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  1. As an introduction, I am the president of a small placer gold mine exploration & leasing company. While doing research on one of our mine properties I came across an old leather journal & thought i'd post the entries over time here. I named it "Lost Gold At The Dead Man's Mine." Hopefully the old timer who wrote it won't mind. I tried to find any relatives but have run into one dead end after another. I felt it was a story worth telling & over the period of posting the entries I will include pictures of the area as it looks today and what our modern activities at the site have been. The journal was mentioned in a 282 page government report that I stumbled upon while doing research. I was able to secure the original journal from the descendants of the president of a defunct mining company who did some work in the area back in the mid 1960's. The journal itself was written by a prospector who worked the area in 1936. He hit a gold strike of epic proportions and lived an adventure that is very fascinating to say the least. It's a wild ride showing a glimpse back into a long lost time. I hope you enjoy the journal.* PROLOGUE : This is a journal of the experiences written in the first person in 1936 by a prospector by the name of Jed Stevens while mining at the Whiskey Jack Mine. Jed had several claims in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This area of claims produced large amounts of gold from the mid to late 1800's. The old placer mines were abandoned in the late 1800's as a result of California's Sawyer Decision which banned or severely limited hydraulic gold mining operations and left large amounts of undiscovered gold in the gravels. Here is the first entry : APRIL 12 1936 : Today I filed all the paperwork at the county court house for the mining claims I now hold near Lost Ravine. I then drove my Ford truck out to my claims. There was a good spot near Jake's Creek up to the north about 1500 feet from the main road that follows Morgan Creek where I set up my camp. It took the entire day to pitch the tent and set up my kitchen. The tent is a 15 foot cabin tent with a stove jack. I have a first rate box stove set up inside to be used for heat and some cooking. I also set up a second stove about 200 feet from camp for the main cooking jobs during good weather. Today was a good day for getting camp set as it was sunny and not too cold. Tomorrow my plan is to investigate one of the claim sites where the old diggings took place and get a bearing on my situation as far as where I might sample gravels and old tailings. I am losing daylight and getting cold so I will get into my sleeping bag on the cot and get some sleep. TO BE CONTINUED .................................... Here is a picture of Jed's journal as it looks today. It is in fairly good shape & also included some old maps. *this story is based on a real gold strike in 1936 according to what reports I have in my possession, but the journal itself is a work of fiction.
  2. Anyone from the McLeansville, Burlington North Carolina area know what the conditions are in that area? The reason I ask is my friend Pat Keene has one of those mats you can drag behind a vehicle and it will detect to 5 feet or more. My idea was to use this for the treasure mentioned in the book.(Going to make all you guys "work" for this story..just use the title and you can find the info)! Then started looking online for info and OMG!....people are NOT welcome in that area ...going so far as to put up 4X8 wood signs saying to the effect that ,"to date over 200 people have been charged with trespass..etc etc..are you next"? I'm sure a LOT of people on DP have knowledge on this area and subject...if you have a minute please respond.
  3. https://buckrail.com/forrest-fenn-i-hid-my-treasure-in-wyoming/?fbclid=IwAR0uGH0OIPXAXfDrOhnAZO_4Wrz1AETWFnEUfWk_ue6-qQrOgveK0UEJfIY
  4. This is a story that originated with my great great grandfather & was told to me many years ago by my grandfather. It has never been verified : A raw gold shipment from a mine in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California bound for processing was hijacked on a lonely mountain road & taken to a port on the west coast. The haul was purported to be somewhere between $50,000 - $75,000 at the time of the theft. A ship sat waiting to be loaded and a man by the name of William Shears was the captain. They sailed north along the coast all the way to Washington state where they unloaded the booty & buried most of it. My grandfather told me he believed it is still there. According to my grandfather the shipment was placer gold & was heading for a small smelting operation not too far from the mine. Someone had advance knowledge of the date of shipment and planned the robbery. He said there were five armed men on horseback who did the strong arm robbery while taking the two freight men hostage. By the time the mine owners were notified of the heist it was too late to find it. The thieves had planned everything out. They took it by water to a remote location far from the place of the robbery. How did my grandfather know this? It seems my great great grandfather was one of the mine owners. My grandfather called the ship captain a privateer. According to his story the thieves ran into problems moving the raw ore once back on land in Washington state & buried a good part of it. He said there was information given to the family back in the early 1900's that the gold was never found due to changes in terrain due to severe storms. However, my grandfather told me he thought he had a good idea of where the gold was hidden but was too old to look for it & my father had no time or interest in conducting a treasure hunt. My grandfather believed a man named William Shears was responsible for the planning of the heist. He said he was a sea captain from England with a bad reputation. As he told the story, Captain Shears took the ore into the harbor at Bellingham, Washington where it was off loaded into a freight wagon to be transported into Canada which he said was about 30 miles north. He said something happened on the way to Canada but refused to tell me what for some reason. At this time in his life he was very sick & frail and I didn't want to push him for more than he wanted to give. He said the gold was hidden in freight containers that were disguised as other items. He said there was an old road up there where the freight wagon stopped and the gold was burried not too far off the road. Why they didn't make it into Canada & who was waiting for it there is a mystery. With some help in research I found out there was indeed a Captain William Shears recorded in the 1851 census records. His address was Elliot Court Enumeration District Marlborough King in Devonshire county. His place of birth was Devonshire England and he was 46 years old in 1851. He was listed as married to wife Sarah age 43 & had a son James age 7 & daughter Mary age 2. Occupation was listed as Master Mariner. I have no idea if there really is a buried cache of gold somewhere between Bellingham & Canada but the story is intriguing.
  5. Even though I just got a brand new nox 800, I decided to grab the 705 today because it had a larger coil and I intended to search for deep silver and relics at an old park that I have hunted heavily in the past. The coil is a CORS strike in triple frequency. I set the machine in it's lowest frequency with the sensitivity maxed out and began searching in coin mode all metal. My first target was a snap off a jacket or jeans . My next target was jumping from iron to high tones and I called it iron but it was deep so I dug anyway, I was way surprised to see a glint of gold at the bottom of the hole. I pulled it out and it was this nice 10k gold ring with opal and 2 small diamonds. It is my second gold ring this year and possibly my last find of the year as the weather here in Montana is getting quite nasty. Started snowing shortly after finding the ring and I called it quits for the day.
  6. They say this is the largest hoard but it seems to me there are larger ones ... https://www.livescience.com/largest-treasure-hoard-england?utm_source=SmartBrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=368B3745-DDE0-4A69-A2E8-62503D85375D&utm_content=457CDC61-78BE-415D-9BA3-647900D62450&utm_term=9d161709-ab3f-4a42-87ad-b1ed29e66205
  7. Metal detectorist finds 2,000-year-old dagger wielded by Roman soldier in battle with Rhaetians https://www.livescience.com/metal-detectorist-finds-dagger-ancient-roman-battle?utm_source=notification
  8. .... LINK .... https://www.9news.com.au/world/spain-court-throws-out-us-treasure-hunter-lawsuit-against-over-sunken-galleon/9731e6ee-750e-4bc8-bcc8-0aebcd16bdef
  9. According to legend, in a creek not too far from home, there are two gold bars from a stage robbery. Typical bars in these cases were 125 lbs, and would be about 8 x 16 x 3". I'm going to build a small raft, with a detector mounted on it. Said raft will be controllable by me, so it can be caused to sweep back and forth across the width of the creek as I wade behind it. I'd probably be 10-12' behind. because of barbed wire, and other iron trash, I need really good iron discrimination, and the size of the target means I don't need super sensitivity. A large coil would be a help, as would auto ground tracking. Wireless headphones would be a big help, assumin they can reach that 10-12' I'll be behind the detector. Also I'd need the coil to be waterproof to 24", Though I'm not planning on having the coil that deep. The detector being at least water-resistant would be a help. I'm thinking a lower frequency VLF of some sort, for depth, and will probably be buying on the used market as I'm happy with my current fleet of detectors, except for this specialized task. I'm looking for suggestions from you hotshots, and appreciate the help. I guess it doesn't need to be said that I'd like to keep the cost as low as possible. Jim
  10. Caesarea National Park isn’t the only place where divers have found vast riches in living memory. There’s also the 1715 Treasure Fleet (also known as the 1715 Plata Fleet — “Plata” being the Spanish word for silver), which was unearthed by an amateur diver and enterprising Florida Man, William Bartlett. He went down to do what many divers do — check out a shipwreck that is hundreds of years old. What he found was so much gold he had to start packing it into his gloves. Over the next two days, he and his compatriots found 350 gold coins worth an astonishing $4.5 million. And while other hauls have been pulled out of this shipwreck, this one was the biggest to come from the wreck in decades. Where Did the 1715 Treasure Fleet Come From? The story of the 1715 Treasure Fleet is almost the archetype for the American conception of “sunken treasure.” There were 11 ships, totally loaded with treasure, on their way to Spain from Havana in July 1715. The Spanish were badly in need of the gold, as they had just ended the War of Spanish Succession over who would be King of Spain — the French claimant or the Austrian one — and the war badly drained their resources. Of course, July is prime hurricane season in Florida, then as it is now and the Spanish did not have the advanced meteorological equipment that we have today for early storm detection. As many as 1,500 Spaniards died in the wreck and it was one of the biggest disasters of the entire Spanish colonial era. Some of the men survived and established a camp while they awaited rescue. The Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp can still be visited today, on Orchid Island, Florida. The Spanish sent ships and, to their credit, were able to recover about 80 percent of what was on board the ships. This is astonishing, not just because of the relatively limited technology of the time, but also because of the number of pirates mulling around the area trying to score whatever treasure they could. Indeed, famed pirate Henry Jennings was first accused of piracy because of his lurking about trying to recover the lost gold of the 1715 Treasure Fleet. But the remaining 20 percent sat in the deep for quite a long time indeed. It took over 250 years before anyone was able to unearth anything that sank during that shipwreck. All told, there were 14 million pesos on the entire fleet. Mel Fisher and Kip Wagner: Modern-Day Treasure Hunters Mel Fisher and Kip Wagner were treasure hunters who teamed up with the intention of getting the remaining bits of treasure still in the deep waters off the Florida coast. Two ships in the massive wreck were located and it took five years of work to uncover all that they could from just those two ships alone. After they moved onto other projects, various salvage crews worked the area until 1983. The Queens Jewels were allegedly on the ship, though these have not, as of yet, recovered. What’s more, the cargo estimates are based on what was registered with the Spanish crown. There is reason to believe that a far greater amount of riches were on the ship in the form of contraband that the captains and their crew were smuggling back for their own personal enrichment, not that of the Spanish crown. Unlike some of the other unearthed hoard we have covered here, such as the Hoxne Hoard or the Staffordshire Hoard, there is a clear owner of the shipwreck: Queens Jewels, a salvaging company that acquired the rights to the area in 2010 from the previous owner, treasure hunter Mel Fisher, who came out on top in a long and contentious court battle against the State of Florida. The Spanish government did not attempt to exert a claim on the shipwreck. For its part, the State of Florida is entitled to 20 percent of any haul, which is then transferred to a museum in Tallahassee. Whatever is left is then split between Queens Jewels and the lucky treasure hunter. It can easily cost $50,000 to even get to the point where you can begin digging around in the ocean for this gold. Anything that washes ashore is the exclusive property of the person who found it. The 1715 Treasure Fleet is one of the reasons the Treasure Coast in Florida is such a popular place for metal detecting, particularly after hurricanes. Eric Schmitt’s Million-Dollar Score While Bartlett is one of the biggest scores in recent history, he’s not by any means the only person to strike gold in the deep blue sea thanks to the 1715 Treasure Fleet. Eric Schmitt and his family were able to unearth 52 gold coins and 40 feet of gold chain, as well as 110 silver coins and buttons, which amounted to over a million dollars in value. Schmitt dives a lot and it wasn’t his first trip down to the Treasure Fleet looking for his fortune. Usually, however, by his own reporting, all he’s able to come up with is empty holes and beer cans. This time, however, it was vastly different. Only 15 feet down, but 1,000 feet offshore, he was able to strike it rich. A gold coin popped out of the sandbank he was working on. It wasn’t the only coin he would uncover and one of them, a very rare piece called a Tricentennial Royal, was worth $500,000. Back in the old days, people who made coins weren’t terribly concerned with how they looked. The main concern was about how much they weighed and what the overall purity of the precious metal was. The Royals, however, were an exception, as they were presented directly to the king himself and had to be of exquisite quality. The 1715 Treasure Fleet has seen some exposure in pop culture. A scene in the video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag involved the 1715 Treasure Fleet. The first season of the Starz series Black Sails revolves around the 1715 Treasure Fleet and attempts by pirates to recover the riches that it left on the ocean floor. It is estimated that there are still $400 million in Spanish gold coins outstanding in the area known as Florida’s Treasure Coast. That’s a lot of gold and silver just sitting around for the right enterprising diver to happen upon it. The 1715 Fleet: The Archetypal Sunken Treasure originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  11. This was posted by someone else in a different forum. I thought that ya'll would find it interesting. https://www.wfsb.com/news/local-treasure-hunter-helps-family-in-western-massachusetts-find-hidden-money/article_9109b47c-a2db-11eb-a6ef-eb9bac297655.html
  12. I thought I saw someone here post something about a similar coin they found. https://www.livescience.com/pirate-henry-every-treasure-coins-discovered.html?utm_source=notification
  13. We got permission to hunt a park that use to be a Girl Scout camp from the 1920's to the 1990's when it closed down.The head caretaker of the park is a great guy and gave us the green light to detect there.We gave him a few scout relics which he would put in the park museum and he was very grateful for are finds.He told us that one capsule was found but a old farmer said a other one was still missing and gave us the area it could be in.It is probably from the 30's or 40's.I think the one is in a museum around here and we hope to see what it is made of.Have any of you heard of other Scout capsules and what could be in them ?I hope they are detectable.If not we could still stumble on to some silver coins or rings for a consolation prize. If found we will give the capsule to the caretaker to be put in a museum.
  14. The Anglo-Saxons were and are renowned for their metalwork. This is not the crude metallurgy of an uncultivated barbarian horde, but the beautiful design work in the noble metals of silver and gold that only a truly cultured people could produce. Nowhere is this exemplified more than with the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon metalwork ever uncovered, even larger than the famous Sutton Hoo Hoard. First, let’s talk about the tale of the tape: The Staffordshire Hoard includes 11 pounds of gold (5.1 kg), three pounds of silver, and over 3,500 pieces of garnet cloisonné jewelry. Manufactured during the 6th and 7th Centuries, it was most likely buried in the 7th, but like so many relics of the ancient world, it was uncovered a little closer to where we live — in 2009. More than simply the value of the riches in this Hoard, there is the small matter of what this means for Anglo-Saxon archaeology and scholarship. None of the goods belong to women. Nearly all are martial in nature, the exception being three religious items. Thus, archaeologists now have an incredibly clear snapshot of Anglo-Saxon physical culture. The Hoard revealed that the Anglo-Saxons had perfected a technique known as depletion gilding that gives the surface of an object the appearance of being a higher purity of gold than it actually is. Some of the pieces are thought to have come from as far away as Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, but these likely date back to the Roman Era. The Hoard itself is thought to be what is somewhat awesomely called a “war hoard.” What this means is that archaeologists suspect that the bulk or even the entirety of the hoard was captured by Anglo-Saxon warriors from the Kingdom of Mercia in the battle against the Northumbrians and East Anglians. Sheet Gold Plaque, Staffordshire Hoard Fully 80 percent of what was found belonged to weaponry. This is one of the reasons it was such an archaeologically interesting find. Gold sword pommels are rare in the extreme, with merely one being found in the entire Sutton Hoo Hoard. By contrast, the Staffordshire Hoard boasted as many as 50 of these. What this allowed archaeologists to conclude was that, as opposed to many other cultures, they were not rare among the Mercians. It was common for such finery to only belong to a king, but for the Mercians, it seems to have been a common item for the entire warrior class. King Penda of Mercia is the most likely “owner” of the Hoard. But sadly, there is nothing on the Hoard that specifies him as the royal owner of these goods. It’s simply a conclusion that has been drawn by the time period that the wares date from. Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of the Staffordshire Hoard is how it was discovered. Terry Herbert, a member of Bloxwich Research and Metal Detecting Club, is the man who made the discovery. He was doing what he loved — hunting around with his metal detector — when he came upon the Hoard. Over the course of five days, Herbert unearthed 244 gold objects before contacting Duncan Slarke, the Finds Liaison Officer for the Staffordshire and West Midlands Portable Antiquities Scheme. The landowner then allowed for a total excavation of the Hoard. Unlike the Hoxne Hoard, which was noteworthy due to how close together everything remained over the course of several centuries, the Staffordshire Hoard was all spread out from years of plowing the fields. A 30×43-foot area had to be carefully combed to find every last piece. The Home Office conducted a final sweep of the area using highly sophisticated geophysical equipment and concluded that everything had been unearthed. The Hoard was put on display at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery before Birmingham Archaeology was even done processing it, attracting 40,000 visitors during its initial showing. A coroner’s inquest found that the find was a treasure, which made it the property of the Crown. However, in accordance with British statutes adopted after the unearthing of the Hoxne Hoard, there was a bounty paid out both to the man who discovered the Hoard, as well as the landowner. A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire hoard, which was declared to be treasure in September 2009 There was an additional excavation in 2010, whose aim was not to find more treasure but to unearth archaeological evidence with an eye toward helping to date the items from the initial haul. A third excavation in 2012, however, found an additional 91 pieces. Most of these were small, but there were some larger pieces, including a large gold cross. Only 81 out of these pieces were declared to be treasures at the inquest. The Treasure Valuation Committee put the value of the original Hoard at £3.2 million, or about $5.3 million in 2021 dollars. According to the 1996 Treasure Act, which was passed partly in response to the discovery of the Hoxne Hoard, this was to be split between the man who found it and the owner of the land on which it was found. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery declared their intention to jointly purchase the Hoard and a public appeal was made to raise the funds. The money was split equally between the man who discovered the Hoard and the owner of the land. This apparently led to some discord between the two men, eventually resulting at the end of their friendship, but little about the details of this is known other than that each accuses the other of excessive greed when it comes to the proceeds from the discovery of the Hoard. The Staffordshire Hoard is fascinating on virtually every level — how it was found, where it came from, the contents of the Hoard, and what happened to the men who benefited financially from its discovery. There are doubtless many treasures lurking around the world today, buried long ago that are simply waiting for someone with the right equipment to come along and discover them. The Staffordshire Hoard: The Largest Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Metalwork originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  15. Discovered February, 2015 Most of the treasure hoards we have covered elsewhere on this site (namely the Hoxne, Staffordshire, and Cuerdale Hoards, among others) come from the West. But we will now turn our attention toward the Levant, where, in February 2015, a vast hoard was found in the Holy Land. Much like the other treasure troves we have discussed on this site, the Caesarea gold treasure was uncovered not by professional treasure hunters, but by hobbyists simply doing their thing who hit the proverbial lottery. In this case, the hobby in question was diving, adding an additional layer of wonder to the story: Not simply buried treasure, but underwater buried treasure. Indeed, this was the largest treasure ever discovered in the State of Israel. Found by the amateur divers at Caesarea National Park, they quickly referred their find to Antiquities Authority, who then sent a team out with the divers — and a set of metal detectors. Amateur Divers Discover Priceless Treasure The Caesarea gold treasure was found on an overcast day when Zvika Fayer and four of his friends were diving. Fayer, in particular, liked the area because it had so many fish and boasted a shipwreck, along with its cargo and pottery. He had visited the same area dozens of times without ever once coming across the treasure that would make international news. Like many other areas of archaeological significance, the place where Fayer was diving was open to the public, with the understanding that any treasure there should be reported immediately to the Israeli authorities. The difference between this visit and the dozens of other times he had shown up to dive these waters is that there had recently been a major storm. This storm disturbed the area and, as a result, he saw something shimmering on the ocean floor. Initially, he thought that what he saw was little more than the foil wrapper of a piece of chocolate in the shape of pirate coins that are popular with children. But he couldn’t have been more wrong. He was shocked when he picked up the first piece and it wasn’t foil at all, but a piece of solid gold with Arabic inscriptions on it. He then began sweeping sand away where he found first one more coin, then what seemed to be an endless amount of them. The final result was stunning. Over 2,000 gold coins from the Fatimid Caliphate, an Arab Shi’a religious empire that existed from the 10th to the 12th Century. Various denominations were found by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in their thorough investigation of the region, including dinars, half dinars, and quarter dinars, all of various weights and purity. Israeli Authorities Step In Mediterranean Beach in Caesarea, Israel At first, the discoverers received a bit of a skeptical and accusatory treatment from the authorities. They wanted to know why the divers had removed the artifacts from their original location. However, the divers reported that there was another major storm incoming and that they were afraid that if they didn’t pull the coins out of the sand, that they would be lost forever. They did what they could to retrieve as many coins as they could immediately before the storm hit, then went back to help the authorities uncover more. It is thought that the treasure was from a secondary ship that was wrecked on its way to the central government in Cairo with tax revenues. Other theories include that the treasure was payment for a garrison of soldiers stationed at Caesarea or that it came from a particularly successful merchant ship. Finally, there is a theory that the Caesarea gold treasure was buried for later retrieval by a family who were either killed or sold into slavery by Crusaders and was never able to recover it. The State of Israel has strict laws about the removal of antiquities and treasures from their site of origin compared to many other countries. Doing so is punishable by up to five years in prison. So it’s not surprising that the amateur divers quickly reported their find. The Contents of the Caesarea Gold Treasure Map of Caesarea Gold Treasure The oldest coin in the Hoard is a quarter dinar hailing from Palermo, Sicily. At this time. Sicily was a province of the Fatimid Caliphate. This coin dates from the late 9th Century. Most of the coins, however, were minted in Egypt during the reigns of Fatimid caliphs Al-Hakim his son Al-Zahir. Collectively the pair reigned from 996 to 1036. The coins are in a condition that could accurately be described as miraculous. They required no extensive cleaning, despite being at the bottom of a body of water for over 1,000 years. Some of the coins were bent or had teeth marks on them, which is evidence that someone had physically inspected them at some point in the distant past. The coins are 24 karat gold, with purity ranging up to 95 percent, making them an incredible find, even just from the perspective of wealth. For their part, the authorities said that the value was basically impossible to determine, declaring that it was “priceless.” Of course, one can always put a value on the weight of gold in dollars and cents, but it is virtually impossible to place a value on archaeological artifacts and historical finds of the kind those divers happened upon that fateful day. The total weight of the haul was 20 pounds (about 9 kilograms). The sad ending of this story, however, is that the Caesarea gold treasure is now the property of the State of Israel. And, unlike many of the treasures that we have reported on from England, there is no finders’ fee. The people who found the gold under the sea are as rich as they were on the day they went diving. Thus, the State of Israel is different from the United Kingdom in that it relies upon sticks rather than carrots to get people to report their findings to the proper authorities. In Israel, the reward for finding gold for the government is the knowledge of a job well done — and staying out of prison. Caesarea Gold Treasure: The Largest Discovered Treasure in the State of Israel originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  16. The biggest buried treasure ever found in the United States was, to put it mildly, nothing to sneeze at: $10 million in the form of over 1,400 gold coins. Known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard, it is shrouded in mystery because no one has any idea who buried the treasure in the first place. The Ballad of Mary and John It all started in February 2013 when a Californian couple was taking their dog for a stroll along their property. The woman saw what looked like a tin can sticking up out of the soil. Mary and her husband John then very carefully excavated the tinpot from the earth around it. Once they pulled it out of the ground, their life was changed forever. The couple had found 1,411 gold coins minted between 1847 and 1894. Not only were the coins in good condition, but they also had enough weight to be worth over $10 million. All told there were eight canisters just filled with gold coins. Not only was this the biggest lost treasure find in American history, but to this day no one has any idea how the gold got there in the first place. This wasn’t the first strange tin that was found by the couple on their property. There was another tin that had been hanging from a tree for so long that the tree had grown around it. After discovering the first can — which they initially believed contained lead paint because of how heavy it was — the couple returned with a metal detector to see if there was anything else laying around. They were certainly not disappointed as they had discovered an additional seven cans. Where Did The Gold Come From? Known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard, we know that it probably was buried on the property sometime at the close of the 19th Century but by whom and for what purpose we will likely never know. Most of the coins came from the San Francisco mint and were from the period of the world-famous California Gold Rush. But some earlier coins from Georgia raise questions about how they got there. It is worth noting that many of the 49’ers of California had previous experience in the Carolina Gold Rush and the Georgia Gold Rush. The coins weren’t valuable simply because of the weight. They were also valuable because they appear to be in such good condition that they were likely never circulated, giving them a value far beyond their simple weight in gold. The face value of the coins is a scant $28,000, which isn’t a heck of a lot of money today but was a small fortune in the year 1900 — $578,000 in 2020 dollars. One popular theory holds that the coins were buried after a 1901 bank heist where a bank employee made off with about $30,000 in gold coins. But the federal government has come out and said that this cannot be the case because the serial numbers on the coins don’t line up with the coins that were stolen. Others claim that the gold was buried there by a famous outlaw, usually Jesse James or Black Bart, both of whom were known for robbing stagecoaches. The Knights of the Golden Circle are another proposed candidate, with the belief that this was a gold stash with the purpose of starting the Second Civil War. Another theory is that the coins were put there by a miner who was doing his level best to hide his life’s savings from bandits and other prying eyes. This, however, seems unlikely as many of the coins inside come from after the gold rush was over. Finally, there is the prevailing theory: A very wealthy person with an intense distrust for banks buried it there and forgot about it. We will likely never have a definitive answer, as both the names of the couple who found it and the location of their gold strike has thus far remained a secret. To this day, all we really know is that the coins were found somewhere in the Sierra Madre Mountains in California, with the recipients of this windfall, perhaps wisely, seeking to keep a low profile. After all, revealing themselves would be an invitation to treasure seekers to flood into the area in search of other tins filled with lost gold from a bygone age. Of course, a number of people have come forward claiming that the gold belongs to an ancestor or other relative. However, no one has been able to successfully wrest the Saddle Ridge Hoard from the people who initially discovered it. What Happened to the Saddle Ridge Hoard? The coins presented a numismatist’s dream because it is very rare to find such a large cache of coins together all in one place. What’s more, as we mentioned, the coins were immaculately preserved despite being, in some cases, over 150 years old. The coins were sold on Amazon with certificates of authenticity. The couple, known only as Mary and John, were represented by the noted numismatics firm Kagin in their sale of the coins. Prior to selling the coins, the couple kept their find safely stashed away in an old ice chest buried beneath a pile of wood. Before the discovery of the Saddle Ridge Hoard, the biggest find was a stash of $4,500 in gold coins that sold for a million dollars in 1985. This was found by city workers in Jackson, Tennessee. Taxes must be paid on such finds, which are considered regular income by the Internal Revenue Service. Still, even taxed as regular income, the take-home pay from a $10 million payday will have the finders sitting pretty for the rest of their lives. The Saddle Ridge Hoard: The $10 Million Mystery originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com.
  17. Kellyco Metal Detectors is offering a $10,000 reward to the person that brings us an interview with the individual(s) that found Fenn’s Treasure! As a pilot and knowing Fenn was a pilot, dead reckoning came to mind, so we first thought to draw intersecting lines to locate the treasure where X really does mark the spot (in spirit). We didn’t see the clues as part of following a linear path, but more creating a drawing on the map that would lead us to Fenn’s Treasure. There were also double meanings to what we saw as clues, which strengthened our resolve. You don’t need the history to solve it, but it’s there and it helps. Clues to Fenn’s Treasure in Forrest Fenn’s Poem “WWWH” Firehole river into the Madison. Ojo Caliente works great as Fenn’s secret swimming spot within Yellowstone, but any point on the Firehole, like the falls, works to get you quite close. Down river in the Firehole Canyon is North, so your next point is North not far, but too far to walk. “Put-in below the home of Brown” – Joe Brown Put-In, below where Brown found his gold in the Beartooth mountains. Between WWWH and HOB is a nearly perfect vertical line at 110° 50′ W Longitude. These two points from the first two clues create the Y-axis that Fenn’s Treasure is on, so… you could theoretically walk the line to find it, similar to Fenn’s statement on having the first two clues. Here we’re also getting close to the famous lone semi-colon. Not a necessary information, but a helpful hint. It separates the poem / clues for the two lines you’re drawing. “From there it’s no place for the meek” Saw this as a hint we were on the right path, but not needed to solve it. “From there,” or “After drawing that first line / from Joe Brown Put-In,” across the cold Yellowstone River, Joseph Meek escaped up into Yellowstone from Devil’s slide, Really close to the vertical line you’ve drawn. This also leads you toward the general vicinity of the old mining town of Electric, Mulheron Creek, one you can easily drive and known for white-water rafting, and Beattie Gulch, a dry creek that’s on public land and used to be drivable in 2010. “The end is ever drawing nigh.” Now we’re about to draw the second intersecting line, and getting close to the treasure. “No Paddle up your creek” – The treasure is likely on a dry creek you’ll be walking along. “Just heavy loads and water high.” Sounded like directions to us, like “just over on South and Main St.” We saw this as containing the two clues for our intersecting line. Just Electric (heavy mining loads / electrical loads), and High Lake, (or water high) a place possibly familiar to Fenn on his fishing adventures as a teen, or his horseback adventure with Donnie. A place a young kid could see nearby on a map and make the connection. Finding Fenn’s Treasure These four points create the blaze, a cross sticking out of Ojo Cliente, casting a long shadow over the Madison River – a lament on his own mortality in the forward from Too Far to Walk / also the meaning behind the cover photo with his shadow. On topological maps, grave site are marked with a cross, so we took this as Fenn being buried in spirit in Yellowstone along the Firehole River, and how the X that marks the spot is there “in spirit.” In this solve, the cross points to a spot on Deaf Jim Creek in a wooded area accessible by car, just outside the park boundary that meets all the criteria. One, it’s overlooking Gardiner (note Fenn’s reference to Gardiner’s Island in TTOTC just after the poem). Two, it location gives credence to “hear me all and listen good”, and the area was previously burned down in a real blaze before 2010, which created beautiful meadows. Three, if you check the topo map, it’s in the only square of public national forest, surrounded by private land, with an easement for public use of the road. You can rent a cabin for 10 at the top, accessible by Beattie Gulch, and be a short drive or hike through their ” rented backyard” to the hiding spot – easy for Fenn to hide a treasure on a family trip, the one likely mentioned in Too Far to Walk when he discusses showing his grandchildren his secret swimming hole. This also solves the mystery that he hasn’t been back to W. Yellowstone in a long while – he entered the park through Gardiner – and part of the discussion around the legality of finding lost property on private land. Maybe he wanted his bracelet back for legal reasons to make the claim go smoothly. Anyhow, we’re truly sad the chase is over, but had the BEST trip the first time ’round, adventuring & exploring in the snow, even in crappy BOTG weather. The kicker is we had a trip booked for, yep, June 1st, which we pushed back due to Covid-19. Doing our part staying home. Fenn’s Treasure would have been cool to find and re-hide to keep the chase alive. Maybe keep a coin, but ultimately pass it on with a new chase. Hope the finder does right by it. This post was originally posted by u/antimethod on reddit. Treasure Finds: Fenn’s Treasure originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com.
  18. This treasure is close to where I used to swim as a kid during Xmas school holidays in Victoria Australia during summer. ....LINK.... https://oztreasure.weebly.com/inverloch-treasure.html By the way the wife found a gold sovereign in the Inverlock region but was not related to the above treasure.
  19. This is a lengthy article about the hoard finds in England. It follows the saga of two detectorists who found some great objects in 2015. We are often times a forum that has many more details than the reporters so maybe there is someone here who can help us understand even more. I hope the link works for everyone. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/16/the-curse-of-the-buried-treasure
  20. Not sure if im posting on the right forum, correct me if not Steve. Heard on the news last night a jewelry store in Michigan is going out of business and he has hidden all types of valuable coins and jewelry in many places. He stated he is selling a chance to locate them I think entry is $49.00 per chance? He also stated each piece has a gps tracker on it. Hoe does that work? most gps will get you close then you pull out your metal detector or what? Is this like Geo Caching ? On another note was informed the Texas Governor rejected our County Judges request to lock us back up...HURRAAAAY! told Judge just make everyone wear mask...good luck on that. lol. Hope everyone has a safe and healthy weekend and Happy Hunting! Lonnie
  21. From Wikipedia - "The Fenn Treasure is a treasure reportedly worth more than one million dollars hidden by art dealer and author Forrest Fenn in the Rocky Mountains. According to Fenn, many people have claimed to have found the treasure, but no one has provided any evidence to him supporting their claim. Fenn has confirmed four of the nine clues have been solved and that searchers have been within 200 feet of the treasure. As of 20 August 2016 Fenn has stated that to his knowledge it is still not found." Read the full story
  22. Due to the high danger in entering the house with grains of sand and rusty materials when my woman is there, I keep my buttocks safe leaving any find that is not gold outside in the garden, inside a basket ... I do not remember how many hunts ago I left this pendant and other coins in the basket, perhaps distracted by the rings, much heavier ... Also it is rare to see pendants with red paint ... It seemed like costume jewelry. Anyway with my daughter yesterday afternoon, we rummaged in the basket and I showed her how many coins that I discard can return as new with a bit of hard work .. She immediately noticed and took the little heart and asked me if she could keep it ... I was surprised by the color, which I neglected to check well and with a lens I searched for the title engraving .. With great surprise this 2.3g pendant is 18K and at the current price it is a find of respect! I explained to my daughter that she will have a prize for this discovery, because I don't want her to wear gold at the age of 6 ... I was about to throw a good part of everything I collect and leave only coins to clean up and she saved something that I had not even noticed that I had recovered ... For the record, like an idiot I lost today's hunting session sleeping till late, after more than two weeks of decent waves stop and only 24 hours available before other waves arrive ... Too much wine and roasted meat last night ... Damned Italy
  23. I took my wife, and two young boys to the river for a couple hours this morning. I figured I'd bring my Detector, and get a couple hours of hunting in while the kids played. I have been hunting the rivers all week long. I possibly put in close to 30 hours, with very little success. I am learning the machine with each swing though. I was hunting in Park 2, knee deep in the water, a spillway at my back, and open river in front of me, with a strong current. My settings were default, except the Iron Bias was switched to F2 giving it a value of 6 automatically. I went with 50 tones, and periodically did a ground balance, increasing the number it settled on by 2 or 3. (I had heard this was a trick) My first target was an all to familiar aluminum piece, followed by a metal flake. I thought to myself, "That's ok, one of this holes will eventually surprise me. I only have two hours so I'll just dig away, and enjoy myself" I was right, my third dig was about 2 inches down, I saw the glimmer. I knew this was no beaver tail. I pulled the ring, and lifting it thought "wow, looks like silver" I scanned the inside, seing a hallmark my eyes immediately caught 14k. I stood up, and started walking towards my wife grinning ear to ear, almost deviously. It took her a minute to notice I looked odd with a smile like that, and asked what? I showed her, and she promptly made me stow it away, convinced I'd lose it I went on to pull three more rings, my next one being a MASSIVE Palladium wedding band (I had never heard of Palladium when I dug it) Each time I would approach my wife proclaiming yet another victory, and each time she would say "no, I don't believe you" and then I would show her. The next two were one Sterling Silver, and one Stainless Steel. I also found a total of 8 fishing lures, and a commemorative medallion for a 1988 space flight. This was by far the best day I've had medal detecting, and was a reminder of why the hobby was love at first dig for me. I know a 4 ring day is not gonna be a regular thing, so I'm chewing it slowly. I couldn't be happier with my first gold experience, and wanted to thank all of you on Detector Prospector for being so kind, and answering any questions I've had. I know I'll have many more, and the experience you guys bring to the table is quintessential to my learning this fine hobby. I wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming hunts. As always HH - Luke
  24. https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/forrest-fenns-treasure-reportedly-found/5753216/?cat=500
  25. There are still some treasures out there in them'thar hills! https://www.ksl.com/article/46667233/7-legendary-treasures-in-utah-and-the-west-that-have-never-been-found
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