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  1. Not a great day today, never got much over 45 degrees but the wind was light enough to go hunting. Went to the big farm again. I was headed to the distant tree line, I found a hotspot there where a house stood long before recent memory. On the way I did a little random hunting where the barns and paddocks were behind the house, silver was found there last couple of trips. All I got there today was a button and some kind of gold plated broach. The button surprised me, haven't found too many here but that was going to change. It's kind of large, either held a big glass stone or maybe a timepiece. Went over next to the house, and dug a ~1930s lipstick case and a 1937 Canada penny. The penny wasn't in great shape, but again an odd find. I headed along what I thought was the "road" in to where the house was, and got some early stuff, a Tombac in pretty bad shape and a shankless gold plated button with backmarks: Also a tiny ladle shaped bit. The other side is a bowl, no idea what it might be used for but it's very old. Finally got to the spot I wanted to concentrate on, and the finds kept coming! Got 3 IHP's, 1881, 1887, and 1895. At last some old coins! These pretty much give the era of this house, the new one was built in 1903. Here's the total haul today, a mixed bag of stuff, mostly Victorian: I even got a ~.50 caliber 3 ring bullet. Great double D buckle with a brass pin, first time I've found one with an intact pin. An old spoon with no monogram or makers mark, a couple overall buttons and a four hole. Probably the most interesting bits I dug today were these two filigree objects: neither appear to be buttons, just stamped decorations. Pretty good day! I was hoping for a Barber or seated coin, the era is right, but nothing stood out. Maybe the residents at the time were very careful of their silver. ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Hey Guys, I've been detecting for close to 40 years now, and I wanted to pass on my recommendation for a really deep-seeking and stable detector: the Tarsaci MDT 8000. It's great to have a machine that provides a good 2-3 inches of additional depth over my older detectors. I'm using the 11"x9" DD coil. Earlier this month I located 3 Civil War infantry coat buttons in one hole (ranging from 9"-12" in depth), two Civil War cuff buttons at 6" each, and an 1880 cartridge belt buckle at 15". Yesterday I took it back out and found half a dozen rimfire shell casings at 4"-8" in depth, and a Minie ball at 10". Not that I want any more of these, but it's also great at finding rivets, some at up to 5" deep. Most of these areas had sandy soil, which thankfully made the digging easy. It took some getting used to the way I use it in "MIX" mode, since you hear both good and bad targets alike. Fortunately the good targets have a nice ringing tone to them. The ground balance is easy to set and very effective; I have not used the salt balance yet. Once I do, that will open up even more areas of detecting. I'm very happy to see this forum--I hope to pick up some good advice on using my new machine. Good hunting!
  3. Got out for a bit yesterday to see what I could find on some places I've hit hard locally. Started out fairly warm, but late the wind came up and that was the end of T-shirt hunting this week! ๐Ÿ˜ต The first place I went was this spot on the big plantation where a house once stood, it's grassy and full of trash. It rained the day before so I really didn't want to get all muddy, walking in grass is damp but better. ๐Ÿ˜€ I used the WS6 Master rig with both my relic program and a version of Silver Slayer that only finds objects ID'ing from 87-99, as you only get one notch. I hunted around here for an hour or so, got lots of high tones but they were mostly aluminum bottle caps and whole beer cans. Ended up with 5 coins, all modern. No Zincolns though! Next I've been meaning to hunt this field right near the old house that was built around 1740. I had been told that it was heavily hunted before, so I didn't expect much. Only spent about 45 minutes here, nothing but can slaw and deep cans. This time I used the 13", but the grass was kinda high for swinging the big coil. Finally went out to the big field and hacked around randomly. Here's the take: There I got the big D buckle, 4 buttons, some kind of knob, a buckle fragment and a very old syringe top, by far one of the odd finds so far. The buttons were one ball button, one two flat, medium and small, and the top part of a two piece that looks like a rose: The knob was a 93, and one of the stranger objects I've found: it has a square hole on the small end and a set screw hole. Very heavy brass. Last is the syringe top, kinda weird to find one this old! I had to be really careful cleaning it up. Trash was less than a handful in this field. Old pocket knife end and the usual metal junk, pistol and buck balls. Not even a handful. The relic program I'm using is pretty successful, if a few of you more experienced people are bored enough to want to try it, let me know. I doubt it will be great for mineralized areas, but in fairly clean farm hunting it is a killer. I'd like to get some impressions! Notice I dig almost no iron, the discrimination makes it stay where it should be for the most part. It is an "all metal" program using full tones, it will really sound off when you hit shallow targets, and reactivity is so low that you will have to investigate every medium to high "blip" you hear. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. The focus while designing the Axiom was 100% on the nugget detecting aspects. But I do think it will end up finding favor with some relic and coin hunters also. I will add information and videos about the subject to this thread as I come across them. This is my best "not nugget" find with the Axiom so far is a silver 1914 sixpence I accidentally found while nugget detecting in Australia.
  5. Days like today are rare in the winter, but I'm thrilled I get to take advantage of them. It was already t-shirt weather by the time I got out, it got into the 60s today, sunny and no wind. Perfect! I hit this field late last spring, got a lot of great buttons and a small brass cannon. There was a house here long ago, just a small two room shack probably inhabited by plantation "staff". I finally found the cellar hole for it. Searched around it a bit, but found nothing. On a hill nearby is a big iron patch, I think a barn burned there or the house was pushed there and burned. Today I wanted to see how the 13" did finding stuff in it. It did ok, but even Silver Slayer didn't produce anything, so I just hunted in my custom relic program that has been doing well for me. For a place I hit hard, I did ok. I had to park my truck at the entrance to this field, about 2 acres I don't have permission to but no one minded me parking there. They tell me the owner isn't worried about it, and the farmers are done for the year. Only got a handful of trash today, molten metal from the fire, copper nails, bullets, buck balls and the like. It really only is a handful ๐Ÿ˜ Here's the take: A bit boss, 3 buttons - one overall, one silverwash and one small. 4 coins, 2 IHPs, 1888 and 1889, a 1963 memorial, and a silver 1950 Roosevelt dime! Got the dime heading back to my truck for a Coke. ๐Ÿ˜€ Got 3 pieces of what I think is an ancient fancy buckle, a parasol slide (thanks, JCR!) A large piece of cast brass that was attached to something and broke, a buckle fragment and an odd two headed bent copper nail. If anyone knows what that is I'd appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜€ It's a curiosity for sure. I was glad to find anything at all here, and thrilled to yet again get a silver coin. Maybe this year I'll be luckier with that. Also found some old bottles, but left them there. There is a dump site on the edge of the ravine, the clear one says "Old Witch", apparently an ammonia brand. I don't think they are very valuable, and the ravine is dangerous, drops off almost 100 feet in some spots.
  6. Over the weekend I took another look at some old topographic maps of the old farm I've been hunting. I found I had mis-marked the position of a house that was on the old maps up to 1944, but is now gone. It's kind of a good thing I did because I wouldn't have found all that 1600s stuff I've posted lately. ๐Ÿ˜ In addition, I wanted to try Silver Slayer behind the existing house, the house, barns and paddocks completely bisect the farm in one straight line. Everything is gone behind the house now, it's all open field but there is a ton of junk left behind. I invited Chase to come down and check the new spot out. I got there early, it was cold this morning but warmed to to 50, albeit windy most of the day. This farm is about 100 acres, and we can only park on one side. While I was waiting for Chase I searched this area, we already hit it pretty hard. All I got was a musket ball and this tiny button. too bad the glass insert is long gone. I have found one with the glass intact. This is the first button we've found in this farm! After a while Chase arrived, and we headed across this field, just for the heck of it when we crossed the building line I changed over to Silver Slayer, swung a few times and got a 96. Dug this pretty beat up 1947 D quarter! My first silver of the year. ๐Ÿฅณ We finally got to where I had marked the new house position, and sure enough the relics and coins started popping up. The first one I got was this silver plated spoon handle with a "T" on it, I'll have to find out if anyone knows the name of who lived here in the 1800s. It's possible no one does. It ended up being late 1800s Gorham silver plate, I later found the bowl with the marks on it. The anchor indicates the era, according to this chart, but it's a bit confusing. Here's the haul for the day, we went back to the house but didn't find anything great using silver Slayer, last time we were here Chase got a silver dime, but that was it. Got 3 pennies, two IHPs, a 1900 and an 1890, both in pretty good shape. Got a 1910 wheat too. Dug an interesting two piece button: A heart locket that had been separated but I found both halves, a lock slide and some patented item that looks like some kind of lantern mantle: The thing on the right was connected to the thing on the left, you're looking at the back of it with the stamped stuff in reverse. It was the only way I could read anything, so I flipped a photo of it: 1890s patent dates. Got a big buckle and a lock slide, and while walking near the trees I got a very loud 95, and dug this matron large cent. All I can make out is the bust, I don't know the year or type. The reverse has nothing. The trash was pretty heavy today, most of the big stuff dug using Silver Slayer, I want y'all to know it's great for finding coins, but not a "magic" program, you're going to dig junk. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a lot of fun, and I had great company. While we were talking to the farmers I got another 550 acres of permission! What a day.
  7. Today I began my adventure searching for a very old house in the woods, a part of an older permission that I didn't have time for. I did a lot of aerial and topographic map study, found where I thought the house was, and pretty much nailed it. Started out cold and foggy, in the 30s. It warmed up nicely tho, why I love living here. Winter is tolerable. I followed this road until I found my pin in OnX Hunt, and had to look around a bit. Deeper in the woods I found it, the farmer told me it had a standing chimney, but all I saw was foundation bricks. The hole was about 4 feet deep 10x12, and lined with brick, I brought the WS6 Master with the 9" coil in there knowing there would be a lot of undergrowth. Thorns and Holly everywhere. ๐Ÿ˜ต It looked like there was additional foundation next to it. I searched around for an hour or so and only found a can lid and a crushed funnel, there were hidden animal burrows everywhere. Not too long into searching I heard dogs, and then blam blam blam. I thought I should go and come back another day. It was odd because deer hunting season ended last Saturday ๐Ÿค” Got back to my truck, and decided to go to the trashy farmhouse site I visited last week. Got some pretty good stuff there but knew I would have to do something different than use my current relic program. I decided to use @Rattlehead's Silver Slayer program with the 13" coil and CF shaft, and I'm glad I did, this was the "good" junk I found: A large spoon, some sort of brass fitting, a toy truck part, a brass padlock, two heavy brass pieces and a large chunk of lead with a hole drilled in it. I'm not gonna lie and say that's all the trash I found, as a matter of fact there was a lot of steel, aluminum, and copper trash that I just threw out. A lot. ๐Ÿ˜ต No matter what you do, you're going to be in a range where you get fooled by stuff especially if every type of metal you can think of is there. ๐Ÿ˜€ However, I have to thank Rattlehead for a seriously good coin shooting program, if you have to dig a lot of junk you might as well get some good stuff too! ๐Ÿ‘ This is not the perfect place for Silver Slayer, but it did slay one piece of silver, and then some! I got 4 buttons that I didn't expect to find. One large general service coat button, an 1840s Marines button, a small general service cuff button, and a fancy aluminum 2 hole button. An aluminum thimble, and an aluminum kennel tag. 3 memorials, 1 1959, the other two early 60s. This house was gone before 1967 as the earliest aerial shows. I dug 6 wheats, earliest 1920, latest 1949. Two "V" nickels, an 1898 and a 1901. The 2/3ds coin is silver, a reeded edge dime, but I can't identify it. It's melted, bubbled, and crushed: Got really tired after all that digging, picked up Chinese food for me and my wife on the way back because I got silver. ๐Ÿ˜€ I don't know if anyone has ever mentioned it, but Silver Slayer is extremely resistant to EMI, I literally stood under these power lines that trashed every other program on the D2, and hardly heard a chirp. ๐Ÿ‘ That's huge...
  8. Spent the day at the farm where I found the Scottish sixpence today, big farm with small hotspots. One of the most unusual things about this place is that despite finding a lot of really old relics in two places, not a single button has been found. This probably means it was detected by others. But, they did leave some interesting stuff behind! Got there early, it was about 30 degrees and there was a frost, but it was easy to dig, and by the end of the day it got up to around 50. I invited Chase down to see the place and give him a shot at what could be there, I only scouted it so it wasn't hammered by me. I did find some great stuff before but there was more. Used the RC and 13" for a while waiting for Chase, when he arrived I switched to the WS6 Master with the 9". What a difference. ๐Ÿ˜€ Just swinging the 13" for 2-1/2 hours got kinda tiring today, and I didn't find anything at all but buck balls. I also tested ground stabilizer a bit but quickly changed back to my original settings. Not here! We walked toward the hilltop where I found the sixpence and found some stuff on the side of the hill, here's my haul for the day: 2 spectacle halves that don't seem to fit together, a single buckle identical to my first find in this field. A pewter spoon handle end, some more buckle bits and a bag seal of some sort. The most interesting thing I dug today (not that 1600s buckles are uninteresting ๐Ÿ˜€) was the knob on the left, it's knurled and has a pin on the back. Exactly half the alphabet on the front from n-z. ๐Ÿค” I wonder what it was used for? Hope on a return visit I find the other one ๐Ÿคฃ probably won't. Gotta say it was a pretty trashy day too, buck balls and bullets mostly. A couple of square nails got me too. It was fun hunting with Chase, and he did pretty well. There really isn't much in these 100 acres.
  9. Living in Virginia can be interesting in the winter, one day it's below 30, and the next you're in a t-shirt. ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel for the original settlers, they must have had a rough time. It hit 65 today. Odd for January 2, but I'll take it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Today I met Chase at this field, he was pretty sure we would find something here despite being disappointed before, but it wasn't disappointing today. We both had Deus 2s, me with my 13" and him with the 11". He made a pretty impressive find or two, but I'll just post mine and as usual invite him to jump in if he feels like it. It was kinda a celebration of his retirement this past week. ๐Ÿ† Time for the gratuitous detector pic, that's Chase way out there, this field is pretty big and has high potential for colonial relics due to its location. I did pretty well, even got some silver. (Sort of): 1943 P war nickel. I was quite surprised to find it here, the Deus reported a 74 I think. The rest of the story is the usual suspects, got 3 coins and a few buttons: Top left is an oval stud of some sort, top right another collar stud. I didn't know these weren't rivets until recently ๐Ÿ˜€ A couple wheats, old button with some gold still on it, two ball buttons, and a broken two piece that says Holmes Pritchard Co. on the back. Can't make out the top pattern. ๐Ÿ˜ต At first I thought the bottom coin looking thing was a half reale, it had a waxy feel and looked like it was originally round. ๐Ÿค” I have found one in this condition: Ended up only weighing .3g, and it's the size of a seated half dime which weighs 1g. I think it's a hammered Roman pull tab. ๐Ÿคฃ Great fun with a great guest. Trash was about average, don't want people thinking we don't dig a lot of crap! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don't dig much iron, the D2 rarely falses on it. ๐Ÿ‘
  10. Here is a new video from Garrett showing the Axiom relic hunting. Looks pretty good for the job.
  11. Looks like I'm following a bunch of better acts today but hey. Got out for another day with the Deus 2 and the 13x11". It started out at about 44 degrees and just got colder, 10-15 mph wind and cloudy. ๐Ÿ˜ต Not a fan of this weather but I was at least prepared for it. I have some insulated digging gloves that I switch out for electric heated gloves when my hands go numb. At least the D2 can tune out the EMI from the gloves. My Equinox cannot. This is a different field than the one I've been hunting, I came here to try and test separation with the big coil. I went to a spot that's very trashy, and really didn't find anything worth digging! That means there was nothing worth digging for the most part. ๐Ÿ˜€ Using this coil in another spot showed me that using it feels kind of like using the 10x5 on my Equinox, despite the large size. Separation is quite good. This field was planted with corn, and they knocked down most of the stalks, but the big coil did manage to get caught now and again ๐Ÿ˜€ Got nothing but trash for the first 3 hours, so I went to a spot I knew would have something. Finally got some finds in the bag, not much for 7 hours but I'll take it: 2 D buckles, a "Merry Widow" prophylactic tin top. I've read people find these all the time, I found it just off the old road near a church, ironically. ๐Ÿคฃ Here's a link if you're interested ๐Ÿ™„ they're from the early 1900s: https://www.mnhs.org/blog/collectionsupclose/3-merry-widows-tin The next item to the left of the broken key I'm not sure of but it is pretty ornate: Could be part of a shoe buckle but it's really heavy. Bottom row is a cufflink, two buttons and an odd buckle fragment. The cufflink broke easily, the concave bottom was attached. It's not a rivet. Buttons were cool, one London warranted treble, and a fancy Scovill with some gold still on it. I've found these English buttons here before. I want to mention something I've noticed with this coil. I'm running reactivity at 0 for maximum depth, you would think I'd have to slow down. Gotta say you don't have to if the field isn't all that trashy. I'm using Full tones so every time I hear a high tone I investigate it, if it dives to low once centered for sure it's iron, if it still insists on remaining high with a low blip, I'll dig it. It seems quite accurate and I don't dig much iron at all. One particular scenario is an 81 around a low tone, every time it's falsing iron. Changing sweep angle gives it up immediately. You can "grab" signals with this coil. Most of my large pieces of trash today were sight picked, the rest were the usual suspects. Hope I get a few points for presentation anyway. ๐Ÿ˜
  12. Thought it might be a good place to share some pics of finds that dont make it into the other thread of AWESOMENESS. Found this belt buckle at a Western Australian Ghost town.It s Gold plated.....i think....definitely gold but not solid.Has the words "Swift and Sure" on it with a sea Anchor and some what appear to be Paddles/Oars.Seems like a Navy style Theme.Has the Martin Patented stamped on it. Anyways hope you like .....i do. If you have anything similar ,would love to see. Ash Edited this post and added last pic.Found the 1/2 penny to have been shot at some point...something different and also these cool emblems off what i think were trophies.
  13. Looks like I'm following a bunch of better acts today but hey. Got out for another day with the Deus 2 and the 13x11". It started out at about 44 degrees and just got colder, 10-15 mph wind and cloudy. ๐Ÿ˜ต Not a fan of this weather but I was at least prepared for it. I have some insulated digging gloves that I switch out for electric heated gloves when my hands go numb. At least the D2 can tune out the EMI from the gloves. My Equinox cannot. This is a different field than the one I've been hunting, I came here to try and test separation with the big coil. I went to a spot that's very trashy, and really didn't find anything worth digging! That means there was nothing worth digging for the most part. ๐Ÿ˜€ Using this coil in another spot showed me that using it feels kind of like using the 10x5 on my Equinox, despite the large size. Separation is quite good. This field was planted with corn, and they knocked down most of the stalks, but the big coil did manage to get caught now and again ๐Ÿ˜€ Got nothing but trash for the first 3 hours, so I went to a spot I knew would have something. Finally got some finds in the bag, not much for 7 hours but I'll take it: 2 D buckles, a "Merry Widow" prophylactic tin top. I've read people find these all the time, I found it just off the old road near a church, ironically. ๐Ÿคฃ Here's a link if you're interested ๐Ÿ™„ they're from the early 1900s: https://www.mnhs.org/blog/collectionsupclose/3-merry-widows-tin The next item to the left of the broken key I'm not sure of but it is pretty ornate: Could be part of a shoe buckle but it's really heavy. Bottom row is a cufflink, two buttons and an odd buckle fragment. The cufflink broke easily, the concave bottom was attached. It's not a rivet. Buttons were cool, one London warranted treble, and a fancy Scovill with some gold still on it. I've found these English buttons here before. I want to mention something I've noticed with this coil. I'm running reactivity at 0 for maximum depth, you would think I'd have to slow down. Gotta say you don't have to if the field isn't all that trashy. I'm using Full tones so every time I hear a high tone I investigate it, if it dives to low once centered for sure it's iron, if it still insists on remaining high with a low blip, I'll dig it. It seems quite accurate and I don't dig much iron at all. One particular scenario is an 81 around a low tone, every time it's falsing iron. Changing sweep angle gives it up immediately. You can "grab" signals with this coil. Most of my large pieces of trash today were sight picked, the rest were the usual suspects. Hope I get a few points for presentation anyway. ๐Ÿ˜
  14. Managed to get out there today, only for about 6 hours but it was worth it as usual. This field is still producing, just not coins or jewelry very often. For a relic fan like me however, it has been a blast. It's so nice to have a place to go that stuff turns up every time you go there, but relic fields are finite. Each visit requires more finesse. Another great fall day, no wind and ended up about 56 degrees. I really only hunted a small portion here, and turned up quite a pile of finds: Got a couple of spur pieces, a few buckle fragments, one of which is Tombac. 6 buttons, two are Tombacs and again one was larger than a quarter: The bottom two button looking things are studs. I don't know what the flange was used for, it appears to be square threaded inside. I wonder if anyone can tell me what this thing is or is a part of? It's brass. Next, 3 of the buttons have backmarks, love that. This one is in the museum of American History: https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1452437 One other curiosity, the octagon thing with the "K" on it, I'm not able to find, it's an aluminum cap for a tube, I usually call it "butt cream" ๐Ÿคฃ The spurs are old but as yet I can't identify them specifically. This hunt was not as spectacular as other days, but the mystery items caused me to post. I'm thrilled with the D2 program I'm using here, it's really accurate and keeps me from digging too much trash. No more than a handful again.
  15. TomCA and I decided to test out our new fat tire ebikes integrated into some detecting earlier this week. The bikes are awesome, I can see these really being useful in the future for some of our adventures where you simply cannot drive, and may have several miles of ground to traverse before getting to your detecting objectives. So we have a Fur Trading site and a Gold Rush era encampment that aren't too far apart from each other that we were able to get to. No doubt that TomCA made the find of the day, but I was (fairly) happy with my take as well. The Gold Rush era encampment we call the Buckle Village because we're found several Gold Rush era tongue and wreath style buckles that were prevalent to the Gold Rush 49'ers flooding into the west coast to make their fame and fortune. They simply don't seem to be found at sites from different eras (I'm sure there's exceptions as always). This encampment has produced several for us, as well as a beautifully decorated powder flask, buttons, TomCA got a nice reale, I got what's considered the first trade token minted in California from 1850, a stunning 1820 United States Militia one piece button, and plenty of other period relics. At this site, Tom bested me with his prize and I'll let him have the honors of sharing that when he shares his finds. My best find from this site was an 1840s and 1850s early United States Marines two piece button backmarked "SCOVILLS & CO / [dot] WATERBURY [dot]". A few buckles, and what appears to be a knife or dagger hilt. This site has really dried up since our first few visits, but there's still finds there if you work your a$$ off ๐Ÿค  The next site has been a fun one, early California fur trading post site that digs deep into early California history. At this site you just never know what you'll find. It was my day for green copper, I dug a butt load of it, possibly more then I've ever dug there before. The larger pieces sound so good, beautiful high tones with high 20's to low 30's TID's on the EQX800, so you dig each and everyone anticipating a reale or bust coin, only to be let down with a green copper whatsit. Still fun history BUT it's getting stingy with non green copper items. This trip I managed to get a small, thin copper coin of some sort. I'm sure it's not a button or whatnot, but it's so corroded it's unlikely to ever be ID'd. I also dug a period bronze wedding ring, which while not as showy as a gold or silver ring, is still fun to me as it was likely a very personal effect that someone wore from the old world to the new world in their great adventure only to leave it behind to be found centuries later. Also got the obligatory black powder round ball drops and a few fired ones (I actually like finding those) and some later period rim-fire shells. Dug a bunch of bronze nails/spikes. I don't mind digging these, their not like square nails that litter most of our relic sites out west, these are hand forged bronze nails/spikes with old world forged rose heads. Also a couple of interesting bits they made for some special purpose use. I'm sure Tom will proudly display his buffalo and war nickles ๐Ÿคฃ so I'll show my wheat cents and fluke clad too ๐Ÿ˜
  16. I was invited to go back to the coal mining ghost town last week with the DTC (Deus Two Crew). @Glenn in CO made a post yesterday showing the hot streak he was on and he was on fire! We were having our own mini hurricane in Colorado that day while Nicole was ravaging the treasure coast of Florida. Our winds hit gusts of 65 MPH and it was a challenge just to stay upright at times. For a while I played bowling for tumbleweeds as eveytime I swung the coil I'd tap one and it would snap off and go racing a mile down the track. I started off running the Relic program but soon switch to my modified Fast program which is based on the Silver Slayer program, but with the lower notch topping out at 35 and no second higher notch. That's when I got a sweet sounding 83 popping out of the iron carpet and it turned out to be an oval shaped brooch with the pin still on it. Unfortunately the stones that once encircled the brooch were long gone. I kept working my way from one old house foundation to the next. Most of them were not giving up anything but trash when I found one that turned up a few buttons, so I slowed down to a crawl and gridded that one by inches. Everyone else was getting some coins and I was getting skunked in that department, but when I reached a break in the remains of a wall, I hit a strong 86 just on the edge of the broken stone. "This is it!", I thought, "Maybe a Wheat or Indian Head!" Well it was neither. As I dug down next to the stones I noticed a rounded edge poking through that was much larger than a penny and thought it must just be a lid to something. When I saw a small hole and design I thought this might be something good and whipped out my phone to document the extraction. As I pulled it out, I could see writing on it and thought I might know what it is. I ran over to show one of the other detectorists and he said, "Oh you found a miner's penny". I said, "What the heck is a miner's penny? Is it a token or something?" Then he said, "Wait a minute, this is a miner's identification tag and it has the name of the mine on it. You might have the find of the day!" So I asked what was the difference was. He explained that a "miner's penny" was a tag with a number on it that the miners would use to check in and out of a mine. Several miners would use the same tags as shifts changed. The ID tag was issued to each miner when they signed on to the mine and they had to keep it on them at all times while they lived and worked there. So apparently those are fairly rare. He said he's never found one from this site, and he thinks Glenn is the only one who has that he knows of. I had to obscure the town name on the ID tag because this permission is private property now and the land owner requested we don't post the name of the location. So at the end of the day I found some pretty cool things including some buttons, suspender parts, a flattened tea strainer and salt shaker top, a flattened bottom to a miner's oil lamp, some clock parts and the back and bezel to a Waterbury Clock Co clock with patent dates of 1890-1892, other odds and ends. Even though I didn't find any coins this trip, all in all it was a great time and I really appreciate the people that have taken me under their wing to help teach me the ropes! The second button is dome shaped and was the top of a two piece button. There's something on the button face but too corroded to tell what it is. The real mystery item this hunt was this. When I first saw it I thought it could be a cut Reale and almost peed my pants! But it appears to be a folded over stamp or seal or something? Any ideas? And the junk...
  17. One last hunt on this spot before it changes hands and I no longer have access. Its an old home site near an old townsite...people have been hunting the townsites for decades but they seemed to miss this old home site.... or not. I've been here twice before and not found any coins but there seemed to be lots of higher conductors. So I gave it one more shot today. I needed a break as I worked all day yesterday getting our garden beds ready to plant the winter garden. I'm calling it a successful hunt due to the Silver thimble and the butt end of the rifle. Those were my only good finds despite digging lots of targets and I got my exercise by walking a few miles as well. I'm thinking the rifle butt end is from a Musket? We have found a couple powder flasks at this site. strick
  18. At a recent club meeting a couple of friends and I discussed hunting an old coal mining camp again that we had hunted a couple weeks prior. We had some success on the first visit to this site, but I wanted to see if some adjustments to some programs that I made on my XP Deus II would yield some better results. All of us are using the XP Deus II since this spring and have used them on club outings and on our own outings to sites that are loaded with cans, nails and ferrous Items that make detecting these sites tough and frustrating. I and many other people have detected this site many times before more than a decade ago, so it became one those so called โ€œpounded sitesโ€ as finds had greatly diminished over time. The day started with breakfast at a local cafรฉ that resulted in talking with some old timers that lived and knew about some of the coal mining camps in the area that resulted in some information on potential hunt sites in the future. We then headed off to the site and then split up with me starting on the far end of the site and the other two on the other end. This site has an abundance of cholla cactus, so it makes detecting interesting at times, but the wind was blowing steady that day at 30 mph with gusts of 60+ mph that made even more of a challenge. This coal mining camp was in existence from 1898 to 1935, so there is a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous finds from that period to be found. I came away with a 1912 D Barber Dime, 1890 Indian cent, religious medallion, thimble, some buttons, minerโ€™s ID tag, two 5 cent and one 10 cent tokens, a cuff link. Also found was what I thought was a coin because of the reeded edge, was a wheel that turns the wick for an oil lamp (stamped Kosmos-Brenner) and a small brass case for matches or toothpicks? The tokens are not from this coal mining camp. Wonder what the letters mean on the reverse side of the religious medallion? Some of the junk found.
  19. Haven't posted in a bit! Hope everyone has been well,lucky and or productive in life/detecting! I've been out less then I'd like over the last 3,4 months! I have been out just short hunts here and there with 1,2 decent finds per 7/10 outings! Example like 1 bullet,1 button,1 100yr old coin nothing amazing but those kinda outings which are great if it's all ya got! Huh Today,same ol'union outpost I've hit many times and swung hundreds of hours no bull but facts! D2 setup with pitch,notch like a tnsquirellslayerwould! He's spot on as I've ran it getting the 07,08,09 and did great but today with squirrel slayers notch I liked what I saw! Last few trips maybe 5hrs seemed like I was starting to struggle whether from 07,pitch hitting thousands of swarps or just digging moronic idk but for sure struggled at this site! As you can see it has the carpet o nail,metal bits. Of course I was fooled on a few bigs,the big ass bolt and the bent 90ยฐ nails as I run it open with notch no silencer. When she locks on and I don't anxiously dig shitty signals on anticipation the D2 is king dingaling for sure! I saw some of those one fellers banging up they're tehons brand in iron and another talking of a explorer and boy if they have good sights I'd sure go out of my way to follow em around with this dues! Since getting this unit I've hunted same ol places I've hit from atpro,multikruzer and pounded with my eq800 and I've absolutely killed it this year since getting the D2! Luck,difference of 9" to 11" idk the correlation as absolute but I'm gonna land on D2 is a bad ass machine if one knows how to caress her properly! Yall take care and enjoy life,family and the upcoming holidays!
  20. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ I will have to speak to the owner, what I thought was just random grass may be winter wheat. ๐Ÿ˜ต Might not be able to come back for a while.
  21. Got my 11" Deus 2 coil Friday after my hunt. Had a lot to do over the weekend, but got out today to give it a run for my money ๐Ÿ˜€ Got an early start thanks to the time change. At first it seemed like the extra weight and "nose heavy" orientation wasn't much of a problem, but as the day wore on, my arm got really tired, I've been using the 9" my detector came with, and the 10x5 on my other detector so they both run light. While I appreciate the extra coverage a larger coil gives, the edge falsing and slower swing speed and less accurate centering are a distraction. Reminds me of the 11" coil on my other detector, and why I don't use it anymore. ๐Ÿ˜€ I honestly believe that I am not getting much extra depth, but that's because there really isn't anything deep in my fields but large iron. I think the deepest target today was about 6 or 7 inches. I would easily have found everything today with the 9" coil and saved my arm from fatigue. Got a larger amount of trash today, the falsing was much greater, but I got used to it. Some larger pieces of iron, lots of buck balls (you have to dig them if you want buttons), and copper junk. One piece I got in pieces, and they didn't really add up to anything interesting. I got a lot more iron due to false signals, this field is loaded with it. It seems the 9" is better in this regard, and with separation. I was running my modified general program, and using a modified relic program to verify iron. I had both set to reactivity 0 for max depth. I tend to run the detector hot so it's a bit chatty, it keeps me focused. Battery lasted 7 hours and had one bar left on the coil. Ended up with some relics, a very old key and some unidentifiable but brass stuff. Might be a drawer pull, I think people gathered here and bought stuff from vendors, I've found a lot of them in this field. I got 4 buttons today, two with gold still on them, I almost had a heart attack with this one: It even has gold on the edges, I thought it was a coin. Solid 90. Will I continue to use the 11" FMF for relic hunting? Uhhh, no. It beats the heck out of me like my other detector's 11", and for sure the 9" is going to be better in heavier trash. Will I keep it and get a second shaft (carbon fiber) to use it for beach hunting? Yep. The extra depth and wider coverage will help there, and it won't feel wobbly on carbon fiber. It will also come in handy if anything happens with the 9" coil. ๐Ÿ‘ I really wanted to get the 11x13, but yikes, as heavy and unwieldy as this is, I couldn't be more thrilled to have bought the 9" D2 package up front. ๐Ÿ˜€ Saw this not so little guy today, and let it be. Got the coil nice and dirty!
  22. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of you are tough acts to follow. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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.
  23. 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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Finally got to hunt a little at a 150 year old church, with permission. Spent an hour surveying the boundary around this old church, but didn't find the hot spot I was looking for. But all is not lost, I have permission to hunt anytime. Next trip, I hope to hunt closer to the actual church but need to ask and make sure it is okay. Now some might ask, what exactly is the hot spot you are looking for? An area where the church members (75-150 years ago) might have gathered for outdoor events and picnics. That being said, I've pondered on what the little shaft with gears might be. Maybe some kind of wind up device!
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