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Another Castle Hunt

Posted by on April 15, 2013
1906 V Nickel

1906 V Nickel

As you may have heard me mention (OK whine) in previous articles, I don’t often have the luxury to detect all day long. Usually I can slip away for an hour or two and hit a local spot and hope my short excursion is fruitful. And I must say, 2013 has been pretty darn good.

The past two weekends I spent the twilight hours back at the castle house, and both times I utilized a new strategy: go slow and dig just about everything. The reason we detectorists don’t usually dig everything is because most everything out there is junk – aluminum foil, unknown shards of metal, nails and screws, pull tabs and bottle caps. But there are many GOOD relics hiding amongst the junky signals; needles in the haystack. And to get to them, you simply have to dig, and dig a lot.

What’s a hot rock? Check out a great article by Chris Gholson at Minelab’s Treasure Talk blog.

March 23, 2013 was my first of two consecutive weekends at the castle house. I’d hunted this property about 5 times already so I didn’t show up brewing with optimism. I set up my gear, put on my new POV hi-def video camera sunglasses and got swinging. After the first few swipes I got what I generally consider to be a junky signal on the Minelab CTX 3030. I carefully carved out my plug and removed it from the ground. I quickly got a signal with my Garrett Pro Pointer and picked up the object. A rock? Hmm, must be a hot rock. But was the rock the target I was after? I swiped it over my detector’s coil but it didn’t make a sound. Then when I tried with my Pro Pointer it too didn’t make a sound. What evil sorcery was this?

I rechecked the hole and again all was silent. I was very confused and then suddenly saw something round out of the corner of my eye! A coin! But what coin? I guessed by the size that it was a Liberty Head “V” nickel, and after a quick rinse with water my suspicion was confirmed. A great find on my very first dig! Watch the video below to relive the experience with me and you’ll hear how stoked I was.

Could this slow and steady strategy of digging seemingly junk signals pay off? Yes! I continued to find a lot of cool items that I had previously ignored. See the gallery at the end of this article for all the pics.

Group of finds from the Castle

Group of finds from the Castle

As the sun began to descend (yes, I know that’s not scientifically accurate) I took off my POV camera as the shaded sunglasses were not helping me. Of course, with my camera now packed away, I went on to find really cool items.

I got a nice silver tone and as I went to dig I noticed the hole had been dug before, obviously by me. Probably something I bailed on for being filled with too much garbage. Yep. I pulled out rusty nail after rusty nail and then got something thin and shiny. A pull tab? No… A ring! A sterling silver ring! This was a first for me as I don’t find much jewelry. It has a nice antique look to it and s <-MH-> hallmark which was used by

Sterling Silver Ring

Sterling Silver Ring

McGrath-Hamin hallmark

McGrath-Hamin hallmark, first commercially used in 1951, and was cancelled in 2002

A few feet away I got another nice solid silver tone, so I dug. After ridding Mother Earth of some more garbage I revealed a small shiny object that was hand engraved on one side. I was stumped and had no idea what it could be, but I put it in my good finds pile and decided it was time to call it a day.

After posting my finds to the forum, a member suggested that the item may be Indian trade silver, but others disagreed. After about a week’s worth of research and having a jeweler test the metal, I sadly learned that it is not Indian trade silver. In fact, it’s not even silver.

What are you!?

What are you!?

Regardless, it was an amazing couple hours of detecting and I left with some great items. A week later I’d go back to the property to find more hidden history, which you can read about in part two of this saga.

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