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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Big Round Tease

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Vintage Toy Soldiers

While I was out detecting one wet, rainy day I hit a spot that transported me back into the childhood of a boy from the 1930s. Dig after dig, I started recovering a bunch of different Barclay/Manoil lead toys form around 1935. They’re all in amazing shape, and the only thing that powered them was imagination. … Continue reading »

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Gold Wedding Band Found & Returned

I don’t often find gold when metal detecting. OK, truth is, I’ve never found gold. I’m not really out looking for it as I hunt for old coins and relics. And, well, I still haven’t found gold while metal detecting! This was actually an eyeball find. My wife and daughter and I went to a … Continue reading »

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17th Century Dutch Doublet

About an hour after finding the pre-1830 NY Militia button, I was getting ready to call it a day. As I made my way toward my car, I kept swinging my coil. I got a jumpy signal and decided to dig. Only about an inch deep, an odd looking button revealed itself. I wasn’t exactly … Continue reading »

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Excelsior! Pre-1830 NY Militia Button

I was having a rough go in the rain and very difficult digging conditions. Just beneath the surface on the entire property is rocks. Lot of tough-to-dig-through rocks. I was getting plenty of good signals, but most turned out to be molten lead. Finally, something appeared that I knew had to be good. As I … Continue reading »

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Another Visit to the Early 19th Century Home

Yes, back again. Hey, when you’ve got a good spot, you keep going, right? Another spur-of-the-moment outing, I managed to detect for about 2 hours. I hit a very junky part of the back yard and my patience paid off. While mid- and high-tones were scattered and hidden by all the iron and broken signals, … Continue reading »

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My Return to the Early 19th Century Home

As you can imagine, I was excited to get back to the early 19th Century homesite. Because of work and family life, most times I can’t plan my outings ahead of time. They are very spur of the moment. Well, when the moment presented itself, I was off for the hunt! When I arrived I … Continue reading »

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Early 19th Century Home Produces Great Finds

I had a great hunt at a house built round 1810 (could be older… 1810 was the first year it appeared on a map), and although I’ve only scratched the surface, it’s starting to produce for me very nicely! I was beyond excited to get started in hopes of finding old coinage and relics. The … Continue reading »

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1793. ‘Nuff said!

If you’re a relic hunter like me, then the following statement will have particular meaning to you. I gained permission to detect on a home built in 1793. I’ll let that sink in a while. Yes. 1793. The first year the United States started minting coins on a national basis. Not long after the Revolutionary … Continue reading »

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Old church, old home

I was lucky enough to gain permission to hunt my third church grounds this year. There was an old foundation in the middle of the lawn, and when I say it was junky, I mean it was junky! Blips and bleeps with every swing, so this was definitely an exercise in patience and focus. While … Continue reading »

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