate somewhat from other light minerals. Mica fuses with difficulty; gold, pyrite, and chalcopyrite fuse easily in a blowpipe flame (gold at 1063° C.); and gold when roasted is odorless, but the sulfides, pyrite and chalcopyrite yield sharp-smelling sulfur dioxide fumes." Not super professional but that is why I like this video.... kind of how a lot of us might do it.... and a smarter, more efficient method using a "dolly pot"..... If the quartz has a lot of sulphides it was common in the old days to roast the material first to vaporize off the sulfur and other volatiles before panning. From Gold From Pyrites & Other Sulphides By E.H. HILL 1890: "Test for a Perfect Roast.—The object of roasting is to get rid of all the sulphur, arsenic, antimony, etc., that can be removed by the agency of heat, and to convert the iron, copper, &c., into oxides, thus freeing a portion of the gold and fitting the remainder for chlorination. A practical test of roasting can easily be made in an ordinary frying-pan, first coating the inside with a mixture of chalk and water and well drying. Mix the finely powdered ore with about its own bulk of fine charcoal; this is needful only when arsenic and antimony are present; still it helps to get rid of the sulphur and can do no possible harm. If the ore contains much sulphide of lead (galena) or sulphide of antimony (stibnite, antimony glance), add some fine sand, as without this addition the mineral while roasting would soon fuse, cake together, adhere to the pan, and ruin the assay. When all is thoroughly mixed, put the pan on the fire; stir well with an iron wire till the glowing ceases and no more sparks are given off; the assay will then appear of one colour, yielding to the stirrer like dry sand. Guard against too high a heat at first. If the roasted mineral is then examined with a magnifying glass or panned off in the usual way, a quantity of gold will be found free, ready for amalgamation." Note the process above may produce hazardous fumes. Use appropriate caution!
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