Metal Detecting our Farm (again)

I went back to where I found the 1801 large cent (below) and the the very first item I dug was this 1785 Carolus III Two Reales. It was about ten feet from where I dug the large cent. This coin was only two inches deep. It was very close to the trunk of a walnut tree and I think the roots may have pushed it up. I was using the Garrett AT Max metal detector.

To purchase the Garrett AT Max (or any other detector) get it from Ed Huffman at Treasure Mountain Metal Detectors.

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Metal Detecting our Farm

I recently purchased a Garrett AT Max because they are lighter to swing than my V3i. A 1935 wheat penny was the very first coin I found with it. I hunted all over the farm, pastures, woods and around a couple of old homes. The large cent was found in the pasture at a depth of 5 inches. It sure surprised me!

To purchase the Garrett AT Max (or any other detector) get it from Ed Huffman at Treasure Mountain Metal Detectors.

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Metal Detecting a Canal

It was muddy as you know what and smelled like a sewer. I only detected for about an 1/2 hour but did manage to find this Caterpillar Tractor Co. Peoria, Illinois watch fob.

On the left side of the radiator it reads "Thirty Five" which I believe is for 35 years of service.

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Metal Detecting a Ball Park

I hate those black gnats! They were all over me today like a stink cloud around Pigpen. Good thing I was wearing a hat and headphones.

I've hunted this ball park before and found a Mercury dime and wheat cents. It is always good for giving up clad coins. I got one really good signal today - a quarter reading at six inches. That is always a good sign and today was no different. The signal turned out to be the 1951 silver Washington quarter.

I was also looking for gold as evidenced by the pile of aluminum junk. Can slaw and pull tabs.

Total coins was 4 clad quarters, 2 clad dimes, 1 nickel, and 5 memorial cents. $1.30 plus the silver quarter.

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WWII U.S. Savings Bond Appreciation Plaque (aluminum).

When I finished mowing today I went up to the farmhouse to see if I could metal detect anything that I might have missed over the years. About 10 feet from the back porch I popped up this savings bond plaque. I guess if you purchased bonds during the war this was their way of saying thanks for the support.

The right two pictures is what it looked like before going in the ground for 70 years.

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Civil War Relic Hunting Part 17

If you own a White's V3i I highly recommend purchasing the Detech 13" Ultimate DD search coil. They are currently $179.95 at the White's store. They are very stable, easy to ground balance, and best of all THEY GO DEEP!

I found a total of 46 civil war bullets and the 1800 large cent.

Read the entire story with more pictures at Civil War Relic Hunting Part 17.

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Metal Detecting Around an Old House

Metal detecting around an old house produced this 1938 Mercury dime, two wheat pennies, a 1920 and a 1929, a couple brass gears and what-not, and a badge. When I first spotted the badge I thought for sure I had a silver dollar - really made my heart pound!

Also found a 1983 nickel. Those were the only coins found in about two hours of metal detecting.

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Metal Detecting Various Places - Fields and Homes

The most recent finds from a few various places while out metal detecting. The chunk of scrap on the top left is a piece of silver that weighs 8 grams (equivalent to 4 silver dimes). I knew it was silver right away as it came up nice and shiny with no deterioration marks. I polished the top with silver cleaner and the rag turned black.

Not sure what the round item went to. It is a screw on lid or cap to something. Looks like RR in the center. Rolls Royce?

Also found an old kerosene lamp wick adjuster, a 1958 wheat penny, a WWII eagle cuff button, 3/4 ounce lead fishing weight, and some clad coins as shown.

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Metal Detecting in a Park

Hunting an old park produced a few good finds. Mainly hunted the found along side a stone wall where people probably sat. The wheat's, Indian head cents, and buffalo nickel were not found far from the wall.

Total finds were a 1928-D standing Liberty quarter, two Mercury dimes 1917 and 1929, and a 1948 Roosevelt. The buffalo nickel is dated 1925. Only the last two digits are visible.

The Indian head cents are dated 1901 and 1902.

The wheat pennies are 1917, 1918, 1920-D, 1925 (2), and a 1927.

The lead bar is most likely Smith's.  Not sure what it was used for. An old compact case, fuse, and a brass buckle were also recovered.

Clad coins consisted of 7 quarters, 15 dimes, 6 nickels, and 14 new pennies.

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Civil War Relic Hunting Part 16

Civil war relic hunting with the White's V3i and the white 10x12 SEF search coil.

On this trip a one of a kind bullet was recovered (bullet on left). It appears to have been fired with the ramrod in the barrel.

A Confederate Gardner with dot cavity was also recovered.

Read all about the 69 bullets found on this trip at Civil War Relic Hunting Part 16.

UPDATE: The "ramrod bullet" made American Digger magazine Nov.-Dec. 2014 Vol.10 Issue 6 in the Just Dug Here's what our readers are finding...category. In it noted bullet authority Jim Thomas says, "Whenever you see...that thin belt of "flashing" around the bullet, I believe it was fired with the ramrod. It is quite a different feature than a bullet that was simply rammed really hard."

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Old Home, Park, and School

These finds are from metal detecting trips spread out over a few weeks. Areas metal detected was on old home built in 1825 but only found two wheat's and new coins.

An old park produced the silver Washington quarter and Roosevelt dime. The Mercury dime was found at an old school along with a wheat penny (1939) and new coins. Clads total $4.16.

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Metal Detecting the canal banks.

Finally a nice warm day to get out with the metal detector. Didn't find any silver but still made some nice finds. The large cent was shot with most likely a .22 pistol or rifle as it made a pretty good bump on the reverse side. Cannot make out a date or type on the obverse. The cold cream jar lid gave off a pretty good signal. This is a Daggett & Ramsdell Perfect Cold Cream out of New York.

The girl scout pin is in excellent shape with a complete fastening pin on the reverse side. It has the nice blue enameling. Three Indian head cents were found...1882, 1888, and 1891 along with a 1919 wheat penny. A hair beret and two religious items were also found. The medal is marked Milano 1881 on the reverse bottom. The top is marked Esposizione Nazionale.

Another interesting find is the rock. It has some kind of metal attached to it. It gives a VDI reading on 75-78 which could indicate silver.

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Old Church...Old Finds

Metal detecting around an old church built in 1854 produced some nice finds. First coin found was the 1917-D Lincoln wheat cent so things got off to a good start. The harness buckle on the right is marked "Solid Bronze". The horse bit was a nice find and attributed to the age of the site. The necklace is fake but sure gave me a thrill when I first popped it up.

Coins found were a 1908 Barber dime, 1907 V-nickel in poor shape, two Indian head cents dated 1890 and 1897, four wheat pennies dated 1916, 1917, 1917-D, and a 1944-D. New stuff was three clad quarters, 5 clad dimes, 1 nickel, and 9 new pennies.

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New Park...Old Finds

Metal detecting the same park that produced the red truck below I managed to pull up some more silver, wheats, and brass items.

Hunting around where the old house was torn down I found the 1938 Washington quarter, 1930 Mercury dime and the 1951 Roosevelt dime. The 1936 Buffalo nickel is an "S" and was found along with an 1918 and 1938 wheat pennies and a crusty old Indian head cent dated 1895.

The top brass item looks like a drawer pull. Directly underneath is an old pencil sharpener, middle is a vintage keyhole protector, a number 10 on a brass disc (probable for checking out a tool), and an old button.

Also found 3 clad quarters, 6 clad dimes, 1 nickel, and 11 new pennies.

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Metal Detecting an Old School

I stopped by the old school again that was giving up a lot of silver and found another silver ring. This one is marked D-A Norway and then Sterling and is washed in gold. It was five inches deep. I found it with a modified Deep Silver program on the White's V3i.

I also hunted a strip of high ground above the softball field and found 24 clad quarters, 9 clad dimes, and 7 new pennies. At least the clad paid for the gas!

Hunting along the fence row next to the road I found the watch and watch band.

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Old cow pasture produces some good finds.

Permission was granted to metal detect an old cow pasture located near an old home and barn. The home was occupied but I was allowed to hunt the cow pasture.

Some good finds were made throughout the day. The only silver found was the 1897 Barber dime. Three Indian head cents dated 1890, 1893, and 1895, a wheat penny dated 1909 (no VDB).

A 1920's era Oldsmobile car emblem was also found. It is in pretty good shape with most of the enameling. The toy car was a nice find despite it being bent, cut, no wheels, and no markings!

The Iodex ointment lid came out of the ground with minimal damage. Usually they are crushed flat since they are made of thin aluminum. It reads from top to bottom:
Menley and James Ltd.
Rub In Until Color
New York - Montreal

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New park produces old silver.

Metal detecting in a new park produced some good coins. The park was new but I knew there was an old home on the site that had been torn down. Detecting the rear area of the park where the house stood I managed to pull up two Mercury dimes dated 1924 and 1926, an Indian head cent dated 1902, a Buffalo nickel 1929-D, and two wheat pennies dated 1910 and 1911 (green pennies but I can still read the dates.

Also found part of an old Tootise Toy truck, a Seiler's Ham Deluxe tag, and an aluminum religious medallion. I think the Seiler's Ham tag dates somewhere in the 1930's to 1940's.

New stuff included 7 clad quarters, 9 clad dimes, 2 nickels, and 11 new pennies.

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Metal Detecting an old New Jersey High School

Metal Detecting an old New Jersey High School produced a few good finds. Despite the 95°F temperature I still managed a couple of silver coins and 4 wheat pennies.

The wheat pennies date 1910, 1914, 1917, and 1918. The standing Liberty quarter is dated 1928 and the Mercury dime is a 1919.

Also found 16 clad quarters, 11 clad dimes, two nickels, and 15 new pennies.

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