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Jim, here's a few finds I made last Saturday at a well detected site close to my house. I thought you might like to post them. I've been metal detecting for 5 years now (mostly civil war stuff). I detected all day and found a couple of small buckles, two flat buttons, a broken spur and a shoe tap and a 1865 2 cent piece. The object next to the new quarter is a fired 69 cal miniball. You can see why there were so many deaths and amputations during the civil war, that thing is "huge". The 2 cent piece is in bad shape but, it's the first 2 cent piece I've ever dug.

Good luck and HH

Name:              Joe B
Location          Virginia
Detector Used: Teknetic Omega 8000

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Jim, thanks for the tip about using the platt maps! I bought my detector from you about a year ago and I've found a lot a things, just nothing very old. I found some maps at the county historical society, they were dated 1901. Anyway, I found an area were a old house use to be and now is a vacant lot. I got permission to detect and found my first 1800's coins. The nickel's are 1898 and 1903 and the Indian head pennies are 1867,1891 and 1903. The large token is for a free bar of soap and it's from Chicago. Sorry the picture are poor, Mom's camera is the not very good.

Thanks again for all your help!

Name:                        Paul T
Location:                   Illinois
Metal Detector Used: Tesoro Compadre

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Had a bit of luck yesterday while hunting an older lawn. House built 1920's. I was using my Teknetics Delta 4000, Discrimination set at 40, Sensitivity at 8 (basically the same stock settings that come on when you first turn on the machine)... only difference was I set the volume at 10 (out of 10).

The hunting started out poorly, just a few Memorials and a 32 cal.? bullet (surface find). No I don't think the lead bullet is old - not too many Civil War battles occurred in this part of lower NY :).
Finally I got a good dime signal at 3 inches and pulled out a 1944D Merc (1st silver of the year)! Relieved that my luck was changing I continued the hunt. Several minutes later I got another good signal, this time in the quarter range and 4 inches deep.

Pinpointing the target, I was drawn away by a stronger signal about 4 inches away from the quarter signal. It read a strong 56-57 at 3 inches. I decided to check that out first and pulled out a 1943 silver war nickel! I happily went back to the quarter signal and dug a plug about the size of a baseball. Flipping over the plug I found nothing, so I dug a bit deeper, carefully being sure not to scratch what could be a silver quarter.

You can imagine my surprise when my pro pointer beeped like crazy and I saw two silver coins. After I removed two quarters and checked the hole again it was still beeping. Another silver quarter AND a wheatie! I then checked the hole again and discovered a 1952 Rosie! Perhaps I discovered an the American version of a 52,000 coin hoard? Nope... that was it for this one.

Lastly I found a very tiny gold plated girls ring with a teeny tiny chip of a diamond (?). That gave a strong 54-56 signal at 2 inches. So it was fun.. I'm still learning my Delta's language.. so much trash in these lawns that I really HAVE to get the 5" DD coil! I'm sure I've been passing over plenty of good targets that all the trashy iron has been masking. HH MickTwin

Name:               Robert
Location:          Rye, New York
Metal Detector  Used: Teknetics Delta 4000

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Hi Jim,

Sorry I'm so late getting back to you but things here have been hetic. Well, the big dig was marred by rain and colds temps. I didn't go and found out that those that did found next to nothing.

On Sunday afternoon the rain stopped so I went into the woods near my house to try out and get use to the new coil. The machine is working great. Found an old house or cabin beside an old road bed and spent some time hunting there. There was tons of old iron parts and pieces in the ground and was a good test site. My first good signal was a piece of a harmonica - a good sign. I ended up finding a couple of coins, 2 flat buttons, several brass jar lids (boy, they sound good), part of a lantern, and a bunch of old brass pieces. When I got home, after eating, I started going through my "junk'. One of the old coins turned out to be the center piece of a CS tongue!!! It was seperated from the rest of the buckle but very identifiable. Went back yesterday looking for the rest of the buckle. Was only there about three hours when my wife called and I had to quit - but I'll be back. I've attached pictures of the CS tongue and a little brass bottle? It looks like there is glass withing the brass. I've never seeen anything like it. Maybe you can tell me something about it.

I spent a couple more hours in the same site yesterday. Didn't find any more of the buckle but did find a big heavy, soild silver pocket watch case. The hinges are gold. It's purdy :-)

Thanks for all the help getting the new coil, it works great, and the handle of the IIB is much easier on my wrist and elbows. I'm a happy digger now :-)

Name:                         Kenny
Location:                    Aylett, VA
Metal Detector Used:  Nautilus IIB

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Here are a few pictures of my finds for several different spots in my area. I do want to tell you about my outing to an area that is known to have Civil War activity on it.

One Saturday afternoon I was hunting a corn field when I got a good signal showing “buckle” on the display, I tend to watch the numbers instead of the description on the display it showed 89-90. After digging down through the soft plowed layer and down through the “hardpan” about 15” total I was still getting the signal saying buckle. On a side note I usually don’t dig that deep in our area since it is so rocky here but in the field it had little or no rocks in it. With my next removal of dirt I started to see the
green patina showing up, to my surprise a US Buckle, I have never dug one before or something at that depth.

Name:                          Louis
Location:                     Central Missouri
Metal Detector Used:  Whites MXT with Detech Excelerator coil

Web Masters Note:
02/01/2013 Louis sent us a few more pictures of his finds here in Central Missouri and I've posted them. Great finds there Louis! There are so many untouched sites here in our area. Makes me drool just thinking about what's out there waiting to be found.

Jim here in Quincy we are snowed in and frozen and can't get out , soon i hope. Here are some pictures of last year, my first year with a mine lab 5000. Lots of fun. Found one coin 1852 3 cent piece . I am a retird timber faller 68 years old and enjoying life to the utmost.


Name:                      John
Used:                       Minelab GPX 5000

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First off, our find was not “really exciting” in the rare or odd department. But wow! I lost a gold wedding ring in our backyard about two years ago. My dad recently bought a Teknetic T2 (I think). I was in the yard with my two kids (2 and 4) and started getting all kinds of noise in a spot about 18”x18” about 2 inches deep. We dug out 87 pennies dating from early 60’s-2000. Like I said, not the most interesting but it was really exciting for me (my first time ever detecting) and my kids. They thought we were pirates on a treasure hunt!

Still no ring but I was doing yard work and may have dumped the ring in the woods with yard waste.

Name:                      Ben
Location:                 Missouri
Detector Used:         Teknetics T2

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Webmaster's Note:
Ben, that's what it's all about! The finds don't have to be big to be memorable. Glad your kids were there! That makes it extra special. You just built a memory that will stay with them for many years after we are long gone. Thanks for sharing , good luck and happy hunting..

Jim Crain
Golden Road Metal Detectors

Hi Jim Taos Here! I bought a Ace 250 from you just one day before the big snow storm hit. I could not use it for a month after that. I did get out and use it after it warmed up and the ground thawed out. You was right about this hobby it is addicting. I have found a few things, one gold welding band, 1906 Indian head penny, three wheat penny,s , old brass button, what I think is a silver peace of jewelry? small old buckle, a broken buckle that is brass with coating on it, one nice heavy brass bell, old hatchet head, lots of clad coins and a ton of trash/pop tabs. No Silver coins !

Any way I thought I would let you no how much I Enjoy the hobby.

Name:                      Taos
Location:                  Missouri
Detector Used:         Garrett ACE 250

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Web Masters Note:
Great finds Taos! Just goes to show you don't need a $1000+ metal detector to enjoy this great hobby and make good finds.