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  1. I've dug a lot of iron relics with a Tejon I use to have. It gave a high tone on iron larger than a nail. With the Tejon you can usually tell by the tone that it's iron and can dig it or not. I was complaining awhile back about digital detectors not giving a high tone on iron relics smaller than a horseshoe. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and have now figured out these digital detectors how to get the iron relics. Take the Legend for example. Nails disc out at 6-7. Bigger iron than a nail has a lower iron id. Large iron like a horseshoe has a higher id. So if I want to dig iron relics with a digital detectors, just dig the iron signals that don't id as a nail lol. So having an Engineering degree I just figured out how to dig iron relics with a digital detector lol. The Equinox and Orx work the same way. Imagine that. So if you're not finding much, dig some iron. You never know what you will find.
  2. It keeps raining here. Started back to work and then more rain. And snow. And rain. It let up this afternoon so I continued to dig up the yard. It's one big target. Here are a few finds from the last week. I'm digging up just about everything just to eliminate target sounds. And that's why I found the silver button. Corroded iron on the back so it was a goofy signal. I'm surprised that we haven't found any older coins. A penny from 1918 but everything else is 50's up. House was built in 29.
  3. I was eager to hit the spot after a long work week. Saturday morning early I showed up only to find three trucks with trailers and about 8 people rounding up all the cattle to move them out. There is no feed left and the previous times I was there the cattle just ignored my truck which was a good indication that they were not being fed. Even so they all looked to be in great shape. For cattle ranchers now is a tough time due to drought as feed prices are extremely high they have to decided what to sell and what to keep and move to other areas. At any rate I decided to abort the mission as they were parked right on top of where I was finding everything lol. I decided to be responsible and go back home and do some yard work 🙂 Sunday morning I was right back again to give it another good sweeping. I left the Deus 2 in the truck. I wanted to see what the other detectors could find. The Equinox with the elliptical coil got a couple things but my old trusty CTX 3030 still impresses me after all these years... It's so good on deep high conductors...even in nails if you just move slowly along...I was using one of my favorite programs for relic hunting "Gone Huntings Combined mode" ...the watch fob was the find of the morning for me...the CTX called it a 13.45 with the target trace giving me a nice solid red dot on the screen the kind of signal you dream of in a good relic spot. I was hoping for a seated quarter but was not disappointed when the fob popped out...it was at least 8 inches deep. Also got my 3rd shoe insert at this spot...this guy must have had some serious foot problems....By noon it was getting hot so off I went back home to cool off. More yard work and my avocado trees have lots of baby avocados. We had more lady bugs this year the I have ever seen. strick
  4. Was using the Gold Kruzer w/ 5x9.5dd coil. Was in Boost mode with disc at 21. It is set right at the edge of breaking up a nail. Found this part of toy derringer. Thought for a second it might be real but it's so small and the hammer is so tiny. The handle is also split down the middle. Plus there's no barrel. It's id was right at a solid 21 all around it. Most detectors wouldn't have dug it.
  5. Ideally I would love to share all my finds. In 10 years I’ve found a lot of nice things, and even some rare and valuable things. Inevitably once I post rare and valuable historical items I come under local pressure to donate them with the argument that “history belongs to us all.” There’s a part of me that agrees with that statement. There’s another part of me that thinks history belongs to those who seek it. I put in the work to seek it out and retrieve it, and I should be able to be the one to share it until I choose to pass it on how I see fit. We share our finds in part to share history with others in our own way. We become attached to those items and proudly display them. The last thing many of us want are entities laying claim to our finds, guilt tripping us or suggesting that it now belongs to everyone, and keeping it is somehow wrong. Yet this has happened to me enough times (never here) that I feel burned for sharing anything. I just wonder if any of you have had the same experience. It’s a kind of catch 22 where both arguments have merit. Regardless, I follow the law. There’s no crime here in holding on a valuable historical find. If it answers some kind of important question or fills in an important gap, then I’d err more on the side that it belongs to everyone. Either way we should have some time to enjoy the spoils. That’s my thought for the day.
  6. I took a short day yesterday and was able to get back to the spur spot for a three hour therapy session. Theres still lots of targets but high conductors are starting to diminish...Lots of big iron in the ground...I dug one for fun. Everything I've been finding is in a small 30 yard area when I venture away things get sparse. Any ways i'm having fun here I just wish there were more coins. I found 3 interesting things yesterday. A shoe tag/token from our Aussie brothers (thanks fellas) ...a "Heads I Win/ Tails You Loose" coin with some added character. I used to play that game with my kids when they were little lol. My favorite though is the 1908 medallion from the "Great White Fleet" visit to San Francisco. Just love reading about these things and the people involved. This is I think now my 6th hunt with the new Deus 2. It's hasn't disappointed me. strick
  7. Back to the old Pig farm, where several restaurants dumped the table scraps, in the 40,s 50,s and 60,s I used to be a bus boy and as fast as you have to go , alot of things get thrown out with the scraps so far i have found two Merc dimes but i wonder if its worth all the digging, as the pigs rutted up the dirt alot and put scratches on the coins , I took a picture of a bottle cap that came out all chewed up , Most likly from the Hogs, but you never know when somthing good will come out , got alot of ground to dig yet . and i found a early pull tab dating from 1962 1964 era , so cool
  8. I was back at the spur spot yesterday afternoon for 3 hours of well deserved therapy. It was hot but there was enough breeze to keep me cooled down. I sometimes hunt with a buddy that has all his detecting needs perfectly kept in a little back pack... his boots are already on and he's ready to go detecting...the minute we turn off the truck he's out the door and hauls ass to the spot...he's usually about 10-15 minutes ahead of me. One time after he did this I walked up to the area he had already been detecting for 20 min turned on my detector and immediately dug a nice seated quarter about 15 feet from where he was standing. As he looked at me in disbelief I calmly told him that the reason I found the quarter and he didn't was because he hauled ass to the spot and the detecting gods don't like to see greedy detectorists. So in following with my superstitions yesterday instead of rushing to the spot where I found the spur I made a wide fishhook pattern so as not to appear too eager to find the other one...The plan worked perfectly it was the 4-5th target I dug...On the deus 2 it was in the mid 80's and sounded not that great...as I was excavating it out of the ground I noticed why... there was a large piece of Iron covering about half of the spur...I would have put the odds of finding the other spur at zero to one...how many times have we set out to find something with our detectors only to find out it was the only one there... I had a nice little 3 hour hunt.... the matching spur will sit in my display case next to the other one...I got a few more relics and even found a coin if you can believe that. The ground is rock hard...A shovel is out of the question. Once I break through the hard upper surface I am able to use the Leshe tool to get the target out but its lots of work to not damage the target. Heres a few pics... a couple showing the landscape. Happy hunting and don't be too greedy when you go detecting 🙂 strick
  9. It should be getting obvious the GPX 6000 is a great nugget detector. I think it also has great possibilities for beach detecting for jewelry. If somebody was to ask me about relic detecting, I’d tell them the same thing I say about the GPZ 7000 - way too sensitive to tiny ferrous. There is such a thing as too sensitive, and the fact that the GPX 5000 can be set up to miss the tiniest ferrous is actually an advantage. The 6000 will bang hard on the tiniest slivers of ferrous stuff, like almost invisible bits of hair thin wire. However, it might be something those who already have the machine might want to play with, and I have already been learning a few discrimination tricks while beach detecting. Anyone familiar with the Minelab PI detectors knows you get two main tone responses, either a high tone, or a low tone. The simple way to think of what these tones mean is high tone = small or weaker / low conductive targets, and low tone = large or stronger / high conductive targets. The dividing line between the two is not fixed, but varies with the ground balance setting. This means people in lower mineral ground will not get the same results as those in high mineral ground. It’s a complex subject, one I go into great detail at here. The GPX 6000 has one bit of magic for this task. The Normal/Difficult ground setting button. It allows a change in the tone response by simply pressing a button. I do not know the details of Normal vs Difficult, but it changes the timings enough to flip the tone response on many targets. I found I could use it to get four different target classes. Hi tone normal, high tone difficult = Aluminum foil, misc aluminum, wire, most bottle caps, misc small ferrous - low VDI targets. Small gold. Hi tone normal, low tone difficult = Nickel range targets, larger aluminum. Larger gold. Low tone normal, low tone difficult = Zinc penny range targets. Even larger gold. Low tone normal, high tone difficult = Quarters, dimes, copper penny, high VDI targets, nails (larger ferrous). Silver rings. The results closely mimic my coin detecting results with other ground balancing PI detectors, but with a big difference. With all the other machines I had two classes of targets. High tone small stuff, low conductors, and low tone large stuff, high conductors. This new method delivers four target classes, potentially a big step up in discrimination capability with a PI. Ferrous can show up in any of the ranges, just depends on size and type. By digging the fourth category, it’s basically just high conductive coins, and nails. No zinc pennies or aluminum screw caps. Not good if you have lots of nails, but I will be doing this in a park soon, as many parks are not loaded with nails. Others might be, so it’s site specific. The other big caveat I already mentioned. This assumes bad ground, with a ground balance setting to match. The GPX 6000 is automatic and sets its own ground balance. You have no way to set and lock it, unlike a TDI. So I have no idea where the tone shifts will occur in other ground. The good news is that you really don’t need a PI as much in low mineral ground. This might allow people to get more depth on silver coins in really bad ground. The DD coil also skews results, depending on which mode it is in, salt or cancel. In other words folks, I’m looking for people who are willing to experiment, and document. I will be doing more of this and adding new information here as I go. Any adventurous souls, please do the same. There is a definite crude discrimination system included with the GPX 6000, by way of an easy button push. Let’s figure it out, and it may open up some new detecting possibilities. I blew it on my first go at this, as I dropped finds into different pockets of my pouch, to separate them by category for a photo, along with the trash. Then I got home and by habit just dumped it all in my sieve to sort the sand and trash out - oops. So will do better at that next time. Bottom line is I got real good at calling out the coins before digging. There are some real possibilities here for the adventurous types - PI naysayers need not apply! There are also caveats of course, see the following threads for more details. More information in related threads: Minelab GPX 6000 for Coin & Relic Hunting Relic Hunting with the Minelab GPX 6000?
  10. It rained yesterday, but the wind today dried everything up. My truck is in the shop so I had to do something local, took the golf cart down to the landing. I recently mowed this area, I dug a few pennies and buffalo nickels here with my Equinox, I was hoping the Deus could sniff out some more with the new V0.7 update. Ran the General program most of the day with a bit lower Reactivity and higher sensitivity. I really expected to find very little, but I was happy with what I got. It wasn't more than 5 minutes in that I got a 76, and pulled this stick pin out: Looks like it was gilded and the pin long ago broke off or corroded. It's stamped on top so I guess it's 1900s The stone is missing, it was probably paste. I'm surprised to find something so thin and brittle that survived. I didn't find anything for quite a while, thought I had the 30 minute curse, but later I went to a spot I didn't mow that also didn't have much ground poison ivy. I had sprayed my shoes and legs for ticks, so I went on in. Last time I was here I got at least 3 deer tick bites. The nymphs were so small you didn't notice them until it started to itch. 🤬 Here's the take for the day: Got the pin, a plated flatware piece, a 1919 wheat, an 1887 IHP, and an interesting little medallion. It's pretty heavy and appears to be silver plated. Looks like something from ancient Mexico. 🤔 It was the same TID as the IHP. It has a hinge on the back, it was a cover for something or a clasp. The poison ivy is everywhere here, some of the vines are 2" in diameter, and the ground is covered. I'm sure in a couple of days I will have some. 😵 Max trash as well, lots of concertina reeds, shotgun shells and other junk, but after a week at the beach it's good to be back in the old trash. 😀 V0.7 seems to be a bit better, I like that the ID stays on the screen longer. I'm really liking the PWM tones, they really help analyze an object, but it's gonna be a while.
  11. I've had four opportunities now to take the XP Deus 2 out for a spin. I'm really liking this machine for relic hunting. I still have a lot to learn about it. I like a detector that is simple to operate. The Deus 2 is not a simple machine... at least for me as I feel like a pilot going through their pre flight check list every time I fire it up. I'm sure it will become routine soon. A few finds from 2 different spots. Two hunts total. The first two pictures are from an old WW2 camp that I have been over with the Nox many times. The second spot is a new permission. You would think with all those buckles I would have found one coin..but no. The spur made my day..its in good shape. Happy hunting and get that deus 2 if you like hunting for relics. Just don't tell anyone about it 🙂 strick
  12. I noticed a lot of us getting skunked which is a day with something different found. Someone said we need a thread . So I'm starting a thread called Brothers In Junk,,,,cuz we all belong.. No detecting today.....yet , (I have a reputation for finding diddly that I have to maintain.) (THX for the idea Rick N MI) Post #1 High Tide , Raining , I'm headed to do arts n crafts with mom. That's Treasure so why am I posting it HERE ? LOL
  13. Well k said I'd be back in a bit with a story(experience) and success was had! Thicket hunting along a creek were johnny rebel once crossed 20-30k troopers,artillery and such! Over the railroad bridge alone! No maps exist of troops closer than a mile or three,no written detail exist in stating anything but retreat was made across a railroad bridge! Reason I spelled this out I found a fort of some kind, circle-ish 4ft banks up from ground level 15-20ft across with what looks to me like a dirt platform against one side(back side if rebs did it. Doesnt make sense now that I'm thinking about it,maybe union thought rebs were coming back then platform area would be in front. Or then again rebs occupied the area for 3+ years and bridges were protected so platform would work in front across the board reb/union. Maybe one of you fellers can identify the bullets!? My caliber,t&t are at the house, they are sude cast(I think that's what its called,line down the sides from making em). I dont know alot about bullets but I feel like they are reb(idc which they are) from looking through that book many hours measuring,wieghing and looking more! Lol Pistol bullets is modern!? I didnt think so thought .36 cal colt or sage in field the wierd dirt is tricky/red concrete I worked the brush overtime scrubbing these things! Never encountered such dirty dirt. Wierd flat lead is odd,any ideas? Darn spikes loud 91 I couldn't help thinking PLAAAATE, excitement all around and NOPE damn spikes! Never seen any like these though( in earthworks). Dsmn good evening,dropped bulliets are most fun to me! Hope to get more time this week for thicket busting! D2 is superior in the bush to the nox,detect-ed,non broken anything nox800 if I may! I'm really starting to like this machine and to be quite honest first day I had to talk myself outta discounting it! Heads up yard test against nox wasn't seeing it, audio response up one,reactivity can go to 1.5-2 and be deep while plenty fast for most sites and understanding it has soft real soft whispers on deep sound when nox is beep beep beep and dig imo compared. At first though I can see people discounting it over such things for sure,btw square tones as yall know remedies this also but I didnt buy this machine for nox imitation so only run pwm! I did chase a handful of signals but not many but still wasted a hour of a 3 hr hunt, thick stuff,roots galor just tough going so any non desirable chasing adds up! I was happy though 2nd hole was one of these exquisite relics! Happy enough to mostly forget the mosquitoes were attempting to pack me off! Damn eat up! Lol Thanks for comments,input,knowledge in advance! Happy hunting,be safe
  14. This is the haul -3 modern .45 slugs and of course a few mushroom tipped nails(not many,I dont even like mushroom tips!). Wondered off in the bush away from fort earthworks thingy mabob to my own demise! No success,got back over whr there are many many bullets still in dirt(walking over my filled holes every trip and pulling others within feet. Also just overwhelming with metal in a pretty large area(earthworks I have not been back in it,its just to much). Again lost time going away from my hole only to start the jonesing(I need bullet!) And get after the damn nails(if your seeing 85 on hit or miss signal it's a mushroom tip or just skinny nail) imo! Settled down finally after to many metal bombed holes(pinpointer going bananas every direction) yes I balance it! Dug smart scraped every find in pic in maybe hour n half! Just like other thread "no need to guess or chase sketchy broken signals,every good find solid as can be!" If anyone knows about iron rings? Tell me things! If anyone knows what flavor bullet these are!? Tell me things,please! Have a great night,happy hunting
  15. 2 hunts today first in sleet,rain and snow in the greatest county of lee(for keeping victims poor)! Wet to my knees but no bother to me,just hard slimy with mud gloves! 1790's property covered in tiny mid 1900's nails like roofing but smaller heads,square nails,random iron of all sorts(not much modern trash) I've poured 100+ hours to close vicinity(yard,small yard) to house just on hope to no avail besides 2 early 1900's wheats,Mason lids,random non ferrous objects most holes no stretch have multiple nails. Best find in field 1820's flat button I posted here 3,4 years ago and even what little I've been in the fields is slower rate of fire mo'chine gun beeping! I need to give the yard up but it's hard I know theirs something there if I could zig,zag proper!:) used sensitive ft modified chased 1 way nice signals to mostly nails,deep HC I used for 1,2 hours bottle caps 4,silencer high to many many more falses (complimented by my chasing when i know better) and seems to up average the numbers a bit but i may have been overwhelmed by hope spiraling and overloading of de beep! I'm really loving the nuance to all audio options not pitch in pwn, didnt realize 5 tones could or would be so deliciously squeaky! Does anyone have any knowledge to spare on rivet,pottery and I know its roouugghhh bullet? Thanks in advance! Goodluck. Fast forward a drive to chatranooga and 2 hours work, I hit some grass around utc, construction area and lost 4 1/2 hours trying to learn things! This is where it all turned around for a few glorious minutes when behold a token on a zinc signal! I like it alot and never seen one,what say you!? Much more modern trash and chasing at first,then passing up all under 90 signals for the last bit only the token for 2nd hand cool/finds o' value but a win for me! I pre deus 2 had gotten away from detecting when I really love it but having places to go or lack of on the road and when home I have family so times limited! I'm just going (gotta get my mind right and just go) and if its city,county,hood owned I'm just going and I'm gonna feel good about it to! Lol im not going to step on anyone or be a menace I'm just going to beep! I'm really liking the machine,tonal symphony,ergos,the smorgus board of stuff to change buttons to push on my handy dandy RC! Gotta quit chasing/hoping and just let it happen! Pics with wire were a few of the junker clunkers still in my bag from chatt greenery with token! All others pics from lee county rural communities! He bout the painted penny its purdy! I've had some depth equal to the deepest I dig broadly speaking as well from nox800,atpro(deepest things as a whole 1 day in miss 10" .69 caliber were the only finds about with atpro big nel). Sure some pop cans,big stuff maybe a bit deeper digs but most of my dogs 3" to 7" broadly I think. Just random thoughts of the deus and journey! Goodluck to everyone on yours and I hope happy digging finds you all! If anyone can give some info on anything it would be appreciated and locked away in my mushy head! Thanks oh almost forgot 2 locations in Chattanooga 2,3 blocks apart 1 had pretty annoying/serious emi 1 had nothing of note! Sit mochine down to paw&claw damn thing was bing,bong,bammin to really frustrating levels gain 85! Dealt with it for can slaw prizes though!:) onenote thing imo sensitive with descrim up to 6.8 or 7 full tones,pwn,reactivity 2-3,iron volume 1,audio hrz 450ish,gain 95,no notch,audio response 4 or 5 I go back and forth,silencer 2 but I'll bounce it off the floor at the carpet bombed places,bottlecaps in modern trash 3,4,/equalizer bumped 1 decibel per row gaining 1 on previous,headphones volume 6 I think that covers my favorite/what jives with me atm however i ran some 5 tone today and liked it alot actually.
  16. I found this site about this time last year before some major surgery. I intentionally ignored Relic Hunting in all forms, even online browsing. Because my I wanted to heal after this surgery and not bust stitches in my quest for Relics! Anyways lost a phone & changed a phone, plus with my fine memory. I actually lost this forum? Couldn't remember name of forum etc... Then I got busy with life again. I started long road too recovery, slowly working, & digging again! Last week someone replied to a post I made on this site a long time ago. I was emailed reply. So here I am again thanks to a old thread!!! Kac... You still around, where's my shovel? 😂 Anyways, I've been back on my feet for awhile now & digging! I'll start slow but, post a few things here & there... I found this thin small piece of copper a few weeks ago on property my friend has permission too dig. Any thoughts to what it could be?
  17. Have a couple of 2 hour hunts at a Military Fort site from the late 1850's early 1860's on video. Pulling some good stuff from the iron I would like to think other machines have missed. The 11" coil is pretty deep and sensitive to small stuff, still does OK in the iron. Like all of the machines I've owned in the past, the Deus 2 is not immune to digging deep iron. Will probably figure it out better over time. Hope you enjoy
  18. Went to an old house site this morning only one coin but it was a keeper 1868 Indian. I have a hole in the book that it’ll fill nicely. Token of some kind pocket knife and a few other relics. Thanks for looking.
  19. I haven't gotten out much lately due to back problems and weather. The last couple of times I found some interesting things, and a lot of nails, horseshoe nails... I'm not sure what the shoe shaped thing is, an old skate? or possibly a shoeshine support? I got a horse tack buckle, a locket, that seems to be plated, it's corroded a little, and fell apart when I picked it up, and a tiny brass buckle...I'm wondering if the tiny brass buckle was for a baby's shoe maybe? It still has a piece of material in it. The penny was just to show the size of the locket and tiny buckle.
  20. Back over to the area we found the relics at before. Three different spots more stuff. My son got similar to what I’m posting along with an 1859 Indian and half a powder flask.
  21. Does the GPX 6000 signal on small near surface iron? I want to test it at colonial and civil war sites to relic hunt. If it does what sort of signal sound does it produce? Thanks
  22. I attempted to capitalize on my success from our New Years Day hunt where my first coin of 2022 was a beautiful 1825 reale ( https://youtu.be/EFZ5Wf3cy2I). On that trip I removed a large section of brush that low and behold gave up several good targets once cleared. This general area produced several Phoenix buttons, a reale, green copper, flat buttons, relics, etc. This trip I tried removing more brush right in what was previously a hot zone, but I was shocked after busting my hump that the thicket of bushes wasn't hiding a single target. Tom likewise cleared out a large swath of overgrowth and after he went through with his Deus and got nothing (camp lead and shotgun butts perhaps), I went though it with the EQX and I did get what sounded like a good chance to be a deep coin, but it ended up being a deep shotgun shell. I don't recall shotgun shell being punishing on previous hunts there, but they were on this one, and I see that Tom also got an equally larger number of them. Then I moved to the area that I had cleared out on the last trip and thought it made good sense to continue expanding my pocket and aside from a couple pieces of large iron, it was devoid of targets. While I was bushwhacking Tom decided to freestyle it on the deer trails. This would prove to be a good move, as he soon started having success. Finally after Tom had bagged TWO Phoenix buttons and a flat button, I started working my way to where I thought he was, but the bottom line is I spent the majority of the hunt either bushwhacking dud areas, or exploring an entirely different area from where Tom was that ended up being practically devoid of targets. Tom kept texting me, hey I got another flat button, hey another phoenix button, hey a small birdcage button. Geesh he was killing it. I ended up with a single flat button way out in the bush, and when I finally returned closer to the "zone", BAM I landed a neat button! How it got there is completely beyond me?? I researched it and it's what's commonly referred to as a War of 1812 Royal Navy Officer 15mm gilt brass flat button. This Royal Navy Officers one piece button was manufactured between 1798-1812. What's that doing in Alta California?? Anyone in California ever find one of these? I know when Spain wasn't looking the British were trading there, and when Alta California was under Mexican authority, the British could trade there. On our way out we wanted to check an area that I sampled last trip and it produced a flat button or two. We were more thorough this time and hit an interesting little patch. Tom pulled a flat button and some big bronze foot to a candlestick or chalice or? Not far from him I got these two little silver buckles. Funky signal, silver screamer with other signals mixed in, pulled several targets out of this little area mixed in with junk. Got the little silver D buckle first, then the larger silver buckle second. Then I waded through some (gasp) clad and got a screaming flutey silver tone, and saw a little silver disc fly out of the hole!! Ended up being a seated half dime, a nice early one too from 1838. To bad it wasn't an Orleans mint mark, it'd be a high dollar little coin then, but it's still a killer find from early Alta California. Nothing else too exciting to be honest, Tom was on fire! I believe he ended up with something like nine period flat buttons, and 2 Phoenix buttons, and a bunch of period green copper. Hopefully he'll post his finds here. This was the maiden voyage for my new Coiltek 10x5 on the EQX800. My overall impressions: I was concerned about depth, but now I think without an A/B stock 11" vs the 10x5, I think it would be hard to notice in the field. I don't think it was any easier maneuvering through the brush, maybe it was, but in reality it seemed like the coil was getting hung up just as much haha When I got the seated half dime, the area was junky and it did really well separating each target in the mix when going slow , the 11" coil probably would've smeared some of the targets together. I didn't find the balance to be any different, it didn't feel lighter, I guess I'm used to slogging the stock 11" around. Thanks for looking! GL&HH, Cal
  23. Got out today to a permission that’s close by. There’s an old house on this property and from what I’ve read the house was built in either the late 1800s or early 1900s. I’ve hit this place seven or eight times already and have gotten 6 silver coins. All dimes: two barbers and four mercs. The guy that bought the place is slowly tearing down the house and I noticed he finally got the roof rafters off of it. I’ve been wanting to detect the dirt under the floor system that he tore out a few weeks ago but I was leery of going in there with the weight of the roof on those old walls. So today I got in there with the nox and six inch coil. First thing I noticed was a LOT of bottle caps. That and lots and lots of iron. I had the nox running in both park 1 and park two with custom five tones, recovery on 7, iron bias at 0 and then 6, sense anywhere from 16-21. I got two ‘45 wheats, three buffs a ‘15, ‘18 and the other is too corroded to get a date off of. Highlight of the day was a ‘36 merc, my first silver of the new year.
  24. A few weeks back forum member and friend abenson posted the results of an amazing hunt he had in Virginia at the latest week long "Diggin' in Virginia" organized group relic hunt. DIV is the gold standard of group hunts, a well organized, well oiled machine that enables folks regardless of equipment, skill, or experience to have access to sites in and around Culpeper, Virginia known to have Civil War activity through battle or long-term winter encampment. The CW history around Culpeper is immense. Several major engagements were fought within a 50 mile radius of the town including the Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Battle of the Wilderness, and the battles of Cedar Mountain and the Battle of Brandy Station (the largest Cavalry engagement of the Civil War), the latter two being fought on Culpeper County land, and many other major and minor skirmishes. In addition, Culpeper was a popular site for winter encampments for both Armies. The result is simply a high density of CW related relics remaining in the ground on the various, numerous private farm properties in the area. DIV contracts with landowners to give the DIV participants access to the land to search for these coveted relics. The main catch is that relic hunting has been going on for multiple decades and although advances in technology and technique have enabled relic hunters to get access to deeply buried relics, those relics are disappearing and not being replenished. Those "surface finds" are actually pretty deep on average and the to complicate matters further, the soil is extremely mineralized due to the local geology which also happens to be home to some fairly significant natural gold deposits. Finally, several organized hunts and individual relic detectorists have repeatedly pounded the major "hot spot" sites. That doesn't mean the sites are devoid of relics but it does mean a little bit of research, detective work, and luck go a long way to getting you into an area of high relic concentration. Anyway, this DIV was number "50". No, it hasn't been held for 50 years, there have been 50+ organized DIV events held since around 2004. This event featured 4 separate sites that participants could visit as they pleased over a period of 5 days. If you read Andy's post that I linked above, you can see that he had a pretty good hunt, he had a plan, stuck to it, focused on one specific area, and was rewarded, indeed, with the find of a lifetime, a CS tongue. Part of a two-piece Confederate buckle (see pic below). This is my DIV 50 story. We started at a "new site" that was not hunted by DIV previously. As you might imagine, it was highly popular on day 1. Me and my two buds hit the site for awhile came up with a few bullets and not much else and then decided to hit another site where we previously had some luck. There too, the finds were few and far between but we were not skunked. We decided to hit a different site on day 2 where we had also had some previous luck with very little success. Lead is great but we were really craving brass. We visited a fourth site on day 3. This site was a site we previously had sworn off based on previous poor luck and you can now see how desperate our crew was becoming. We found a couple more CW bullets there and then proceeded to go back to a different section of the site we visited on Day 2. On the way there we noticed that a field that had been previously occupied with a fresh crop of soybeans had just been harvested that day. As far as that DIV is concerned, that would be considered virgin hunting ground and we were going to be one of the first crews exploiting it. We hit the field spread out and started surveying it for possible hot spots. I found a couple of tiny brass percussion caps and some non-descript brass, but it was starting to look like another wild goose chase. I hit another strong signal, that sounded good in the GPX headphones, nice high tone that did not break and started digging. As I remove more and more dirt and rechecked the hole the signal remained loud and clear and unbreaking (I was using a moderate iron reject setting). Finally, I located the target but to my dismay it was in the side wall of the hole. Not a good sign. That typically happens with ferrous targets because they tend to pinpoint off-center. I pursued it anyway and a beautiful green, brass something fell out of the sidewall and into the bottom of the hole. It was a heavy brass object that resembled a section of wreath. I knew what I just dug and I was simultaneously filled with feelings of joy and disappointment. I too had recovered part of a two piece tongue and wreath Confederate Army buckle. Andy had recovered his "find of a lifetime" CS tongue. I recovered part of the wreath that encircles the tongue when the two-piece buckle is fastened together. But unfortunately, under circumstances unknown (perhaps under the plow, perhaps in battle) it was only a broken off partial section of the Wreath and not fully intact. Hey a partial wreath is better than no wreath, and believe me I opened up that hole and also super searched the entire vicinity for an intact tongue or any other matching fragments to the partial wreath, but was unsuccessful. Similar feelings occur when you recover military two-piece button backs with the faces missing. On one hand you know what you got and you are happy to have recovered some brass, but he feeling is bittersweet knowing what might have been if the button (buckle) was recovered intact. That day and the next day I recovered five button backs. Ha. But the good news is that I also recovered 5 intact Eagle buttons including an Eagle "I" coat button that still had some gilt. A pretty good DIV haul for me and the rest of the crew as that field contained a number of brass button, minie ball, and brass relic hot spots. We also dodged the tractor a few times and it even forced me to abandon a sweet signal as it "ran over" my target. I let the tractor pass, reacquired the target and pulled a nice Eagle button. Anyway enjoy the pics of my finds from DIV 50. I managed to recover a relic from each site, just missed a spectacular find, and kidded Andy by saying that I found the part of the wreath for his CS Tongue that he was unable to recover....
  25. It's been a while since I posted some finds. It has been a productive fall relic season for me, so that isn't the reason. Perhaps too much focus on the new machines that are about to make a splash in the detecting community and other distractions big and small. Anyway - on Friday Bob (F350Platinum) again graciously let me invite myself down his way again for some last minute 2021 detecting at a new permission he has been surveying. He wrote about it here. I got a late start so Bob had already had a chance to snag some finds in another part of the farm. After Bob kept me from driving my SUV into the local pond and then a short chat with the landowner, we were off swinging. We moved into the direction of the farmhouse, reckoning that the Colonial finds would concentrate towards the house. We crossed a couple of promising spots that were giving up telltale older relics (buttons, brass buckles) but they dried up as we crossed into a greener, muddier portion of the field. So we circled back the the "hot" spots and focused in those areas. Was swinging the Nox with the 11" coil, which was a change up from my recent hunts sticking with the Nox 5x10 that I have really bonded with. Anyway, was looking for a little more coverage and depth and with the targets few and far between. After recovering a few buttons and a nice D Buckle and a some modern trash (shotgun shells, can slaw), I got a nice solid, borderline 20/21 hit. Thinking IHP or some heavy brass, I flipped the plug, and the pinpointer zeroed in on a non-descript small, dark, flat, oval-shaped target. Perhaps a medal or pendant of some sort. Definitely, not a coin, so I thought. As I cleaned it off, it started to look like silver. Ok, cool a silver pendant/medal. I flipped it over, saw the off-center Jerusalem Cross, and immediately realized I had just dug my first Spanish Cob. 1/2 Reale weight. Bob and I researched and it appears to be a Mexico City Cob minted during the reign of King Charles II 1663-1699. My first Cob about 30 miles south of where Bob fount his first Cob when we last hunted together. Some nice colonial buttons and other odds and ends (including 2 unidentifiable copper or brass disks that are not old coppers or tokens) from the 12/31 hunt and our previous get together a few weeks ago. Thanks for letting me enjoy a little of your detecting paradise, Bob. See you again in 2022. I think more great finds in store as you've just scratched the surface on your new sites. Happy New Year Everyone!
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